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Big Sky Country

(Parable, Montana #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,362 ratings  ·  323 reviews
The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller is back with a new series about Parable, Montana-where love awaits. 

The illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother runs. He was never acknowledged by his father-until now. Suddenly, Slade has inherited h
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by HQN Books
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Made it to 58%. This is obviously a good writer who takes her time with setting and characterizations. There were some poignant moments, as when the hero realizes his deadbeat dad who never even acknowledged him during his lifetime had an over the top attachment for his dog, for whom he celebrated every birthday and Christmas. So the guy was obviously capable of emotional attachment, kindness and compassion, just not for his illegitimate son. The heroine carried her portion of grief and guilt wi ...more
Steven Walle
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Big Sky Country is about a young lady who is paying retribution for her Father's sins in a small ficteous town in Montana.
It was pretty slow although the writing was very picturous in the descriptions of the scenery.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Tina "IRead2Escape"
Big Sky Country is the first book in Linda Lael Miller's new series, Swoon-Worthy Cowboys. I am a huge fan of Linda Lael Miller and have found another great series to love. This book is about so many things. The love of a step father, the hurts that a father can cause, forgiveness, acceptance, overcoming the past, healing.

Slade Barlow is the sheriff of Parable, Montana. He was raised modestly by a single mother in this very town, all the while being completely ignored and unclaimed by his wealt
My first LLMiller book and I appreciate that Goodreads opens reviews to all viewers--I needed to keep seeing that Miller has a huge fan base and is worth trying again.

My main comment on this book is that it was very sloppy. We all have our pet peeves, and careful writing is one of mine. The most jarring, continually throughout, was Miller's time sequences. Slade and Joslyn walk into a restaurant (first date), get seated and almost get served before they ordered (not really, of course, but food a
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ongoing-series
This book was just "eh." I love contemporary romances about cowboys as much as the next person but this one was lackluster. The heroine, Joslyn, has had guilt over a scheme that her stepfather perpetuated when she was a teenager. She has let this affect her entire life and she has come back to her hometown for some reason that is never really explained to the readers. This is completely unbelievable as a plot point and Miller never took the time to really flesh Joslyn's character out to make it ...more
I really liked this book. It starts out with Slade and Hutch at the reading of the will. Slade is a fairly laid back guy who is pretty slow to anger. He also tends to think well before he speaks or acts. He has always resented the fact that his father never acknowledged him or gave his mother any kind of support, but has made a good life for himself in spite of it. Hutch is ticked that Slade has been given half of everything that he always expected to be his, and is determined to buy Slade out s ...more
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was such a disappointment compared to most of Miller's other books.

It is the first book in a new series and I don't understand why she has to throw so much into every book. Her books are so formulaic now that you know exactly what is going to happen, but this one was even worse.

SPOILERS!!!! (maybe)

The book takes place in Montana -- a girl coming home. Her stepfather had swindled the towns people out of money in the past. The beginning of the book was about how she had made money at a
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Well, I should start by saying I'm a huge LLM fan. I've read all her stuff and loved most of it, however, this book falls short. It was extremely dull at points and the h spends most of her time talking to a cat. The book is 370 odd pages and the H and h don't even kiss until around page 265. The romance is flat, they spend forever talking to their pets, then they kiss, fall into bed, and the end. I realize the first book of the series needs to set up for the following books, and it sometimes ta ...more
☕ Kimberly
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
rating 3.5 new series..Big Sky Country is the first in a new contemporary romance series called Swoon-Worthy Cowboys by popular author Linda Lael Miller. If you follow my blog, you know I am not a huge fan of contemporary romance. There are two exceptions; small towns and heroes in cowboy boots. I have read several of Miller's series and loved them. In particular The McKettrick’s and the Creed’s. Big Sky Country offers a new town and cast of characters to fall in love with. Each of Miller’s book ...more
Slade Barlow, the divorced Sheriff of Parable Montana, grew up as the illegitimate son of wealthy rancher, John Carmody, who never acknowledged him as his son. Now that he is dead, Carmody decides he's going to come clean with the town's worst-kept secret by including Slade in his will. Slade now shares half of his estate with his half brother, Hutch, who was raised by Carmody with all of the rights and perks of that legacy. Joslyn Kirk returns to Parable following the shame of her stepfather's ...more
I have a like/hate relationship with this book. I liked it. It was SLOW moving, but an overall decent read-- a solid 3.5 stars. The characters were likable. The premise got old, but it could have been so much worse. It had the requisite happy ending. Eventually. There wasn't a lot of drama. It wasn't cheesy or over the top.

This book simply had my pet peeve. The "I know we've only exchanged 3 sentences, and it's been MAYBE 2 days since I met you, but you're super hot and I've actually mapped out
Jul 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
Here I am, giving this author another try and, eventually finding myself somewhat disappointed because Big Sky Country seems to me like rather generic effort by Linda Lael Miller. In all honesty, this story just leaves me indifferent – simply because there’s nothing special about it and I’ve read it all before – for me, it’s one in a dozen.
This was an audiobook and in my opinion the narrator wasn't really suited for this story.
I personally feel that this author’s past work is so much better (re
3.5 stars. A lovely story about love, forgiveness, trust, reconnecting, and of course horses, cowboys, truck, a dog and even a cat. You take a young woman scarred from a crime her step-father committed which hurt almost her whole town. Give her the strength to come back and try to make good on it. Then you take an outcast illegitimate cowboy sherif who never knew the love of a father. He had to watch his father's legitimate son raised wealthily and respected while he and his mother struggled. Yo ...more
Jun 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
ooooh, ignore my rating.
This just isn't my kind of story, not my kind of book. I read it for a challenge so I just managed to get through it.

I did think the added storyline of the will and Shea was interesting but I didn't find them terribly original. most of the other adult silly drama ( stuff) was just...boring.

meh. just not my kind of book. oh well.

bem... apesar de ser a minha muito querida LLM, esta historia estava meio sem sal.
pouco apelativa e já com o dito modelo (!) já explorado qb.

apesar de tudo, não deixou de ser "cute" e que dá para uma leitura agradável sem grandes expectativas.

Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
where's the chemistry? thrown in the last four chapters, that's where.
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western, contemporary
Big Sky Country by Linda Lael MillerOften with laugh-out-loud sarcasm just perfect for a modern day western romance, you can't help but love these cowboys and the women who can't resist them. Discover Parable, Montana in book one of a new series by Linda Lael Miller.

At thirty-five years old, Slade Barlow, the sheriff of Parable, Montana is about to experience one life-changing-event after another. The reading of his father's will starts it all. As the unrecognized illegitimate son of the man who owned the largest ranch for miles
Sarah Kelsey
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, western
I'm on a western kick right now, which is what lead to my downloading this title from I suspect it might be slightly better read as an actual text than it was as an audiobook, but it's still problematic. The author is strong on descriptions. She has some lovely passages about scenery. The big problems in this story come with the plot and the characterization. The names are ridiculous, but it's a romance novel so that's sort of a genre expectation. The story centers on the romance be ...more
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Big Sky Country is the first in a new series by Linda Lael Miller, and as a big fan of her McKettrick series I have to say I found a new one to love!! I fell in love with these characters. The first pairing are Sheriff Slade Barlow and Joslyn Kirk. Slade grew up dirt poor the illegitimate child of rich rancher John Carmody and his mom, hair dresser Callie Barlow. Joslyn is the former spoiled little rich girl and the ex-stepdaughter of Elliot Rossiter (who’
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Slade Barlow is sherriff in Parable, Montana. This is a big deal. Slade was born out of wedlock. This is why, when his father dies, he does not expect to be mentioned in his will, let alone inherit half of Whisper Creek Ranch. This does not make Hutch, Slade's half bother too pleased. Hutch offers to purchase Slade's half of the ranch.

Joslyn Kirk used to be the town's beauty queen. She and Hutch used to date. Although Joslyn had eyes for Slade. Only Slade would not have known it as he thought s
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sheriff Slade Barlow has always known who his father was even though the man never claimed him. It didn’t matter that his father was the richest rancher in Parable Montana, Slade raised himself up with determination and a mother’s love. But now the man is dead and he did in death what he never did in life, claim him as his son. This however isn’t sitting well with his half brother and the legitimate heir to the family fortune. Now Slade has a lot to think about especially when a fallen angel com ...more
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I easily fell right into Big Sky Country. This kind of story is exactly what I look for when reading a nice contemporary romance. Author Linda Lael Miller works her magic and writes a well developed set of characters, a cozy small town setting and plenty of romantic tension to keep fans of this genre good and hooked.
I also liked that these characters were good to animals. Slade's dog Jasper and Joslyn's cat Lucy-Maude added a heartwarming touch to the storyline since both animals were kind of r
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
At First Sight: After leaving Parable in disgrace - after her stepfather stole a bunch of money from practically everyone in town - Joslyn Kirk is back in town, secretly trying to make amends. She isn't really sure why or how, but she'll give it a try, even if that means moving into her friend Kendra's guest cottage and working for her.

Slade Barlow has a few problems of his own: he doesn't love his job as Sheriff anymore, he isn't sure he should take up ranching instead, and the father that neve
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2012
Big Sky Country is Slade and Josyln's story. Sheriff Slade Barlow is the unacknowledged illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher in town. Now that his father has died, Slade finds out that he has been left half of his father's inheritance. The other half belongs to his half brother Hutch. The two men don't get along. While navigating this new relationship with his brother, Slade finds out that Joslyn Kirk is back in town. Joslyn's step father swindled a lot of the town's people of out millions in a ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: galleys-arcs

*ARC Supplied by Publisher*

This is a slow moving book and we have a lot of opportunity to meet many of the characters that will make up the main and secondary characters in the next two books. Have patience with this novel, since the second third is well worth the wait.
In this opening novel in the Parable Trilogy we meet Sheriff Slade Turner who is the illegitimate son of a deceased wealthy and respected rancher. Joslyn Kirk is the step-daughter of a man who was also rich, but who had run a pyra
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Cover - 3.5/5
Favorite character - Joss

The book was a mindless easy afternoon read. It had a hot horseman (who was also a swoon worthy sheriff) & woman who was trying to right past wrongs as the leads. The story was not particularly interesting, it did not seem to go anywhere. Considering I just read it & it was almost 400 pages long you would think i would be able to remember something memorable from it but i cant - I don't really think anything did happen in it. It reminds me of a made
Kerry  sullivan
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, cowboys, chic_lit
OK I am 72% through this contemporary romance and we have only just had the first kiss between our main characters. Now don't get me wrong all this getting to know everyone is nice and sets up the next books really well but I get the feeling the actual romance is going to be rushed, because all we have had so far are heated looks and hot flushes. I have to say the 25% or so of the book needs to be damned good seeing as I have waited so long. I was just about to throw the towel in when the kiss h ...more
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother runs. Being illegitimate, he was never acknowledged by his father...until now. Suddenly, Slade found himself as half owner of Whisper Creek Ranch, right along side his half brother Hutch. Neither one get along, and never have. Even Joslyn Kirk, homecoming queen, rodeo queen, beauty queen, was always Hutch's girl. But Slade has never forgotten her.

But Joslyn is back in town. She sold her software company t
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just jotting down a few thoughts before I write up a full review. Loved the book til about 3/4 through. I've been reading shorter books recently and I was thinking how wonderful it was that LLM took the time to develop these characters, infuse them with personality, and create a great new setting in Parable. Then the book kind of ended quickly with I love you and a wedding. I felt a little cheated after a long wonderful book. I wanted a more thoughtful resolution and ending. Though I loved the w ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Linda Lael Miller is one of my all-time favorite authors, but she's missed the mark on this latest book/series. The main characters don't have the usual spark and the whole book seems rather anti-climatic. Slade's missing the personality many of her previous heros have had and the chemistry just isn't evident in the relationships. Frankly, their story is boring. It also seems more time is spent talking about the characters' pets than necessary. I wish we'd had less pet discussion and more charac ...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.

Published since 1983, Linda was awarded the prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievemen

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“Liking something and wanting to take it for a ride are two very different things', Joslyn sais, climbing out of the truck to stand on the ground. Hutch's eyes sparkled as he came around to face her. 'I'm not touching that one with a ten-foot pole,' he told her.” 4 likes
“I’m a sucker for punishment,” Joslyn answered cheerfully. “There’s something about him—” “Raw sexual magnetism, maybe?” Kendra prompted, beginning to perk up as the caffeine hit her bloodstream. “You noticed,” Joslyn joked. “It’s hard not to,” Kendra replied. “I think God was showing off a little when He decided to throw Slade Barlow together.” “Amen,” agreed Joslyn.” 1 likes
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