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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway - Flower of the Rockies Author: Angela Breidenbach On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book: Flower of the Rockies

Author: Angela Breidenbach

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: December 1, 2021

Helena MT, 1892-95 ~ Can you leave your past behind?
Flower of the Rockies, the 4th book in the Queen of the Rockies series set in picturesque Helena MT at the end of the Gilded Age. No one knows the real Emmalee Warren, or the sacrifices she’s made for love. An infamous soiled dove of no consequence turned miner’s widow. Men are coming out of the woodwork to stake their claim on her and the mine she inherited. They wanted her body before. Now they want her money, and they’ll do anything to take it. But love and acceptance seem out of the question for Emmalee.

Society wants nothing to do with her regardless of her changed ways. Who can she turn to when her inheritance and chance at a future is at risk? Will she be forced back into the brothel to survive? Hiring a lawyer, Richard Lewis, to save her from financial ruin might let her start over somewhere else — if he can save a little of her finances from her husband’s partner. She’ll go anyplace else where no one knows Miss Ellie’s name. Anywhere to leave the scorn behind. Becoming an unknown is the only way to freedom…or is it? Can she leave her past and build a new future?


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About the Author

BreidenbachAngela-HeadshotAngela Breidenbach is a professional genealogist, media personality, conference speaker, bestselling author of eighteen books, and screenwriter. Angela lives in Montana with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who shakes hands, rolls over, and jumps through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. Catch her show and podcast, Genealogy Publishing Coach!


More from Angela

Flower of the Rockies is one of my favorite stories. I didn’t realize when I started writing about the Montana state flower that I’d be digging into a deeper part of myself. A part I didn’t want to remember.

Stumbling on the women’s club that worked so hard to create symbolism for the state of Montana sparked a story idea. Then that idea needed a character help me tell the story. Then she told me she didn’t know how to read. Okay, I can run with that… But I’m a really good reader. So how do I connect to this widow who needs to learn to read to stop her husband’s partner from cooking her books and stealing everything she has left?

It hit me. She and I had a lot in common. As a kid, I was awkward. I didn’t connect well because I couldn’t read people. Ironically, I read books to learn about people. But it took getting out and being with people to begin really connecting and communicating.

Emmalee doesn’t want to be around people because she’s been rejected for her past and ridiculed publicly. Who wants to be friends with a soiled dove? But, she’s lonely. I suddenly connected on an even deeper level with her. I understood her need for love and acceptance. Her desire to become someone respectable.

On a bigger scale, that’s what the women of Montana were trying to prove, too. That their state fit in with the other states, had something special, something symbolic that showed she was accepted and respected. She had a flag, a state flower, and people who mattered.

Come join me in the Flower of the Rockies. I think you’ll like Emmalee and her journey toward acceptance. There are a lot of layers to the story’s symbolism. I wrote it and have been amazed at how God keeps revealing those layers to me in one short book. Let me know what is revealed to you.

My Thoughts

Flower of the Rockies is book 4 in the Queen of the Rockies series. This series is written by Angela Breidenbach. I have read the whole series, but they can all be read as stand alone books. This story, Emmalee and her past is my favorite so far of the series. Set in 1894 Helena Montana we meet Emmalee. She has lost her husband, who was involved in mining. She inherited his claims, the mines, the house everything. It is a huge improvement from her previous life. She previously was a lady of the night. However, her husband Charles Warren helped save her from that life. Now he was gone and she felt like a tainted dove all over again. 

She finds out that Charles' business partner may have been potentially stealing from Charles. Emmalee finds out that she may be destitute soon. She decides to hire a lawyer to see if he can help her. She is worried about her past coming back to haunt her - but she does not want to have to go back to her old life. Her lawyer, Richard Lewis, is captivated by her. He sees her for the person she is now, and not who she once was. He wants to help and represent her. Together they will have to prove that Charles former partner was skimming the profits. 

I love the story of second chances. Emmalee was so desperate to leave her old life behind. However, some of the townsfolk will never see her as their equals. I love that Emmalee found someone to help her. She is illiterate and wants to learn to read so that she can fend for herself. Throw in her housekeeper, who made me laugh throughout the book and you have such a wonderful cast of characters. 

I absolutely love learning about the founders of Helena Montana. I really enjoyed learning about how Montana picked out their state flower. I would love to see her do other main cities founders. She brings them to life. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read this series. All thoughts are my own. 

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To celebrate her tour, Angela is giving away the grand prize of a pair of iolite and sterling silver earrings!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thank you for your wonderful review, Connie. It is nice to know that there is comic relief included in this story in the character of Emmalee's housekeeper.

  2. Connie, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review! Flower of the Rockies sounds like one not to miss.