Type: Contemporary Western Romance
My Copy: Sent
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 divorcé e 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.
In my review of book one (Big Sky Country) I said that I was more interested in the evolving relationship between half brothers Hutch and Slade than I was in the budding romance. While I did find myself more drawn to the relationships outside of the romance again, I did think Big Sky Mountain had a better romance then book 1.
Kendra was a wonderfully rounded character who was completely endearing. How many women are willing to track down the unwanted child of her husband and his affair, and raise the little girl as their own? Having promised her cheating husband on his deathbed, she finds the little girl, instantly adores her and brings her home to the small town she grew up in. Though she is focused on settling into her new role as a mother, selling her mansion and her career as a real estate agent, her biggest worry is how she reacts every time she comes into proximity with the one man who broke her heart…Hutch. Hutch was the one guy she never got over but now he’s got his own set of problems having run out on his own wedding. The last thing she needs while trying to settle into her new life is to get tangled up in Hutch again. Yet that’s exactly what happens. Kendra and her daughter slowly become integrated in his life. The little girl was a shining part of the book. Innocent and sweet she had Kendra and Hutch wrapped around her finger. I kept thinking “you can always go home again” throughout the book. Whether that “home” be a place, a person or both. Kendra fought her feelings for Hutch because of their tumultuous past but he was always destined to be her future.
Hutch doesn’t make it easy on her though. He has his own reasons for balking at a new relationship since he just recently became the towns most wanted after leaving his bushing bride at the altar. He’s still coming to terms with his half brother and the role he is playing in his life now and then Kendra walks back into his life with a child in tow. Hutch yearns for a family and often thinks of his ranch house as big and empty. I felt for him. It was obvious how much he wanted Kendra but her nervousness made the process a slow one. He goes out of his way where Kendra’s daughter is concerned and those little gestures made me like him even more.
The one thing that annoyed me is the huge play up to the third book. We spend a LOT of time reading about the new Sheriff of this small town and his back story and obvious set up of his next door newly turned country neighbor. I thought there was just too much included in this one. I wonder what Miller will do in the last book when she can’t do such a large lead up to the next story? While I find having a lead up important I don’t think it should rival the love story of the current characters. There are times in Big Sky Mountain that was exactly what I thought. Miller does a good job of weaving the new story line in with the current characters so that helps in the process I suppose. Even though I think the back story was a bit overdone I do look forward to book 3 (pub date unreleased at the moment).
Big Sky Mountain weaves the tale of star crossed lovers destined to be together and a town of people who are stuck in the middle. For contemporary lovers, this series will keep you yearning for your own small town cowboy and keep you coming back for more. I recommend.
I give Big Sky Mountain by Linda Lael Miller 4 stars!
Can you tell us about your Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women?
Full information is available on my website—www.lindalaelmiller.com—but here’s an overview: each year I give away $10,000 in special scholarships, based on essays explaining the applicant’s goals, what the money will be used for, etc. A number of people read the entries very carefully—in fact, each one is read several times, to assure that the awards are fairly given. I began the program several years ago, as a way to give something back—and I still fund it personally. At this point, I’ve given away something like $75,000. Having been a single mother myself, I have a special place in my heart for women raising children alone—I was very poor in the early years and I know the struggles and the heartache involved well—though we also consider women who are older, and want to change their lives for the better. Over the years, I’ve received a number of graduation photos and lovely thank you notes from winners, and they always warm my heart. I believe very deeply that the scholarships benefit the children of these women if only by proving that somebody out there cares.
*I have one paperback copy of Big Sky Mountain to give away to a US or Canadian winner! Please leave a comment and a way for me to find you to be entered. Contest open until August 12th 2012 @ 11:59pm EST with winner announced shortly after. Thank you to Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc for providing the giveaway copy!*