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From Booklist

Eighteen-year-old Hadleigh’s fancy wedding ended before the vows when her late brother’s best friend, Tripp Galloway, swooped in and literally swept her off her feet, throwing her over his shoulder and carrying her kicking and screaming out of the church to save her from a disastrous marriage. Ten years later, with no family left, Hadleigh makes a pact with her two lifelong best friends to find true love and marriage even though there is a dearth of eligible men in their Wyoming ranching community. Trip Galloway, after years spent in the military as a pilot and as the owner of an aviation company, returns to Bliss County to help his ailing stepfather. Soon Hadleigh and Tripp really get the town talking. Once again, Miller tells a satisfying, feel-good tale populated with good people trying to do what is right, people who find healthy, hot passion and genuine relationships. Miller also realistically depicts the contemporary West, from beloved dogs to livestock auctions, rutted roads, and pickup trucks. --Diana Tixier Herald

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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 has created unforgettable characters and woven a many-faceted yet coherent and lovingly told tale." –Booklist on McKettrick's Choice

"Miller's name is synonymous with the finest in western romance."

-RT Book Reviews

"Full of equal parts heart and heartache, Miller's newest western is sure to tug at the heartstrings from the first charming scene to the last."

-RT Book Reviews on Big Sky Summer

"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

"A delightful addition to Miller's Big Sky series. This author has a way with a phrase that is nigh-on poetic...this story [is] especially entertaining."

-RT Book Reviews 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

"Miller's prose is smart, and her tough Eastwoodian cowboy cuts a sharp, unexpectedly funny figure in a classroom full of rambunctious frontier kids."

-Publishers Weekly on The Man from Stone Creek

"Miller's return to Parable is a charming story of love in its many forms. The hero's struggles are handled in an informed and heartwarming way, and it's easy to empathize with the heroine's desire to start an independent, new life in this sweetly entertaining and alluring tale."
-RT Book Reviews on Big Sky River

"Miller's third Stone Creek novel gets as hot as the noontime desert. Miller's portrayal of Sarah as a strong, independent woman sets this novel apart from customary tales of the damsel in distress and the rescuing hero...Well-developed, personable characters and a handful of loose ends will leave readers anticipating future installments." --Publishers Weekly on The Rustler
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Product Details

  • Series: Hqn
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373778708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373778706
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,923 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.'

Customer Reviews

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Monast on May 27, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Where is the wit and witty dialogue Ms. Miller is known for? Where are the characters and interesting children she usually writes about? There is way too much redundant narrative and too much time spent in the heads of the two characters. I would have liked to have seen more conversation and character interaction rather than just descriptions of thoughts. This seems to be a pattern she has been developing since the 3rd or 4th Parable book and it is no where near as enjoyable as her earlier books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donna McBroom-Theriot on June 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Even after twenty years, I can still remember the very first book I read by Linda Lael Miller, and she remains one of my favorite authors. If you are looking for a deep-seeded romance with loads of suspense, then you probably will not enjoy Linda's books. I'm saying this because I've read some of the reviews on this book. What I enjoy about her books is that they are light-hearted romances that you can sit down and read in one sitting - a beach read, a Sunday afternoon read; books that transport you to a place where love happens quickly and forever. They are fun, quick reads.

THE MARRIAGE PACT was such a book. There are three friends in a very small town who are bound and determined to find marriageable men to love them and to have their happy ever after. They form a pact as friends are known to do and it is a sweet part of their friendship. Hadleigh is the first to have love find her - in the form of her older brother's best friend and one good-looking guy who knows how to wear his boots (and transport her to another dimension with his kisses.)

What follows is a sweet love story with little suspense and drama. It is an easy read and how it ends is a given. It did seem to have a little de-ja-vou in the storyline, but I read a tremendous amount of books, so chances are, any story-line has a chance of sounding vaguely familiar to me. I enjoyed the book, especially the ending and if you are a fan of Linda's, you will definitely want to read it. I am eagerly awaiting the second book in the series to see who finds love next. There may have been an oh-so-subtle hint in this book, but we'll see.

I'm giving THE MARRIAGE PACT five stars. It was typical of Linda's style and a good book. I think this trilogy is going to be fun.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By rhonda on May 27, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
3 1/2 STARS

I wish it was a longer story, I wanted to see more of the characters interact with each other. This did give a lot of their backstory. At times the relationships seem rushed. I like the characters. Want to know more about them.
Had s few love scenes that I skipped over.

Three friends want to get married. So they decide to make a pact. Too keep trying, too support each other, get out their. There professional lives are going great but they know they want a family.

Hadleigh Stevens at eighteen was about to get married when Tripp Galloway came in the middle of the wedding and carried her off. He told her about her fiancé some information he knew, then he left town again.

Hadleigh had a crush on Tripp for years. He was her brother's good friend. Hadleigh owns the quilt shop in town and makes and sells quilts on line. She does a good business. She is all alone after all of her family has died.

Tripp has sold his business and has come home to the ranch. He finds his step-father in bad health and ranch worn down. He wants Hadleigh to be friends again.

I would have liked to see more of Tripp and his step-father Jim. It seems like Tripp gets home and Jim leaves. Then Jim starts a fast relationship. It just seems too rushed.

The setting is small town Mustang Creek, Wyoming.

I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Branfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 27, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Linda Lael Miller’s newest series, The Brides of Bliss County, is off to a strong beginning with The Marriage Pact. This endearing romance has a great cast of characters, strong friendships and a love story that will melt your heart.

Hadleigh Stevens and Tripp Galloway have a long history together which provides a solid foundation for their burgeoning romance. In the ten years since Tripp stopped her from making a disastrous mistake, Hadleigh has done a lot of growing up but she is still furious with him for stopping her wedding. When Tripp moves back to the family ranch, the two reconnect and Hadleigh is forced to examine exactly why she is still so angry with him. As for Tripp, he is shocked by his attraction to the woman he watched grow up.

Hadleigh and Tripp have known one another all their lives and although Tripp has only made a few quick trips to town over the intervening years, their shared past is an unbreakable bond that ties them together. Tripp decides to come home after he learns some unsettling news about his father’s health and he easily settles back into ranching life. Hadleigh has faced a lot of losses in her life, but her close-knit and steadfast friendships with Melody Nolan and Bex Stuart have sustained her through all of life’s ups and downs.

The romance between Hadleigh and Tripp is gradual but after they sort through their individual issues, their relationship really takes off. Tripp is a bit old-fashioned and he is sweetly romantic as he courts Hadleigh. Their lovemaking is incredibly passionate and their sex scenes are pretty steamy.

The Marriage Pact is a light-hearted and angst-free novel with a compelling storyline and a charming cast of characters.
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