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Product Details

  • Series: Springwater Seasons
  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671026844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671026844
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Springwater, a small settlement in Montana Territory, sets the stage for a historical series that will please readers seeking tenderness rather than raging passion. This installment focuses on Rachel English, who is coming from the East to serve as the town's schoolmarm. When the stagecoach runs into trouble, Trey Hargreaves comes to the rescue, never dreaming that the saucy lady who was more concerned about the safety of her precious books than anything else, would soon become very important to him. As the schoolmarm and the saloon keeper try to put aside their philosophical differences and get down to some sparkin', readers are given a dose of old time romance - 1800s style. Add some wholesome supporting characters, traditional small-town events and a little help from fate, and everyone in Springwater can sit back and watch the courtship. While Ms. Miller is certainly a good writer, she did a much better job making the pages sizzle in her other books. This wasn't a poorly written romance, just a bit boring. She is much more suited to those bodice rippers! Amy Wilson -- Copyright © 030199 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times

More About the Author

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book puts you right in the middle of this busy little town. You feel as if you are there on the dirt streets. Once again Ms. Miller makes you feel as if you are a part of the story. I read this book and went out and got the next 3 the same day. Springwater is a town I would love to be a part of. Can't wait for the rest of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 1999
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After reading Springwater, I eagerly anticipated Rachel. I was very disappointed. This second book in the series lacked the poignancy and depth of the first. Of course, there were great moments of laughter and warmth as Miller's books always provide. However, the romance between Trey and Rachel seemed flat and almost forced. It definitely did not carry on the tradition established in Springwater. A disappointment, overall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 2000
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I read the Springwater series and found it a bit shallow. The books are short and very easy to read, though. I find myself wanting more depth and character growth. The relationships were a bit sudden and flaky to me. My favorite characters were probably Jacob and June-Bug. If you want to read an exciting series try Debbie Maccomber's Promise, Texas series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CORTEGA on September 30, 2009
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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. Trey's grief and anger were so overwhelming that he sent his young daughter to be raised by her Sioux family while he spent FIVE YEARS tracking down, then killing the men who killed his wife. Five years.

After those five years, Trey retrieves his little girl and takes her to Springwater, where he opens a saloon (no working girls, just gambling and drinks). He's a respectable citizen, trying to raise his little girl the best he can.

Enter Rachel, a prim, Eastern schoolmarm, who from the moment she meets Trey, begins judging and antagonizing him. She looks down on him as a father (for raising his child above the saloon) and because he owns a saloon.

And, Trey is annoyed by her because she judges him without knowing him. BUT!!!! Get this: within about two weeks, Trey is in love with Rachel, going so far as to say that he has NEVER loved a woman as much as he loves Rachel. Not even the murdered wife that he spend FIVE YEARS avenging. Nope. The love of his life is the judgmental and annoying Rachel.

And, Rachel? Well, she was engaged at one time back East and had even had sex with her fiance (she being the prim and proper young teacher and all), and she intends to never marry, but oh yes... within days she is in love with Trey, which she shows by continually being a pain in his butt.

At that point, I knew I was done with this story. Nice guy falls for prim and annoying schoolmarm. Can that scenario be played any more to death? Like I said: Ridiculous.

And, boring.
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"Rachel" is another of Linda Lael Miller's great book. The heroine, also named after the book, is a woman who travels to Springwater to teach. Rachel also comes at the request of her friend, Evangeline, whose story began in the book, "Springwater."
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 1999
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I loved this book. I thought the characters were truly unique. You were rooting for them the whole time. Ms. Miller is a gifted writer who captures the true romance of the old west.
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At one time, Trey worked as a gun for hire, but now he is a model citizen. He owns Springwater's saloon, which provides a comfortable living for Trey and his daughter.
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.

Harriet Klausner
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