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

Patricia McLinn
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Book Description

Three strangers arrive in rugged Bardville, Wyoming.

They're never the same ...

And neither are the people of Bardville.


"In Book 1 Bodie stole my heart, in Book
2 Cully took my breath away, and in
Book 3 I fell in love with Dax." - 5
Star review

Bardville, Wyoming Trilogy:

Book 1 - A Stranger in the Family

Book 2 - A Stranger to Love

Book 3 - The Rancher Meets His Match

A sexy, intriguing stranger arrives unexpectedly at her
Wyoming ranch, threatening the one thing Cambria protects more fiercely than
her heart -- her family. Bodie's discovery that he fathered a son 17 years ago
leads him to the warm and welcoming Weston family. That's the easy part. But
his response to one member of the family is far more than he ever expected. The
sparks between him and Cambria are real ... and so is the danger to his hopes for
their future if she finds out why he's really in Wyoming.

"An emotionally complex romance of wounded hearts and broken trust that will
touch a chord in each reader's heart."
~ Romantic Times

If you like strong women and the men who love them, read
A STRANGER TO LOVE, the second book in the acclaimed Bardville, Wyoming trilogy

Editorial Reviews


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

Product Details

  • File Size: 328 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373099592
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Patricia McLinn (April 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00457VKIA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Review September 28, 2011
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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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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Complicated ... September 18, 2011
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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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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stranger in the Family August 7, 2011
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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.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite September 17, 2011
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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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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Romance October 28, 2010
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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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying Characters February 12, 2013
By Claire
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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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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars OK Book but EXCESSIVE language August 4, 2013
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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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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really didnt love it.... September 15, 2011
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I decided to try this book since it was in the first position in the romance free bestsellers list....I cant say I loved it like the other 2 reviewers, by 20% of the book I wanted to quit, so instead I went to sleep... I started reading again and seriously felt bored up until half of the book. The second half is not bad it actually kept me interested. The story is about a succesfull and a bit overcontroling business man that after 16 years finds out he had a son. After finding out he decides to go an see for himself how the boy is doing not really knowing what he'll do next. This journey takes him to a Wyoming working ranch as an early guest in his sons family board house. His sons sister Cambria is a very distrusting person ( she had some love problemes before which made her this way) and is suspicious of him from the start.... I really didnt like her character she was mean to him from the start so I can really understand what he saw in her...... Anyway the fisrt half of the book is about him trying to get to know everyone in the family with out spilling the truth to them and Cambria trying to get him as far of them as possible,because she dosnt trust him. There is this attraction between them but she basically dosnt want to accept it. I wish there was more action maybe more humor,something to make this part a bit more interesting. The second half is better you get to see them giving up to the attraction and to further understand them and see how the secret spills out. Overall and Ok read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Love Story
Love Bodie in this book. His trials in his journey in life and how sweet and tender he is! You will enjoy this read it can bring your imagination to the places it describes.
Published 28 days ago by Lainy
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Very simple
Published 2 months ago by Reggie
5.0 out of 5 stars A stranger in the family
Enjoyed reading this book. It kept my interest. The characters were good. There were several relationship issues. Blended family. Good story.
Published 2 months ago by Kathy Q
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good book, I thought it ended too abruptly
Published 4 months ago by JGilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book! Can't wait to read the next book in the series..
Published 4 months ago by Melissa
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
just ok.
Published 4 months ago by Nancy L Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars A Stranger in the Family
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Patricia McLinn is a good writer and her books are nice romantic stories. I will definitely read more of her books.
Published 5 months ago by Pat Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book that challenges forgiveness in so many...
This is an excellent book that challenges forgiveness in so many difficult ways, but as the main character struggles through and forgives she teaches those she has forgiven to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rose Ellen Blosser
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Wonderful story with some interesting twists. Can't wait to read the second book!
Published 5 months ago by ELA Teach
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book
I enjoyed the book, I liked the characters. I would have liked a little more 'meat' to the ending tho, but it was still an acceptable ending and I would recommend the book to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Donna
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More About the Author

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.

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

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