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The Man from Stone Creek (Stone Creek #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  3,133 ratings  ·  145 reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller presents the Stone Creek story that started it all...

When trouble strikes in Haven, Arizona, Ranger Sam O'Ballivan is determined to sort it out. Badge and gun hidden, he arrives posing as the new schoolteacher, and discovers his first task: bringing the ranchers' children under control. So he starts with a call on Madd
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Harlequin HQN (first published September 1st 2011)
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I was under the impression that his was a western romance, but I would say this is really more of a western geared towards women.

I know that doesn't sound different but I think the main difference is that the main conflict in a romance is between the couple or forces against them. In this book the conflict is basically the hero against the bad guys that come into the town.

One reason it's a little hard to get into is that the characters tend to be two dimensional. The hero is "perfect". Tough, ha
Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
This was an action packed historical western with a fantastic hero! I fell in love with Sam right away, especially over the way he handled the kids in the town of Haven. He arrived from Stone Creek to take over as the new school teacher, but the town has suspicions that there is more to the new teacher than meets the eye. A bullying incident with the school kids brings him face to face with Maddie Chancelor and the sparks begin to fly. The tension between the two kept me turning the pages and fi ...more
Really this could be a 3.5 Star book.

I love reading turn of the century westerns. Miller did a great job creating this small western town with its daily hardships and their strong willed people built for survival. She also did a great job keeping the characters true to their personalities. (Thank you!)

I felt the novel could have been non-fiction to tell you the truth.
The main characters Sam O'Ballivan and Maddie Chancelor were so realistic. I think if I had lived in 1904 Arizona I might have me
BJ Rose
This is about a marshall going undercover as a schoolteacher in a 1903 border town that has your one rich, nasty rancher who also owns the general store that is managed by a young woman. Maddie has a younger brother who is, of course, one of the students who harassed the previous teacher that Sam replaced. I liked the way that Sam & Maddie interacted with everyone else in this small, poor town and the ways they helped them. I wasn't crazy about the way the triangle of one man/two women was r ...more
Good but a bit boring. And left some open points. Where did the little girl go? (the one kidnapped with her mother?). I didn't find her anywhere in the book :(

But the heroine is a very strong lass! And I loved her. And besides dogs&children, a good combination!

Onto the next one!
This was like 17 different books stapled together and I kept reading after bedtime not because it was SO GREAT, but because I was like, "what ELSE can you throw in here, Linda Lael Miller?" Animal adoptions, child adoptions, drowning in the crick, romantic rivals, gold and train robbery and bandits, intercultural relations, WHORES WITH HEARTS OF GOLD, I'M SURE I'M LEAVING THINGS OUT. There's two dogs in this, and a guy named Rowdy. (the dogs are fine.)

I pretty much never fall asleep while reading. If I start a book at night, I will read until I finish the book at 3 or 4 am. Up until the night before last, the only books I've ever fallen asleep on were required books for philosophy classes, oh and Great Expectations in high school. But the other night, I fell asleep on The Man from Stone Creek. I pushed through the next night, but I had to force myself to keep reading.

The characters weren't very well developed. Abigail was thrown in the
3 1/2 stars
Linda Lael Miller does a wonderful job of depicting the Old West. I've read some of the McKettrick books and loved them, so I decided to pick up the Stone Creek series as well.

Sam O'Ballivan arrives in Haven, Arizona as the new school teacher. He doesn't look much like a school teacher--he's a man when most teachers are female and he carries a .45 on his hip.

Maddie Chancelor runs the local mercantile. She's the sister of the young Terran who Sam recognizes as a little troublemaker ri
Linda Lael Miller is referred to as "The Queen of Western Romance." This is not one of her best showings. Featuring far too much death and (unnecessary) destruction, and an almost chaste romance, as well as a pretty convoluted mystery subplot, The Man from Stone Creek might be worth a skip.
Sam O'Ballivan comes to Haven, AZ to pose as a schoolteacher while also tracking down a band of murderous outlaws. Maddie Chancelor runs the general store in town and is raising her rapscallion younger brothe
Dec 15, 2008 Ladiibbug rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fans
Recommended to Ladiibbug by: Donna Brooks
#1 Stone Creek series - Historical Western Romance - Strong 5 Stars!

Superb, one of my favorite reads of 2008 ... Donna, thank you SO much for the recommend :-)

Haven, Arizona Territory - 1903

LLM writes so descriptively that I could taste the dust from the trail, hear the horses drinking thirstily from the riders' hats at a well, feel the tension at a supper attended by romantic rivals ...

Maddie runs the local mercantile to support herself and her young brother Terran. A new schoolteacher, Sam, ar
The book was okay, not really much too it... the story line was interesting but I think could have been written with a little more excitement, I don't know it was just lacking in something.

The main characters where likable but it was more like you like them because its written that way, there really wasn't anything to really make them stand out to be OMG I really want to get to know that person better... they were just like a cookie cutter - cut out of what main characters should be like... and
The Man From Stone Creek was a bit underwhelming. I liked the overall storyline. Sam is undercover as a school teacher while he tracks down a group of bandits. Maddie runs the local mercantile and takes care of her brother. The attraction is there, but Sam is promised to another woman

The problem I had with the story was the lack of heat between Maddie and Sam. They don't even kiss until almost the very end of the book. When they do finally kiss, they jump right into bed together. I just wasn't
Kathy Martin
This was another excellent Western romance from a master of the genre. Sam O'Ballivan comes to town where he takes a job as the newest school master. He is actually an Arizona Ranger looking for a gang of robbers. When he first arrives, he has to rescue the current school master from the well where his students have put him. Sam catches one of the kids and decides he has to talk to his sister about the kid's behavior.

Maddie Chancelor runs the local general store and can't believe her brother is
I really enjoyed this book. It is the first book in the Stone Creek Series. I had already read books 2-5. It was nice learning Sam and Maddie's back story since I have read about them in the following books. It was also nice to see Rowdy's character being introduced because I loved his book, A Wanted Man. I can't wait to read the last book. You can't go wrong with a book by Linda Lael Miller.

If you like this series, you should definitely read the McKettricks series too.
What started out as a nice, enjoyable book turned into a long-winded bore that left me rolling my eyes and dozing off on multiple occasions.

The premise was good. I didn't even have a problem with the characters, except for the fact that there were too many (it was hard to keep up sometimes).

But the sudden love that blossomed between Maddie and Sam was a joke, considering he spent a good part of the book riding after some bad guys in Mexico. He had a group dinner with the heroine, bought some thi
This book left a bad taste in my mouth. There was so much going on and I don't think it added to the story. Too many questions, too many loose ends. It was a very captivating book but I just didn't like it in the end.
Peggy Ferrell
The story is set back in horse and buggy days and concerns a Ranger posing as a school master in order to catch thieves and murderers. He happens to meet the local postmistress and falls in love. The problem is he is already betrothed to another woman and Maddie isn’t exactly ready to trust him. She knows that he is hiding a secret.

Maddie is also hiding a secret. The story involves train robbers, adultery, murders and of course romance. I don’t want to give away too much as to possibly ruin the
Love her series, they follow along with each other and never forget the past.
I like Linda Lael Miller's historical romances. Hey, they have cowboys in them and I'm a sucker for a cowboy. This book was ok, nothing spectacular but entertaining nonetheless.

Sam O'Ballivan is in town on a school teachers assignment. Or at least that's what he wants everyone to believe. Sam's actually a lawman and he's there to stop a gang of bandits who have been causing mayhem and hijacking people. What he doesn't expect though is to get attached to the townspeople like he does. Especially M
I like the description that other reviewers have given of this book: it's not really a romance novel. It's a western with romantic elements, directed toward women. This wouldn't have been a problem, if I had been in the mood for a western because beside one odd simile ("words came out of his mouth like a litter of puppies out of a wheelbarrow" or some such thing***), it wasn't too bad. But unfortunately, I wanted a lawman romance novel, with a big shiny badge and a big shiny... *cough* Ahem. You ...more
One reviewer labelled this as more of a western than a romance, and I have to agree. My experience with regular romance (not including paranormal romance)is limited to Cassie Edwards' Falcon Moon and Isabel Alende's Daughter of Fortune. They were not the best--Edwards' takes the cake at the worst written, in my opinion--and I left feeling cheated from both.

Not so with Linda Lael Miller's The Man from Stone Creek.

Within the first few pages (I read the Kindle edition) I was taken by the words "sh
Virginia Campbell
"The Man From Stone Creek" is the man who started it all for author Linda Lael Miller's "Stone Creek" series. Set in Arizona in the early 1900's, this is a charming, entertaining, and touching western romance told in the author's vivid, descriptive storytelling style. Ranger Sam O'Ballivan comes to Haven, Arizona to replace the overwhelmed schoolmaster, and also to put a stop to the criminal careers of a band of outlaws. Sam is pretty sure he can handle the unruly students, but it is the sister ...more
Kate Vale
There's something about summer that entices me back to reading romances set in the "old" West, or at least the west stereotyped in old (now considered classic) TV shows. One element of Miller's books set in the very early 20th century is her accuracy with clothing, likely attitudes between men and women, and the setting of her stories.

In this case, Sam O'Ballivan is an Arizona lawman who goes undercover to identify and go after a crew of plunderers on sides of the river separating Arizona and M
I wouldn't so much classify this as a romance. There is a romance and even a brief love triangle, but it doesn't take up the majority of the book. It runs more like a western. The story was well written and kept me engaged. I don't typically read westerns, so I'm not the target audience. The Ranger against the gang of outlaws was interesting and what I would typically expect in a western. I was curious about who all was involved and how this was going to affect this small town. I wasn't to impre ...more
An Arizona lawman is working on a case undercover as a schoolmaster. The area ranchers daughter is attracted to him even though she doesn't want to be. She suspects he is more than a school teacher and she also won't get involved with anyone in law enforcement since her ex was a marshal and shot in the line of duty.
Jill Twigg

Always love it when someone steps up to help others in need and especially when it's someone you wouldn't expect.

Sam O'Ballivan, an Arizona ranger comes to a small town to play schoolmaster while he's keeping an eye on some family criminals that are wreaking havoc on each side of the border. Maddie Chancelor, who runs the town merchantile has a secret of her own.

I enjoyed watching Sam's heartfelt gestures toward the little people of the town as well as Terran watching out for his big sister Mad
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This was a very enjoyable book. Very quick read. Looking forward to the rest of the series. Would recommend if you like western romances.
I would never ever say I was a cowboy fan, but Linda Lael Miller keeps making a liar out of me. Loved reading about Maddie and Sam. I would of liked to know what happened some of the other characters that we met. Loved little Violet would of adopted her if I could.
Really impressed with this book. I seem to be going in a Western direction lately in books and movies. (True Grit was pretty good in case you're interested.) It's been ten years since I've read Linda Lael Miller and this book made me ask, why have I waited so long? The first book I read by her was Courting Susannah, a birthday present that I received from a friend for my 16 birthday, and along with Bertrice Small's Skye O'Malley were the romances that made the genre a favorite of mine started at ...more
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