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The Bridegroom (A Stone Creek Novel) Mass Market Paperback – July 28, 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews
Book 5 of 6 in the Stone Creek Series

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

"Miller has created unforgettable characters and woven a many-faceted yet coherent and lovingly told tale." –Booklist on McKettrick's Choice

"Miller's name is synonymous with the finest in western romance."

-RT Book Reviews

"Full of equal parts heart and heartache, Miller's newest western is sure to tug at the heartstrings from the first charming scene to the last."

-RT Book Reviews on Big Sky Summer

"Miller's down-home, easy-to-read style keeps the plot moving, and she includes...likable characters, picturesque descriptions and some very sweet pets."

-Publishers Weekly on Big Sky Country

"A delightful addition to Miller's Big Sky series. This author has a way with a phrase that is nigh-on poetic...this story [is] especially entertaining."

-RT Book Reviews on Big Sky Mountain

"A passionate love too long denied drives the action in this multifaceted, emotionally rich reunion story that overflows with breathtaking sexual chemistry."

-Library Journal on McKettricks of Texas: Tate

"Miller's prose is smart, and her tough Eastwoodian cowboy cuts a sharp, unexpectedly funny figure in a classroom full of rambunctious frontier kids."

-Publishers Weekly on The Man from Stone Creek

"Miller's return to Parable is a charming story of love in its many forms. The hero's struggles are handled in an informed and heartwarming way, and it's easy to empathize with the heroine's desire to start an independent, new life in this sweetly entertaining and alluring tale."
-RT Book Reviews on Big Sky River

"Miller's third Stone Creek novel gets as hot as the noontime desert. Miller's portrayal of Sarah as a strong, independent woman sets this novel apart from customary tales of the damsel in distress and the rescuing hero...Well-developed, personable characters and a handful of loose ends will leave readers anticipating future installments." --Publishers Weekly on The Rustler --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Stone Creek Novel
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373773889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373773886
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have waited for this installment of the Stone Creek series because I was intrigued by the promise young Gideon made to little Lydia Fairmont in A Wanted Man. The excerpt was promising. The story started off well ... but went nowhere in a hurry.

I liked the premise of Gideon rescuing Lydia from a horrible fiancee and bringing her (and her elderly aunts and housekeeper) to Stone Creek where he is to start an undercover job at the mine. Mining is a dangerous job, but Lydia never questions his safety or why such an educated man takes a job such as that. The lack of communication between Gideon and Lydia was depressing and made it hard to believe they fell in love throughout the course of the story. They were so lively as children that it was hard to believe the lackluster adults they had become.

It was nice to see many characters from earlier books but it almost seemed they appeared to fill a quota of book length, because several of them seemed to have no purpose. Actually, much of the book seemed to have no purpose. The plot promises suspense which never quite happens and several scenes in the book greatly resemble Ms. Miller's earlier stories. I had to force myself to finish reading the book, so this will be the last LLM purchase for me. Thanks for the good stories over the years, but I think it's time for me to move on.
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I have been waiting for this book for a long time. I knew when Gideon gave Lydia the letter to send to him if she was ever in trouble when they were children that a good book could be made when they were adults. I love the characters in the Stone Creek series, but I was disappointed in the length. There could have been more discussions between Gideon and his brothers about the mine and his conscience changing as he got to know the miners and their families. Lydia also needed to ask more questions about why he was working in a mine when he had a college education and two brothers in town who could give him a better job.

The book was too short. I did enjoy the talk about the missing twin brothers and hope and expect a new Stone Creek novel about them. I hope it is much longer and that the plot and characters are developed with more care. Linda is writing too many books too fast and her books are suffering. What could have been a 5 will get only 3 or 4.

I would still recommend this book because it continues the story of Rowdy and Wyatt. Sam O'Ballivan is also in the book, but doesn't say much. I liked the relationship between Lydia, Lark, and Sarah. I already wanted Gideon and Lydia to have a HEA after reading "A Wanted Man". I believe to really enjoy this book you would have to have read all of the Stone Creek series. It really doesn't stand alone.
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By Annie on April 11, 2015
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Great story as with the lst 3 books of this series. Suggest however that you read #5 before going to #4 & #6 as those two jump ahead several generations. Don't know why Ms. Miller put this one between the other two to keep the timelines consistent.
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Gideon, the youngest of the Yarbro brothers thinks he marries Lydia to protect her from the old man who's after her. What he doesn't realize is that the feelings Lydia developed for him as a small child (you'll have to read a previous title in the Stone Creek series for that back story) has also created feelings in him!

After elements central to many stories set in the still-wild West--including a mine disaster, a gunfight, the development of a ramshackle ranchhouse into something suitable for a family with four children(!), this story ends as one would hope, with Gideon and Lydia together and expecting the birth of her own first child. A happy sigh of relief after the excitement of those last crises.
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When Lydia Fairmont finds herself in trouble, there's only one person she can turn to for help. Unfortunately, Lydia hasn't seen Gideon Yarbro in years. Lydia sends her letter anyway, and at the very last minute, Gideon arrives. The hasty decision Gideon makes to get Lydia out of trouble changes their lives, and not all for the better. Gideon may be married to sweet Lydia now, but he has an angry fiancé to deal with, and a dangerous job waiting for him back home in Stone Creek. Lydia loves Gideon, but she doesn't want to be wife in name only and Gideon doesn't think he can stay and keep Lydia out of danger. Will Gideon and Lydia have the chance to make their marriage a real one?

The Bridegroom's rich sensuality and authentic Old West storyline is classic Linda Lael Miller. While Gideon struggles with his decisions, his brothers Rowdy and Wyatt try to steer him in the right direction, reminding him that the love of a good woman is worth fighting for. Lydia is full of sweet fire and Gideon's sexy grin could melt any woman's heart. The Bridegroom is page after page of angst, excitement, and sizzling passion.

Nannette
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Linda Lael Miller books about this series of brothers is about the old west with love, trouble, strong men and women. This book of the series was the one I like the most. This is about the youngest brother, his adventure of lost and love. I recommend this series to Stone Creek.
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