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McKettricks of Texas: Garrett Mass Market Paperback – May 25, 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews
Book 12 of 15 in the McKettrick Series

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Devastated by the discovery of revered mentor/longtime employer U.S. Senator Morgan Cox's infidelity and public display of poor judgment, Garrett McKettrick heads home to the Silver Spur Ranch to regroup. But instead of leisurely examining his options, he must deal with cattle rustlers, an all-too-attractive houseguest and her precocious son, and elder brother Tate's ultimatum to either help run the ranch or sell it. High-school teacher Julie Remington, four-year-old Calvin, and their three-legged dog, Harry, are temporarily occupying the main houseguest suite while their rented home is being fumigated. Although Julie and Garrett have no history to overcome like her sisters and his brothers, her own insecurities seem likely to prevent her from reaching out to grab happiness, be it ever so fleeting. Miller's fast-moving, emotional contemporary romance continues the McKettricks series' plotlines, with more installments to come. --Lynne Welch


"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 --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Series: McKettricks of Texas (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373774419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373774418
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,152 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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
3 1/2 stars

This is the second in the McKettricks of Texas series. Garrett is the middle child with aspirations of being a politician and maybe even president. When his mentor, and the man he has idolized for years, becomes involved in a major scandal, Garrett takes off for the Silver Spur to figure things out.
Julie Remington is the middle sister. She's always been the free-spirit and fun one. Now that she has been raising her 5-year-old son, Calvin, she is a little more subdued because of her concern for him.
When Julie and Garrett begin to share time together, they find that even though they are very different, they do have some things in common that bring them together.

I was only so-so on this book. I liked it well enough, but I didn't find myself really feeling the building of the relationship between Garrett and Julie. It focused a lot on Julie and not much on Garrett. What was focused on Garrett didn't seem to have enough depth. The time they spent together really didn't seem to have much depth. I was hoping for a little more romance and connection with them.

I'm also a stickler for consistency. In Tate's book, specific ages and age differences were never mentioned for the siblings. In this book, it was noted that each set of siblings are 1 year apart and they are the same ages (28, 29, 30). This does not work with one statement in Tate's book about Libby & Tate's age differences, "When Libby was fifteen and Tate was seventeen." They could not be 2 years apart at any time--I could see 16 & 17, but not 15 & 17. Just a minor editing miss.

It is not necessary to have read Tate's story, but it will add more to the story if you have read it. There is more lead-in to the next book about Austin and Paige. I have to admit that I am most interested in their story and hope that it lives up to the build up in the first two books.

I received this book from netgalley to review.
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By A Customer on May 29, 2010
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As Garrett McKettrick leaves Austin for his family spread the Silver Spur in Blue River, Texas, he knows his aspirations have been shattered to the bone marrow. His hero Senator Morgan Cox is embroiled in a nasty scandal that has nuked Garrett's beliefs and political dreams.

He arrives to chaos as the family plans for Tate's wedding and someone is rustling their herd leaving cattle dead. However that is not what causes the chaos inside of Garrett's heart. High School teacher Julie Remington, her five years old son Calvin and his three legged dog Harry are staying at the ranch for her sibling's marriage to Tate. Garrett wants her and likes the young boy while the free spirit that Julie filed away to raise her offspring as a single mom (with sisters) surfaces at a time when Calvin's biological father Gordon Pruett arrives wanting to be part of the lad's life.

The fascination behind the middle brother's tale is that most of the story line focuses on Julie with her fears of what Gordon wants and her sadness over bright student Rachel needing a job. Rachel's dad Mr. Strivens in one sentence adds realism about college for the impoverished families in hard times. Although the romance between Tate and Julie seem more off page than on, the McKettrick fans will enjoy this fine ranch contemporary and look forward to the next sibling's story.

Harriet Klausner
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By Jorge Frid on November 23, 2010
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This is not the best love story but if you're in the mood you can read it. Some times the story is dull and others is almost good but not enough to keep you reading more than an hour or so. Maybe I have this feeling because I didn't read the prequel but if it were a good written book you don't have to read the prequel to get engrossed in the story. So I can't say is a bad plot but maybe I'll recommend another book instead of this one.
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This book should appeal to fans of western romances that enjoy c. If it sounds intriguing, then Garrett's story should be right up their alley because it's all that and more.

Garrett is the second McKettrick brother and he believes his path is far from the saddle and the land he grew up on. It wasn't until I'd read the entire book that I figured out why that is, and it's poignant. Until he comes to that realization, his journey is one of self-discovery -- of who he is, what he really wants and discovering that love was right under his nose.

Sometimes the sweetest romance is between a man and woman who were great friends as kids, who know all of each other's past foibles and stick by each other anyway. Garrett wakes up to that understanding eventually and it's as heartwarming as a reader could wish. He's a man's man, a real cowboy with integrity and manners, and his inner strength is just as formidable as the land he rides over. He puts his all into anything he does and commands respect from his peers and the world he controls -- until the scandal hits. A person can't control everything and everyone, so I found his reaction to the situation to be another great measure of the man. He comes home to question so much about his life and it's not easy on him. Add in the mystery of what's been happening on the ranch and his part in discovering the villains and he becomes a man of action, of passion and bravery. A man with that many burdens on his shoulders needs a life partner and Ms. Miller gives him the perfect lady.

Julie is a single mother, a teacher and sister to Garrett's older brother's future wife, Libby. What I liked about Julie was her close relationship with her two sisters and their dialogue throughout this book.
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