Sunday, July 13, 2008
I love Linda Lael Miller's western historical novels so much. I stumbled upon some of her books at Barnes and Noble because her books are always displayed and they are hard to miss. Since I've first discovered her novels I've tried to get as many of her wonderful books as possible. She also writes contemporary romances but I like her historicals more. I especially like her McKettrick series because it starts in the 1800's but the series continues for a couple more generations until it's in the present. You see how the ancesters of the present McKettrick have influenced the whole family line and that is so wonderful the read. I read the series a bit out of line last year but I finally got all the books in the series and have started reading it all from the beginning. The series has 9 novels so far and I think there are going to be more in this series because there are a lot of McKettricks.
High Country Bride is the first book in the series and introduces the stubborn, hardheaded and very manly McKettrick men. This book is Rafe McKettrick's story and it is one fascinating tale to read because it is one problem after another, which makes the novel so much more interesting to read. In this book we meet the three McKettrick brothers, Rafe the oldest, Kade the middle brother and Jeb the youngest and their father Angus. You also meet their trusted and loving housekeeper Concepcion who has been with the McKettrick's since her beloved husband was killed. You also find out that Angus McKettrick is feeling old and wants his wild sons to settle down and give him grandchildren. So he has come up with a contest which says that the first son to get married and give him a grandchild will have control over the ranch when he has seen fit to retire. This causes a big rift between the brothers that causes them to run in search of wives.
In comes Emmeline Harding a mail-order bride with a past that she doesn't know if she should tell her new husband Rafe McKettrick. They go through so much that it makes you feel like you just want to shake them and tell them to stop being stupid and just make up. You also find out a very big secret that Angus has been keeping from his sons all their lives. This book is such a good read that I finished it up in one day and I instantly picked up the second book in the series wanting to read more about these fascinating McKettrick men and the trouble they get into. I also think that they pick out very strong willed women to marry and they keep these McKettrick men on their toes. Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:
HIGH COUNTRY BRIDE $ 7.99 (Book 1)(435 Pages)
Linda Lael Miller
One ranch. Three sons. Only one will inherit…and on one condition.
Tired of waiting for his sons to settle down, Arizona-territory rancher Angus McKettrick announces a competition: the first son to marry and produce a grandchild will inherit Triple M ranch. Now, three distinctly different, equally determined cowboys are searching high and low for brides. If Emmeline Harding knows one thing, it’s that she can’t hold her liquor. And though she’s not sure how she came to wake up next to a stack of gold coins in a brothel, she fears the worst. Fleeing town as a mail-order bride, she wonders: how will she ever confess her past to her handsome new husband? Freedom-loving Rafe McKettrick is a man of strong beliefs and stronger passions and he’ll do anything to win the Triple M—even marry a stranger. To his surprise, Emmeline’s charms beguile him even as the secrets he senses she’s hiding ignite jealously and suspicion. But when a visitor from the past enters the high country, the newlyweds have no choice but to give up on a marriage in name only and seek a union that satisfies them both and soul.

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I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre.
 
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