Daniel's Bride Paperback – Jul 1 2010
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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 “First Lady of the West” 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 LindaLaelMiller.com.See all Product Description
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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.
Given the nature of this novel, there are plenty of sensual scenes. Many a reader will find them perfect swooning material, but, other than that, the detailed love scenes don't propel the story. Concerning Jolie's and Daniel's romance, a little less would have been more. Jolie's inner turmoil could have been expressed better than letting her alternately say or think "I hate you, Daniel Beckham" and "I love you, Daniel Beckham."
Linda Lael Miller created a solid western romance novel complete with steamy love scenes. If you like that genre as well as stories set in the Old West, you will find "Daniel's Bride" to be a satisfying read. If you can do without the sensual factor and want a more realistic approach to the western theme, give the pioneer novel "Against All Odds -- The Lucy Scott Mitchum Story" by Barbara Riefe a try.
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.
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I am a fan of Linda Lael Miller but I found this book to be a bit monotonous. The way Jolie kept refering to Daniel as "Mr. Beckham" and he to her as "Mrs. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004
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... Read morePublished on June 18 2000
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.Published on June 6 1999 by Carolyn Alford
Jolie and Daniel are able to create an inner peace inside of themselves. Linda Lael Miller knew what she was doing when she placed these two charactors together. Read morePublished on May 7 1999
This was my first LLM book and I have been reading LLM books ever since. The story was definitely good. I loved the book from the beginning to the end. This is a keeper.Published on April 26 1999