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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373778139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373778133
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.3 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Her latest holiday story shines with compassion....Miller touches hearts with gentleness and sensitivity." –RT Book Reviews on An Outlaw's Christmas

"After reading this book your heart will be so full of Christmas cheer you'll want to stuff a copy in the stocking of every romance fan you know!"-USA TODAY Happy Ever After review on A Lawman's Christmas

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

"Miller is one of the finest American writers in the genre."-RT BookReviews

"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

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.

Customer Reviews

Makes a great Christmas story.
I like it when there is two or more short stories in one book.
Lorilee Pilota
I love Linda Lael Millers Books.
Mark Pangrazio

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By terrylynn on October 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A Proposal for Christmas is comprised of two stories, both of which have been released before and are nice, simple little romances that take place around Christmastime. State Secrets by Linda Lael Miller was actually first released 28 years ago and surprisingly doesn't show its age, I guess true romance never goes out of style. Miller's story takes up the majority of the book while Lindsay McKenna's The Five Days of Christmas is more of a novella and was written in 2001.

State Secrets gives us cookbook author Holly Llewelyn who is a success in her field, but has issues in her personal life that are beginning to weigh her down. Her brother Craig is on the run for committing treason against the United States and Holly is currently "mom" to his young son Toby. Each time Craig calls asking for money, Holly begs him to turn himself him, with no luck. Complicating matters, Craig and Holly are third cousins to the newly elected President of the United States which means that people are going to be watching them... closely. David Goddard is the best of the best in the Secret Service and for a short period of time is sent to covertly observe/get to know Holly to see if she is a threat and if she has been in touch with her brother. What David doesn't expect is to fall in love with Holly and Toby and when he does, it makes him question everything he thought he wanted for his life. It's a tender story about finding the truth behind the lies and being willing to risk it all for love.

Colt Hamlin is a man in pain. As a mercenary just back from a difficult mission in Kosovo, he feels like the walking dead with all the poison and the pain locked up tight inside.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet on September 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
You can't go wrong with this 2 book set featuring Lindsay McKenna and Linda Lael Miller. They both feature strong Alpha males, one a Mercenary and the other a Secret Service Agent. Both stories are well written, I would expect no less from these favorite authors. The characters are multi faceted; rare for this format we get lots of back story and character development. The pacing of both stories is even, the settings well drawn, and the conclusions satisfactory.
This is a great addition to any Holiday romance library, and a great deal in combination.
*I received my copy from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rhonda on September 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover

State Secrets\The Five Days of Christmas

State Secrets by Linda Lael Miller

In State Secrets the newly elected Pres. third cousin is wanted for treason. His sister Holly a cookbook author just got back from spending two months in Middle East researching for a cookbook. The secret service needs to see if she is a security leak too. David Goddard is being sent undercover to find out.

I like Holly she is worried about her brother. Raising her nephew Toby. Writing her cookbooks, weekly newspaper article and teaching cooking classes. She loves Toby and raising him the best she can.

David finds out that Holly is in contact with her brother and sending him money. He has to report back what he finds out about him. He falls for Holly fast. But he has been lying to her about his real job.

There is drama, romance, a few love scenes that I skipped over. I really like that she went to her cousins and stayed in the White House to see him take the oath of office.
The Five Days of Christmas by Lindsay McKenna
This is a short novella celebrating 5 days of Christmas with Morgan Trayhern's employees and families. Laura decides that she wants to help bring together Colt & Abby.
Colt's last mission has left him raw. Morgan asks Colt if he will help with the preparation of the different activities because he is just too busy to help his wife.

Abby is a widow of two years. Her husband worked for Morgan in black opts. She is a teacher and helping Laura with different activities.

This is emotional story for different reasons. I shed a few tears at different times. Wish the story was longer and not detailed love scenes that I admit skipping over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tsukikomew on October 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
State Secrets by Linda Lael Miller

I've never read Linda Lael Miller before but I know she has a reputation for Westerns. I thought I'd try this one from NetGalley (not a Western) and see what happened. I was...okay with it but not wowed.

The story followed David Goddard having to investigate Holly because she's some distant cousin of the president-to-be. He feels terrible about investigating this wonderful woman who writes cookbooks but as a secret service agent, he has to go. They fall in love and then she finds out his secret. Oh and her brother is some traitor to the country who threatens to take Holly's nephew (his son) from her just to punish her. She goes to D.C. and they try to make up.

This story hit a bunch of buttons for me but I'll start with insta-love. This book had them in love in about 30 pages. It was utterly ridiculous since they'd spent about 90 minutes together on the more generous side. I really really hate insta-love. I just can't help but tune out when they start talking love and a future after not even a proper date. It's just so irritating.

On top of that I got really irritated by the traitor sub-plot with Holly's brother. Why was that even necessary? It seemed like such a waste of time which ended in the middle to cause the actual conflict of David's occupation. Why bother? She could have just found ID or something and called him on it.

Also can you say plot moppet nephew? He served no purpose other than to force random hero into spending more time with Holly. It made no sense to even have him in the story when he disappeared about halfway through the story. I really hate characters that serve no purpose.

Basically this story didn't endear Linda Lael Miller to me. I finished it and I was kind of angry.
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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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