Thursday, May 30, 2013

Big Sky Summer by Linda Lael Miller (Review)

“The first lady of the West,” #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller welcomes you home to Parable, Montana – where love awaits…

The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, welcomes you home to Parable, Montana-where love awaits. 

A Parable, Montana novel

BIG SKY SUMMER centers on good-looking cowboy Walker Parrish. Busy running his ranch, he doesn't have time to dwell on wrecked relationships. That is, until country-western singer sweetheart Casey Elder, finds her way back to Parable, Montana for a break from the spotlight. Taking some much needed time off from touring, she seems to be everywhere that Walker is—from the church bake sale to a friend’s wedding—and that’s making it hard for Walker to concentrate on work and his new rescue dog, Doolittle. But he already knows where things with Casey will lead if he lets his guard down. He’s been there before and his “act now, think later” passion for her has had consequences in the past. Two teenage consequences! 

Keeping her children’s paternity under wraps has always been part of Casey’s plan to give them normal, uncomplicated lives. Now the best way to hold her family together seems to be to let Walker be a part of it—as her husband of convenience. But will her kids forgive her deception if she comes clean? And are Walker and Casey actually strong enough to keep their hands off each other? Casey’s managed a successful career and raising two kids on her own, but for some reason she can’t stomp out her design to be Walker’s wife in every way. At least that’s her little secret. For now. But if it comes out, will her life and heart completely unravel?

BIG SKY SUMMER will be followed by BIG SKY WEDDING (September 2013) and is available wherever books are sold, and at 

Linda Lael Miller:

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than one hundred historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. Raised in Northport, Washington, the self-confessed barn goddess now lives in Spokane, Washington. Linda hit a career high in 2011 when all three of her Creed Cowboys books—A Creed in Stone Creek, Creed’s Honor and The Creed Legacy—debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Linda has come a long way since leaving Washington to experience the world. “But growing up in that time and place has served me well,” she allows. “And I’m happy to be back home.”  dedicated to helping others, Linda personally finances her “Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women,” which she awards to those seeking to improve their lot in life through education.

More information about Linda and her novels is available at She also loves to hear from readers by mail at P.O. Box 19461, Spokane, WA 99219. 

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My Review:

Linda Lael Miller has long been a favorite author of mine. I recently reviewed the wonderful Creed Cowboy series and loved it. When asked to review this series, I knew my only answer was going to be YES! Bring it on!

Linda Lael Miller writes a wonderful story about love and family. She is an expert at developing characters and crafting a sex scene with love and tenderness. And, she incorporates her flare for humor in the most unlikely of situations, 'The spirit might be willing, but the flesh was weak. Hell, the flesh - her flesh - wasn't just weak, it was flagrantly wanton. Given a voice, every part of her would have been shouting a hallelujah chorus of "Bring it on, cowboy!"'

And, you have to love a rough and tough cowboy who has a dog named Doolittle. Casey, a well-known country-western singer, and mother to Clare and Shane, has a lot to deal with once the kids find out that the wonderful Uncle Walker is really their father.  "What, exactly," she (Casey) began wearily, "do you hope to accomplish by being so difficult?" "I'm letting you know that I'm unhappy," Clare said pertly. "We're having a dialogue." "You've been watching too many Oprah reruns," Casey ansered, perching on the edge of the bed, not too close, but not too far away, either. "You might want to take in one or two episodes when you get the chance," Clare answered airily. "Oprah was always big on telling the truth."

For those of you who are already fans of Linda Lael Miller, you will not be disappointed in the newest book. For those of you who have yet to experience her stories, you are in for a treat. The story is well-crafted and the characters are unique and lovable. Big Sky Summer is full of love, family, adventure, and mischief - in other words, a great book.

"As if he'd felt her gaze, Walker turned his head and their eyes met. She nodded and lifted the champagne glass slightly. Here we go, she thought, wishing he'd walk away, hoping against hope that he'd weave his way through the crowd toward her instead. Her breath snagged on a skittering heartbeat when Walker started in her direction."

"Walker looked at Mitch. Mitch looked at Walker. And, finally, the two men shook hands. Was she imagining it, Casey asked herself, or had she just heard the sound of antlers locking in combat?"

Walker had no more than stopped the truck when Shane and Clare both tumbled out, hitting the ground running like just-thrown riders racing for the fence at the rodeo, with a pissed-off bull hot on their heels. The Labs, quieter now, followed, probably trying to gauge Snidely (dog) as friend or foe."

"...Walker remained pensive, thinking of all the time they'd wasted, he and Casey and the kids. And while he figured he could love the woman if he was ever fool enough to trust her that much, right about then, if she'd been handy, he'd have read her the riot act from start to finsih, and then started all over again just in case she'd missed anything."

"Walker Parrish, for better and sometimes for worse, was constitutionally incapable of turning his back on trouble--the old man had seen to that, not by preaching, but by saying a few well-placed words and setting an example. 'When you see trouble, boy, Barclay always said, don't you walk away thinking someone else will deal with it. Roll up your sleeves, put some steel in your spine and wade in.'

"If she'd dressed to match her present emotions, she'd have worn an old chenille bathrobe, ratty scuff slippers and a head full of foam curlers. There probably would have been a martini in her hand, too."
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