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

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

"Likable protagonists, a wealth of memorable secondary characters, and a... heart-touching plot make this warm, family-centered, information-rich 1910 prequel to Miller's 'Montana Creeds' trilogy a good choice for series fans and new readers as well."-Library Journal on A Creed Country Christmas

"Completely wonderful. Austin's interactions with Paige are fun and lively and the mystery that began in Tate's story ends with Austin's love story and adds quite a suspenseful punch."-RT Book Reviews on McKettricks of Texas: Austin

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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; 1st edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373776144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776146
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tooncesmom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A Lawman's Christmas is the latest in Linda Lael Miller's McKettrick saga and features Clay McKettrick who leaves Arizona to accept a marshal's job in the town of Blue River, Texas.

When Clay McKettrick accepts a job as the marshal of the small town Blue River, Texas, it's not his only plan, but a means to achieve what he really wants: a wife, children, and a ranch. The time is 1914. Hostilities in Europe are hotting up; it's only a matter of time until buyers will be looking for cattle to feed the armies. Clay plans to be ready. What he doesn't plan on is falling for his predecessor's widow.

Dara Rose Nolan is occupying the cottage promised to the new marshal as part of his pay package. But Dara Rose and her two small girls don't have another place to go...not unless she decides to accept a neighboring rancher's offer to be his housekeeper and send her daughters to the poor house. Clay, struck by the young woman's plight and determination, decides he can bunk at the jailhouse until other arrangements can be made, but two things happen to change his mind. First, he's attracted to the young woman and her precocious daughters, and second, the town council is going to evict Dara Rose and sell the cottage if Clay isn't going to use it. A hasty marriage seems the expedient thing to do, but is it the answer or an attempt at a solution with even greater problems?

Dara Rose is also attracted to Clay, but can she risk telling the handsome lawman her own secrets? Can she risk her heart over a man who may turn out to be one more disappointment in a life of disappointments?

Ms. Miller has created a charming Christmas story that had me hooked from the first page.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Love Westerns on October 1, 2011
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It's been a while since I've had the pleasure of reading a new western historical romance from Ms. Miller since lately most of her new releases have been contemporary westerns and that may be the reason I devoured this book in practically one sitting. Or it could be that, like always, I found her characters so multi-dimensional and her hero so darn appealing that I just couldn't put the book down. Ms. Miller's characters have a way of sitting down right in the middle of my heart and Dara Rose and especially her children, Harriet and Edrina, are no exception. Even though the ending was a happy one and not unexpected, tears still filled my eyes and that ability to pull emotion, which is done throughout the book, is what makes this book so enjoyable and a perfect read for the holidays. I hope Ms. Miller follows this one up with a book about Clay's cousin Sawyer because not only is he an intriguing character but I want to check in on little Edrina and Harriet and see how they are getting along with their new Daddy. This is a charming romance with appealing characters that will sweep you up and transport you in an instant to the heart of the Old West.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bugaboo on December 10, 2011
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I've read all of LLM's books ... usually I enjoy them. This one... eh not so much.

There are good points. It's a sweet little story, charming characters, easy, comfortable read.

Now for the bad... it's very very short. I'm a slow/average reader and this one felt like I barely had time to blink. There was a bad man... but he didn't do much more than hurl a few insults and stomp off REAL mad!!! There was potential there and it felt like the author just took the easy way out. Very little drama or action. Again... there was potential but it seemed like this is something she wrote in an afternoon just to make a few extra bucks. I really can't help but feel ripped off.

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There was huge glaring error in the story. Clay's cousin, Sawyer, shows up late one night and leaves early the next morning. He never even meets Dara Rose. And Clay doesn't propose to Dara Rose until later that night after Sawyer is long gone! The next day Clay and Dara Rose are married. The day after that a box arrives from Clay's mother with a note for him congratulating him on his new bride and step-children whom Sawyer has told them all about. She also includes oranges and books as gifts for the children. WHAT??? Now this story is set in 1914, I wasn't around then but I'm pretty sure they did NOT have Fed-Ex overnight delivery. I doubt Sawyer could have even sent the family a telegram that soon even if he had met Dara Rose or knew about the wedding.
This error, to me, coming from an experienced, award winning author is absolutely unforgivable. Why didn't an editor catch this?

Overall... very disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 4everSLAUGHTERED on December 29, 2011
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Clay McKettrick arrives in 1914 Blue River, TX to become the new Marshal. He meets up with little sassy Edrina Nolan who should be in school. Edrina is an enjoyable character whose favorite expression is "thunderation!". Clay takes her home on his horse where he first sees beautiful Dora Rose, Edrina's mother. Dora Rose was married to the former Marshal who is now deceased. The problem for Dora Rose is that she is still living in the Marshal's home that is paid for by the town. With Clay's arrival, she knows her time is limited and her future is uncertain. Dora desperately searches for ways to make a living while keeping her and her daughters together. She doesn't like her options and Clay is searching for a way to build a future. The story is very cut and dry. Not much drama or romance. Plus, there wasn't an aspect of danger that is found in some of these books.

Since this takes place during the Christmas season you will recognize many reasons for the season, such as, caring for others less fortunate, giving and sharing what we can, and receiving special gifts from the generous people in our lives.

My favorite McKettrick story is McKettrick's Heart (McKettrick Men Series #3) followed by McKettrick's Pride (Hqn).
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