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The Man from Stone Creek (Stone Creek #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  2,724 ratings  ·  122 reviews
There was trouble in Haven, Arizona, and Ranger Sam O'Ballivan was determined to sort it out. Badge and gun hidden, he arrived posing as the new schoolteacher, and discovered his first task was to bring the rough ranchers' children under control. So he started with a call on Maddie Chancelor, the local postmistress, and older sister of a young boy in firm need of disciplin...more
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Published March 1st 2013 by Harlequin (first published June 1st 2006)
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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...more
I haven't read smut in a while, so I figured I was due and started with this mostly tame western one. Nothing really thrilled me about this. As you might imagine: single woman trying to make it out in the wild west frontier who is determined not to need anyone or anything claps eyes on strong male town newcomer who is masquerading as the new school teacher while secretly trying to track down the evil posse that is killing people for gold in nearby towns. She sees him naked accidentally. He chuck...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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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 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...more
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
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...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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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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.
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.
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
Cristina Contilli
"Allora era così, appartenere a qualcosa, avere una vera casa. E casa non voleva dire una città, o un edificio, come aveva sempre creduto. Era una persona. Casa per Maddie era il cuore coraggioso e grande di Sam O' Ballivan."

Questa volta anche se siamo in un'ambientazione western, la maestrina è lui, ma lui, si tratta, però, di un ruolo assunto temporaneamente (anche perché il nostro protagonista alle prese con i suoi poco obbedienti scolari più che virile è imbranato!!!) perché in realtà Sam è...more
If you love historical romances in the Wild West, you'll enjoy the Man from Stone Creek by Linda Lael Miller. Sam O'Ballivan is a Texas Ranger under cover as the schoolmaster in Haven, Arizona Territory. He's looking out for robbers who are after gold, when he meets Maddie Chancelor, who has a hidden family secret. Things get tense between Maddie and Sam, when he has a job to do, and her mercantile is caught up with financial troubles, especially when there's a family scandal in the county, and...more
Pretty good book. Read it in about three days and I haven't done that in a while. I am going to seek out the sequel.
Not one of my favorite L.L.M. books. It was just so-so. I would actually give it 3 and a half stars though. It was one of those where parts were good. Others drug ON....This was a LONG, thick book (for me.) As L.L.M.'s books usually are....The beginning and middle seemed to DRAG on and on and on for me....And I didn't see any romance between Maddie and Sam until the end....The last 10? chapters picked up though and got more exciting!....Cute scene with little Violet Perkins calling Sam O'Balliva...more
Good mind candy when you just want to escape into a book.
It was fine. More action than romance though.
I read this book because it is a western written by a woman. I found it in romance and while there is romance in the book - I wonder if a man wrote this if I would have found it in westerns.
I'm new to western books but found the same tale as in others I have read and found it a good book.
There are law men, bad men, women of the night, "ladies" , "ladies" on the front, but bad girl for real, children, dogs, horses, robbry, saloons, and cabins...all a great start to a good western!
I will be rea...more
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Debbie Turner
It was a very good book. She does a good job on westerns.
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