Big Sky Country Mass Market Paperback – May 29 2012
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"Miller tugs at the heartstrings as few authors can." -Publishers Weekly
"Linda Lael Miller creates vibrant characters and stories I defy you to forget."-#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber
"Miller excels at creating extended-family dynamics in an authentic western small-town setting and richly populating her stories with animal as well as human characters."-Booklist on A Creed in Stone Creek
"[Miller] is one of the finest American writers in the genre."-RT BookReviews
About the Author
The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is the author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels. Now living in Spokane, Washington, the \u201cFirst Lady of the West\u201d hit a career high when all three of her 2011 Creed Cowboy books debuted at #1 on the New York Times list. In 2007, the Romance Writers of America presented her their Lifetime Achievement Award. She personally funds her Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women. Visit her at www.lindalaelmiller.com.See all Product Description
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Speaking of queens, meet Joslyn Kirk. She was the homecoming, beauty and rodeo queen while growing up in Parable, Montana. Joslyn works hard while trying to make ends-meet, and pay back what her stepfather cheated from people, as she feels responsible for his actions.
Slade Barlow was also raised in Parable and is now the Sheriff of the town. His mother raised him and his brother Hutch, (who is the lead character in Big Sky Mountain released on July 31, 2012), by herself as their rich no good father never had anything to do with them, until now. The two brothers just inherited the Whisper Creek Ranch, half to each son. Hutch isn't happy about sharing the ranch with his brother. He's even less happy about sharing his heart with Joslyn. See who will win the heart of the beautiful and caring Joslyn, and will this drive a wedge between the two brother.
The author created some very likable characters, and some not so likable. The story is gripping, suspenseful and well written. A memorable read. Highly recommended to those who enjoys a good romance novel.
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Big Sky Country is the outstanding first installment of Linda Lael Miller's newest series set in Parable, Montana. A beautifully written, complex novel that will capture your heart as love slowly grows between Sheriff Slade Barlow and Joslyn Kirk.
Slade Barlow is the classic strong silent type. Despite being from "the wrong side of the tracks", he is comfortable in his own skin and oozes self-confidence. Slade is calm and in control, rarely acting on impulse. Slade shares a strong bond with his mother, Callie and he is on friendly terms with his ex-wife and stepdaughter Shea. His unexpected inheritance complicates his already contentious and competitive relationship with his half-brother Hutch.
Growing up in Parable, Joslyn Kirk was a rich kid who had it all. Wealthy stepfather, big mansion, and fancy car until she, her mother and housekeeper/friend fled Parable following her stepfather's arrest. Feeling disconnected and on the fringes of life, Joslyn returns to the place she considers home. Her homecoming proves to be a learning experience as she discovers a few truths about herself as she renews old friendships and begins a new life. She fights her unwanted attraction to Slade with a bristly attitude that is sometimes quite frustrating. She is relatively inexperienced with men and her shyness is an unexpected delight.
The secondary cast of characters is well-developed and quite likable. Joslyn's friend Kendra Shepherd is an enigmatic character with a bit of a secret past. She and Hutch share an explosive past and the sparks continue to fly between them. Slade's stepdaughter Shea is a typical teenager and her relationship with Slade reveals just how kindhearted he is.
Slade and Joslyn's relationship slowly unfolds throughout Big Sky Country. Both characters undergo a great deal of growth as they cope with the changes occurring in their lives. Watching Slade and Hutch make inroads in their fractious relationship is quite fascinating. I am looking forward to seeing how their relationship grows in the next book of the series, Big Sky Mountain.
Big Sky Country is a captivating story that is delightfully heartwarming. Linda Lael Miller once again charms her readers with multi-faceted and engaging characters, a compelling storyline and a sweet romance. Definitely a recommended read for anyone who enjoys contemporary western romances.
Review copy obtained from publisher through NetGalley.
I'm afraid this new Big Sky series has kicked off with a dud. In a the most concise form possible - this story is boring. It's a complete action vacuum. The entire storyline, pretty lightweight to begin with, drags along at an excruciating pace. There's just too much repetition, introspection, an indecision. In the end it seems like the hero and heroine spend more time relating to supporting characters than each other. For the first half of the novel Josyln literally spends more time talking to her cat than the hero. Hey, I'm just as much of an animal lover as the next girl but...seriously? Furthermore, watching Slade and Joslyn constantly glance at each other, blush, and skitter away is as entertaining as watching water drip from a faucet. At this point I'm not sure I'll ever be able to finish this novel - and that doesn't happen often.
The main character, Joslyn, has come back to Parable, MO to right the wrongs that her stepfather committed through an investing scam. By the time she arrives, she has already sold everything she owns in order to pay people back. She finds herself being shunned by community members, who have no idea that she is behind the mysterious checks they received from a "law firm" (aka, Joslyn). This plays a major part in the first half of the book, until it is dropped in favor of the VERY BIG DEAL that Opal, a former housekeeper, is coming to visit. There is no resolution for Joslyn's standing in the town. No one but her best friend finds out that she sacrificed everything in order to pay for sins she didn't commit. Her love-interest has no idea that she is now penniless after selling her company. I expected this to be acknowledged in some way, even a small resolution like her regaining a foothold from someone who had scorned her. Instead, she seems completely purposeless, and accomplishes nothing that actually helps mend anything her stepfather damaged.
Also, Joslyn was once a very successful computer programmer, apparently. Why did she dump that career, including the company that she started, in order to work for her friend in real estate, an area in which she has no interest or apparent skill? She could easily be designing software for a real estate firm, which would actually use her abilities. The issue goes completely unaddressed.
Finally, and most importantly, WHERE ARE THE KITTENS?!?!?! The story contained endless meandering plot points about Slade adopting a dog, and Joslyn adopting a pregnant cat. I love animals, but these animals didn't do anything interesting at all in the story, except the dog's instant loyalty to his new owner, which seemed a bit contrived. However, I continued to read this wandering, boring book because there was a pregnant cat that "was due sooner rather than later." I wanted to read about kittens, and to find out exactly how many and where they went. Am I proud of this fact? Not really. But the book dragged on, and suddenly June turned to July, July to August, and there were no kittens. Not a one. Apparently, they weren't important enough to mention, despite the fact that every meal of the mother cat had been meticulously documented previously. So I wasted several hours in vain, waiting for the kittens to arrive. I feel cheated.