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Big Sky River: Book 3 of Parable, Montana Series [Kindle Edition]

Linda Lael Miller
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Sheriff Boone Taylor has his job, friends, a run-down but decent ranch, two faithful dogs and a good horse. He doesn't want romance—the widowed Montanan has loved and lost enough for a lifetime. But when a city woman buys the spread next door, Boone's peace and quiet are in serious jeopardy.

With a marriage and a career painfully behind her, Tara Kendall is determined to start over in Parable. Reinventing herself and living a girlhood dream is worth the hard work. Sure, she might need help from her handsome, wary neighbor. But life along Big Sky River is full of surprises…like falling for a cowboy-lawman who just might start to believe in second chances.



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"Miller's name is synonymous with the finest in western romance." -RT Book Reviews


"Miller's down-home, easy-to-read style keeps the plot moving, and she includes . . . likable characters, picturesque descriptions, and some very sweet pets."-Publishers Weekly on Big Sky Country


"This is a delightful addition to Miller's Big Sky series. This author has a way with a phrase that is nigh-on poetic, and all of the snappy little interactions between the main and secondary characters make this story especially entertaining."--RT BookReviews on Big Sky Mountain


"A passionate love too long denied drives the action in this multifaceted, emotionally rich reunion story that overflows with breathtaking sexual chemistry."-Library Journal on McKettricks of Texas: Tate

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 www.lindalaelmiller.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 491 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373777205
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (December 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QX0O3K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big Sky River, A Review for The Blog Tea and Book December 18, 2012
By Shauni
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
n Linda Lael Miller's third book of her Big Sky Series we see again just why it is that she is considered one of the absolute best at the western romances. Sending us back to Parable Montana and the lives and loves of it's citizens.

Sheriff Boone Miller, all around smexy man with a wounded soul. Boone has spent the past few years grieving for his deceased wife. Letting his sister care for his small sons and doing everything he can to just get by. While he has friends who support him and a community that believes in him, he remains in an eternal funk. Until the sexy chicken rancher (yes it really is a chicken ranch) next door starts to change his life.

After a painful divorce that left her devastated Tara Kendall, leaves New York and purchases a ranch in Parable MT.. A chic chicken rancher to be sure. Bruised and Battered from the endless idiocies of her ex and grieving herself because she had no choice but to give up her step-daughters that she had all but raised from toddlership.. she has found her place, some wonderful friends and a great life.. well except for that redneck Sheriff Boone who lives just across the river in the eyesore of a trailer..

When Boone's brother in law suffers and accident and his sister can no longer care for the boys.. and Tara's megomaniac ex husband decides to ship his daughters off to Tara for the summer, life gets really interesting. Boone and Tara find that they have more in common than they think. And one day magic happens..

This was not a earthshattering, heartpounding, bodice ripping romance.. not thunderstorms.. rather a gentle rain that soaks into the reader leaving them smiling and wanting more. Boone and Tara are endearing, they are human and they make human mistakes.. as well as enjoy human triumphs.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Boone and Tara's story delivers in a lovely way December 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Boone Taylor, the sheriff of Parable County, is still mourning his wife who died a few years ago and still hasn't brought his two young boys home. Even though he's moved on with his life, he's still stuck in time with his property in decay and his sons still living with his sisters in another town. Meanwhile, his prickly neighbor, Tara Kendall who has been very critical of how he's not maintained his property, is reinventing herself after moving to Parable from New York. Her painful marriage behind her, she's making the best of her new life in spite of her stubborn but handsome neighbor.

This series just gets better with each book. I knew Boone's book would be more complicated given his personal circumstances and my instincts were on target. His friends had gently urged him in the past to bring his sons back home but he was reluctant to disrupt their lives. It took a crisis in his sister's life to get him to take action. Boone's initial struggles were so realistic, facing those issues most single parents encounter with the added complication of them not really knowing him that well and the shock of a different standard of living.

When Tara's twin stepdaughters, who she raised from toddlers and adores, come to visit, it gives her and Boone opportunities to see each other differently. Their romance was heartwarming as it developed around their families and friends. I'm a sucker for kids in these stories as they tend to bring out the best in the adults as it did here. Friends from the previous books in the series also play a role and we get nice updates on their lives. The only criticism I have is that the ending felt a little rushed, satisfying, but culminating a bit faster than I thought it should have.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great read! December 21, 2012
By Sue P
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was entranced with this true love story!!! We've seen parts of Boone in the previous books, I was so glad to read his and Tara's story now. I loved seeing their relationship develop, they are two people ready for each other...mature, none of the silliness of some romance stories, they were true to themselves and didn't hide who they were. Althoug I was sad to reach the end of the book, it left me feeling so fulfilled! I highly recommend this. Can't wait for the next one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By J. Grow
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a huge Linda Lael Miller fan and have read almost all of her books. I've got to say this was probably my least favorite book of hers. It is the third book in the Big Sky series (Big Sky Country, Big Sky Mountain and Big Sky River). Tara Kendall has stayed in the background in the last two books and it was exciting to finally get to read about her and Boone; since her hatred for him radiated out of the first two books. It would have been interesting to see Ms. Miller live up to the challenge for Boone to prove he was worthy of Tara... and for Tara to earn it. Instead they went from Hate to Love in about a day for no reason. It felt like they had to be together... so they were. Overall, if you are looking for a cowboy romance to fall in love with, look for just about any other Linda Lael Miller book to read. Though if you want a predictable romance and you haven't experienced the greatness of LLM then go for it and then read her other series and realize the greatness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 star read December 17, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
More than a love story, Big Sky River is an incredibly heartwarming story of healing from a devastating loss and finding love where it is least expected. This third installment in Linda Lael Miller's delightfully charming Parable series brings the long awaited romance of Sheriff Boone Taylor and his city slicker neighbor Tara Kendall.

Boone Taylor stole my heart as soon as we were introduced to the heartbroken lawman in Big Sky Country. Boone has been stuck in an endless cycle of grief since his wife's death a few years earlier. While he goes through the motions, he cannot quite seem to move on despite the encouragement of his longtime friends Hutch Carmody and Slade Barlow. His sister is raising his young sons, Griffin and Fletcher and while they come for the occasional visit with him, Boone is not ready to be a full time dad. But when Boone's brother-in-law suffers an accident and his sister has her hands full with her own family, it is time for Griffin and Fletcher to move home with their dad.

In the wake of her painful divorce, Tara Kendall leaves New York and purchases the ranch next door to Boone. Tara and Boone have butted heads a time or two over his dilapidated and run down property, but for the most part, they live a peaceful co-existence. Tara has settled into her life as chicken farmer and she has formed a tight friendship with Kendra Carmody, Joslyn Barlow and newcomer Casey Elder. While she is definitely over her ex, Tara still feels the loss of her stepdaughters Elle and Erin. When her ex-husband proposes she take the girls for the summer, she jumps at the chance to renew her relationship with the daughters of her heart and welcomes them with open arms.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Delightful story.
Published 13 days ago by Joanne Sussman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 14 days ago by Joyce L. Sarquist
5.0 out of 5 stars ... miller has done it again this book was very good
linda lael miller has done it again this book was very good
Published 17 days ago by roseanna chambers
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
pulls you in and keeps you reading
Published 18 days ago by FireLookout
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5 Stars!
Published 1 month ago by M. J. Walker
2.0 out of 5 stars predictable
Story plot was fine, but predictable. Would have liked more drama with the ex husband and the difficult deputy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian Settle
5.0 out of 5 stars One thing that I didn't like was the long drawn out descriptions but...
It was a very enjoyable read. One thing that I didn't like was the long drawn out descriptions but it was very good to rad. Recommended
Published 1 month ago by T. M. Guerriero
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Book was in great shape as advertised
Published 1 month ago by lilreb40
4.0 out of 5 stars Parable, Montana
I have read five of the six books dealing with Parable, Montana. They each deal with the life and love of eight characters who are friends and part of Parable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Concord Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book
This is the third of Miller's books and I wanted to go on forever. I love reading her books and can't wait for the next one.
Published 3 months ago by sienagirl
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More About the Author

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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