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Mini Montana Scavenger Hunt: stop 2

Welcome to our author friend Lisa Tawn Bergren‘s Mini Montana Scavenger Hunt celebrating Once Upon a Montana Summer! If you’re just joining the hunt, be sure to visit Lisa’s website FIRST for details and the complete schedule. Each stop offers a daily giveaway and clues you need (in bold) to complete the hunt and enter to win the major prizes on Lisa’s website!

about the book

Love is Never Best Played Out on TV…

Adalyn Stalling’s clients convinced her to be a contestant on their reality TV show, The One. Hundreds of thousands of viewers tune in each week to watch a group of bachelorettes try to win one bachelor’s heart, and then during the next season, watch bachelors do the same.

Adi appeared on the show twice-once as a potential love-match for the bachelor, once as the bachelorette. As a marketing executive for the firm who handles the show, Adi initially became a part of the cast in order to learn more from the “inside.” But as much as she wanted to stay professionally removed, she ended up giving her heart to both Adam and Connor.

Both times, the men broke it off.

Now America’s most famous “loser at love,” Adalyn is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Given the media frenzy and the paparazzi that chase her, she’s finding it difficult. And just as she learns she may have picked up a stalker, her childhood friend, Chase Rollins, tracks her down at last. He informs her that her beloved grandfather is ailing and needs her help, in more ways than one.

So begins an epic summer in which Adalyn needs to decide where she belongs, what she is supposed to do, and with whom she might find true love at last. All Once Upon a Montana Summer…

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my thoughts

This page-turning combination of childhood friends to second chance romance and a healthy dose of suspense is complemented by the author’s vivid use of a naturally awe-inspiring setting. Glacier National Park shines in its grandeur and serenity.

Despite the unique circumstances of Adalyn’s successive and public heartbreaks, she is a relatable character and I found myself sympathizing with and rooting for her throughout the story. Any character who owns up to her mistakes and adores her grandfather the way Adi does is an excellent heroine in my humble opinion.

Chase is as all-American, boy-next-door as they come and who can resist a man in uniform?! Not me! (fictionally speaking, of course) His dedication to his family, friends, and the park service is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his positive qualities. I also admire Chase’s quiet, protective nature.

Closing the pages of this book (or swiping to the final screen) was bittersweet because I hate to say goodbye to these characters and leave the beautiful setting behind! I highly recommend this story and look forward to reading the next destination adventure the author releases!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


about the author

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than 50 books, with over 3 million copies sold. She is currently at work on her historical romance series, The Sugar Baron’s Daughters (Keturah, Verity, Selah). Her most recent releases include her YA River of Time: California Duology (Three Wishes, Four Winds), the YA series Remnants (Season of Wonder, Season of Fire, Season of Glory), the River of Time Series (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Bourne & Tributary, Deluge), and the children’s book God Gave Us Family.

Lisa’s time is split between managing home base, writing, and working on ducks with her husband, Tim ( Tim’s a worship leader and duck-sculptor. They have three bigkids–-Olivia, Emma, and Jack.

The Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Visit her website!


Why Montana?

author guest post

As a kid growing up in Southern California, my classmates were forever dumbfounded whenever I said I was going to Montana for the summer. “Montana?” they’d say. “What do you do there? Go to rodeos?”

Boats sit on the dock at Lake McDonald at twilight. Glacier National Park, Montana.

Fact was, we did go to rodeos. And the Montana State Fair. But most of the time, we spent long, languid days exploring the forest or swimming in an icy lake, surrounded by mountains. For me, it was like a delicious secret, and if people didn’t bother to learn more about one of the prettiest states I’d ever been to, well, then it was fine by me if they just stayed home. I had enough friends and cousins to keep me entertained all summer, and they were all in on the Montana Secret.

Now granted, about 2/3 of the state is farmland and fairly flat. But the entire west side is gorgeous. And the Northwest corner, where I was born and spent every summer of my life, is beautiful, as well as home to Glacier National Park. So, for me, when I was looking for a place that would serve as an evocative setting, Montana was where I needed to begin.

If you never get a chance to go, maybe my novel will give you a “glimpse” from the comfort of your own home. Or it might just whet your appetite enough to head to Big Sky Country yourself!

major hunt prizes

1st: $100 Amazon gift card
2nd: $30 Amazon gift card
3rd, 4th, 5th: 3 romance novels that Lisa wrote at the beginning of her career!
(USA only; if an international wins one of these prizes, Lisa will send a $30USD Amazon gift card)

Enter by midnight on 1/21/19 (MST) 
complete scavenger hunt details

Winners will be drawn, posted at Lisa’s website, and notified via the email used to enter Rafflecopter on 1/22/19. If you are having trouble using the Rafflecopter form, you may email with all 5 answers and your full name before the end of the giveaway period.


exclusive stop 2 giveaway

Winner’s choice of one of Lisa Tawn Bergren’s Montana-associated novels (print copy US only)
The Bridge, Firestorm, Glamorous Illusions, or Once Upon a Montana Summer.
If the winner is outside of the United States, they will receive an e-copy of Once Upon a Montana Summer.

Mini Montana Giveaway on Faithfully Bookishcomplete giveaway rules

Earn 5 bonus entries by answering the following question in the comments:

If you have visited Montana, what areas were your favorites?
If you have not visited Montana, would you like to and do you have a specific destination in mind?

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We’ve been through Montana a few different times on our way to visit family in the Pacific Northwest… once by train and twice road trip style. When we return, we’d like to spend more time in the Yellowstone National Park area and visit Glacier National Park. We love Montana so much, it’s on a short list of locations we’d be willing to move to!

Head over to stop 3 at Reading Is My SuperPower!

45 thoughts on “Mini Montana Scavenger Hunt: stop 2”

  1. I’ve been to Montana many times. I love Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. I spent a summer in Cooke City, Montana (at the NE entrance to Yellowstone) flagging on a construction crew when I was in college. This was back in the days when flaggers were male, and my sister and I were some of the first lady flaggers. We got a lot of attention–our pictures in the paper and on the front of a construction magazine. The Bear Tooth Highway is absolutely amazing if you ever go that way!

    Thanks for the fun post and scavenger hunt!


  2. I’ve never been to Montana, but Lisa’s descriptions and memories invokes a desire to visit. Would love to experience Glacier National Park.


  3. I have visited Montana once! It was all beautiful. I loved the northwestern part including Jack Fork River! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com


  4. I’ve been to Glacier NP and drive up from Yellowstone usually. Such beautiful area and truly big sky country. I find the whole Rocky Mt. area beautiful in summer as well. I’m from North Alabama and would not do well in winter though. Congrats on the new book.


  5. We drove through Montana and I have to admit that the northern part of the state is nothing to write home about. I’d like to visit the southern part – see the mountains.


  6. It has been a long time since I was in Montana. I seem to recall going to an old west town called Virginia City. I would like to go back and see more of the state.


  7. Last year we were able to finally make a bucket list trip to Yellowstone. Time was spoken for and we didn’t get up into Montana. However, we loved the country so much that we decided that we HAD to go that way again this year. We are not only going back to Yellowstone, but we are going up to Glacier and spending some time there as well as exploring other parts of the state before heading back towards home. I am so looking forward to our time in Montana. If it’s as beautiful as Yellowstone, and I know it will be, it may just mean another trip in the future. 🙂 I have some health issues and we have decided to travel as much as we can before our health dictates that we stick closer to home.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  8. If you have visited Montana, what areas were your favorites? Dillon
    If you have not visited Montana, would you like to and do you have a specific destination in mind? Anywhere the mountains meet the range and water!


  9. I have never visited Montana, but would love to, it sounds beautiful. No specific destination in mind. I would love to just explore and see what surprises are in store.


  10. Montana has always made me think “ranch life”, until my friend had some work training out there. The pictures had a were jaw-dropping effect!


  11. I have never visited Montana but have always wanted to go. I would like to spend a few days in a mountain cabin in summer. I am not a cold weather person so no snow for me!


  12. Yellowstone is amazing and I’m saddened that the government has closed the national parks which are our national treasures.


  13. Hello! I remember driving through Montana once when I was little, probably in the early 2000’s and I just remember seeing all of the wildlife I’d never seen before like antelopes and buffalo!


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