With his rugged good looks, vast wealth and family name, hell-raiser Hutch Carmody is still the golden boy of Parable, Montana. But he's done some growing up—making peace with his illegitimate half brother and inheriting half of Whisper Creek Ranch, which should have been all his. These days, Hutch knows there are some things money can't buy: like the heart of loving, ladylike divorcée Kendra Shepherd.
Kendra's quiet mansion reminds her of what she wants most—a devoted husband and the pitter-patter of little feet. She can't get Hutch Carmody out of her mind. But a rough-and-tumble cowboy like Hutch, coming home for family dinner? Seems crazy! Then again, crazier dreams have become reality under the vast Montana sky.
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A heart-warming tale of family, healing, second chances, love
Linda Lael Miller knows just how to grab your attention from the very beginning and keep it to the last page.
Big Sky Mountain is a heart-warming tale of family, healing, second chances and love. Kendra and Hutch's story is another great addition to this Big Sky series set in Parable, Montana.
Kendra is as big hearted as they come, not just by going to her ex-husband's death bed and agreeing to his last request to track down the child he fathered with another woman, but by adopting the little girl and loving her with everything in her. And adorable Madison, that precocious 4-year-old she rescued from foster care, steals your heart the same way Daisy the dog captures the Kendra and Madison's.
From the start Hutch is a cowboy that. Can't be ignored, after all, he is slightly infamous, at least locally, for calling a halt to his wedding at the alter... the scene that opens the book. He inspires a hate page from intended bride Brylee and her gaggle of gal pals... even if being left at the alter was somewhat her fault--she'd refused to listen to Hutch on more than one occasion pre-wedding when he expressed doubts.
Being a cowboy with the manners, yes ma'ams, saddle swagger and sexy grin, make Hutch hard to resist. Throw in his rough upbringing, recent efforts to be a brother to half-bro Slade, his ease with kids and critters, adoption of a dog he find in the middle of the road, tolerance and indulgence in older woman Opal's guidance and insistence she's moving in temporarily to "help" him out, work ethic and love of home and heritage, make him pretty attractive. Add in the fact that he can't help seeking out Kendra, the high school sweetheart who left town to marry another man (the one who fathered Madison with another woman) and flawless treatment and acceptance of Madison from first meeting, and Hutch is irresistible.
They each have to overcome the hurt and mistakes of their past before they're ready to be involved with anyone full time. Plus, there's Madison to consider; that little girl is taken with Hutch, her cowboy man, the instant she sees him. What happens if she gets more attached and Hutch bales on them?
You can't help but root for this trio and their critters.
Those who read Big Sky Country will enjoy a glimpse at Slade and Joslyn, Shea, Tara and Boone, and getting to know Walker and an introduction to Casey. At the end, you're left wanting the next books to find out what happens to the other couples. And how cute that Opal is taken from first photo with a potential beau!
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I really enjoy Linda Leal Miller's books. I have read several and this is one of my favorites. It's very good it keeps you entertained so much you don't want to put it down. Can't wait to read the next one. Lol.
Listen, I get that you are some sort of animal activist and God save all the kitties and puppies. Great. However, not every book you write has to have more written about animal shelters, dogs, and cats, than it does about the story line. I skip whole chapters at a time because I'm so over reading about the poor animals. Really? I love my pets too, but c'mon. Write a book or two based on your cause, and be done with it. You're ruining perfectly good books!