Review

“The “First Lady of the West,” #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller delivers the stunning finale of her acclaimed series set in Parable, Montana—where love awaits.

Self-made tycoon Landry Sutton heads to Hangman Bend’s Ranch to sell his land to his brother Zane. Though he’s got cowboy in his blood, Landry plans to return to city life before the dust even settles on his boots. Of course, he didn’t count on falling for Big Sky Country…or Ria Manning.

Ria’s starting to settle into country life herself…until she has a close encounter of the terrifying kind with a buffalo. Turns out the peeping monster belongs to the cowboy next door—and he has her running even more scared than his bison. She wants a home where the buffalo don’t roam, and the men don’t either. Could Landry’s homecoming be her heart’s undoing?”

When asked to list the genres of books I enjoy reading most, 90% of the time, “Contemporary Western” is somewhere near the bottom. After reading BIG SKY SECRETS by New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, I may have to bump the genre up several notches on that list.

Although this was the finale in Ms. Miller’s Parable Montana series, I never felt lost as you sometimes do when you first start reading an authors work mid series or at the end. What I did feel, was a connection to all the characters based on their interactions with Landry and Ria, that makes me want to dig into their stories as well.

I think that says a lot, especially for an author with so many titles under her belt, that the writing is still so fresh and entertaining that new readers of her work quickly become compelled to read more.

As for the story itself, I particularly enjoyed the witty and down home dialog and found myself smiling when various lines popped up, that are what we call here where I live, “Pure Country”. For me, it made the characters even more real and formed a sense of kinship that truly brings them to life.

As much as I would have liked to have seen just a smidge more actual interactions between the two main characters before their feelings were revealed, when they were together, the emotions and attraction was so strong and tangible that this is one of those cases where less is definitely more.

Overall, I was extremely impressed by the storytelling and loved each and every page. Ms. Miller has made a convert out of me and I predict more books with her name on the cover will be gracing my book shelves very soon.

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.

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