The Debutante Queen, by Angela Breidenbach
Montana Beginnings, Book 1
1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins left behind by the Orphan Trains. 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?
If you’d like a paperback version, The Debutante Queen also appears in Snowflake Tiara, published with Valerie Comer’s, More Than a Tiara. Calista (heroine of The Debutante Queen) is the great, great, great grandmother of Marisa — the modern contestant in the Miss Snowflake pageant 125 years later. We all have the opportunity to influence the generations that follow us by the examples we set through the choices we make, even when no one else agrees. Enjoy the stories of women, three generations apart, who choose to do the right thing even when society says otherwise. And that does not make life easy…
Book 2 in the Montana Beginnings series, Eleven Pipers Piping, reveals what happens to those orphaned newsies as music teacher, Mirielle Sheehan, discovers love in 1890 Montana.