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One Wish

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  819 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller gave readers "a gift to treasure" (Romantic Times) with her acclaimed Springwater Seasons novels. Now, once again capturing the spirit of early America, she delivers a marvelous tale of love, family loyalty, and passionate desire on the Western frontier -- where fairy tales sometimes do come true.

She was the only child of
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Pocket Books (first published February 1st 2000)
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Rochelle Rudicil
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Feb 08, 2010 RD rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
This book is an example of how Linda Lael Miller's writing has deteriorated over the past few years. The story started out somewhat promisingly but less than a quarter way through it just started going downhill. I had to force myself to finish the book, skimming the last third just to get through it.
Andrea Hussey
Jan 06, 2014 Andrea Hussey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 11, 2011 Drucilla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Your typical historical romance, no surprises here. I do think that the way the author had the characters get together at the end was kind of ridiculous. It seemed like she ran out of pages and had to quickly tie up everything.
Jun 28, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coming home was never easy but with a name like Shardlow, know for his murdering father and his thieving half-brother, Luke never expected anyone to be happy to see him again. Finding Charity Barnham, the daughter of a powerful rancher up a tree made him remember what he had been through as a young boy. A moment with Charity could not change his plans, he had to track and take down his older half-brother no matter who he had to fool to do it. She had heard the stories but she was not prepared to ...more
Jun 03, 2013 Lauri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It felt over complicated. No one ever said what they actually felt. I heard a military leader say that you don't want an equal, fair fight; you want to dominate to protect your team. The so called feared gunslinger didn't believe it. It didn't make me think he was a good guy. It made me feel like unneeded drama.
May 19, 2011 Jody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love in the western frontier. Romance, drama, gunfights, blackmail, secrets; an interesting book from cover to cover. If you like westerns, you will love this novel. I didn't want it to end, but was happy with the ending!
Sep 09, 2010 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Steamy western. The story of Luke Shardlow and Charity Barnham. When these two were children, Luke saved Charity when she fell in the creek, and she granted him one wish. Luke returns as an adult. Luke is a bounty hunter chasing his half-brother, Vance. Shoot-em-ups and Beat-em-ups ensue.
Darlene Infantino
Ranching, romance, love all in one book!
Oct 21, 2016 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was such a sweet story. I could almost start it all over again.
Melodramatic tripe... that's the best way to describe it.
I was able to finish it, so that's the only reason it got 2 stars instead of 1.

Linda Lael Miller's writing style is so bizarre. She pauses her sentences halfway through to describe something in great detail. Then when she picks up where she left off, you're completely confused. Can't think of an example right now, but it'd be like, "Luke picked out an outfit from the wardrobe - which was mahogany brown with gold-plated handles and had 3 sh
Beverly McCall
Sep 18, 2014 Beverly McCall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One Wish by Linda Lael Miller is a quick read. We meet the two protagonists, Charity Barnham and Luke Shardlow as youngsters and then encounter them fifteen years later as young adults. Two diverse worlds come together when romantic sparks fly between these two strong personalities. The female lead fits the rebellious prototype of the only child of a determined, strong-willed, self-made man. Her counterpart comes from the wrong side of the tracks. Each lead faces challenges in their personal lif ...more
This book is about a man, with a bad family name, who returns to his hometown as a Bounty Hunter searching for his half-brother. While home he reunites with a girl, who he saved when they were little kids. She promised him once, when he saved her life, that she would offer him one wish and he was ready to collect. I liked this first book I read by Miller but the story didn't pull any emotions out of me. I found myself skimming towards some parts of the book but overall I think the story line was ...more
Mar 24, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly love this book! I really loved watching Luke and Charity.s relationship take off. And all the twists and turns along the way were really very interesting to the plot. I also like Jonas a lot even though he was a stubborn old mule. I always enjoy Linda Lael Miller's books, they have an excellent plot as well as great character development. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed her. I think I'm going to have to go back and find more by her.
This book started out great and ended the same but in between the author and I seemed to get bored. I liked the dialogue, characters and her usual writing style that had heart and humor. Considering this was my first slight disappointment from her I'd still read more of her work and hope for better.
I like this book a lot. Though I didn't think that it was quite as good as her Stone Cleek series. The characters were funny and whe writes them very real. I love Miller for that. The story wasn't contrite or predictable. It set a nice pace and kept you interested. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Oct 06, 2007 Emmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I love this book. You should trust yourself by your own potential and achieve what you really wanted. Love cannot to denied because its strong than what you've imagined it really is.

Fight for what you want and you'll realize its that easy...
Mia Adorable
Nov 23, 2010 Mia Adorable rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great and poignant love story. About a man with a troubled past and a woman who is trying to find herself. As is always with Linda Miller, great historical romance.
Feb 02, 2009 Christel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any historical romance reader
Another one of my favorites from Miller. I just love the way she creates her characters and her story lines.
Vickie Richter
Mar 28, 2015 Vickie Richter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An early LLM romance. Sweet and predictable. A little slow at times. She had come a long way since writing One Wish.
Lisa Currier
This is an older book, that I picked up. Even though it was predictable, it was an enjoyable read. The author always writes engaging characters, and the plot moves along.
Sadie Ritenburgh
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. I hope to come across some more books from Miller. I've enjoyed this book so much that I have read it at least 3 times.
Kimi Sharp
Jul 03, 2013 Kimi Sharp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: we-own
Just a feel-good romance with some action to keep you entertained. Linda Lael has a way with words..
Oct 21, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites of hers after the spring water series. Romance for sure, but the plot isn't as predictable as usual and it's overall very sweet.
Sep 20, 2008 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is just a fun, sexy book. If you like this kind of escape, this one is great. Any of Miller's novels are good.
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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.

Published since 1983, Linda was awarded the prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievemen
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“It wasn’t so much the large cauldron of hot water steaming over a slow fire that came as a surprise—people did laundry and made soap that way all the time—but the fact that Luke was sitting in it, like a cartoon missionary in a cannibal camp, wearing his hat and nothing else.
He smiled through the rising vapor, but she saw the knowledge of Jonah’s illness in his eyes, and it touched her in a way words of sympathy could never have done. “You’ll pardon me,” he said, tipping his limp hat, “if I don’t stand.”
In spite of all the sorrow and distress of past days, Charity laughed. “I won’t ask why you’re taking a bath in the dooryard in the bright light of day,” she said, dismounting but keeping a cautious distance, “but I will surely perish of curiosity if you don’t explain the hat.”
The grin widened. “Habit,” he said. “Pure habit. Guess I’ve been a bachelor too long—getting set in my ways. Would you mind adding a few chunks of wood to the fire? I don’t want the water to get cold.”
Charity complied, though her nerves were rattled and her heart was thumping away in the pit of her stomach. “Mind you don’t stay in there too long,” she fussed. “You might just boil right down to the bone, like a stewed chicken. Doesn’t the bottom burn your—feet?”
The brim of the disreputable hate moved upward as Luke raised his eyebrows. “You could always join me in here and find out for yourself,” he suggested.”
“Luke stood up, assessed the water tank next to the tub, and shook his head in good-natured amazement. “What a contraption. Makes a man wonder what they’ll invent next, doesn’t it?”
“I wouldn’t know,” Charity answered, exasperated and bone weary. “I’m not a man.”
He laughed. “No, indeed, Mrs. Shardlow, you are pure woman and that is a fact.”
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