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Rachel (Springwater Seasons) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1999
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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.'
Top Customer Reviews
The characters in this book are people in the Springwater series. Ms. Miller has brought all the characters magically to life from the pages of the book. The readers can almost smell Miss June Bug's cooking and see her husband, Jacob McCaffrey shuffling his way to the barn. These are just a few of the other characters in the book. I will not mention all of them.
Rachel meets Trey Hargreaves, a widower, who has a young daughter, Emma, to raise. The attraction between Rachel and Trey began on their first meeting, although both do not admit it.
Rachel has her hands full with teaching the children, especially the unruly boys, some whose parents feel they do not need any schooling. However, that is what Rachel came to Springwater to do teach -- and teach she will.
Trey, who is part owner of the town's saloon, is a little shy about "courting" Rachel. Also, Rachel is not too fond of the saloon being in operation. However, when Trey realizes he has competition for Rachel's affection in the form of another widower, Landry Kildare (you will meet him again in Ms. Miller's book, "Miranda"), Trey set to work to win Rachel's love and hand in marriage.
Rachel and Trey eventually overcome everything and let love find its way into their heart and into their lives.
"Rachel" is the #2 book in the Springwater series, but "Rachel" is rated #1.
The new school teacher thinks Trey might be a good father, but is clearly not an arbiter of moral behavior when he contributes to the drinking and gambling of the townsfolk and visitors. Over time, Rachel observes a sensitive side to Trey that enables her to become attracted to him. Trey has desired Rachel from the first time he saw her face, but feels that his past makes him inappropriate to pursue the woman of his dreams.
SPRINGWATER SEASONS: RACHEL is a short but entertaining work that typifies the novels that have made Linda Lael Miller a household name. The author fills her novel with wit, sensitivity, and historical accuracy. The children constantly upstage their elders and, in the process, add warmth to the tale. Over the next three months, there will be three more Springwater books and if this story is an indication of the others, sub-genre fans have a New Year's treat to look forward to reading.
The novel begins with the main character, Rachel, moving out west to a small town in order to set up a school for the local children. She encounters many obstacles while attempting this task, mainly with the town’s lack of funding as well as some set-in-their-ways older folks who believe that schooling is simply a waste of time. Ultimately, Rachel accomplishes her goal, helping out each of the local children in one way or another and falling in love along the way.
A typical romance, yes, but a heartwarming story and a very quick read!
An eastern school teacher...A western saloon owner...two hearts colliding in this second romantic Springwater novel.
She came to Springwater, by a long standing request from her closet friend, as unpure schoolteacher. She wasn't looking for love...her chance at love had died in the war...or did it??
His wife died in his arms and now he has a terrible secret. He's trying to raise his daughter right. But then he helps a stranded stage out of the water...and he meets her.
She doesn't like his ways but he doesn't feel the same. She thinks he's all wrong for her but he thinks she's the only one for him. Can he win this teacher's heart??
Find out in this installment of a highly praised, wonderfully written book by an award winning author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Linda Lael Miller NEVER disapoints! By the end of the second page you really like and know her characters, and you care what happens to them.. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kotton
It is just a little book that is short, sweet & a fast read. I had a quiet evening & it was perfect for just that opportunity.Published on April 25, 2012 by lololsn
Great story in the sequence of the three women in the series. In the condition I expected. ThanksPublished on June 13, 2011 by Eadie Hampson
This book can be summed up fairly quickly as within the first 3 chapters you learn that the hero, Trey Hargreaves, was once married to a Sioux woman, who was killed by some gunmen. Read morePublished on September 30, 2009 by CORTEGA
I read almost all of Linda Lael Miller's books. I try to stay more
recent, and don't go too far back in years. Read more
To be honest this book really didn't do much for me. It was a bit boring. Nothing was really going on in the book & the couple didn't even start a relationship until the last 10... Read morePublished on March 7, 2005 by ThisThatNEverything
This whole series of books was a nice vacation for the brain. When you're tired of hearing about tragedies and violence and worst possible scenarios, when you've used your brain... Read morePublished on March 29, 2000