The Debutante Queen by Angela Breidenbach

The Debutante Queen (Montana Beginnings #1)

About the Book

The Debutante Queen, by Angela Breidenbach
1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But hiding an indentured orphan could unravel Calista’s reputation, and her budding romance with pageant organizer, Albert Shanahan, if her secret is revealed. Will love or law prevail?

This book is the first in the Montana Beginnings series. The sequel is Eleven Pipers Piping. Each book can be read as a single story, but if you love historicals and series set in the same locale then Helena, MT is your place to live in a story world among the pages of the Montana Beginnings series by Angela Breidenbach.

My Perspective

What a lovely novella written by Ms. Breidenbach. I immediately fell in love with Calista and her sweet spirit. Knowing there were probably many orphaned children on the streets in 1889, I loved seeing this brought to life in a way that I could not only imagine it, but feel for them as well. As I was reading this I could just picture myself in Calista’s shoes and felt every emotion she did. Lea was such a darling little child and did not deserve the awful life she ran away from.

Intertwined within this was a cute romance budding between Calista and Albert. The author presented this storyline very subtly in the background and that was exactly how I wanted it to be. I did not want it to take away from Lea and Calista as I felt their storyline needed to be front and center. There was the right balance of emotion, love, fun, wit and charm throughout the entire story.

I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for Calista, Lea, Albert, and the newsies as they are called. Onward to Book Two!! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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