In 1964 Annick Smith came to Montana with her husband Dave and their boys. In a fertile valley where meadows tip downward toward the Big Blackfoot River, they found what they had dreamed of: 163 acres of ranch land with a view of creek, hills, and the Rattlesnake Mountains. The Montana of which Annick Smith writes in this spirited and generous book is the not-so-distant West of outlaws and pioneers, Indians and soldiers, range inspectors and cattle thieves.
Smith writes of her friendship with Norman Maclean, who memorialized the Big Blackfoot in A River Runs Through It, and she eloquently makes the case for preserving the fragile wild environments that are our sacred places.
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Review: HomesteadUser Review - Linda - Goodreads
Very interesting life, but not about homesteading. Affluent well educated woman from Chicago, well connected, falls in love with Montana in the 60's and makes a home there. Well written, good life, some tragedy, overall well done, but not roughing it, as implied by the title. Read full review
Review: HomesteadUser Review - Chris - Goodreads
Because I live in and love Montana, as does the author, this book gets 5 stars. Her lovely, poetic words do justice to the magic of living in a place full of beauty. Read full review