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High Country Bride Mass Market Paperback – Dec 1 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
The females in Linda Lael Miller's pleasantly provoking frontier romance, High Country Bride, often insist that the McKettrick men are thick-headed, and Rafe McKettrick, the eldest of the three brothers, proves them right. Forced to take a wife in order to inherit the family ranch, Rafe decides to send for a mail-order bride. He expects to be able to wed and bed her in short order, but strong-willed Emmeline Harding doesn't succumb to his rough-edged charm so readily. Though the two eventually grow to care for one another, secrets from Emmeline's past and Rafe's sheer stupidity threaten to tear them apart. Like the old hand that she is, Miller (The Last Chance Cafe, etc.) ably portrays the hardscrabble life of the American west and weaves a winding, winsome romance full of likable, if occasionally pigheaded, characters.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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
Top Customer Reviews
Emmeline Harding can't hold her liquor. She doesn't find this out until after she wakes up in her aunt's brothel with a pile of gold coins on the nightstand beside her bed. Fearing the worst, Emmeline flees town as a mail-order bride. But will she have to confess her dubious past to her unseen husband?
A wonderful tale begins right from the start of this novel. Each character, including the secondary characters, is well drawn. The plot is believable and keeps the pages turning. The only thing I would have liked to see is more of Rafe! It is a little weighted on the inner conflict of Emmeline. Otherwise, a great read!
In Kansas City, Emmeline Harding lives with her Aunt Becky in the latter's boarding house that is really a whorehouse. Emmeline normally stays away from the customers, but meets a Texan, gets drunk, and has sex for the first time. An upset Becky throws Emmeline out of the house. Emmeline answers an ad and marries Rafe by proxy. She informs Becky that she is leaving to join her husband.
Emmeline travels to Indian Rock but she keeps secret from Rafe that she grew up in a brothel and had sex once like a whore. When his half-brother arrives, she realizes he is the man she had sex with. Emmeline falls in love with Rafe and tells him the truth about her background. Rafe angrily leaves so Emmeline moves off the ranch leaving little hope for this couple to find happiness together
HIGH COUNTRY BRIDE is an entertaining western historical romance that is superb when the story line focuses on the lead couple. However, the introduction of sidebars that seem to predominantly introduce other characters for future books slows down the strong prime theme. Still readers will delight with the antics of the lead couple and look forward to Linda Lael Miller telling the tales of Rafe's brothers, Kade, and Jeb.
Most recent customer reviews
Felt like I was captivated in a time machine back to when the west was the west. Love this book.Published 16 months ago by Caitlin Sampson
This was my first read for this author. Although it did not rank with my favorites, it was an enjoyable read. It began well but half-way through I had the ending figured out. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2003 by bluepooh
I loved this book! I thought it romanic and funny and loved the way the brother's fought and made up after! Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2003 by Sondra Unger
This book is written in the wonderful way only Linda knows how. Once again her style takes you back into time with Emmeline and Rafe. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2002
great book the character are in depth and it promises more to come with the other two bothers spin off. it is a new book not a retreat(sick of those) i would recommend.Published on Dec 4 2002 by virginia rossi
I love most of Linda Lael Miller's books and this book is no exception. I can't wait till the next books about the McKettrick brothers (Kade & Jeb) comes out. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2002 by Cheryl Love