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Changes of Heart (Montana Skies Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Paige Lee Elliston
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Book Description

After the unexpected death of her husband, Maggie Locke's perfect life is shattered. Keeping to herself at first, she slowly finds solace in new and old friendships. But still, Maggie is cautious, especially when she discovers that Danny Pulver, her ranch veterinarian, and Ian Lane, the vibrant new minister, both have feelings for her.

Then a terrible blizzard hits the town on Thanksgiving night while Maggie is away from home, and she finds she must rely on both Danny and Ian in order to fight the howling winds and get back to her horses. Even while battling the snow and ice, Maggie wonders where her heart really lies. Will she overcome the grief that nearly smothered her spirit in time to find a new love? And if so, how can she choose between the two godly men who seek her heart?

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She was forced to make a new start, but can Maggie handle a new life, new friendships . . . and a new love? Maggie Locke thinks her life is almost perfect. Living and working on her treasured horse ranch nestled deep in the Montana countryside, she couldn't be happier. But in the blink of an eye, Maggie is hit with a devastating blow that challenges her faith, threatens her home, and changes her life forever. Suddenly, Maggie's "perfect life" is shattered. Facing the huge challenge of running a ranch on her own, Maggie can only throw herself into her work. At first, the antics of her newborn foal are all that can bring a smile back to Maggie's face. But slowly, she delves deeper into new and old friendships that help her overcome the grief that nearly smothered her spirit. Still, the healing has just begun. And as winter approaches, Maggie discovers another challenge: a decision that will forever change her life--again. When two men start vying for her heart, Maggie must decide if she's already had--and lost--the love of her life, or if it's yet to be.

About the Author

Paige Lee Elliston is a pseudonym for a much-published author in the general market.

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  • File Size: 995 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (May 1, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00702M38S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fragility of Life and the Grace of God June 3, 2005
Paige Lee Elliston has written many novels and short stories. CHANGES OF HEART reflects her skill as well as her keen understanding of relationships --- relationships not only among friends but also between horse and rider. Woven in and through these relationships is a deep belief and faith in God that binds it all together.

Set on a horse ranch in Coldwater, Montana, the story begins with Maggie and Rich Locke preparing for the birth of their young mare's first colt. It is just before Christmas, and excitement is running higher than usual. As Elliston describes the miracle of birth, on that frigid Montana morning, you can almost smell the barn and hear the sounds of life. Joy runs high as Maggie silently prays: "My cup runneth over, Lord, Thank you for all this."

But before the week is over, tragedy strikes and Maggie's world is shattered. Her greatest fear is realized when Rich's jet goes down while he is testing a new aviation fuel. Her hopes are crushed like the wreckage of his plane, and instead of leaning on her faith and turning to God, she pulls away, separating herself from His comfort. Indirectly she resents God and blames Him for not answering her prayers for Rich's safety.

Though Maggie feels her life is over, the needs of her horses do not come to a stop, so she continues to care for them and receives some solace from her grueling work. Gradually she begins to allow people into her self-imposed isolation: Dan Pulver, friend and veterinarian, was a frequent visitor who had always admired Maggie and now longs to become closer to her; Dr. Sarah Morrison, whose daughter Tessa desperately wants to learn barrel racing despite her handicap; and Ian Lane, the new pastor whose good humor and eagerness to learn about horses is infectious.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cute story but missing so much! August 13, 2009
As an avid Christian Fiction reader I constantly look for books that have intresting story lines with the message of faith mixed in. Going by the covers and summeries of these three books in this series I bought the set thinking they would be great reads. The 1st Changes of Heart was a bit confusing and left much wanting especially in the end. I got lost in the last few chapters wondering if I missed reading a chapter. I felt as though the author skipped a vital part of the book. The storyline started great but did not have much in the way of describing the characters or emotions besides the leading ladies feelings of grief. In all I found the book lacking character description and enough faith concepts.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Jacasni
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I liked Maggie - truly I did - at least for most of the book. However, the Danny versus
Ian thing was SO frustrating, unrealistic, and maddening. She chose the wrong guy - no doubt about it.
Danny was introduced on practically the first page - and sees her through thick and thin - with his little soft heart
on his sleeve. Maggie NEEDED Danny. I had a hard time understanding why "Ian" was even introduced at all.

Another thing - her wonderful parents were there for her in the beginning, and were hardly mentioned through the
rest of the book. They should have been the "Sarah and Tessa" of the book, and Tessa should have been an adult,
and competitive to Maggie.

Way too much time spent on the terrible winter storm. Lots more time was given to playing Monopoly during the
storm than to the developing Ian/Maggie whatever it was. Marriage? Guess so - they were wearing matching rings.

I couldn't believe the ending, I, like others,
went back to try to find out what Ian was doing in her bedroom/office. Should have been Danny.

The first few pages of this book held a lot of promise. What a let down. Oh well.....
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good lead up - disappointing, deflated ending June 9, 2012
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I have mixed feelings about this book. The beginning started out well - her grief is palpable and felt real to me.
At some point she started to heal a bit, and I felt that as well.

Otherwise though, the supporting characters felt wooden to me, except for Danny Pulver and Tessa, the teenager. Those two were real and I felt like I could relate to them.
It felt to me as if Ian was a minister just because that'd be cool to have a minister in the story. He didn't do anything that a pastor would do, he wasn't described as a real pastor would have acted. A pastor attracted to a woman in his congregation would have had more of an ethical dilemma on his hands than was described here - even as a single man perfectly within his rights to date a woman. So really, I felt like his job was just that, a job that happened to take place in a church. It wasn't real.

The woman is portrayed as working very well in any crisis with the one man, yet no mention of her entering the other man's life's work is made. In reality if a woman were to make the choice she did she would be entering into his life's work more than most other jobs that men have - yet nowhere is it indicated that she even considered that fact.

Which is such a big part of why I was disappointed in the ending.

The author proves to be a good enough writer, yet in the end it's like it became rushed and the ending was forced. I agree with the other reviewer that said her choice didn't seem to make sense at all, since to me the other man was so much more believable and fit her so much better. The other guy seemed more of a distraction. Yet suddenly there they are at the end, married, with no explanation or lead up.

I stayed up late reading into this book, and in the end was very disappointed and felt gipped out of part of the storyline.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a good read, I enjoyed it.
It kept my interest pretty well. It's a good story, and is a nice wholesome read. I was pleased about that. I love horses so this really touched my heart also. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ladybug
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great story, can't wait to find the second book in the series to read
Published 6 days ago by Debbie
Published 6 days ago by GHOST RIDER
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Paige Elliston had me captivated from the start. I enjoy watching the sport and this gave me a little more understanding of it. Read more
Published 12 days ago by linmc53
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-crafted Realistic Tale of Life and Love after Grief
Characters richly drawn in rural Motana, beautiful horrses, realistic plot, new life after loss, and love- super! Read more
Published 12 days ago by san salsbury
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed story
I liked the storyline. It was heart wrenching at times, but gave a realistic side of grief. I missed an emotional connection of romance between the male s who wanted her attention. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Ruth Curwick
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 18 days ago by Lynn Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it very much
This was very interesting with a twist. I like it very much, but it can make you cry.
Published 18 days ago by Fran Walding
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed this book!
This book was inspiring to me in that it showed how loss can be overcome and circumstances in some instances can be as good as and even better than before the loss. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Paula
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read.
Published 22 days ago by Mama Doris
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