Yankee Wife (Quade Book 1)

By Linda Lael Miller

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
runonawkward
Love all of Linda Lael Miller's books, just added another one to the collection that i will read over and over...
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aramis
This series is ok but other trilogies were better penned from Mrs Miller. I'll continue to read her books for I love her writing. I bought these books but if you can get these from the library do.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
name bunnarith
This is a favorite of mine. I just wanted to get it to read on my kindle. I have the print book also
McKettricks of Texas: Austin :: Resurrection :: High Country Bride (The McKettrick Series #1) :: A Western Romance Novel (The Carsons of Mustang Creek) :: An Anthology (The Montana Creeds) - Montana Creeds
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yasmine
The story might warrant a 4 1/2 but I've yet to finish it and I am deeply disturbed by the many typing errors in the story, wherever Blaise is mentioned another word is attached and on some pages on my Kindle I have more yellow marks and Notes than anything. I doubt that this appears in a book so my question is "who edits" what is put on Kindle, do the stories not deserve careful editing? It is a great disappointment to not find a page without a typing error. It really makes me disrespect whoever put it on Kindle.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
paige latimer
excellent
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estefan a santamar a
Not my type of reading, but read it all the way through--Thought there would be more about the state of Montana as to scenery
etc. Have run quarter horses in Montana-won a futurity there in 1981.
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harc00lbabe
I LOVED THESE BOOKS....
I seriously cannot rave enough about LINDA LAEL MILLER'S books
The first one is as good as the second,third, fourth as many as she has written ....LOL :)
Any of her book's or series is just as interesting as the first one you begin reading .
still any excellent reading I would recommend any and all LINDA LAEL MILLER'S Books.
Once you read just one of her books :) you just wont want to ever stop ,
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
ryan askey
Enjoyed it because I could continue to follow the lives of the characters from other books by the same author.
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chelsea murray
The book was a little odd..
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
jenn anne
pulls you in and keeps you reading
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
marilize
Great Author
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
ellen baran
I liked the first book, and read the other two just to complete the set. The series was ok, but not great.
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anna pauner
No, I would not buy this book again. It is so unlike her other works. The characters are uninteresting, as well as the locales. But I will definitely buy her future books, love her Stone Creek people.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
john leonard
I enjoy reading this book. I like stories about life in the 1800's.
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ignatius ivan
Loved it, I'm reading the next book in the series
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
jad taylor
Niece story with a spin on the avatars son and half brother at odds over dead dads will. Lots of unresolved issue s leave opportunity for a sequel.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
janel
A great story of a man trying to put the loss of a wife and child behind to go on to find love for a woman he didn't want to love but circumstances changed his feelings. Also a revelations of the hardships encountered by person(s) leaving the east after the Civil War and struggling to make a new life in a new frontier.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
rod dunsmore
STORIES WHICH CENTER AROUND THE MONTANA COUNTRYSIDE ARE FASCINATING ESPECIALLY TO A READER FROM AFRICA. i ENJOYED HER WRITINGS BUT WAS SADDENED THAT SHE HAD TO BECOME SO EXPLICIT IN HER DESCRIPTIONS OF THE CHARACTER'S SEXUAL EXPLOITS. wAS THIS REALLY NECESSARY IN A BOOK OTHERWISE SO WELL WRITTEN?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
krystle
Top notch book by Linda Lael Miller. I liked it very much It was well worth buying and reading for me.
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erick
The book was more used than I expected. I will not be purchasing used books in the future. This did not meet my expectations.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
janet neyer
wasn't her best.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
belinda
Big Sky Mountain was an easy read. I am Ready for the next one to come out! I would recommend this book
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
eilene
great
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miumiu
good reading,interesting
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
tami garrard
One of my favorite books. Have read it at least 10 times.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
salman
loved it
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jess cannady
Here is the book I was looking forward to reading. I got a glimpse of it at the end of Book 1 "Big Sky Country". Of course Hutch Carmody was in the prior book because of the head banging he tried to carry on with his illegitimate half brother Slade. Kendra was also a part of the prior book as well.

This book however starts with quite a bang. I'm not going to say how, because what would be the fun in that? I will say that Hutch is smack dab in the middle of it. It was fun to see some of the characters from the first book, like Opal. Tenderhearted gruff churchgoing Opal. She'd prayed more than one couple through problems so that they could realize that they were meant to be a couple. Opal was also funny. Like the time she asked him who ironed his shirt. A Chimpanzee? Madison is also another interesting addition but again I'm not going to tell you who she is or how she is added. I will say that she is four years old and of course as cute as a button. I would like to note though that the author did a really good job with Madison's language skills. I'm talking about how kids have a hard time with some words and managed to slaughter the pronunciation. The only time I questioned it was when the name Leviticus came up. At least once Madison said it perfectly. I thought, "huh?" Just in case you are wondering, Leviticus is the dog that adopted Hutch.

I liked both of the main characters. They both had their own demons that they were battling and they were painful ones that came mainly from their childhoods. Even though Hutch came from a rich one and Kendra from a really financially and emotionally poor one. They both also had scars in common. They were told they just didn't measure up. It also caused both of them to scar each other because of pride. That pride ended their love many years earlier. Or did it? There will be a H.E.A. but it won't be without a fight and it won't be quick.

I also liked how it was said that the whole town grieved for Boone who is now Sheriff. It was written exactly that way and that Parable was after all a family. And Boone like Slade and Hutch was a favorite son.
It does look like he has his own story in the series. Book #3 called, "Big Sky River"

What I want to know is when is someone going to deal with that nasty Deputy McQuillan?
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
chris godwin
Linda Lael Miller knows just how to grab your attention from the very beginning and keep it to the last page.

Big Sky Mountain is a heart-warming tale of family, healing, second chances and love. Kendra and Hutch's story is another great addition to this Big Sky series set in Parable, Montana.

Kendra is as big hearted as they come, not just by going to her ex-husband's death bed and agreeing to his last request to track down the child he fathered with another woman, but by adopting the little girl and loving her with everything in her. And adorable Madison, that precocious 4-year-old she rescued from foster care, steals your heart the same way Daisy the dog captures the Kendra and Madison's.

From the start Hutch is a cowboy that. Can't be ignored, after all, he is slightly infamous, at least locally, for calling a halt to his wedding at the alter... the scene that opens the book. He inspires a hate page from intended bride Brylee and her gaggle of gal pals... even if being left at the alter was somewhat her fault--she'd refused to listen to Hutch on more than one occasion pre-wedding when he expressed doubts.

Being a cowboy with the manners, yes ma'ams, saddle swagger and sexy grin, make Hutch hard to resist. Throw in his rough upbringing, recent efforts to be a brother to half-bro Slade, his ease with kids and critters, adoption of a dog he find in the middle of the road, tolerance and indulgence in older woman Opal's guidance and insistence she's moving in temporarily to "help" him out, work ethic and love of home and heritage, make him pretty attractive. Add in the fact that he can't help seeking out Kendra, the high school sweetheart who left town to marry another man (the one who fathered Madison with another woman) and flawless treatment and acceptance of Madison from first meeting, and Hutch is irresistible.

They each have to overcome the hurt and mistakes of their past before they're ready to be involved with anyone full time. Plus, there's Madison to consider; that little girl is taken with Hutch, her cowboy man, the instant she sees him. What happens if she gets more attached and Hutch bales on them?

You can't help but root for this trio and their critters.

Those who read Big Sky Country will enjoy a glimpse at Slade and Joslyn, Shea, Tara and Boone, and getting to know Walker and an introduction to Casey. At the end, you're left wanting the next books to find out what happens to the other couples. And how cute that Opal is taken from first photo with a potential beau!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
mansoor
The second installment in Linda Lael Miller's Parable series, Big Sky Mountain begins and ends with wedding scenes. While the groom is the same for both weddings, the ceremonies have completely different endings. What happens in between is a beautiful second chance at love story that will tug at your heartstrings.

Once a couple, Hutch Carmody and Kendra Shepherd's relationship fell apart and Kendra married another man. With Kendra now divorced, the attraction is burning hotter than ever between them. Will Hutch and Kendra forgive the mistakes of the past and find love again?

Big Sky Mountain is an understated romance between two ordinary people who need to come to terms with their issues and emotional baggage before they can have a healthy relationship. With no grand gestures or big dramas, Hutch and Kendra's story unfolds in a realistic fashion.

The conflict in the story is internal and both characters are quite introspective. They are able to see their past relationship with new perspectives and figure out why it failed the first time. Hutch and Kendra also make peace with their respective childhoods. The accept that their parental figures did the best they could given the difficult circumstances facing them. The growth of the characters, both as individuals and as a couple, is phenomenal.

Ms. Miller is well-known for her ability to create homey, close-knit communities and she certainly does that in Big Sky Mountain as well. The residents of Parable are wonderful and their concern for one another always comes shining through. Details about old and new characters are revealed, leaving readers eagerly awaiting the next novels in the Parable series.

Friendship, family and values are always strong components in Linda Lael Miller's novels and Big Sky Mountain is overflowing with them. Hutch and Kendra's story is a delightful addition to a wonderfully heartwarming series that fans of contemporary romances will not want to miss.

I received a complimentary copy to review.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
mj davis
This was my first introduction to Linda Lael Miller's work. As a horsewoman, I certainly enjoyed the setting. This is picky, but since the author is a horsewoman, I was a little disappointed in the technical detail in that regard. I was a disappointed reader, as I found this book just a rather slow character study, pretty much devoid of any substantial plot, and about 99% predictable. While I liked most of the characters, sometimes I didn't understand why some of them were in the story, unless it is because this IS just published as one chunk of a series. But I think these book(s) should stand alone and so I found myself asking (for instance) why McQuillan was even in this story, as that seemed to go nowhere. I found it just filler rather than any understanding about the point of Kendra's (or any of the characters') personal interaction with him and there were other loose ends like this. So, is this mostly spinning a long yarn to keep readers buying "serial" books or is it best seller material? I say the former. Perhaps it was not meant to be, but this book is not best seller caliber in my mind! Really it's just a sluggish story of mistrust; a lot of milling around of people with respect to Kendra's personal dilemma of agonizing over and resisting giving Hutch a second chance. The breakup happened due to immaturity and a lack of communication. Fast forward a few years later, that lack of communication is still pretty much the basis of the entire plot here and all that is left to save the day is a bit of maturity in how they relate to each other. Much like a sudsy soap opera, if the two of them had just sat down and had a conversation, this story and all of the pages of dialogue would have totally dissolved into a single chapter. With that said, the book is a pleasant enough read, as long as you are just looking some weak tension building to the graphic climax (literally and figuratively) between the lead characters. For me, the book is okay and lightweight entertainment.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ernie tedeschi
Big Sky Mountain is book two in the Parable Montana Series by Linda Lael Miller. I'm a huge fan of everything I have read by her, and I have to say I enjoyed it is my favorite of the two so far. I absolutely love Hutch and Kendra. The chemistry between these two is so smoking hot it's sizzling!

Hutch and Kendra dated many years ago, but both ended up hurt when they split up. They also each blamed each other for their pain. For most of the first book Kendra was in England at the request of her dying ex-husband. His request was not an easy one. He wanted her to find his four year old daughter in the USA that was in the foster care system, and raiser her as her own. Now Kendra is home in Parable to stay, and she has a wonderfully funny daughter, Madison.

The book opens with Hutch leaving his fiancé at the altar, which only proves to Kendra that he is a playboy heart crusher. But she does see the good points about him to. He is great with little Madison, and the scenes between them are soooo great! How can she resist a man she still loves when he is so great with her daughter?? I mean he even buys a pony for her!!!

This book answers the question of whether or not two people with a rocky past can get over those hurts. There are so many things to love about this book. You get to see Hutch's relationship with his half-brother Slade grow into an action sibling relationship. I love how the children in Linda's books actually play a part in the story! They aren't just sprinkled in as an accent. Plus the smoking hot sex will have your e-reader smoking!!! I highly recommend this book and series!!!

4.75 Stars

Review copy provided for an honest review.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
mr brammer
This is the same old story with this author. Repeats, repeats, repeats. I don't know how this book is getting 5 star ratings but it was not a 5 star book. I stopped reading this author years ago because her stories seemed stale and unexciting. Well, they still are. I'm glad our library has the series and I didn't have to waste my money on this series. The only thing I lost was my time. I liked Hutch going up to the mountain to his stone monument. That was different. Then, the author switched to Boone and his story. I'm thinking "now which story am I reading Hutch's or Boone's?" To many stories going on in this book. Sadly, disappointed. I will read Boone's story only because the library has it. This author said she loves to hear from her readers. If she is reading all the reviews on this series, she isn't listening to her readers because nothing is changing.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
mischa
While I have seen other Linda Lael books around, "Yankee Wife" is the first (and last) I've read. The plot as written on the back cover sounded interesting-- and like many other stories I've read. I hadn't gotten very far into the story, however, before the characters seemed a bit too fake. Lydia, the heroine, is written with unexpected emotion. While not always bad, in this case, it is. In the space of two sentences, talking about the same thing, her heart is first "twisted...[as] it wasn't difficult to imagine how lonely the vast, gracious house could be, set square in the center of this wild and unsettled country the way it was," and, immediately after, she asks something but is "stricken." The author's descriptions often do not match up. A character might say something in one way, but then when Miller write the next sentence, the emotion the character is exhibiting is far and above what the reader expects based on the previous sentence.

Along this vein, both Brigham (main male) and Lydia exhibit frighteningly intense tempers. There is no middle ground. They both go from ground zero to furious, raging, insanely mad. Twice, Lydia is detailed to be so angry that she forgets who she is, where she is, and sees only red, leading her to run and tackle Brigham (in anger) in front of everyone. I had a hard time sympathizing with two characters who had such poor control of their tempers. Additionally, the leap from calm and collected to raging and furious was so sudden each time that it felt contrived rather than natural. I understand that Miller wanted to portray two very strong, very independent main characters, but she could have done it better without the regular bouts of rage.

At several other points throughout the book, Miller said something that made me have to flip back through the pages to check if I'd missed something because it just doesn't make sense otherwise. For instance, [spoiler alert] after Lydia is on the boat with Devon, she comes out on deck and sees Devon with another woman. Feeling sick, she finds out that the woman is actually Devon's wife. Okay...no biggie. It was poorly and obviously done, but it's clear that Devon didn't explain himself and that Lydia is meant for his brother, not for himself. Obviously, Devon's been married for awhile and didn't think to explain it. The reader is left with that assumption until two pages later, where it unobtrusively states, "Apparently, the new bride [Devon's wife] had found marriage to a complete stranger to be all she'd hoped for." I read that and went, "Wait, WHAT?!" Nowhere before it does it mention that Devon's wife was new, nor that they were newlyweds, nor yet that they had been strangers beforehand. This is just one example of the leaps that this book goes through, leaving the reader wondering if there is some information missing along the way.

There were other points that stuck out like sore thumbs throughout the book as well. Repeatedly, the Civil War comes up, with Lydia seeing red every time. After the scene where Brigham yells in front of everyone that he'll tell them why she belongs to him if she tries to marry another man (see next paragraph), it somehow ends up with Brigham tenderly holding her and telling her to let the War go, to not hold it all in. The next thing we know, Lydia is sobbing in his arms, screaming out as memories assail her and weeping through the nightmarish memories. I felt illogically jerked from a scene where Brigham is at his worst to all of a sudden, it's not about what he threatened or what happened between them, but about the North and South? It's like a psychology session gone wrong. (Speaking of the war, it comes up multiple times throughout the story. I get that Miller wants us to be sympathetic towards her heroine, but the whole rehashing and dragging the reader through Lydia's memories every time she sees red got old after the third time. Use it once, maybe twice, and BE DONE WITH IT.)

As for Brigham himself, I struggled to like him. I am all for a strong, bold, (even brash), domineering hero, but at the very least I expect him to be honorable. Brigham's quick rush to announce to the pastor, Dr. Joe, and the table at large that Lydia couldn't marry any man but him [spoiler alert] because he had already taken her to bed positively infuriated me. He showed no care for her, no respect, but quickly threw all regard out the window and yelled (in FRONT of everyone) at her to stop or he'd tell everyone. What kind of man does that? Kisses and tells? And I'm supposed to like him? No, thank you.

In regards to Brigham and Lydia's relationship, it felt anticlimactic. They have issues. Big issues. She has moral concerns with Brigham opening a brothel. She deals with it foolishly, but still has valid concerns. He is domineering and unkind, though he also has some valid reasons for what he is doing. Rather than working through these issues and coming to a compromise, Miller cops out and writes in a fire that endangers Lydia's life and that's how everything gets better. Lydia decides to be more docile and stop bothering Brigham with her concerns, and Brigham decides he loves her enough to tell her so. The story closes with a nice little "Three years later..." epilogue. I sat on my chair, finished with the book, and just thought, "That was it? I waded through that entire book hoping for a redeeming ending and...that was IT?" I felt like Lydia betrayed her conscience, giving up her beliefs just because the sex was good. Brigham didn't budge on his own beliefs and only finally announced he loved her because of an anticlimactic fire. It all just felt too contrived, wishy-washy, and resolved in a way that left me sad for both of them.

All in all, I give this book a 1-star rating. Poor character development, unbelievable characters, illogical scenes, and a hurried ending that left much to be desired.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
pushkal
The premise of the tale was great: An 11 year-old boy saves an 8 year-old girl from drowning. Charity, being very caught up in fantasy, offers the boy (Luke) one wish - in thanks for the rescue. Luke decides not to take advantage of the wish at that time. Luke comes from a ne'er-do-well family, while Charity is the daughter if one of the wealthiest ranchers in the area.

The only interesting story, to me, was the brothers' conflict over Luke's dad killing his wife. Each saw the event through different eyes and there was no common ground for them to reason with each other. Their dad is hanged and the brothers leave the area.

Luke returns 15 years later. By this time, Charity is betrothed to someone her father has chosen for her (Raoul). Charity wants to break the engagement but lots of problems emerge that keeps the couple (Charity and Raoul) from talking. Obviously, Charity allowed events to dissuade her from doing the right thing - breaking the engagement.

Now, Luke is a bounty-hunter, looking for his brother, Vance, who has turned to a life of senseless murder and robbery.

This is a rather bland tale. I was surprised: The title is ONE WISH, yet the author made little use of it. I expected there to be more discussion of the wish, yet it was barely mentioned until the end of the story.

The story was so "blah" that the next day, I couldn't remember minor points in the book. That's sad ... I cannot call it a memorable story!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
megan frampton
Big Sky Mountainis the second novel, in Linda Leal Miller's, Swoon-Worthy Cowboys series. We find ourselves back in Parable, Montana. This time she shares Hutch and Kendra' tale. This was a funny, sweet, small town romance. I enjoyed visiting Parable again and the characters who reside there. Each of these novels can be read as a standalone, but I like getting to know all of the characters and recommend reading them in order.

This tale picks up almost nine months from where the last book ended, and Hutch is about to make a serious mistake, luckily he sees the light, but it has put him in the spotlight. To make matters worse Kendra Shepherd, the woman who broke his heart is back in town with a child in tow. Every time he sees her he is reminded of what could have been. Kendra has returned to give her daughter the chance to grow up secure in a small town. She is selling her mansion size home and looking for the perfect little house to set up their new life. The last thing she needs is Hutch Carmody messing things up. How does he manage to unnerve her just by being in the same room with her. The tale that unfolds is at times comical as these two wrestle with their fears and the obvious attraction they both feel.

I love the characters in Parable and it was nice seeing them again. Hutch is finally making peace with his bastard brother and hopes the drama dies down soon. Hutch is sweet, stubborn and loveable. With his devilish good lucks he has Kendra's heart all a flutter. Kendra has had a rough life, raised in a trailer park by a grandmother who didn't want her, and she has made quite a few mistakes. She is a mom now and determined to be a good one. Her real estate business is successful and she has a plan. If only she had someone to share it with. Madison, Kendra's four year old daughter stole the show in this novel. She is a little spit-fire and added humor and drama to the mix. I absolutely adored this little ginger haired girl. We learn more about Tara and her neighbor, who I believe will be the next story. Opal is back with all her spunky and meddling ways. I love this woman and her over the top obvious advice was humorous. Everyone looking for love should have an Opal in their corner. We get to see Slade and Joslyn and the other townsfolk. I enjoyed visiting them and getting updates on their lives.

This tale moved at a slower pace than the first novel, but I loved all the little mundane details. The drama surrounding Hutch's recent escapades was both hilarious and sad. The romance was slow to develop as these two danced the nervous tango. It's so obvious to the reader and other characters that these two are meant to be. When they finally come together it is bittersweet and I loved how Hutch calmed a nervous Kendra. I love the town of Parable and Miller has done a great job of weaving new characters and story-lines into the tale. I am looking forward to the next installment.

I recommend Big Sky Mountain and the Swoon Worthy Cowboy series to fans of small town romances. You can see my review of book one, Big Sky Country here. The next book in the series, Big Sky River is due out in January of 2013 and I hope to bring you an early review. Miller is on my favorite author list and I hope you enjoy her books as much as I do. ARC provided in exchange for unbiased review and originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
morva swift
In Parable, Montana, as here Comes The Bride plays in the background Brylee Parrish escorted by her brother Walker walks down the aisle towards her waiting fiancé Hutch Carmody when the groom abruptly stops the ceremony. His half-brother Slade Barlow and the best man Boone Taylor (see Big Sky Country) escorts Hutch back to their Whisper Creek Ranch before he makes matters worse.

Kendra Shepherd has just returned to Big Sky Country after spending time in England fulfilling her former husband Jeffrey's death bed vow of finding and adopting his four years old daughter Madison. Her BFFs pregnant Jocelyn Taylor and Jocelyn Barlow welcome her and her adopted toddler home. Kendra once was attracted to Hutch and knows she still is; however, Madison comes before she allows her heart to be broken by the rancher. Hutch jilted Brylee because he knew his heart belongs to Kendra; his actions sent her to Jeffrey. Feeling fate is on his side he plans to regain the trust of the mom and the love of the daughter as he wants both as his family.

The second Big Sky contemporary romance is an engaging second chance at love tale. The lead male has matured quite a bit from his early antics in Big Sky Country as shown by how well he treats his "Shortstop". Although Madison adjusts too easily to her "mommy" and more (though love and acceptance helps her after being isolated with efficient nannies), fans will enjoy this warm Montana romance.

Harriet Klausner
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ranganath pai
The characters in Big Sky Mountain were first introduced in book 1, Big Sky Country. This series takes place in the small town of Parable, Montana. Everyone in town knows each other, they grew up together, their parents knew each other, and they support each other. This story takes place about nine months after Big Sky Country and both Kendra and Hutch have come to some milestones in their lives. Hutch was about to get married, but decided he couldn't marry a woman who was not Kendra, and left the bride at the altar. Kendra has adopted her ex-husband's illegitimate daughter and is now a single mother. Wanting to raise her daughter where she grew up, Kendra is changing her life in Parable to fit her new circumstances which includes selling the mansion she had thought would make her happy. Kendra is afraid of being hurt romantically again, but Hutch has always had a piece of her heart.

As much as I enjoyed book 1, I liked Big Sky Mountain better. I'm not sure why exactly, I think it's because Hutch has grown so much as a character and person since that first book. For someone who used to resent his half-brother and father, he has matured enough to begin to let go of the negative feelings and start to grow up. He is ready to settle down on his ranch, and he proves to be a really good man. Both Hutch and Kendra both have misconceptions about what exactly went wrong with their relationship when they were younger, and they never quite fully hash it out. However, they both come to the place where they are ready to let the past go, and they have great chemistry between them.

The pacing in Big Sky Mountain is similar to the first book, it's not very fast. The story and the romance is slow to build, but the colorful secondary characters and stories kept me engaged in the book. There is more to this story than the romance, it's more Kendra's story. Kendra who is now a single mother and re-establishing her life to take care of her daughter. She has re-prioritized her life and she matures into a strong woman, ready to settle down as well. I would describe the story and the romance as more on the sweet side (more mainstream). The romance is not over the top or overtly sexual, but the characters develop a believable relationship, and as I said, they have chemistry.

With a swoon-worthy cowboy, a charming small town setting, and a tender-hearted romance, Big Sky Mountain is a great read. Romance readers, if you like small town settings and cowboys, I recommend reading the Swoon-Worthy Cowboys series by Linda Lael Miller.

*I received this book for review*
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
carol murray
This book is built on an interesting premise: A young woman "outlaw" marries a man in order to escape the hangman's noose. Twenty year-old Jolie McKibben has a noose around her neck and is standing in a hay wagon - waiting for the hangman to say the last words she will hear.

A young farmer, Daniel Beckham, sees the imminent death of the young lady and the judge offers him the opportunity to marry her by invoking the "wedding ordinance."

Actually, this is THE WIVES OF BOWIE STONE (by Maggie Osborne) in reverse. If you've read that treasure, you understand the basis of this novel. The story takes place in Prosperity, Washington Territory in 1877.

There is plenty of action and the cause-and-effects are reasonable and interesting. I couldn't put the book down and read it in a few hours. This is one of the best LLM books I've read.

The only issues I had revolved around the resolution of the novel. The last 7 pages were chock full of paragraphs tying up the large number of threads running through the book. It seemed a bit rushed.

** SPOILER ** Also, the person who finds Jolie (in the last pages) has miraculously recovered from a serious ailment - which seems impossible in such a short time frame.

However, this is an engaging book with lots of twists and turns. Enjoy!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kate cares
Hutch Carmody, rancher, finally gets to explain to his fiancee at the altar that he doesn't want to marry her. While this leaves Hutch ostracised in the small Montana town, at last he is free to find the right woman in BIG SKY MOUNTAIN. This is late in a series but can be read as a standalone.
Kendra Shepherd has returned to Parable County with her little adopted daughter Madison, after a failed marriage to a wealthy Englishman. She runs a real estate business which is far from thriving; clients range from a deputy with the wrong attitude to women to a rock star incognito. Putting her own large home on the market she settles in a small cottage. The local community welcomes her and while she worries that all her past is publicly discussed she is convinced that this is a good place in which to raise her child.
Hutch discovers that Kendra is back which rekindles memories of their teenage romance. She's not looking for a man and rather than press her to take up with him while he is being vilified on web pages by friends of the almost-bride, he settles for being neighbourly to Kendra and Madison. Hutch also has a genuine concern that a divorce could see him losing half of Whisper Creek ranch.
As the summer passes other friends have children, or finally get around to cleaning up the yard, and little Madison gets a pup, then a small pony, and a rodeo comes to town, Hutch and Kendra get to know each other for the first time as adults. They admit that they have renewed feelings for each other, but both of their pasts seem to prove insurmountable.
Linda Lael Miller has given us a book that is full of colour and detail and is a pleasure to read, with very human characters getting on with life and making decisions that make good sense, in their own time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
patcholi1961
The Civil War is over and Lydia McQuire has served her fellow man with distinction, but without much credit as a Union Army nurse. Now, she's 3000 miles from home and having a problem eking out an honest living in Washington Territory. When she sees the ad for a mail-order bride, Lydia decides to apply.

She is charmed by the polite man, Devon Quade. She agrees to the marriage and they soon set out on a ship to Quade's Harbor. During the trip, Lydia finds that she is to marry an older brother, not the handsome Devon. Her groom will be the blustery Bingham who is a widower with 2 girls to raise.

Bingham, to Lydia's regret, turns out to be the owner of all he sees, including a major lumbering enterprise. Although in his early-to-mid-thirties, Bingham is arrogant and stubborn; he knows all.

When Devon announces that he has brought a bride home for Bingham, the older brother roars with rage. However, curiosity challenges Bingham to go find Lydia; what he sees pleases him. Unfortunately for Bingham, Lydia also brings a hair-trigger stubborn streak.

The best part of the book is the way Bingham senses the rage in Lydia over the war. He encourages her to let it go - at him, if necessary. This gave Bingham a humane aura and showed that they could learn from each other.

Most of the story is the war that Lydia and Bingham embark on before they settle their issues. Although they are both mature adults (in age), it is often hard to tell from their rages and stunts against each other.

The novel moves at a steady clip and the characters seem to be fully fleshed out. However, I found some of the rages and antics to be a bit over-the-top. 4.0 stars

Quade Series
1) Yankee Wife (1993)
2) Taming Charlotte (1993)
3) Princess Annie (1994)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
samantha rahming
Hutch Carmody had a lot of growing up to do and after his father's death about a year ago that's just what he's done. He's come to terms with his illegitimate half brother, settling with him on his share of the family inheritance. Hutch has also matured in recognizing that Kendra Shephard is the one he foolishly let get away and is determined to win her back, out to prove he's not the man he was back in the day. Kendra is fresh off a painful divorce and has adopted a four-year old little girl. She's not ready to take any more risks for herself or her daughter.

I really enjoyed this second book in the series, even though Kendra's reluctance to engage with Hutch became tiresome after awhile. However, there were so many funny and heartwarming moments it was easy to settle back and hang on for the ride. Madison (Kendra's daughter)was an absolute scene stealer and even the pets (everyone in this town has a dog) brought quite a few laughs. The characters from the first book are also critical to the story, as the friendships play a major role in getting Hutch and Kendra to finally connect. There is a strong sense of family that continues to develop, making the romance that much more poignant as Hutch establishes a relationship with Madison along the way.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, which will focus on Boone and Tara. It should prove to be a bit more serious as decisions he made in this story will be awfully tough to reverse. No matter the tone, I'm committed to the end.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
farnoosh fathi
Big Sky Mountain by Linda Lael Miller
Grade: B+

"Fear isn't a good enough reason to keep to the sidelines when there's living to do."

Hutch Carmody has been in love with Kendra Shepherd for most of his adult life and when he finds himself at the altar getting ready to marry another woman, he realizes his mistake one day too early. After breaking the town sweetheart's heart Hutch is determined to win Kendra back and convince the town of Parable, Montana that he's not the monster they all think he is. Kenda has a surprise of her own when she shows up in Parable with a four year old adoptive daughter in tow. Now a mother, Kendra is determined to give her daughter the childhood she never had even if that means keeping away from the one man she loves who could break both of their hearts.

Let me start by saying I loved this book so much and it blew me away from the first chapter. Big Sky Mountain is the follow up to Big Sky Country and takes place about a year later and this time focuses on Hutch and Kendra, both of whom we meet previously. I wasn't a big fan of Big Sky Country and I was very nervous to go back to Parable and its characters.

Big Sky Mountain starts off with a big bang of Hutch calling of his wedding at the very last minute and Kendra coming back to town with her ex-husband's child that resulted from an affair while the two were still married. This book doesn't just pull at your heartstrings but tries to tug them as far as they can go and then tugs some more. I felt so bad for all the parties involved in both of these situations but Kendra and her new daughter Madison had me almost in tears a few times. There is nothing sadder than a child who has been abandoned and fears that it will happen again. I really enjoyed Madison and for me she was the star of the book.

Kendra was a character that I wasn't a big fan of and I really didn't think I would like but she won me over very quickly. Kendra could have been written a too good but she comes off very real and as a woman who will do whatever it takes to make sure this child feels loved and safe even if it means she's alone. Hutch and Kendra have a very long history and I wish that they could have talked about the big miscommunication they had that lead to them splitting up years before. i never felt that it got resolved and I kept waiting and waiting for it to happen.

Hutch was one of the few characters that I liked in Big Sky Country and I was very excited to get his story. Hutch shows a very different side of himself in this book and they way he interacts with Madison could melt even the coldest person's heart. The chemistry between him and Kendra is amazing when it finally happens. Like the previous book it takes forever and a day for the characters to get together and it starts to feel like it's never going to happen. That was my only big complaint that I had but it is a big one and really seemed to make the book drag at points.

Big Sky Mountain is one of the best contemporary romance novels I have read all year. I am now a bona fide fan of this series and Linda Lael Miller and I plan to read as much of her other books as I can . I cannot wait to see what happens next in Parable, Montana and this series but sadly October is a long ways away. .
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
matthea hess
Years ago, pretty Kendra Shepherd had a real crush on Hutch Carmody. Hutch was tall, handsome and rich, but he was also wild and reckless, too. These were qualities Kendra didn't appreciate in a man whom she hoped to marry.

Kendra had been abandoned by her mother, who left the waif on her grandmother's doorstep. Reluctantly, Grandma Shepherd put a roof over Kendra's head, fed and clothed her sure enough, but Kendra couldn't help feeling she'd never be as good as her neighbors. Perhaps there was some reason why her own mother couldn't abide her company, something seriously wrong with Kendra herself.

No wonder Kendra was fine pickings for Jeffrey, who swept her off her feet before Kendra realized what was happening. Unfortunately, Jeffrey made a habit of sweeping a lot of young ladies off their feet and her philandering husband had even sired a daughter, Madison. When her husband died, Madison was the single element left of her husband's brief life. Madison's mother was only too happy to give up the four year old and Kendra adopted the young girl.

Kendra wanted to create a stable home for little Madison, the kind of home she'd never had. For that, Kendra knew she'd have to return home to Parable, Montana and face the demons of her past. Unfortunately, that would also throw her into close proximity with Hutch Carmody.

Kendra couldn't help wondering whether the years had been kind to Hutch. Had the handsome man mellowed at all or was he still a hell raiser? Despite everything that had happened, Kendra feared she was still thirsty for love, a desire which could only be quenched by Hutch Carmody.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
christine tochihara
Hutch stops his own wedding as the wedding march is playing and is hated by 1/2 of Montana. Hutch comes from a wealthy family and can charm anyone he meets. Kendra's rich titled English ex-husband on his death bed asked her to raise his daughter he had with his mistress. Kendra has always wanted to children and jumps at the chance to find his lost daughter and raise her .. when the story starts she has return to Parable, Montana with this beautiful 4 year old girl. Kendra and Hutch dated for years but their relationship never matured but they never stopped loving each other. When the book starts they are both recently single and as trust is rebuilt a mature love grows. I am loving this series - great characters and writing. Check out the whole Parable, Montana series; Book 1: Big Sky Country (Hqn),Book 2: Big Sky Mountain (Hqn) ,Book 3:Big Sky River (The Parable) & Book 4: Big Sky Summer.

If you enjoy this genre I would also suggest; Redemption (Hqn),It Had to Be You: Special Bonus Edition with free novel Blue Flame (Lucky Harbor),Rescue My Heart (AN ANIMAL MAGNETISM NOVEL) and The Temporary Wife: A Forever Love Story (InterMix).
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
nancy honore
This book was a fairly quick read from beginning to end. Lots of action and story to keep you turning the page. At times I felt the writing was rough, but nothing that distracted from understanding the story. The book had its suspense and romance, as well as the growing up. I would definitely classify this book as young adult, but had the suspense and romance and paranormal all going on.

I was very intrigued with the relationship Jamison had with his grandfather. This was probably the favorite part of the book for me. I could feel that Jamison loved his grandfather and would do anything for that man. I loved the Scottish accent as well. Quite fun to read.

This is the first book in a series and I think I forgot that when I started reading it, so when I got to the end, I was disappointed it didn't end. Not that it didn't have a good ending, it just didn't end. Typical for a first book in a series. I definitely will be watching for the second book of this series.
I would recommend this to readers who like paranormal, mystery, and suspense in their Young Adult. And even if you don't like Young Adult, there is still enough variety to keep you interested.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
colman
Before reading this book I was told this is the perfect western romance to read that will leave you with that warm and fuzzy feeling of happiness. I am here to tell you this was spot on. The book starts off with a bang and straight through out till the end it keeps going and just gets better and better.

I adored Hutch and Kendra (btw Mrs Miller I totally love the name Kendra) to the point of distraction. The fact that this is a old flames re-unite is what made the book for me. I loved how the author used the past to influence the relationship and let it bloom to a beautiful and powerful love story, that will forever more be locked into my heart.

New beginnings and a fresh start is what the book is all about and even though I learned while reading the book that this is book two to a series at no point could I say oh now I am lost. I have never read this authors work but I am thoroughly impressed.

The deeper meaning of the book was for me that friendship is found in the most unlikely places and when the power of love is as strong as that between Hutch and Kendra it shall never fail to rise to the occasion.

Reviewd by:Harlequinjunkie.com
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kelley bruce
This is going to be a pretty quick review on Big Sky Mountain because I just do not have a lot to say. Linda Lael Miller always provides a strong story with great character and plot development and growth. I really have nothing negative to say about this book. I really like both the main characters in Big Sky Mountain, Hutch and Kendra. The story starts as Hutch leaves his finance at the alter and become that talk of the town. Kendra has just moved back to Parable after adopting her daughter (a product of her exhusband's relationship with another woman). Kendra and Hutch has history, but Kendra wants no drama for her daughter but is drawn to Hutch but worried that his recent history and their history together is a recipe for disaster. the problem is her daughter is drawn to Hutch and Hutch has made the girl some promises to teach her how to ride. The question is will this be enough to heal the past and start a new future together.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
blair
Big Sky Mountain is the second book in Ms. Miller's Big Sky series. Set in the fictional town of Parable, Montana, Big Sky Mountain is the story of wealthy Hutch Carmody, the owner of Whisper Creek Ranch and beautiful divorcee Kendra Shepherd. Once an item, Hutch and Kendra parted ways and Kendra went on to marry an Englishman who later divorced her. She's survived, built a successful real estate business, and lives in the old mansion where her best friend Joslyn grew up. But now Kendra has an adopted four-year-old, Madison. Finding her ex-husband's illegitimate daughter and caring for her was his last request before he died. Kendra loves Madison and will do anything to make her happy and her life loving and stable. This excludes taking up with former hell-raiser Hutch Carmody who can only cause her pain. After all, he never tried to get her back when she started going with her ex-husband, and his track record is poor. As the story opens, Hutch is about to tie the knot with a young woman when he has second thoughts and leaves her at the altar.

But Kendra can't overcome the deep attraction she feels-has always felt-for Hutch, even though she tries to avoid him, tries to keep her distance.

Big Sky Mountain has a wonderful lineup of characters, many who appeared in the first book, Big Sky Country. Hutch's half brother Slade Barlow is married to Joslyn, and Opal, the black woman who befriended Joss and Kendra when they were younger, is there to offer her sage advice and superb meals to the lot of them. I loved Hutch, the ideal cowboy. I felt I understood him, however, I did not understand Kendra's hot and cold reaction to Hutch. I also never found the resolution to why they parted initially. It seemed both accused the other of breaking it off, and then this was never resolved.

The pros: Parable is a delightful town, there's wonderful interaction with people and animals that will keep the reader smiling. The secondary characters are skillfully interwoven into the story so the reader cares about them. The love scenes are highly sensual.

The cons: I felt this wasn't Ms. Miller's best work. Both Big Sky books used repetitive phrases and some clunky sentence structure I found jarring. Characters were constantly "hurrying" everywhere. A few more descriptive words would have made a better story. One phrase that had me raising my eyebrows was: " His legs astraddle of her." Opal seemed to be churning out casseroles and pies in record-breaking times a mere mortal could not do. Lastly, Kendra's mixed signals with regard to her feelings for Hutch went on and on and on. I wanted to shake her like a rag doll.

I've enjoyed Ms. Miller's past books more. This one I'd give a four.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andreia curado
This is the best story I have read of Miller's so far!
What a challenging way to save a person and gain a bride.
Even though Daniel Beckham refuses to love Jolie McKibben, he is willing to save her from the hangman's noose and gain a housekeeper and bed partner, also a cook. Wow! what a man. [grin]
Jolie gained a humorous friend and protecter in the lad called Deuter, the young man working for Daniel.
The unexpected arrival of the youngsters, Gemma and her brother Hank threw a monkey wrench into Daniel's plan of remaining emotionally uninvolved. And of course finding out that Jolie had not known any man physically brought confusion to Daniel's preconcieved ideas of who and what Jolie was.
Finding out about Pilar, Daniel's sometime lover, did upset Jolie a trifle. But Pilar was not going to get her husband.
Nan and Joe Culley became very valued and accepted friends of Jolie and I cried with her. And then to have Nan take up with Ira January. Ugh!
I couldn't believe that Blake Kingston could even imagine himself in love with Jolie. [the rat] and she had a few close calls with the return of Blake and his partner, Rowdy, a killer with no conscience.
I was so afraid that Daniel might finally send Jolie and the kids packing before he would realize that he needed them to love and to be loved by them.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED with no reservations -- wonderful -- sexy -- and liberating -- We need more like this.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
chelsea c
As with all LLM books, loved this book. This is book 2 in the series. The book begins with a wedding - Hutch Carmody being the groom. Just as the bride starts down the aisle, Hutch stops the wedding, realizing the person he loves is Kendra Shepherd, the woman who broke his heart years ago.

Kendra, on the other hand, remembers the story differently. Hutch broke her heart by not fighting for her and stopping her from marrying someone else. Someone who walked out on her, only years later, from his death bed, asked her to raise his estranged 4 year old daughter, which she agrees to do.

Hutch and Kendra are given a second chance, provided they are willing to risk another broken heart.

We also get to revisit old friends, Slade and Joslin, amount others, from book 1. Additionally, we begin to see a little more from Boon and Tara, the main characters from book 3.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
heather campbell
This is the second book in the Big Sky series. Kendra comes back from being over in England visiting her ex husband whom did not have long to live. She also totes back a little girl who was her ex husbands daughter. Kendra would like to get back to work and make a normal life for her daughter. The last she saw Hutch she gave him a kiss goodbye and left. Hutch sees that Kendra is back in town and tries to be a good friend to her but would like to have more. Kendra is guarding her heart as she has been in a relationship before with Hutch. With the little girls help can she and Hutch make it work this go around or will things fall apart?

I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one. I wanted to know Hutch's side of the story. I wanted to know more about Kendra as well. It was nice to see their stories and where they came from. A great for anyone who likes romance, westerns and action.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
warren stewart
My Review:

Straight up...I enjoy reading Linda's books and never truly have an issue with them. Going into this book, I was looking forward to it, especially knowing bits and pieces of Kendra and Hutch's backstory from Book #1. I'll admit I'm a little bit disappointed because I felt like I never really connected with the characters in this book and I have no idea why. All the elements were there. The story was well-written, but I personally never developed an emotional attachment to them. I hate that...mainly because I really can't even pinpoint the "why" of it.

What I absolutely did love about this book was the further development of Slade and Hutch's relationship as brothers. I love watching them become closer. The story with Shea and the water-tower...such a great element to this story line...although I wish there had been a bit more between the two brothers after it happened.

There were some great moments between Hutch and Boone too. OMG, I cannot wait to read Boone's story. My heart aches for this widower with so many depression issues. I love that he's going to be paired up with Tara.

Although I personally didn't connect with this story as much as I normally do, I still really enjoyed reading it and definitely look forward to the next installment of this Parable, MT series. I think my issues with this book are mine alone. Because I can't even say what didn't work for me, I don't think it's going to be an issue for you. I still found the book entertaining because there is enough going on with this small town that the book doesn't rely on just the chemistry between Kendra and Hutch.
I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
neville
I downloaded this audiobook as soon as I was done with book 1 so I was completely caught up. But the beginning made me think I skipped a book. Then it seemed to backtrack and explain it all. I got thrown off a bit.

Kendra adopting Jeffrey's baby seemed somewhat odd at first. It was all explained eventually, but it still seemed to be highly unlikely.

I like Hutch a lot better in this book than book 1. He eventually becomes on of my favorite characters in the series.

This audiobook kept me entertained throughout the book.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
veronika
I, too, was disappointed with this one. Yes, the kindle price was high but it's LLM, so I thought I'd make the exception. Unfortunately, it wasn't that good a read.
Daniel spends the whole of the book (and I mean the WHOLE book bar two pages), pushing Jolie away but using her as nothing more than a whore and housekeeper. And she lets him! Even worse, she constantly tells him how much she loves him, even when he humiliates her by the way he treats her. At the end, we don't even get a full page of some pathetic explanation about how he supposedly loved her all along and it's a HEA. I would have enjoyed this more if she had left town with the kids and Daniel go after them and fight to get them back. I guess that was asking for too much since it didnt happen. I regret purchasing this. It wasnt worth it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kayleen
In the Washington Territory of 1874, eleven year old Luke Shardlow watches in disbelief as eight-year-old Charity Barham wades into the dangerous water. He barely manages to save the younger child from drowning. Charity explains to a bewildered Luke that she was seeing a magic frog. She grants her rescuer ONE WISH, but he walks away without using it. Not too long after that, Luke's dad is hanged for killing his wife. Luke and his vile half-brother Vance are forced to leave town.

In 1889, Luke is a bounty hunter. His latest effort is to bring Vance, wanted for vicious robberies, to justice. This brings Luke home where he meets the beautiful Charity and an attraction immediately erupts between them. However, she is the daughter of the wealthiest rancher in the region and he is the son of killer. Her father rejects his bloodlines and pushes his daughter to wed her fiancé, neighbor Raoul Montego.

ONE WISH is an entertaining Americana romance that shows why Linda Lael Miller has remained one of the giantesses of industry for the past decade. The story line is crisp and filled with family conflict that ultimately boils down to Charity deciding between her love for Luke vs. her family's expectations. The characters are an interesting group as they interact with each other and the lead protagonists to propel the tale forward. This novel is another triumph for sub-genre fans.

Harriet Klausner
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
shira
Hutch Carmody has just left a girl at the alter, needless to say he is the most liked male right now. Kendra Shepherd is now raising her ex-husband child, by another woman. Neither of them are looking for love but this former couple are now together and trying to make a go of it.
I really wanted to like "Big Sky Mountain" by Linda Lael Miller but it is really to. Ms. Miller has so many plots going on it seems at time that Kendra and Hutch are not her main characters. It seemed at times that all Ms. Miller was doing was setting up plots so the reader would want to read the third book that comes out in the beginning of next year. I may read it but it will be used and not spending my money on a full price copy.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
mister mank
My rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review via NetGalley.

This novel starts in a place where most romance books don't, a wedding. It throw me for a loop. Weddings normally come at the end of the romance book, not at the beginning. I figured it had to be the type where the ending was mentioned at the beginning and then the rest of the story would tell what happened prior to that scene. But that was not the case. Once I got over the strangeness of the first scene being a wedding I was able to focus on the book as several of the characters were being introduced and a bit of background was being laid down.

While I did enjoy the characters in this book, all of which were well developed both personality and background wise I did have an issue with one of them. Madison, the four year old girl, in my opinion spoke far too clearly and advance for her age. Perhaps the author just didn't feel the need to add in a true child's touch to her voice, but it felt wrong to me. I realize every child is different and some talk clearly sooner than others, but in my experience a four year old is never that clear and concise when it comes to talking. There should be the odd broken sentence, misplaced words and often simpler words used. I have a five year old son and there have been many occasions where I and others had no clue what he said just because of the odd speech patterns children have, and Madison exhibited none of these.

Honestly the more I read the book, especially those parts involving Madison the less I believed she was a four year old. She was more like a six or seven year old in the way she did things and spoke. I found it slightly distracting, if you are going to put a young child in your book make sure they act according to that age. Yes that may cause some difficulties for both author and reader but it makes things feel more real. When finally there was a moment when Madison struggled over a certain phrase, repeating something that Hutch had said, it felt a bit too late to show that she was truly a child and therefore not capable of speaking clearly and using certain words. If the author does not want to put the time in to get children properly portrayed in a book then perhaps they shouldn't bother having them present. That is simply my opinion.

There is a strong sense of family throughout this book, which is quite often present in western romances from what I have seen. This makes sense as ranching, a theme found in many western romance novels, is a family affair, pasted down from generation to generation. That being said, I felt there was a bit too much of a focus on Madison for it to feel like a romance novel. Yes, she is an important factor to the romance developing, or in this case rekindling, but it didn't feel right. There should have been more between Kendra and Hutch other than Madison who seemed to play the role of unknowing matchmaker. At this point, which was close to the halfway mark I felt there wasn't enough interaction between Kendra and Hutch. There is usually the slow building of something such as looks between then (be it small glances or passion/lust filled gazes), those touches that ignite their skin at the mere contact and make their heart beat fast. Something, anything! But alas it was not the case. But I knew it would come at some point so I kept reading.

Another portion of the book I was a bit disappointed in was the lack of ranch time in this book. They are in prime cowboy country, several of the characters are ranchers or cowboys/cowgirls in some manner, and in fact there was mention of the rodeo coming to town. But overall there was very little to no time spent at the ranch, doing ranch work in the book. Yes, there was the odd mention of how Hutch still herded the cattle and mended fences even though he had plenty of hired hands to do that, but I felt as though the western/ranching aspect of this book was lost.

At this point, I'll be honest with you, I started skimming the pages just to get through it. There was so much attention on Madison and her dog and tiny details that didn't mean anything to the story as a whole - like when Kendra order a chocolate croissant and a double-tall nonfat latte. Really?! I don't care about that! Focus on the reason behind the story, not minor details that leave the reader bored and tempted to put the book down.

Finally! Finally it happened. Kendra and Hutch shared their first kiss of the book. It took over half of the way through to reach this point, and while it seemed a bit lacking in description I was glad to finally see the first sign of this story being a romance. It felt like such a long time coming and as quickly as it happened Madison had to swoop in and put an end to it. The kid is getting on my nerves in this book, taking away from what I think could be a really good book and filling it with page after page of what she did, or what her dog did.

Some people may find Madison to be a cute addition to the book, but I just found her presence frustrating at nearly every turn. I felt in a way she was the Jar Jar Binks of this book, interrupting things, not an appealing character and only ended up taking away from the story as a whole not adding to it. It could possibly be that I'm not accustomed to children in books or the way Madison is portrayed, but at this point I felt that the book would have been so much better, if not moving along at a faster pace, if she wasn't in it. Honestly at this point I can't even tell you what the story is about, I had thought it would be a cowboy romance with a fun twist the Kendra and Hutch were old lovers that fell apart a while ago, but now I'm sitting here scratching my head trying to figure out what the story is telling me. There's a kid, a dog, a woman, a man and a few other minor characters that keep popping up, but nothing a real significance has happened as far as I'm concerned. There's also a new dog now and I have a bad feeling it's just going to be another distraction to the actual story.

Now their second kiss was better, and thankfully not interrupted by Madison. It was however interrupted by their old ways sneaking back up on them, namely their ability to fight over anything. They spoke of this earlier in the book that Kendra and Hutch were often seen arguing over anything and everything, and that is something they do quite well. Though their squabbles seemed more like something teenagers would do than grown adults. Stop denying your feelings and just get together already! You both clearly want it, but the second you start to give it you pull away, deny it, do anything to avoid the one thing you both clearly want so bad.. So frustrating.

The rodeo part of the book was what I had been looking forward to since it was mentioned earlier on, but like most of the other things in this book I found it highly disappointing. There was more attention on their shopping, eating and playing the games then there was on the actual rodeo event. But at least afterwards there seemed to be some leading up to a romance part, yet I was worried I'd only be left disappointed once more. The good news is, I wasn't completely disappointed in what happened next. Finally they let their passion take hold. And it was about bloody time, especially since it was coming dangerous close to the end of the book at this point.

The ending was good, though quite what I expected to happen with this story. Everything was quite predictable. Good though the ending may have been it didn't make up for the rest of the book which just dragged out everything to an agonizing level. You could easily skip 80% of this book and still get the whole story in what was left. If you are looking for a romance novel full of cute fluff and more focus on family and random details than anything else, with a small side of romance then this book is for you. Otherwise I'd say this book can easily be skipped as it left little impression on me.

Overall: The characters were not that great, and Madison especially ruined things for me. The romance was far too slow moving. There were too many other things going on to distract from the main story, if there even was a main story. Part like the rodeo and ranch life were severely under researched. For example, a cowboy would not ride the bulls only once a year and end up winning. Rodeo is not a casual hobby that they do, it's a full time commitment and the fact that it was portrayed so casually really bothered me. They could have done that same rodeo scene at a fair ground instead, simply cutting out that tiny bull riding scene, and it would have felt more believable. So if you are looking for a rodeo/ranch setting love story, this is not the book for you. If you want a slow paced story about family with small hints of other things then you just might enjoy this book.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
kristopher
Linda Lael Miller is by far my favorite Western Romance writer. But of all Linda's books, this was my least favorite so far. It had way too many issues going on that was not relevant to the story at all. Pages that were a waste of time to read so I skimmed over them quick to get to the heart of the story all through the book. I lost interest completely once the wedding was over and even that dragged out page after page too long. I barely hit over the last couple pages of consent sex which is simply repetitious. Maybe if I had read the one before this one, "because its a series," maybe it would have made more sense. But I like a book to be able to stand on its own if need be.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
stacy golden
This is one of those books where the back cover pretty much tells it all. And the book doesn't add anything. The hero is predictable - bad boy trying to make good. The heroine is predictable - little rich girl trying to make good. A brief encounter in their youth and all of a sudden they're star-crossed lovers. I don't buy it. When critics say romance is formulaic, *this* is what they're talking about.
It's not that I disliked any of the characters. I just didn't *like* them. I felt nothing towards them. Hero loves heroine. Yawn. Heroine pines for hero. Ho hum. It was as if Miller was going through the motions without adding any feeling into the book. The only reason I gave it two stars was because I didn't *hate it*. I mean, I didn't throw it at the wall... I just didn't care to turn the page.
When I want to read a great Western, give me a Lorraine Heath over this any day. Then I'll get characters I care about and a storyline that will break my heart. One Wish, on the other hand, was thoroughly forgetable.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
edward
Hott Synopsis
Being a single mother is hard. Being a single mother to the illegitimate daughter of your deceased husband, the one conceived during your marriage, is excruciating.
But Kendra can't help but adore the little girl she's adopted and has sworn to give the home and love Kendra always yearned for. The only thing Kendra can't give her is a father. Yet, it appears that Madison has already chosen her cowboy father...

Hott Review
While this could be a stand alone book, it leaves you yearning for more Parable. Though the plot was a bit thin, I think that Kendra and Hutch were such terrific characters that I'll be retreading this one!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sheikh shahidur
Again Linda Lael Miller is a winner with this second book about Parable, Montana. I fell in love with Madison, Kendra's 4-year-old adopted daughter. I could almost see her and hear her sweet innocent voice when she talked to or about "the cowboy man". Hutch Carmody walked away from one bride; would he ever be able to face another bride in his future?

I recommend this book as a wonderful follow-up to Big Sky Country or as the introduction to the people of Parable. I look forward to the next installment in the lives and loves of the residents of Parable.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
trista winnie fraser
Rescued animals, adopted children, horses, babies, lusty romantic cowboys and nice trucks. What else could you want ? This was a real nice story about a couple who need a second chance after many years of separation, other relationships, mistrusts and miscommunications. They struggle the ups and downs, deal with outside forces and try to find ground to stand on. It all starts with one sexy cowboy stoping his own wedding while his fiancé' is walking down the isle. Opps !
A great second book in the series with a Follow up on the pervious couple. I liked this one more than the first, much more angst. LOL
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jim essian
This is the second book in the Big Sky series by Linda Lael Miller and continues the story of between Hutch Carmody and Kendra Shepard.

I really liked that in this book both Hutch and Kendra are different people than they were in Big Sky Country (the first book) this added a real life quality. I know that I am not the same person that I was 5 or 10 years ago, so I would not expect the characters to remain the same. I mean everyone changes as the grow older and have to deal with life experiences.

I can't wait for the next book in the series (which will focus on Boone and Tara).
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
heidi kenney
I picked this book up on a rainy Sunday morning and was so taken away by it. I had read it all by mid-afternoon. This is another small town where two kids meet by accident. Little Charity offers a kiss or a wish. Young Luke not very excited about a kiss says he will save his wish for another time.
15 years later, they meet again. He was a poor soul with a bad reputation... now grown up, rough, rugged and handsome. Charity is still young at heart looking for magic under every rock.
The characters are very well developed and it is wonderful to read about them falling in love. The test of faith is will they stay together. It has all the details of a western town... cattle ranchers, gunslingers, stubborn father, the saloon, and a gold shipment robbery.
I felt wonderful when I finished because I felt so taken with the idea that the WISH was hanging over them. They did not need it but it helped secure their happiness. If you like this book then you will also enjoy her Springwater series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
luisfius
I love a story that takes characters with a past/shared history and leads them to their HEA! It's easy to dwell on and mourn the time that you missed during the years that your were apart but I feel like the time apart will make Hutch, Kendra and Madison appreciate what they build together going forward. (you know its a good book when my review talks about them like they're real people LOL)

Looking forward to the next book with Boone and Tara. I'm irritated with him for letting the boys go back to his sisters after their visit... ready for Tara to give him a piece of her mind!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
richa kaul
Nice easy read but there was a little zip missing, precious little girl though!
You have to laugh at her antics..... A modern western love story.......
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
ramsey
Like some other readers mentioned, the idea of a Civil War nurse heading west and answering a request to be a `mail-order bride' seemed so capturing, though the "trope" has been much explored in other (better) books. The set up seemed fairly charming with a heroine that seems to suffer from the recollections of war and a hero that has set up a thriving industry and has to shoulder the responsibilities of an entire town.

Where the novel goes downhill is the sheer amount of "fluff" that it tries to juggle.
Let's explore:
-There's the humorous brother Devon and his wife Polly who suffer from mistrust and far too much misdirected passion. We're meant to believe that "gentle" Devon can suddenly turn into this hateful, stubborn, simply spiteful creature. And Polly shifts back and forth from weeping willow, to "strong woman", to wondering "what would __ do?" It's maddening.
-There's a lovable aunt who is shipped away and forgotten
-There's the hero's "troubled and mysterious past", allusions to beatings and difficulties, etc that are never explored and seemed to have been tossed in for flavor
-And then, the biggest disappointment of all, is our heroine. At the beginning, for the first 3 chapters or so, we're meant to believe that she's a strong-willed woman who will consider anything (even, god-forbid, walking into a saloon) to survive. Yet, she's full of stupid contradictions that exist simply to prolong the novel and the conflict. She "loves" the hero be judges him at the drop of a hat, defines "propriety" in ways that suit her, and is more concerned with things like her "pride" than much of anything else. What were interesting dashes, her relationship with her father, her flashes to the war, her education, are there simply to smooth over plot lines, lead to sex scenes, and forced closeness. She's so resistant to the hero and his ideas that it horrifies me that she only was with him due to impulse and lust.

Like the premise of the novel, the subplots could have been deftly handled and resolved. However, problems are simply stretched out far too long and we're offered a half-hearted "resolution" in the epilogue.

Perhaps the only thing that the novel did right was flesh out the children and outline the potential for a follow up novel. Once again, I anticipate ~that~ story as well but I have a foreboding feeling that I will [once again] be disappointed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
dave schumaker
Apparently, this is one book within a series dealing with the same characters and their friends. Makes one feel like a part of the fictional community. However, the plot is fairly predictable but still enjoyable. The author writes well and includes a great sense of humor...enough to laugh out loud at times. In addition, this author uses marvelous imagery almost poetic in its feel.
Want to get away from it all.....this is a good way to go.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
angela sprankle
I just started a year ago at reading Linda Miller's books. I just picked one up one day and had to buy some more. I am still trying to read more of them. I really enjoyed this book, Charity and Luke are great together. Child hood friends, brought back together years later. Luke saved Charity from drowning when they were young. She grants Luke one wish for him saving her, (like she's some kind of genie, she was 11). Luke does get his wish granted in the book. Charity is a daughter of a rich family, Luke is from a poor family, grows up to be a drifter. It is a sweet, romantic love story. I love the way Linda writes her books. Can't wait to read more.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
kathy sellers
Jolie McKibben had been in the wrong place at the wrong time. While in the company of Blake and Rowdy, the two desperados robbed a bank and killed a man in the process. Once they high-tailed it out of there, Jolie was left to suffer the consequences. Standing in the hot sun with a noose around her neck, her sentence was death by hanging. Daniel Beckman, a local farmer, happened on the scene. The town had an ordinance that could save Jolie, but someone would need to marry her, and quickly. Surprisingly, Daniel consents, and takes his bride home in silence. Daniel still mourns his deceased wife, but could use help on the farm with cooking and cleaning. It isn't long, though, before Jolie is performing other wifely duties for her aloof new husband. Between Daniel's new wife, and two orphaned children who end up living with them, Daniel begins to have difficulty protecting his heart. But there's more strife ahead, for the two desperados are on Jolie's trail.
This was my second and last read by Ms. Miller. First of all, I `m not a big fan of western romance, but there are some out there that appeal to me. This book was just okay for me - nothing special. My main problems with it were the overall depressing mood of the story, Jolie and Daniel were okay characters but not very memorable, and some of the plot elements were over the top. Jolie's friend, Nan, ends up marrying the evil Ira January, and subsequently Jolie ends up in danger from Blake, Rowdy and Ira. The plot lost a lot of its reality base for me, because it just seemed the author was trying to cram too much in it. As for a recommendation, if you're a fan of Ms. Miller and/or Western romance, this book is probably for you. Otherwise, I'd skip it.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
jiwadara
First of all, L.L. Miller is not a favorite of mine, so if she is for you, then maybe you will like the book better than me.
I found it to drag on and on with not much at all happening. The relationship between Daniel and Jolie was exactly the same from the first page until about 2 pages from the end of the book. All at once, Daniel says, "oh, I guess I do love you." wa la, it's over. There is sex scene after sex scene, but no emotion, no growing feelings, nothing. There are little story lines here and there that add to the story, but the main plot of 2 people coming together and falling in love is EXTREMELY lacking.
Not the worst I've ever read but no where close to being good either.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
alivia
Posted on Romancing the Book's blog
Reviewed by Stacey
Review Copy Provided by Netgalley

I am normally a fan of Linda Lael Miller's books but Big Sky Mountain, in my opinion, was not a favorite. Book two in the Parable, Montana/Big Sky series, found me a little lost and the blurb did not truly represent the book.

Kendra and Hutch have a past together; one that clearly neither of them are over. Their lives currently have them both in places where the last thing they need is the complications of renewing their relationship. Hutch just recently left someone at the altar and Kendra just adopted her dead ex-husband's illegitimate daughter! Seriously!

Realistically, those two stories could have made Big Sky Mountain interesting but Ms. Miller was clearly more interested in setting up plots for future books because there were so many other things going on in this book that at times Hutch and Kendra were merely background noise. There were three other stories (at least!) brewing in this book and they were a little too distracting because it made you forget your main characters. Too much stopping and starting of the stories.

Linda Lael Miller is a wonderful writer. The way she tells a story makes even a story that's hard to read easy. Kendra and Hutch deserved a full story considering this was their book.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
peter sullivan
I just read this novel, and I had a great time reading it, although I was disappointed with its main focus. The story's plot was scattered from Luke and Charity's relationship to Jonah's condition to Vance's mischief to secrets hidden from the past... I'm not saying that I disliked the book; I just would have liked to hear more romance concerning Luke and Charity. I was also kind of turned off by the love scenes, because they were so overdramatic when told from Charity's point of view. "Stars, moons, universes colliding" is not usually my perception of sexual intimacy--but hey, maybe Luke was an even more exceptional guy than I thought!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
todd gaulin
"She was the only child of a rich and powerful rancher."
"He was the son of a drunken ne'er-do-well."
Your almost modern Romeo and Juliet, huh?
I must admit, I consumed this book within about 1 day. It kept me very enthralled, I found myself turning one page after another after another...
This book is a very good, "nonsense" book. Very good for vacations or just a book you might want to read in the bath tub or while relaxing. It's not like reading "Wuthering Heights" or decoding Shakespeare. It's a total relaxation book...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
suzanne macartney
I read this book the first time in December 2004 and loved it!! I just finished reading this book again last week and wished it were longer!! Brigham and Lydia are great characters as are their family and friends. Even though Linda Lael Miller has not written a sequel to this book, you can read alittle bit more about this family in her book Taming Charlotte. If you love historical romance books that are not bogged down with ridiculous sex scenes and silly plots than READ THIS BOOK, it is a GEM!!!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
fredrik andersson
I have read almost all of Linda's work and am especially a fan of her newer series, but this book, and it's previous Big Sky Country, seem to have taken a turn in style that I don't like. First, while I'm an animal lover and have always been, it has become grating that these characters have more conversations with their pets than they do eachother. Very little spark in this book. Both Kendra and Hutch had spark in Big Sky Country, I was looking forward to their book, but they came off as boring and certainly not the interesting, tempestous characters one expects from an LLM book. I hope this is not a permananent change. Read a McKetterick series book, then this, and you will see the difference.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
mollie
I was glad to read this as a free download. Had I had to buy it I wouldn't have felt comfortable spending more than $3 for it. I've read many of LLM books and the delivery in this one was lacking but the plot had great potential hence my 3 star rating.

I didn't much care for the hero he treated the heroine horribly till almost the very last page. I wanted her to throw something at him or refuse his orders but she just went along passively with whatever he wanted. I gave up on having any respect for the heroine since she was highly driven by her sexual side and never refused him no matter how rude he treated her. I wish just once I'd read a story where the female would say no and stick to her guns.

I'm all for those amorous scenes but there were just too many detailed sexual encounters for my taste in this one. I started skipping through those just to get on with the story.

I will continue to read LLM books and hope the next one outshines this one. Happy reading, Enjoy.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
hilary
This is my second time reading this book. I love Linda L Miller's books. I enjoyed reading about Hutch and his troubles after he called off the wedding. I love the story between Kendra and Hutch they belong together. I like how it builds upon the relationship with Slade from the first book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
meghan dymock
And loved it some more. I like how Linda is interweaving the characters into this story for the next one. I'm going to get the rest of the series. Thanks for the wonderful story.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
niloufar rahmanian
The concept behind this story appealed to me: a former civil war nurse stranded in California sees an ad for marriage to a stranger and thinks "why not?" However, I was a bit disappointed in the actual story. There was quite a number of subplots, which I usually don't mind. However, the story was too short to try and focus on any one subplot very much. Thus, it ended up simply skimming the sub-plots; they were not developed. I believe this book may have been better if it had focused more on the main plot of Lydia and Brigham instead of delving so much into the doctor's life, Polly and Devon, and even Charlotte (which I know was just setting up a sequel, but what did it have to do with this story?) All in all, it was a light read; I finished it in about 2 1/2 hours between classes (I am a communter student). Interesting, but not enough to make me want to keep the book or ever read it again.

This was my first Miller book, so I didn't know what to expect from her. What I've found here, I was not impressed with. I prefer books that focus more on the main characters and, if there are subplots, books that develop those subplots more fully.

However, I must say, if you are a Miller fan, you are bound to like this story, since my dislikes focus on the style of the author. My tastes generally run towards Julie Garwood, Jude Devereaux, or Judith McNaught.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
forbes
This is the first and only book that I have read by Linda Lael Miller. It seems like she brings fantasies to life. All of the romance scenes are detailed and intriging. I could not put the book down. It contains two romances in this book.

Lydia McQuire works and plays piano in bars for a living. She is brave and is not afraid to be the man that she does not have. She will get down and dirty if it must be done.

Brigham Quade is a strong brawney lumberjack. He and his brother Devon own their own territory in Washington state. Their practice is of lumber cutting. Brig has two daughters Charlote and Millicent (Millie). Brigham's first wife died in child birth with his third child.

Devon Quade is also a strong brawney lumberjack. He shares the territory with his brother. He is the more easy and humored of the two brothers. He is also more of a "pretty boy" than his brother Brig is.

Polly Quade is Devon's new wife. He found her in the city. She has a bad past. She had this agreement with her lover that she would marry Devon and take his fortune then proceed back to him with the money. When she does head to Washington she relizes that she loves Devon and she has to break the rules with her lover because she loves Devon.

Millie and Charlote Quade and Brigs daughters from his first wife. Millie is a young girl that will usually do what she is told unless it is one of those days where she just wants to romp in the mud. She does not use her manners well. Charlote is an older girl who is discovering herself. She just wants to be something in the world, to hold a special place in it. She wants one miracle to come true, or one wish, like in the novels that she reads. She often gets into trouble with her father because of her rebeliousness and adventurousity. Both of the girls love their father and look up to him. They both wnat him to marry Miss Lydia. They also look up to Devon because he is like thier older brother, he gives them things when the strict Brigham says no to thier wishes in disappointment.

Lydia answers the add "in need of a wife and mother" that Devon has posted. Devon and Herself discuss the plan and she agrees to go to Washington as his wife. As Lydia boats the steam boat she finds that Devon has a wife, Polly Quade, and she is jealous. When they get to Washington and she meets the busy and controlling Brigham she is upset. He tells her that she can leave or that she can stay here to watch after his two children, Charolet and Millie. She decides to stay. Devon finds out about the lie and plan of Polly and he sends her away. When Lydia is being courted by many of Brig's workers he gets jealous and makes some moves on her. She is very atracted to him, and he tries to not feel the feelings that he holds for her. Devon gets hurt badly in an accident by a falling tember and is laid to what seems might be his death bed. Polly comes back to Quades point with a secret. She takes care of Devon with the help of Lydia until he is better. Polly tells Devon that he is pregnant. He leaves Quade's Harbor. Brigham makes a promise to Polly that he will take responsibility for his brother's actions and he is to marry her. At the wedding Devon shows up to wed Polly and Brig happily takes Lydia. Lydia becomes agrivated in the weeks following the marriage because Brig will not leave her alone. He wants her all the time and she does not want to live with him or be intamate until he admits his love to her. Devon finished the shop and left again. But he comes back just in time to protect her from her x-lover who has came to reclaim is missing prize. Lydia is caught in a fire at the school house one night caused by lightning. Brig and Devon. When the two do finanly save her she is lying on the ground in exhaustion and shock she tells Brig that she is to have his baby soon. Anyway Polly and Lydia both have children that look like Brig and Devon so that they can play with each other. Yay the end. haha. Very very good book, a little out dated but very good. I bought it at a yard sale!!!! worth every penny and more!
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
julie sobaski
The beginning started out really good. It went down hill from there. It was a choppy storyline, with parts of other stories and characters that suddenly appear mid-novel. It just wasn't a love story. Now I'm a fan of a lot of romance writers, cheasy plots and all, but the story needs to flow. This one was one of the most disappointing novels I've ever read. I hope it was just this one, as this Linda Miller has been recommended to me by other friends that enjoy romance novels.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
amy anthony
Daniel's Bride had so much potential but it had too many flaws. Jolie keeps forgiving Daniel- I wanted to pinch her every time she allowed Daniel to ignore her or say cruel things to her and then she'd forgive him and they would have supposedly great sex. Come on. Instead of having empathy for Daniel, I found him very shallow. There are stubborn characters and then there are annoying ones.

And what about Nan's story...OK, I won't go into that.

I honestly don't know how I made it to the end of the book. I guess I was just hoping it would get better.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kristal
I enjoyed reading this book. Easy, quick read with a good plot and great characters. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
virginia cappiello
I remembered how much I had enjoyed it the first time I read it years ago. LLM has given her characters realism and an emotional depth that makes every encounter worthwhile. Even the children Millie and Charlotte are delightful individuals. I will finish this tonight but I will be keeping it......LLM has a wonderful writing style and I've enjoyed several of her books.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
dave g
Okay read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
joe gilhooley
Linda Lael Miller did it again. After reading book 1, Big Sky Country, I couldn't wait until book 2, Big Sky Mountain, hit the stands. The ONLY minor thing that I didn't like about this book is that it had too much Madison in it. I felt like I was babysetting and couldn't wait until someone came for her. But I'm looking forward to Book 3 in Jan., 2013.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
amado luzbet
I don't know where all the good reviews are coming from. The story itself was boring. The hero, I actually liked. He stood up for himself the best way possible, each and every time.

The heroine, however, was a spoiled little brat. I hated her, absolutely could NOT stand her. She was selfish, rude, bossy, and mean. I eventually just could not finish it, and started skimming about two-thirds of the way through.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
junjie
A wonderful book by Linda Lael Miller. Full of suprises and twists that you will b esuprised at the ending.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
missm
many people make mistakes and aren't fortunate enough to get second chance. I was very glad that hutch and his lady love got there second chance with a little girl thrown in to make a family.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
meghan simonie
Linda Lael Miller never fails to entertain me with each one of her series.I can't wait to read the next chapter in the Big Sky series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sean murphy
I was given my 1st book by Linda Lael Miller.
I have bought several myself some paper back and several on my Tablet!!!
She's an excellent writer. ? ? ?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jonnell
This book, right from the beginning was great. I fell in love with the characters. It was fast pace, and well written. And the end! I do believe it was the best ending I've EVER encounter. Don't miss out by not reading this great story. I loved it so much; I may just read it again.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
hung yi
This is about a man who makes some bad choices and makes his life much harder for himself and others. In the end he finds his way and happiness with it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
eirene
I thought that this book was excellent. My mother had bought it (she is into romance novels) and when I had finished a book of my own, she suggested I read it. I was not really enthused to be reading a romance novel but decided to give it a try and I must say I NEVER PUT THE BOOK DOWN, I carried it with me religiously so that I could sneak a read every time I got a chance!
The characters were very likeable and were easy to relate to. Right from the beginning to becoming intrigued with the story and it's characters and right at the second meeting of Charity and Luke - you're hooked! I must say that I don't blame Charity for falling in love with Luke, I think I fell in love with him myself!:)
This is a great read and I recommend it to everyone!....
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
david a johnson
I had high expectations for this book and I am happy that they were meet. I look forward to reading more from this author.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
charles shopsin
Enjoyed the characters although the storyline is a little predictable. Easy reading and good fiction to get caught up in.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ritu tilwani
This is another one of my all time favorite books by Linda Lael Miller. I have an extensive collection of her books and I love them all. Some of my favorite are the Orphan Train Books. Lily and the Major, Emma and the Outlaw and Caroline and the Raider. I love all her characters and I can read them over and over.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
geoff mckim
A very good read. I enjoyed the characters Luke and Charity and how they grew up and reunited as adults. I did note some important elements to the story that didn't flow. for example, their first love scene, it didn't say when he undressed, or when and how she first fell in love with him. The story of the secondary character Raoul is a book on its own. He sounds like a great guy and I would like to see a story about him. Overall, I love the father daughter love/hate relationship, I love the character Genesis who was saved from a life of prostitution, and Blaise the wonderful stepmother. Great story overall, a must read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
pinkbecrebecca23
I enjoyed the storyline. It was well written. A strong female character who was not afraid to show her vulnerability. Looking forward to read the second book in the series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
torben
I've enjoyed many of Ms Miller's books over the years. This one did not disappoint me.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
karen hartman
IN TRUE LINDA LAEL MILLER FORM SHE HOLDS YOU CAPTIVE ALWAYS WANTING TO READ ON TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nisha
Linda Lael Miller is one of my favorite authors. This book only makes you want to read more and more of her stories. The love story between Luke and Charity is heart felt and emotional. I loved the book and would highly recommend it!!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
beth zacchini
I enjoy Linda Lael Miller, but this one wasn't one of my favorites. I've read many of her books that are in series format, and prefer it to this. The story was nice, and the ending had a bit of a twist. It pretty much is as the synopsis describes.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tiffany brown
I bought this work after I ended my work shirt at 8 at night. When i started to read it I couldn't put it down. By 5 am the next morning i was down reading the book. This book is full of life, romance, passion and innocence. You actually feel as if you been transported to the washington territory and our there witnissing everything. I've read this book 7 times already sice I bought it and i never get tired of reading it. This book has given me courage and hope to believe in love again. I can actually say that i have even myself fallen in love with Luke myself.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jaime lee
I bought this book as a gift for my wife; she's says, "another great book by this author." ( :
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
noel anderson
easy read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
oddangel
This is my favorite kind of story by one of my favorite authors. Linda Lael Miller has a knack for putting her own special brand of drama and romance together with a familiar theme. ONE WISH is a one-sitting read, filled with all the passion, adventure, tears and cheers a reader could want.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
natalie ng
Good book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jonny
It is great to that we have so may giving in our country. Mike and I used to get a two year old boy on weekends from an orphanage until he went home with his mother.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
becki hinson
This book came on schedule and in perfect condition, It is a great book, I have already read it, couldn't put it down once I had started.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
melissa lazarus
I chose this rating because this book kept me captivated from the time I started to read it. I loved the easy flow the author uses. I also appreciated that most all of the characters are good upstanding Americans. I'd have to recommend this to anyone who likes cowboy romances.Linda Lael Miller has my vote as a terrific author.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
robb sombach
Daniel's Bride was simply exquisite, well research and beautifully written with characters who are fully developed as their unlikely relationship grows over time into a marriage of love and respect. Jolie and Daniel were two people whose paths cross due to an unfortunate even, we meet Jolie as she is about to be hanged for a robbery and murder she did not commit. As fate would have it, Daniel happened upon an incredible woman who would restore him not only to life but with hope. I loved every word of this amazing story. Very Highly recommended.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
clara g
Narrowly excaping the hangman's noose, Jolie marries Daniel to save her own life. She figures she can always excape when the coast is clear, but the one thing Jolie did not count on is falling in love with this highly respected Widower Rancher. Miller's Daniel's Bride is another Romantic classic with adventure, intrigue, and mystery. Her characters are real, and easily understood, and her plot is extraordinary.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
aileen
It was adorable I loved it! As with all of Linda Miller's books you really have a hard time putting it down it keeps you interested which is what I love about her books
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
ben roth
Sorry to be crude, but this is a boring lackluster book. What a waste of time. I think the author thought any dialogue at all regardless of how inane would make up for a lack of decent story line
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
anneria
I just finished reading this book about 5 minutes ago and i loved it! i mean i laid in bed thinking i will just read a chapter and then go to bed pretty soon 10 hours had gone by and i had read the whole book. it keeps your attention. Charity is sooo stubborn and wonderful! And Luke is one of those charaters that you just fall in love with and makes you want a guy like that.. This is on my top favorite books list.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
pneumaticcaisson
Did not like the graphic, steamy sex scenes ! Story content good! I won't be reading after that author again!! Only wholesome Christian fiction for me! :)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sean toole
Great book. Just what you know any Linda lael miller book will be. Enjoyed it so much. Read it twice
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ali entezari
Great book k
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
michelle belcher
Decent book, but not Linda's best work
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
katie garcia
$16.00 for the Kindel are you kidding me?! I read a sample of this book and I would live to finish, however, I will not pay twice more for a Kindel version than a hard cover version all for 400 pages. You guys are out of your minds!!!
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
melissa ormond
What a waste of a good storyline. The characters had no personality and were plain annoying. For a strong woman jolie was a doormat and apart from being an exceptionally good lover, Daniel was overbearingly the wrong kind of macho. The one star i gave this was for the sex, not the characters or the storyline.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sara elkin
thank you
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
robin moore
Thanks
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
rem gurung
This book was boring and predictible. Luckily it was short. The story was not at all exciting, even clichéd, the dialogue unoriginal, and the writing downright boring.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kruthika
I loved this book
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ioanna sahas martin
Good read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
varadia
If you enjoy books around the 19th century, you'll enjoy this one - I certainly did. Such a sweet story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
elizabeth clemens
Good book and once into it I couldn't put it down. Exciting pages and couldn't read
fast enough. Wish there was a trilogy attached to this book.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
masheka
The book has a great start, but somehow it deflates along the way. It got to the point where I thought if I read yet another time how the h got teary/her eyes welled up/something along those lines, I'm going to scream!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nahom tamerat
I've just re-read Yankee Wife. The two main characters Lydia & Brigham are a lot of fun to watch as they stomp all over each other's personal space. I'm going to see if Taming Charlotte is as entertaining.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
marisa mcclellan
Linda Lael Miller has to be one of my all time favorite authors! She makes the stories fell so real. i couldnt stop reading. I wanted to know more! I have read many of her books and this is one of my favorites!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kay duzynski
Very good book.can't wait to read others in Big Sky series. Most all of Miller's books are good. I read all of her books that I can get my hands on
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
cammie
This is a wonderful, sexy and charming book. The characters are well written and the story is unique. If you like this sort of book, this is a must read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
meg bressette
I think this book was a great one because Charity comes from a different background as Luke.Charity is the daughter of a rich rancher and Luke is the son of a drunk. They still love each other even though Luke doesn't want to tell her but in the end he does. Their love goes throw alot of termoiol. When Lukes Brother Vance trys to kill him.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
jaime lane
I liked Jolie's character, and the story for the most part. The story would have been much better if Daniel wasn't such a tortured man. He was really such a jerk most of the time, even though his character was quite sexy. I just wanted to shake him!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kukuhtw
Enjoyed this.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
veronica voerg
great book. I have read her other books and they are great also. Glad that each book continues where the other left off.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kimberly vanderhorst
cowboys love to tangle
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brynne
Couldn't put it down. Enjoying the series and can't wait for the next one to come out. Linda Lael Miller captures your attention in her writings.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
yugansh
Really enjoy the Parable, Montana series. I've read books 1 - 5 an enjoyed each book.
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