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Big Sky Mountain: Book 2 of Parable, Montana Series (The Parable Series) Kindle Edition

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"Miller tugs at the heartstrings as few authors can." -Publishers Weekly

"Miller's ability to bring a cast of characters to life is on full display here . . . the veteran romance author doesn't disappoint in her sizzling love scenes and fine sense of place."– Publishers Weekly on McKettrick's Luck

"Linda Lael Miller creates vibrant characters and stories I defy you to forget."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

"Miller's masterful ability to create living, breathing characters never flags, even in the case of Echo's dog, Avalon; combined with a taut story line and vivid prose, Miller's romance won't disappoint."– Publishers Weekly on McKettrick's Pride (starred review)

"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

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

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  • File Size: 922 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN; Original edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00835W372
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In January of 2006, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Linda Lael Miller left the Arizona horse property she's called home for the past five years and listened to the call of her heart. Packing up her work-in-progress for HQN Books; her dogs, Sadie and Bernice, and her four horses, the author of more than 70 novels bid farewell to her home in the desert and returned to the place of her birth, Spokane, Washington.
The daughter of a town marshal, Linda grew up in Northport, WA, a community of 500 on the Columbia River, 120 miles north of Spokane. Her childhood remembrances include riding horses and playing cowgirl on her grandparents' nearby farm. Her grandparents' spread was so rustic that in the early days it lacked electricity and running water.

As delightful as this childhood was, Linda longed to see the world. After graduating as valedictorian of her high school class, she left to pursue her dream. Because of the success of her author career, Linda was able to live part-time in London for several years, spend time in Italy and travel to such far-off destinations as Russia, Hong Kong and Israel. Now, Linda says, the wanderlust is (mostly) out of her blood, and she's come full circle, back to the people and the places she knows and loves.

Before Linda begins her writing day, she takes her first cup of coffee while enjoying the scenic view of the wooded draw behind her new home. The first morning there, a snowfall blanketed the pine trees, something she had missed in the desert outside Scottsdale. Still enamored with the people she came to love in Arizona, she says she will still set books in that starkly beautiful area, and, of course, in other stories the action will take place in Washington.

Devoted to helping others pursue their dreams, the author will launch her sixth round of Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women in May of this year. A talented speaker, she donates all her speaking honoraria to her scholarship fund. The stipends are awarded to women who seek to better their lot in life through education.

It's no wonder the protagonists in Miller's novels are women her readers admire for their honor, courage, trustworthiness, valor and determination to succeed, despite overwhelming odds. 'These qualities make them excellent role models for young women,' Miller explains. 'The male leads possess equally noble traits that today's woman would be delighted to find in her life's mate.'

The author traces the birth of her writing career to the day when a Northport teacher told her that the stories she was writing were good, that she just might have a future in writing. Later, when she decided to write novels, she endured her share of rejection before she made her first sale.

Although Linda has written successfully in other genres, she is best known for stories set in the West'stories like McKETTRICK'S CHOICE (HQN Books March 2006 paperback); THE MAN FROM STONE CREEK (HQN, June 2006 hardcover) and that very first novel, FLETCHER'S WOMAN, which is being reissued in 2006. Her stories, set in yesterday's world, and today's, are historical romances, romantic thrillers, and other contemporary tales. They consistently score on prestigious national bestseller lists.

Linda has come a long way since leaving her sheltered life in Northport at age 18 to experience the world. 'Growing up in that time and place, in a family grounded in Western values, served me well,' she allows. 'And I'm happy to be back home.'

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ellepaul on August 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was halfway through reading Big Sky Mountain when I found out that this is a second in a series. Somehow I missed that but it made no difference, Big Sky Mountain is a wonderful story and I enjoyed every bit of it!

Big Sky Mountain opens with a wedding. Hutch is standing at the altar when he shocks everyone by calling off the wedding. The would-be-bride and her friends are understandable upset and start a website bashing Hutch. That night he goes to his half brother Slades's house for dinner and runs into his lost love Kendra and her adopted daughter Madison.

Kendra's story along with her adoption of Madison is such an interesting one. Madison just touches your heart and totally steals the book. Kendra has some issues but it is see how she and Hutch finally come back together for good

Now I need to go back and read Big Sky Country the first in the Swoon-Worthy Cowboys series. I can't wait to see what I missed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Happy Pony Driver on August 5, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first introduction to Linda Lael Miller's work. As a horsewoman, I certainly enjoyed the setting. This is picky, but since the author is a horsewoman, I was a little disappointed in the technical detail in that regard. I was a disappointed reader, as I found this book just a rather slow character study, pretty much devoid of any substantial plot, and about 99% predictable. While I liked most of the characters, sometimes I didn't understand why some of them were in the story, unless it is because this IS just published as one chunk of a series. But I think these book(s) should stand alone and so I found myself asking (for instance) why McQuillan was even in this story, as that seemed to go nowhere. I found it just filler rather than any understanding about the point of Kendra's (or any of the characters') personal interaction with him and there were other loose ends like this. So, is this mostly spinning a long yarn to keep readers buying "serial" books or is it best seller material? I say the former. Perhaps it was not meant to be, but this book is not best seller caliber in my mind! Really it's just a sluggish story of mistrust; a lot of milling around of people with respect to Kendra's personal dilemma of agonizing over and resisting giving Hutch a second chance. The breakup happened due to immaturity and a lack of communication. Fast forward a few years later, that lack of communication is still pretty much the basis of the entire plot here and all that is left to save the day is a bit of maturity in how they relate to each other. Much like a sudsy soap opera, if the two of them had just sat down and had a conversation, this story and all of the pages of dialogue would have totally dissolved into a single chapter.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Branfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The second installment in Linda Lael Miller's Parable series, Big Sky Mountain begins and ends with wedding scenes. While the groom is the same for both weddings, the ceremonies have completely different endings. What happens in between is a beautiful second chance at love story that will tug at your heartstrings.

Once a couple, Hutch Carmody and Kendra Shepherd's relationship fell apart and Kendra married another man. With Kendra now divorced, the attraction is burning hotter than ever between them. Will Hutch and Kendra forgive the mistakes of the past and find love again?

Big Sky Mountain is an understated romance between two ordinary people who need to come to terms with their issues and emotional baggage before they can have a healthy relationship. With no grand gestures or big dramas, Hutch and Kendra's story unfolds in a realistic fashion.

The conflict in the story is internal and both characters are quite introspective. They are able to see their past relationship with new perspectives and figure out why it failed the first time. Hutch and Kendra also make peace with their respective childhoods. The accept that their parental figures did the best they could given the difficult circumstances facing them. The growth of the characters, both as individuals and as a couple, is phenomenal.

Ms. Miller is well-known for her ability to create homey, close-knit communities and she certainly does that in Big Sky Mountain as well. The residents of Parable are wonderful and their concern for one another always comes shining through. Details about old and new characters are revealed, leaving readers eagerly awaiting the next novels in the Parable series.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 31, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Big Sky Mountain- Linda Lael Miller

This was an extremely slow moving book, one with many questions left unanswered and situations left unfinished. This wasn't even a very romantic book. It seems that the romance (what there was of it) was solely in the minds of Kendra and Hutch the main characters.

As the book opens, we find Hutch leaving his fiancé at the altar as she is walking down the aisle. We find Kendra coming home with her new daughter who is actually the daughter of her late husband and another woman. Kendra and Hutch had been an item long ago and Kendra had left Hutch for Jeffrey, a rich, titled Englishman.

This book centers on the day-to-day lives of Hutch and Kendra and never really gets more exciting than that. We sometimes become quite caught up in some side stories, which at times seem more interesting than what is happening with the protagonists.

The characters are well written and the dialogue (what little there really is) is interesting. All in this entire book lacks something. There is nothing there to drive the story, and at times the inner-dialoguing, especially Kendra's, can get to be too much.
So many questions had been raised that were never answered. Then the novel concludes hastily, almost as if it was an after-thought.

While this was not a horrible novel, I just don't feel that this was the best book by Ms Miller.

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