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A Stranger in the Family, a western romance (Bardville, Wyoming Trilogy, Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Finalist for Virginia Romance Writers' HOLT Award
 
"Depth and ... suspense" - 5 Star review
 
"Secrets overcome by love" - 5 Star review
 
"Wounded hearts and broken trust" - Romantic Times

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  • File Size: 1102 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Craig Place Books (April 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00457VKIA
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I write because people heal. And those are the people who fascinate me.

They heal from pinpricks and catastrophes. They heal seamlessly or with scars, hidden or visible. They heal in as many ways as there are things to heal from, then multiplied by the number of individuals there are in this world.

As a journalist, I witnessed moments of "injury" and frequently found myself asking "How does someone get past that?" - whether "that" was pinprick or catastrophe. That question is also at the heart of my stories. What my characters are healing from frequently falls into the realm of wounds most of us carry. That makes the healing no less fascinating and no less admirable than if a character has troubles few of us will ever encounter. (I am piling on with one character right now, and it's starting to make me feel a little guilty.)

I find people often heal from doses of humor, honesty, and being pushed into situations they've been trying to avoid. Since few people will push themselves into situations they've been avoiding (wg), the characters need friends, family, and community willing to push. So my stories have a lot of those elements.
That's why I'm most pleased that my readers say my books blend "laughter and tears" with characters who "live and breathe." I don't have the most focused writing career - contemporary romance, mystery, women's fiction, historical romance, nonfiction - but those elements unite my 30+ titles.

Some say my stories have happy endings. I like to think of each story as being the process of the main characters getting themselves to a point where they can have a happy beginning. Because they've done a lot of healing.

If you enjoy stories about characters learning, growing, and healing, with some humor, sometimes some mystery, and frequently romance, I hope you'll try my books.

For more on what's coming up with my writing, you can sign up for my newsletter at my website:
http://www.PatriciaMcLinn.com

And if you truly want to know about my childhood, education, and journalism career, click on "Meet Patricia" at the website.

Enjoy your reading!

Patricia

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I picked this because it was a Kindle freebie, and I like the adoption scenario. It was my first McLinn.

I liked the plotline, the hero discovering that he had a teenage son he never knew about and going "undercover" to meet him. But the writing was a little jerky, disjointed. And as a romance, this didn't work for me, primarily because I didn't like the heroine. Spending time with her grew more and more tiresome. And the author dragged out their story too long; the book was three quarters over before they became intimately involved and there wasn't anything else happening to compensate for the waiting time. I did like the hero initially, but I was a little weary of him by the end, too. And I didn't really understand why his behaviour and actions were the only ones that people felt free to criticize and correct - continuously.

Actually, not understanding the characters' behaviours was an increasing problem. They never reacted in a way that made sense to me. The things that upset me they didn't notice, and the things that upset them didn't ring true. The last half of this book seemed interminable.

However, there was some potential here. I liked all the secondary characters, which means the author CAN create people about whom I care. This book was written in the mid-90's. I am going to look for another by McLinn with a more current publication date and determine if the faults above were simply those of a new writer.
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This was the first book I have read by this author and I was NOT disappointed. Great story line, wonderful character development, and, unlike some romance fiction, the author made it very clear that everything that happens in our lives affects the way we see things and people which makes a lot of relationships ... complicated. She also shows that just because it's complicated, doesn't mean it's not worth the time it takes to work through all the complications. A great read and very realistic regarding life events and the work that relationships require.
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After finding out he has a son that was given up for adoption 16 years ago, Boone wants to see how the boy is doing with his adoptive family. He plans an extended stay at the family's B&B/cattle ranch, and begins to fall for the son's adopted older sister. I found the story charming and well written. I was emotionally drawn to the characters. This was a favorite of my free downloads for Kindle.
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I have never read a Patricia McLinn book and have no clue why. However, this book has made me a fan. The story is well written and the characters well developed, they have depth and some suspense to it.
I loved this book and recommend it hightly. I loved the character "Brodie" and the others as well.

March 2015- second read which I abandoned at about 35 percent of the book, page after page of Cambria's suspicion of Boon, her bitter Attitude based on a past relationship in DC began to get only my last nerve. It. Continued relentlessly.
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I quite simply loved this story.

Ms. McLinn has managed to create a wonderfully realistic story about the complexity of relationships, especially the relationships of the heart. I found myself deeply involved and caring about both her main characters, Bodie and Cambria, as their love and trust in each other developes.

If you enjoy a truly heart-warming romance, this book will not disappoint.
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I did NOT care for the excessive language; which was unnecessary. Storyline was OK but didn't care for the roller coaster relationship. Having your dad as your bro-in-law? NOT!!
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The first half of this book was interminable but the second half was okay. That said, the characters were really annoying. The heroine was a bitter, bossy, suspicious, humorless bore. The hero was just clueless though his actions showed a pretty serious immaturity. Add to that the emotional connection between H/h didn't come across at all. It was hard to care about either of them and I almost just gave up on the whole thing a number of times. I gave it 2 stars because I made it all the way through. I won't be trying any more titles by this author.
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Boone had been forced to take over as head of the family as a child. He took care of his mother, younger sister, and grandmother. They had nothing, but Boone's determination and control changed that. His only flaw...taking over and trying to force his will on others. His heart was in the right place, but he didn't take into consideration what they might want, only what he felt was best for them. He found out that he had fathered a child by his girlfriend 17 years previous and that woman had put there child up for adoption without telling him. He had a private investigator locate his son and the family he was with.He hadn't known and now wanted to see this young man and see if he needed anything or if he could help him in any way. This led to meeting Pete's (his son) adopted sister, Cambria. Cam was prickly, distrustful of newcomers, and yet she couldn't help but feel the attraction to Boone. Cam had been in a bad relationship prior to coming home. She avoided Boone, but was determined to protect her family from this stranger whom she felt wasn't being truthful about why he was there. She rarely let him out of her sight and kept herself as buffer between Boone and his attempts to talk to Pete.
This is a terrific story about love for family, protectiveness, and a slow building attraction. It was originally published by Silhouette Special Edition #959 in 1995. I still have my original copy and enjoyed reading the story a second time. It will tug at your heart.
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