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High Country Bride (McKettricks #1)

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One ranch. Three sons. Only one will inherit...and on one condition.
Tired of waiting for his sons to settle down, Arizona-territory rancher Angus McKettrick announces a competition: the first son to marry and produce a grandchild will inherit Triple M ranch. Now, three distinctly different, equally determined cowboys are searching high and low for brides.
If Emmeline Ha
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ebook, 448 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Pocket Books (first published 2002)
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Zoe
Oct 14, 2016 Zoe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I often wonder, why a writer would go a certain way with a character and if they cannot rescue the characters from said certain way, why insist on going that way at all?

I asked that question about Rafe and Emmaline in this book from the beginning to the end.

Linda Lael Miller decided to make Rafe and his brothers, both heroes in subsequent books I imagine, rascals. We were introduced to Rafe and his brothers through their father's and the housekeeper's eyes: they were wasting their lives away wi
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BJ Rose
I nearly put this aside several times - a girl who was raised in a brothel couldn't be that ignorant, could she?! Even when I was able to accept that premise, the book didn't grab me until over halfway, when other factors - and characters - made it much more interesting. The 2nd half gets 4*, but the first half is a very weak 3*, but that stronger ending made me want to pick up the next in the series.
Beverly
Jun 06, 2013 Beverly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't feel the love!

Rafe and Emmeline seemed as much like strangers at the end as they did when they first met. There was almost no communication between them and I hardly ever felt like they really even liked each other. They were kind of just co-existing. Sometimes they'd go off alone and talk, but it was pretty boring and I didn't feel like they got to know each other that well. I think Emmeline had more meaningful conversations with Holt and Rafe with Becky.

A lot of times, I felt like th
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Willow Brook
Dec 25, 2010 Willow Brook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
4 1/2 stars. Excellent beginning to the stories of 4 brothers set in 1880's Arizona. Patriarch Angus McKettrick decides his sons need to settle down and tells them that the first to marry and produce a grandchild of either gender will get the lion's share of their ranch. Rafe, the oldest son, immediately sends for a mail order bride, determined to win their father's contest. Meanwhile, in Kansas City Emmeline is bored out of her mind. Raised by her aunt who runs a brothel, Emmeline has been kept ...more
Diana
Jul 19, 2011 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so I love me some Mckettricks!!! This is the first in the McKettrick series and is the story of Rafe and Emmeline. First off, I totally fell in love with Angus, the dad! He is a hoot! It's a historical romance with not much depth, but it is so stankin' sweet! I have to say there are a few "steamy" parts..so if that's not your thing beware. But, they aren't every other page, so you could skip over it. Rafe is a hard headed piece of work, but Emmeline keeps him in line! It's just a good little ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
Hmmm, so you never really know what you're going to get when you pick up a "romance" novel. I was hoping for a clean story, but didn't quite get what I wanted. I actually enjoyed the plot and thought the story was fun. I liked the main characters and I'd be tempted to read the rest of the series. However, even though Emmeline and Rafe are married their love scenes are a little too discriptive for my taste. I actually thought they lost a lot of their chemistry after they were together. For me a l ...more
KarenF
This is really 3.5 stars for me. I'm not the biggest fan of the western (very much an east coast girl) but I liked this story. I liked the McKettrick family (even if I kept mixing up the younger brothers for a while - I eventually got it straight). And I liked Rafe and Emmeline. What keeps it from a higher rating is the fact there were some cliches in the writing. I thought most of the dialogue was good so when a cliched description or element sneaked in it took me out of the story for a bit. St ...more
Wendy
Feb 14, 2009 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers/cowboy lovers
A really fun book! I enjoyed this read a lot. Emmiline is a brave young women trying to find her place in the world. When she runs away from home in Kansas City by marrying by proxy through a mail order Bride service, she unwittingly signs on to the McKettrick family. Rafe is a man trying to win the ranch before his brothers do. So sent away for a bride. Neither of the two know what to expect from one another, but are definately drawn to each other. This is a story not only of love found but of ...more
Lexi
Jul 26, 2012 Lexi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I LOVED this book and have fallen in love with this series! I was lucky enough to get and ARC of one of her other books in this series (review coming closer to release date) but after reading and enjoying it, had to start at the beginning. I'm happy to say, I wasn't disappointed!


High Country Bride is about the McKettrick men Rafe, Kade, and Jeb who live with their father on the Triple M ranch in Indian Rock which is in the middle of the Arizona territory in 1884. Their father, Angus McKettric
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Colleen (NerdyWoman) Kayter
Every now and again, I really enjoy reading Western Historicals. As the first story in the McKettrick series, High Country Bride introduces an entire cast of characters and the series-length plot which can only be defined as 'epic.'

My only wish for this story would be that the hero, Rafe, were more likeable. He's capable of being kind and considerate, but sometimes he's such a jerk, you almost want to see him get his come-uppance. All his brothers are much more appealing and I couldn't help but
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TheGeekyBlogger
Jan 02, 2012 TheGeekyBlogger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read in January, 2012

Read for Fun!
Overall Rating 4.00
Story Rating 4.00
Character Rating 4.00
Challenges: 2012 TBR Challenge, Goodreads Read for Fun
Published in 2002

NOTE: I am so glad that I finally started the McKettricks from the beginning. I am a huge fan of LLM's humor and this book was full of her classic storytelling style!

What I Loved: Holy Hot Cowboy Brothers! These are some smoking hot Cowboys that are hard-headed, hot-tempered, and most off all having to do exactly what Daddy says. I love
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Marybeth Davis
Dec 29, 2012 Marybeth Davis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Only one thing to say about this book.......it tries to do too much until the reader becomes annoyed and despondent with the main female character and everyone else.


This book took me a long time to finish. I think since it is the first in the series that every future character needs to be introduced but it takes away from the build up of the story, takes away from the main character.I kept thinking about who the other brothers would end up with and wanting to read their story.
This is going to
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Mareli
Jul 28, 2015 Mareli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent my holidays reading the whole McKettrick's series.

This first book was a bit boring. The heroine, Emmeline, was boring. And at the beginning she wasn't so sure about Rafe. She was a mail order bride and the first meeting with her new husband was not so good ;)

But in the end everything was fine!

Katherine
I was up for a good western romance and this one delivered. Rafe is that rugged cowboy that can't sweet talk you but will win you over with his pure honest charm. Emmeline is a sweet sheltered girl (though she grew up in a brothel) that isn't afraid to speak her mind. But together they have wound a wonderful love story. I'm anxious to start the next in the series.
Nicole Lynn Hoefs
Jan 13, 2017 Nicole Lynn Hoefs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars. The beginning was kind of slow, but the rest was pretty interesting and entertaining. I loved the back and forth between Emmeline and Rafe, but sometimes I wanted to slap Rafe for being an idiot. Can't wait to see what happens after that epilogue.
Cheryl
Apr 02, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first by this author and I loved it! I read it in one day and am very quickly moving on to the next book in the series! :)
Laura
Dec 09, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 1 in the historical McKettrick series.

This series ties in with the Stone Creek series and the upcoming Montana Creeds. This is the book you'll want to start with.
Arya
Average cowboy/ranch kinda book.
S.R.
May 07, 2017 S.R. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For a book released in 2002, I'm absolutely disgusted. I read the reviews and I was able to set aside the frustrating premise, but I will not read a book where a man demonstrates how "manly" he is by sexually assaulting a woman. Shame on you Ms. Miller for writing the book. A woman repeatedly tells the man to stop, and he laughs at her, holds her down on the bed, and forces a kiss on her. I'm so glad that sexual abuse is used as a "romantic" plot device. And the supposed heroine is overcome with ...more
C J Wolfe
The 1st book in the McKettrick series was an enjoyable, easy fun read, full of laughs... a gentle, if somewhat non conventional romance full of quirky loveable characters... ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 of 5 ...more
Inn Auni
May 12, 2017 Inn Auni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Emmeline Harding, an orphan raised by her aunt in a brothel, has found herself in a compromising position. Aunt Becky has done everything she could to keep Emmeline from becoming one of her girls. But Emmeline wakes up in a strange bed, finds herself in her skivvies and as hung-over as can be. When she and her Aunt see the money beside the bed, they have a terrible fight and Emmeline decides she must leave Kansas City. With no money, she notices ads for mail-order brides. Still torn with guilt, ...more
Rhonda Soukup
The story of the McKettrick's family oldest son and his quest for a wife. He sends away for a mail-order bride and unbeknownst to him gets the spirited daughter of a prostitute from St. Louis.
Regan Walker
An OK, if Fanciful, Western About 3 Brothers Vying for a Ranch

Miller writes well enough and serves up a sometimes entertaining, if fanciful, story, but I found it disappointing. It's not a serious historical...and I thought the beginning was a bit shaky.

The story, set in Arizona in 1884, tells of three brothers--the McKettricks--(obviously a set up for the series), and their father, Angus, who owns a 30,000-acre cattle ranch. The author describes the three brothers, who are in their late 20's, a
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PepperP0t
3.5stars actually

In this origin story of the McKettrick series, patriarch Angus McKettrick is fed up with his wastrel sons and longs for grandchildren. He tells his sons that the first one to marry and produce children will inherit everything instead of the promised third! The brothers are shocked speechless with this turn of events but each is determined to win this contest. Having read this out of order I knew the outcome of a few intrigues but was glad to have some background filled in to rou
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Jonetta
May 15, 2011 Jonetta rated it liked it
Angus McKettrick assessed his life and issued a challenge to his three sons: the first to marry and produce a child would inherit his ranch instead of him splitting it between them. Rafe, the oldest of his sons by his deceased wife, Georgia, takes immediate action by contacting a mail order bride service and gets himself a wife. Emmeline leaves Kansas City, Missouri to join her new husband in the Arizona territory, sight unseen. She is also hoping to leave behind quite a few secrets.

The story st
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Don
Dec 29, 2013 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea why I chose to add this book to my ever increasing "to read" list; in fact, I almost decided that I would simply delete it and move on. at the very last minute though, I decided to give it a try and, while it's certainly not the most memorable book I'll ever read, I must say that I don't regret the time I spent with it.

The book takes place in 1884 in the Arizona territory. the premise sounds sort of ridiculous. The patriarch of the McKettrick clan declares that the first of his s
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Babs
Apr 11, 2012 Babs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, western
Emmeline leaves Kansas City behind as she wakes up to coins sitting beside the bed when she wakes up. She remember's a man she thinks his name is Holt, carrying her up to the bedroom of the brothel her aunt runs. Desperate to get a way from the humiliation she answers a mail order bride ad and heads to Texas as the wife of Rafe McKettrick.

Rafe doesn't meet Emmeline at the stage-coach but, his brother Jeb does. As they are standing there out flies Rafe out of the saloon which makes a wonderful im
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MountainKat
Dec 30, 2010 MountainKat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
*Really more like a high three, closer to a four than three though. Probably 3.5 to 3.75 stars. I really wish I could do fractions here...*

This was my first book by Linda Lael Miller, I've heard such good things that had high hopes for this book. I wasn't disappointed. How I felt about this book was probably best described by a friend of mine - it's like a Jayne Ann Krentz book; good, but not earth shattering, always reliable though. That is a very good thing in my book! I love an author I can c
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Linda Jaejoong
Apr 20, 2013 Linda Jaejoong rated it liked it
Shelves: read-until-2017
Naja, ich fand den ersten Band der McKettrick Reihe nicht sehr gelungen. Das Buch war sehr langatmig und Emmeline die weibliche Hauptfigur war einfach nur schrecklich. Das Buch hat nicht wirklich Lust auf mehr gemacht.

Emmeline fand ich total arrogant und selbstsüchtig und ich bin einfach nicht mit ihr warm geworden. Anstatt Rafe einfach gleich zum Anfang zu sagen das sie Mist gebaut hat, rennt sie einfach rum als sei nichts passiert und denkt sogar zeitweise darüber nach, falls sie schwanger sei
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Emily
Feb 09, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed in the carousing and carefree ways of his three sons, aging ranch owner Angus McKettrick makes a declaration: The first of them to marry and produce an heir will be in charge of the massive spread. None of the three want to be working for his brother, particularly not Rafe, the oldest. To take orders from one of his younger siblings would be torturous. So, he requests a mail-order bride. Emmeline lives in Kansas City with her aunt, who also happens to own a whorehouse. Emmeline emba ...more
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The daughter of a town marshal, LINDA LAEL MILLER is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. The "First Lady of the West" lives outside Spokane, Washington, where her rescued horses, dogs and cats live the high life.

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McKettricks (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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