When trouble strikes in Haven, Arizona, Ranger Sam O'Ballivan is determined to sort it out. Badge and gun hidden, he arrives posing as the new schoolteacher and discovers his first task: bringing the ranchers' children under control. So he starts with a call on Maddie Chancelor, the local postmistress and older sister of a boy in need of ...Read MoreWhen trouble strikes in Haven, Arizona, Ranger Sam O'Ballivan is determined to sort it out. Badge and gun hidden, he arrives posing as the new schoolteacher and discovers his first task: bringing the ranchers' children under control. So he starts with a call on Maddie Chancelor, the local postmistress and older sister of a boy in need of discipline. Reissue.Read Less
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In almost every book by Linda Lael Miller, I find one (or more) instances where the action doesn?t ring true. I?ll come to that soon.
However, I enjoyed the steady action of the story (excellent pacing). Other than the sex scene in the springhouse (near the end), the book seemed a cohesive whole. I thought it odd that Maddie entices Sam into sex, after barely kissing him before! It didn?t seem to fit the rest of the book.
SPOILER INFO: **** I also thought it odd that he acted on his feelings for Maddie rather quickly after Abigail?s death. I didn?t think Abigail was a well-developed character; I felt sorrier for Abigail?s father than for the victim!
SPOILER INFO: **** However, the thing that blew me away about Abigail was the reason for her death. She rode in a stagecoach how many miles unaccompanied ? with a hair-trigger heart condition?
SPOILER INFO: **** The biggest shock, however, was (big, bold, undaunted by trouble) Sam who limply turns over his gun because the bad guy was going to shoot his horse! I?m still scratching my head about that one!
Esteban Vierra was a delight! It was great to have a Mexican who was urbane and witty ? and totally against stereotype.
In spite of the negatives above, Miller wrote a good book ? I enjoyed it twice. Sometimes authors just seem to piece scenes together. This book flowed and kept my attention.
Stone Creek Series
1. The Man from Stone Creek (2006)
2. A Wanted Man (2007)
3. The Rustler (2008)
4. The Bridegroom (2009)
5. A Stone Creek Christmas (2008)
6. At Home in Stone Creek (2009)
Dec 9, 2007
Stirs up trouble and romances the whole town
Man From Stone creek stirs up trouble and romances the whole town
THE MAN FROM STONE CREEK is a historical western romance set in 1903 in the Arizona Territory. The main romance is filled with suspense as the hero seeks to round up cattle rustlers and train robbers. The novel achieves an emotional depth as the heroine's romance heals a past tragedy. Linda Lael Miller's romance, however, is not just a hero-heroine romance --- it is the romance of a whole town where justice is found and the downtrodden find love.
Lawman Sam O'Ballivan has come to town to replace the schoolteacher. The minute he arrives, the local schoolboy fight and the boys learn justice O'Ballivan style. The boy who teased another is himself held by his feet with his head dangling down the well. The disciplined boy's complaints to his mother brings him to the attention of postmistress Maddie Chancelor. The sparks fly. When they collide, circumstances force Maddie into the sight of the most dangerous family in town. With Sam by her side, will she conquer the past or will his secret mission place her in the thick of even more trouble?
Sam may be working undercover to capture the castle rustlers and thieves terrorizing the local area, but his efforts to blend just seem to lead him into more trouble. Just as he realizes Maddie has his heart, his intended bride comes in on the stagecoach. Can it get any worse? Of course! The question is can all this danger change hearts so that romance succeeds?
Linda Lael Miller's magnificent romance is more than just Sam and Maddie. The reader sees problems that plagued the American West: the terrorists of the day, sickness, brothels which were often the only way for a woman to survive, children left orphaned or in need, and those left behind in the huge expansion of the West. The author does not shrink from the unpleasant realities of the historical setting, but she creates a romance where hearts are healed. Orphans and lost souls (children, adults and animals) find goodness, and justice is served. When her characters dare to opens their hearts and expose their vulnerabilities, love is found, and the lost or neglected who surround them get found.
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