The Forever Sky

The Forever Sky

Can a young widow with no faith in love, hope for a future with the man who broke her heart?Maisey isn’t about to give Rob another chance to reject her love. Why should she believe that the man who left town without a backward glance three years ago cares about her? Life had taught her all about broken dreams, and she didn’t want to hope again. If only her young daughter...

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Title:The Forever Sky
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The Forever Sky Reviews

  • Edward Arrington

    Janalyn Voigt tells a good story with some excellent life lessons about forgiveness, both giving and receiving, and about putting your past behind you. I have enjoyed watching the characters grow and develop throughout the series. One of my favorites has been Shane, who appeared as the itinerant preacher in the first book. He has developed into a man of true character and integrity, ready to help anyone in whatever way he can. Although not the main character of this story, he plays a strong

    Janalyn Voigt tells a good story with some excellent life lessons about forgiveness, both giving and receiving, and about putting your past behind you. I have enjoyed watching the characters grow and develop throughout the series. One of my favorites has been Shane, who appeared as the itinerant preacher in the first book. He has developed into a man of true character and integrity, ready to help anyone in whatever way he can. Although not the main character of this story, he plays a strong supporting role in the lives of the people of Liberty. His cousin, Rob, has suddenly returned to the area after being gone for five years. Having left several unhappy females when he went away to seek his fortune, he has a lot of work to do to rebuild trust, if he hopes to stay. He knows he disappointed Maisey when he left but they both were sending mixed signals. How do you straighten out a mess when it seems every move just tangles the web more? Seemingly, neither he nor Maisey can get it right. Too often in life, poor decisions lead to more poor decisions. Can they correct that and start making wise decisions? Constantly, their choices seem to make matters worse. What will it take? Well, add some Indians into the mix and stir things up really good. What an interesting story set in the beautiful Old West. I have enjoyed this story every bit as much as the three previous books in the series. If you have not read those, you need to get them and start reading at the beginning. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.

  • Phyllis

    Faith, love and courage in the Old West

    My rating is 4.5 stars

    Full of beautiful imagery, The Forever Sky had me experiencing the Old West personally. From the sights and sounds of Montana to the deep emotions each character felt, they were brought to life in this fascinating story. I loved the description of the unusually colored woodpecker – it was so different from any around where I live.

    Rob and Maisey had been in love with each other for a long time, yet Rob's need to prove himself drove him

    Faith, love and courage in the Old West

    My rating is 4.5 stars

    Full of beautiful imagery, The Forever Sky had me experiencing the Old West personally. From the sights and sounds of Montana to the deep emotions each character felt, they were brought to life in this fascinating story. I loved the description of the unusually colored woodpecker – it was so different from any around where I live.

    Rob and Maisey had been in love with each other for a long time, yet Rob's need to prove himself drove him away with no word for years! Maisey, despite her desire to trust him when he returns, just couldn't.

    Rob has been away too long, and he is haunted by a bad decision that had devastating results for which he blamed God. After all, God could have prevented it. . . Until he better understood God's love and sovereignty, he was unable to be at peace. I loved how his cousin, Shane's faith was so influential in helping Rob see the truth.

    Surprising circumstances draw Rob and Maisey together, yet Maisey's insecurity causes her to misread an innocent situation and accuse Rob falsely. Rob's pride, understandably, gets in the way, causing a rift between them that seems insurmountable. I appreciated the lesson shared here (and may relate at least a little!), about how important communication is and how harmful it is to assume another person's motives.

    I enjoyed watching Rob and Maisey fumble with their feelings for one another. Rob was very noble in his treatment of her, and yet he still made some very foolish mistakes. Their biggest hurdle was the fear of speaking to each other about the things that were in their hearts.

    Maisey's daughter, Phoebe, was such a joy! I loved her vibrant personality, the way she loved with her whole being, and the way she did her best to get Rob and Maisey together. And when she encouraged her friend Lindsay to trust God – wow!

    The Montana Gold series has been especially enjoyable with the history that is shared. Each story builds on the others yet can stand alone. I have now read three of the four, having missed the first one. . .

    Readers of Christian fiction and historical romance will enjoy The Forever Sky.

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  • Erin

    My Thoughts on The Forever Sky:

    Loved this book! I love historical romances and this one was amazing!

    Highly recommend this book and this series to anyone who wants to lose themselves in history and books. Of course, it might make you lose yourself in rabbit trails while researching history too!

    Okay, here’s my side note. This is book four in a series. You’re going to want to read the whole series. Not because you absolutely have to to understand this story. You don’t. But it will make this

    My Thoughts on The Forever Sky:

    Loved this book! I love historical romances and this one was amazing!

    Highly recommend this book and this series to anyone who wants to lose themselves in history and books. Of course, it might make you lose yourself in rabbit trails while researching history too!

    Okay, here’s my side note. This is book four in a series. You’re going to want to read the whole series. Not because you absolutely have to to understand this story. You don’t. But it will make this particular story a lot better as Maisey’s story begins in the other books and the main characters from the other books show up in this one. They just read better as a series anyway. And who doesn’t love having a series of books to occupy their cold winter nights?

    This is a wonderful book. I really loved all the history thrown in. It made me have to research to see what was actually going on and why it was important enough for the author to include this and that in the book. Great history lesson and a great novel!

    The characters are wonderful and I loved all the depth they were given. They came to life on the page and I didn’t want to stop reading. But alas, I had to because sometimes you do need sleep and the kids have to eat too.

    You’re going to love Maisey and Rob and her darling little girl. They face trials, dangers, and hardships but maybe the greatest threat to them is the jealousy and their past.

    I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from JustRead Publicity Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.

  • Marie

    Thank you in advance to JustRead Publicity tours and the author for sending me a complimentary copy to review. A positive review was not requested nor required, and all words are my own.

    “The Forever Sky” is the fourth and final book of the Montana Gold Series by Janalyn Voigt. Each fictional story is based on actual events that occurred during that time of civil unrest in America.

    The series starts with “Hills of Nevermore” which introduces America Reed and Shane Hayes who also have a significant

    Thank you in advance to JustRead Publicity tours and the author for sending me a complimentary copy to review. A positive review was not requested nor required, and all words are my own.

    “The Forever Sky” is the fourth and final book of the Montana Gold Series by Janalyn Voigt. Each fictional story is based on actual events that occurred during that time of civil unrest in America.

    The series starts with “Hills of Nevermore” which introduces America Reed and Shane Hayes who also have a significant role in this story.

    “Cheyenne Sunrise” is the second novel in which we meet up with Bry Brennan, her brother Con Walsh, and Nick Laramie. It is also where we learn that Maisey’s husband has died. “Stagecoach to Liberty” is where readers meet Elsa, another character mentioned in “The Forever Sky”.

    Whether or not the reader needs to read all of them to know how this story connects to the others will be up to the reader. I was able to pick up reading it without having read the three previous novels. Though I’m sure the story would’ve been far more enjoyable had I read them. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this book – I did.

    Most of you, if you’ve read my blog, know I am not a historical fiction/historical romance fan. But, there are rare times when a story is SO good it doesn’t matter in what time it was set it. This is one such story.

    “The Forever Sky” is Maisey Wilcox and Rob Walsh’s story.

    The story begins with Maisey Wilcox, a widow and schoolteacher to the Salish people, being kidnapped by Spukani who is one of the Salish. He takes her not only in retaliation for his daughter’s death under Maisey’s care, but to curry favor with Chief Charlo. Maisey had previously been kidnapped with Bry Brennan in events prior to this book.

    Maisey is also a single mom to a young daughter, Phoebe.

    Witnessing the kidnapping is a young and fellow schoolteacher – Emma Duncan.

    Riding to the rescue is Shane Hayes, a preacher, and Rob Walsh. Rob has been gone for three (3) years, but still loves Maisey. When the two men are captured, the Salish decide to let Shane go because he is a preacher. Spukani wants to claim Rob as a slave. Maisey speaks up, professing her love for Rob, hoping to save him.

    Charlo, not wanting to separate them, has Shane perform a marriage. Charlo bids them farewell and sends them on their way.

    Maisey is continuously catching him with Emma Duncan who has a crush on him but didn’t know the two were married. Despite her love for Rob, and her daughter Phoebe considering Rob her father, Maisey’s mistrust and jealousy almost drives him away.

    To match Maisey’s mistrust, is also Rob’s impatience in wanting them to come together as a real family. Maisey is also stung by the rejection of her brother when she visits their mother one last time. The scene with Maisey, her mother, and Maisey’s brother was heart-breaking. I kept reading to see if Maisey and her brother would resolve things.

    The reader also gets to witness the beginnings of a relationship between Emma and Gideon Buckthorn. The two are mismatched as Emma reacts emotionally and Gideon is more logical. While he gets on her nerves, Emma does have a soft spot for him.

    Voigt crafts a beautiful tale about friendship, love, faith, and loss. Her writing creates a vivid and poignant image of the hardships faced in that time as well as Rob and Maisey’s love. Voigt is also respectful of the native people she has included in this story.

    I could almost see and feel the experiences that Voigt had created.

    There are Christian themes throughout this book; however they are beautifully and organically woven throughout the story.

    The message of the novel is clear – true love endures and that God can lead us where we need to be. Voigt explores the theme of forgiveness and not letting our past define us or hold us back.

    Voigt also includes a “real” quote from Chief Charlo – “It was my father’s boast that his hand had never in seventy years been bloodied with the white man’s blood, and I am the son of my father”.

    If you enjoy Christian based historical romance, I would definitely recommend this series of books.

  • Kaitlyn S.

    This book was a beautiful story exploring the themes of truth, forgiveness, and waiting on the Lord's perfect timing for your life.

    This story takes place in the Wild West of Montana, and it showcases the dangers the settlers faced from Indians and living away from civilization. when the Indians raid, take captives, and freedom is bartered for, two people who had previously known each other end up married. The question they must ask themselves is if they are ready for it? Do they have what it

    This book was a beautiful story exploring the themes of truth, forgiveness, and waiting on the Lord's perfect timing for your life.

    This story takes place in the Wild West of Montana, and it showcases the dangers the settlers faced from Indians and living away from civilization. when the Indians raid, take captives, and freedom is bartered for, two people who had previously known each other end up married. The question they must ask themselves is if they are ready for it? Do they have what it takes to work through their differences and issues? Can they trust each other? Do they have the patience to work together and reassure each other?

    This story also shows why fleeing a problem is never the right answer, and how the relationship and trust issues that come form that must be worked through eventually. And I appreciated that.

    The romance aspect of the story was sweet and chaste and pure, white still being thrilling, if that makes any sense whatsoever. The attraction was based on character qualities more than appearances -- and the secondary romance that happens from physical attraction is shown to be superficial at best . . . but it ends up being a learning tool in the young girls life.

    I am very thankful to the publishers for gifting me with a copy of this book!

  • Randi Sampson

    The Forever Sky is book number four in Janalyn Voigt's Montana Gold series. I had read book one in the series, but had missed the second and third. While I think this could be read as a standalone, it is continued from these previous books with backstory and characters already pretty well established in those previous books. I found that personally, I had a harder time getting into this particular story than I did with Hills of Nevermore (book one). I do believe that this was because I had

    The Forever Sky is book number four in Janalyn Voigt's Montana Gold series. I had read book one in the series, but had missed the second and third. While I think this could be read as a standalone, it is continued from these previous books with backstory and characters already pretty well established in those previous books. I found that personally, I had a harder time getting into this particular story than I did with Hills of Nevermore (book one). I do believe that this was because I had missed quite a lot in between... it was still enjoyable (I'd say 3.5 stars), but I think it would have been even more so if I'd read them all in order.

    This western type of story isn't a go to genre for me, but again having read Hills of Nevermore and really enjoying that story I looked forward to reading more in the series. I was happy to see that the style I enjoyed in that book carried through to this one as well. I love how beautifully the author weaves the history, romance and elements of faith into such an enjoyable read. Though I'm not a history buff, I mus admit I also really love how she incorporates real people and events into the pages of this fictional story.

    Overall, this was a good read. While I certainly suggest starting with book one and reading the series as a whole in order to get the most out of it, I believe this is one that fans of western romantic fiction will truly enjoy regardless.

    **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.

  • June Jacobs

    This Christian historical romance was a well-written, enjoyable read written by a 'new-to-me' author.

    There were many things I admire about this story, but one of the things at the top of my list was the author's use of higher-level vocabulary when describing her characters, their thoughts, the setting, and the events of the story. Words such as 'inconstancy' are not ones a reader usually finds in this genre.

    Another special touch in the story was the inclusion of the period literature being read

    This Christian historical romance was a well-written, enjoyable read written by a 'new-to-me' author.

    There were many things I admire about this story, but one of the things at the top of my list was the author's use of higher-level vocabulary when describing her characters, their thoughts, the setting, and the events of the story. Words such as 'inconstancy' are not ones a reader usually finds in this genre.

    Another special touch in the story was the inclusion of the period literature being read by the children and the adults. For instance, 'Little Women' written by Louisa May Alcott in 1868 was mentioned as well as 'The Woman in White' published by Wilkie Collins in 1859. {I have adored 'Little Women' since I was a middle-grader and had to purchase a new copy a few years ago because I wore out my original copy. The 'The Woman in White' mystery book is in my local library, and I have already added it to my TBR list.}

    The themes of belonging, friendship, forgiveness, community, family, love, home, and faith shine throughout the manuscript and offer a realistic view of life in the wild west in 1870. I especially appreciated the close friendships forged by the women of the Liberty community in the Montana Territory.

    Finally, the back matter included two elements I always enjoy reading at the end of a story. The author included 'Factual Historical Events in This Book' and 'Book Club Questions' both of which enrich a reader's experience.

    *Highly-recommended for fans of Christian fiction/romance, historical fiction/romance, western historical fiction/romance, and clean fiction/romance.

    I was given a digital copy of this book by JustRead Publicity. I received no compensation of any kind for posting this review here or on any other site. The opinions expressed in this review are only my own.

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  • Suzie Waltner

    While this is the fourth and final book in the Montana Gold series, it stands well on its own. I’ve read book one but haven’t gotten to books two and three yet and wasn’t at all lost when reading The Forever Sky.

    Janalyn Voigt gives readers a taste of life in the wilds of Montana that includes some of the dangers, the tribulations of living in a just starting town, and the need of neighbors who look out for each other. Then she adds some romance on top of all of that.

    Rob and Maisey have a history

    While this is the fourth and final book in the Montana Gold series, it stands well on its own. I’ve read book one but haven’t gotten to books two and three yet and wasn’t at all lost when reading The Forever Sky.

    Janalyn Voigt gives readers a taste of life in the wilds of Montana that includes some of the dangers, the tribulations of living in a just starting town, and the need of neighbors who look out for each other. Then she adds some romance on top of all of that.

    Rob and Maisey have a history and their marriage doesn’t come about in the traditional way. Because of that questionable start, neither of them has a firm footing in their new life together, which shows clearly in the way they react to each other and situations that arise.

    Then there’s Emma and Gideon. I had a hard time liking Emma because of the way she pushed people away. But Gideon is a sweetheart I could help but get behind. He’s tenacious, kind, and a hard worker.

    The Forever Sky is about the dangers of jealousy and resentment, the beauty of friendships, the wisdom of children (little Phoebe was my favorite character in this book), and trusting God’s plan for us when we feel small and inconsequential.

    Disclosure Statement:

    I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to write a favorable review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Mandy

    Janalyn Voigt is a new to me author, and I sure am glad I was introduced to her writing! This will not be my last book by her. In this western story I was transported overland and through time to Montana in the 19th century. For me, it made for a delightful adventure. The characters were very relatable. I found myself connecting with Maisey as I had felt some of the same insecurities she was feeling when I was around her age. I liked the character of Rob. He showed that not everyone knows

    Janalyn Voigt is a new to me author, and I sure am glad I was introduced to her writing! This will not be my last book by her. In this western story I was transported overland and through time to Montana in the 19th century. For me, it made for a delightful adventure. The characters were very relatable. I found myself connecting with Maisey as I had felt some of the same insecurities she was feeling when I was around her age. I liked the character of Rob. He showed that not everyone knows exactly what to do when it comes to love and relationships. But, I loved that he threw caution to the wind when Maisey needed him most. There is no rule book to go by. The banter between Rob and Maisey was sometimes laughable and at other times I wanted to tell them to grow up. Sounds like real life, huh?

    The character of Phoebe was phenomenally written and was a hoot to read at times. At other times, with her 8 year old wisdom, I would say to myself, “Out of the mouths of babes”.

    There were actually two love stories in this book that ran parallel. One relationship was not quite so serious as the other. It was interesting to see them play out.

    This read was based on true historical events. At the end of the book the author explains those parts that were true. I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. It gave the story even more meaning to me.

    So if adventure, romance, a little angst, and history is what you like search no more! This book is for you! I’m looking forward to other books by this author.

    I would like to thank Just Read Tours for providing me a copy of this book. No review was required. All opinions are my own.

  • A. Harrison

    The Forever Sky, a powerful title. You would expect a powerful book to back the title, wouldn't you? I found a slightly above average western romance that followed a couple whose love had been given to each other and lost by their own choices yet stubbornness followed with a dose of unforgiveness (my word). While I came to enjoy the story there were too many points of views for my liking, six in all and that makes it hard to like a story that you would normally find two point of views or maybe

    The Forever Sky, a powerful title. You would expect a powerful book to back the title, wouldn't you? I found a slightly above average western romance that followed a couple whose love had been given to each other and lost by their own choices yet stubbornness followed with a dose of unforgiveness (my word). While I came to enjoy the story there were too many points of views for my liking, six in all and that makes it hard to like a story that you would normally find two point of views or maybe four. While the switching of characters was somewhat annoying I did enjoy the book for the most part, yet a certain character I couldn't stand because they were supposed to like a different character that was more mature, older, but their love interest that they ended up with was somewhat younger and I at times was confused by their part in the story since they so often changed their feelings. In order to not give spoilers I won't say more but I would have liked the secondary romance to have been worked on more so that it could have shown more real change in attitude and feelings than it did -- somewhat immaturely.

    I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

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