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From Author’s Website

The illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother runs. He was never acknowledged by his father…until now. Suddenly, Slade has inherited half of Whisper Creek Ranch, one of the most prosperous in Parable, Montana. That doesn’t sit well with his half brother, Hutch, who grew up with all the rights of a Carmody—including the affections of Joslyn Kirk, homecoming queen, rodeo queen, beauty queen, whom Slade has never forgotten.

But Joslyn is barely holding her head up these days as she works to pay back everyone her crooked stepfather cheated. With a town to protect, plus a rebellious teenage stepdaughter, Slade has his hands full. But someone has to convince Joslyn that she’s responsible only for her own actions—such as her effect on this lawman’s guarded heart.

My Review:

Linda Lael Miller has a definite formula that works for her. It starts with a stray pet or two, add a troubled teen or a single parent, and a sibling rivalry of some sort. Mix it all up and place it in a rural setting and you’ll have her Contemporary Westerns. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great formula, but I would like to see her branch out from it.

This book was an enjoyable read. The pacing was good and the characters believable. Ms. Miller as always does a wonderful job with bringing the rural towns she creates to life. Parable would be a place that I would love to live near. But just like Slade, I’d want my own ranch.

There are a few things that I would have liked Ms. Miller to have expanded on, but they in no way took away from the enjoyment of the story. My only real issue with the story is that the last 30 pages didn’t really flow. I felt that Ms. Miller realized she was almost to her word count, but the story wasn’t done and she forced the story to finish in those pages.

I give Big Sky Country a 4 Horseshoe rating.

Big Sky Country is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions.

Publication Details:

Author Linda Lael Miller
Title Big Sky Country
Format Print
Length 377 Pages
Publication Date May 29, 2012
Publisher HQN
ISBN 978-1-3737-7643-6