Big Sky Summer

Big Sky Summer

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The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, welcomes you home to Parable, Montana--where love awaits. With his father's rodeo legacy to continue and a prosperous spread to run, Walker Parrish has no time to dwell on wrecked relationships. But country-western sweetheart Casey Elder is out of the spotlight and back in Parable, Montana. And Walker can't ignore that his "act now, think later" passion for Casey has had consequences. Two teenage consequences! Keeping her children's paternity under wraps has always been part of Casey's plan to give them normal, uncomplicated lives. Now the best way to hold her family together seems to be to let Walker be a part of it--as her husband of convenience. Or will some secrets--like Casey's desire to be the rancher's wife in every way--unravel, with unforeseen results?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 104 x 165 x 25mm | 159g
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 0373777655
  • 9780373777655
  • 74,102

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"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 "Miller's name is synonymous with the finest in western romance." -RT Book Reviews "Linda Lael Miller creates vibrant characters and stories I defy you to forget."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber "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 once again tells a memorable tale." -RT Book Reviews on A Creed in Stone Creek
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About Linda Lael Miller

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"
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Rating details

2,590 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 38% (982)
4 36% (930)
3 22% (559)
2 3% (89)
1 1% (30)

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My review: When I got offered reviewing Big Sky Summer by Linda Lael Miller I did not know what to expect, because I was not familiar with her books at that time. I was glad that I took the opportunity, because I fell in love with the settings and the people of Parable, Montana. Big Summer Sky was well written romance with some real issues real people have to deal with. Plot: Meet Walker, who is a ranch owner and rodeo rider, meet his love at the friend's wedding. Casey was his sweetheart until the day she broke his heart and left Parable, Montana. Now she is back in town with her two kids. Walker has been close to her kids and family, but he has no idea, that Casey is hiding something very important from him. Casey is a celebrity singer who has been trying to hide the father of her kids from the public eye and from her kids. Until the day Walker finds out that he is the dad of these two wonderful kids. When Casey needs to face the truth and telling her kids that Walker is their father, her kids feel betrayed. They have always loved Walker, even when they did not know the fact who he really is. Characters: I did like Casey even though I did not understand all her decisions. In the beginning of the book I did not understand why Casey was so afraid of keeping the truth from her kids, especially when she knew how much Walker loved her and the children. Then I realized, that giving up the love of your life for the music, must have been very difficult. She was afraid of Walker not letting her pursue her dreams and I can relate to that. I admire the strength what Casey had for admitting to the truth. Walker was down to earth and easy to understand and love. I can't imagine what it means, that your kids are kept away from you like that I think he handled the truth very bravely. I loved how he supported Casey and had the guts to stand up for what he thought was right. Besides the main characters, I think the author put a lot of love into the supportive ones. It was like meeting the long lost family. You were placed into Parable and you couldn't help yourself starting caring for people of this small place. Generally: Big Sky Summer takes you to a happy place. The surroundings seem beautiful and cozy, the plot is interesting and the characters lovable. I enjoyed it a lot and would recommend it to everybody who has a soft sport for a country romance!show more
by Inga Kupp-Silberg
Big Sky Summer is essentially a story of second chances at love and family. I always enjoy a good second chance love story, but this one was a bit of a hard sell. And while I did enjoy the story overall, there are a couple of reasons why I didn't fall quickly into the story and become invested in the romance. The first reason is that Casey and Walker initially fell in love fifteen years before the story began. And that's fine, as long as I have something to go on and reason to believe in that love. There wasn't much back story, just some bits of info here and there, and we don't even actually learn how they met or of what really happened until nearly the end of the story. But the present day love story was kind of sweet and charming. I always love to see a romance that leaves the woman rattled and flushing and the man flustered and hot under the collar. I enjoyed seeing the two slowly reveal their feelings for one another. The second, and perhaps biggest obstacle was the fact that when Casey and Walker did fall in love the first time, Casey ended up pregnant. Fearing that Walker would hold her back, she lied and told him the baby wasn't his. Move ahead about a year, and Casey winds up pregnant -- again -- by Walker, and knowing that he wouldn't buy her lies again, she confesses that this and her first baby are both his kids. So...instead of telling their kids the truth, and having an honest relationship, Casey and Walker go on letting everyone believe that he's only a family friend. So now fast forward thirteen or so years, and Casey and the kids now live on the ranch next to Walker's, but the truth about their paternity is still hidden. This leads us to the big storyline of Big Sky Summer, Casey and Walker finding a way to tell their kids the truth, and becoming a family. Okay, so I try really hard to judge a story by the writing and not by the character's bad choices. But in this case, I have a hard time believing that Walker, a solid, honest man who loves Casey and loves their kids, would allow Casey to talk him into this decision. It just doesn't quite fit with the image of this man I've been given, and makes Casey fairly unlikeable for me. I did like how she completely took responsibility for her selfish and harmful decisions. And I think the author did a really good job with the kids' frustrations and pain at the lies they'd been told. Despite how very frustrated and puzzled I was at the characters, I did like Big Sky Summer. I really enjoyed Casey and Walker's present day relationship, and find it nice to read about grown people who are trying to find their way. I would say this story would be a good fit for those who like a down home more
by Andrea Thompson
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