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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (May 29 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373776438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776436
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.7 x 16.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #271,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9f870dbc) out of 5 stars 234 reviews
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f383720) out of 5 stars A Whole Lot of Nothing - Boring 1.5 Stars June 25 2012
By BiblioPhile - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I seem to be very hit or miss with Linda Lael Miller titles. I just finished a marathon reading session of the author's action packed Clare Westbrook romantic suspense series and loved it. So I picked up this new title with great expectations only to have them very swiftly dashed.

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.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fae9210) out of 5 stars Wonderful first installment of Ms. Miller's next series May 29 2012
By K. Branfield - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 stars.

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.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f11a38) out of 5 stars Terrible, boring, drawn out, intro-for-the-next-book-in-the-series book June 18 2012
By T.G. - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One star is as generous as I can be. The characters spend most of the book running into each other accidentally where two things happen: She gets flustered. He gets aroused. That's it. That's your story. Ms. Miller spends most of the book setting up the plot of the next one. Not that I'll bother with it if #1 is any indication of what I can expect.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fffd510) out of 5 stars Good beginning, but bogs down and leaves the reader dangling June 26 2012
By Kindle Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Linda Lael Miller's writing is usually great for an enjoyable afternoon read; however, this plot drowns in minutiae. The story is cluttered with facts that do not seem to contribute to the plot at all and with random actions that have no conclusion. For instance, the heroine's bff is called to London to attend her ex's deathbed then dashes back to view a horse race. What happened in London? Just too jumbled for me. This is book one of a continuing saga, but does not inpire me to purchase the next installment.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f76975c) out of 5 stars Big Sky... little story June 13 2012
By S. Foltin - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I usually love LLM western novels, but this one... well, it was just lacking. The first 90% of the book (I read it on kindle, so I can't tell you how many pages) just dragged. Too many metaphors that were laughable. Very little dialog. And I had a hard time relating to or caring about the characters. Josilyn comes back to Parable and everybody wants to know why. And really? Don't you think it was obvious when the checks arrived shortly before she did? And how come no one knew about her big company that she sold? No one ever finds out - which could have made for some interesting moments in the story. She's attracted to Slade who is her ex-boyfriend's, Hutch's older, illegitimate half-brother. Slade's 16-year-old troubled stepdaughter moves to town. But the stepdaughter again doesn't commit to being a "real" teen - but a cooperative teen often displayed in these books. Then there's the whole best-friend, Kendra, who dated the ex-boyfriend, Hutch and their potential romance (next book I guess) who runs off to England for 2-3 months to be by the bedside of her dying ex-husband, only to dessert him for a horse race (silly plot element). The first 90% of the book takes place over 2 weeks, and then she zooms through the next 2 months in a paragraph - ideally where the main characters fall in love - which we miss. Because afterall... it's all about the sex.

Now I understand she probably wanted to leave some openings for the lead into the next book, Big Sky Mountain which will probably focus on Hutch and Kendra (or perhaps Boone and Tara). But I really prefer books that can stand on their own with a full complete story. A book where the focus is on one couple. And where other characters are introduced, but you want to read "their" story next. This one was just a lot of words, little story.

Is it the worst book I've ever read? No - hence, the reason I didn't give it 1-star (I'm saving those for Debbie Macomber these days). Is it one of LLM's better books? Not by a long shot. I was very disappointed.

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