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Holiday in Stone Creek

(Stone Creek #4 & 6)

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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,468 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Spend the holidays in Stone Creek where romance is always in season with these two classic stories from New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller!

A Stone Creek Christmas

Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O’Ballivan communicates easily with animals, but men are another story. Especially rugged architect-turned-rancher Tanner Quinn. Olivia’s uncanny bond with his
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ebook, 384 pages
Published December 16th 2019 by HQN Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jennifer
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I should have stopped when the heroine in the first book started telepathically communicating with every animal in a 10 miles radius.

Just...no
Jackie
Having previously read book 4 it was a reread/refresher introduction to the town and characters who call Stone Creek home. Olivia/Dr. Doolittle is probably one of my favorite female leads because of her ability to talk to animals, both domestic and wild. In her capacity as a country vet it is a valuable asset.

In the 6th book younger sister Ashley takes the lead. Billed as a Martha Stewart type she is the consumate homebody whose love for baking, cooking tasty meals and all other arts of a
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Gwen Hopkins
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable characters, I liked the communication of animals.

I have always enjoyed talking to my animals and have thought they understood me. However, never thought I was very good at understanding much of what they thought beyond joy, sadness, and guilt. These two stories were very good.
Kristen
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
If you like Dr. Doolittle and you like your slightly x-rated trashy romance novels to be set in AZ and have a touch of Christmas magic, this is the book for you. It was a little ridiculous, but it was also charming, so I didn't care.
Tiffany B.
This was a fun book but not my favorite in the Creed series. It went a little too fast for me and the love story wasn't as romantic as stories from this author usually are. Still, I enjoyed how it tied together the storyline from previous books I liked. My favorite is a Creed in Stone Creek!
Betty Davey
Two heartwarming stories. Really enjoyed them.
Beth
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2 nice stories. I hope to find Melissa's story now.
Pye
2nd attempt - still couldn't finish it. I just couldn't take seriously an otherwise "normal" book when the main character can talk to animals. The further into the book, the more ridiculous it was.
Delwyn D. Anderson
Great Read

I have loved all Linda Lael Miller's books. This is no exception. Fun reading and don't want to put it down.
charmaine White
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Read

Linda Lael Miller is one of those authors whose books always leave you feeling good.I'll be coming back to her again and again.
Andrea
Couldn’t get into it. Boring
Christi Snow
Dec 18, 2011 marked it as downsizing-my-print-tbr-donated  ·  review of another edition
A Stone Creek Christmas
My Rating for this book: B


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Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O'Ballivan communicates easily with animals, but men are another story. Especially rugged architect-turned-rancher Tanner Quinn. Olivia's uncanny bond with his daughter Sophie's pony has him questioning her sanity, while she wonders if he's not just a drugstore cowboy. Then twelve-year-old Sophie conspires with Olivia to get Tanner into the spirit of Christmas. But will a holiday miracle transform the
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Julie Weaver
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I haven't read any of the series but that didn't matter. The author makes you feel like you personally know all of the characters! It was a great story and easy read.
Julie Morales
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In these two books brought together in one volume, we meet the O'Ballivans, a couple of generations after Sam and Mattie and the stone Creek we got to know when the West was wild. Stone Creek is still a small town, and it's easy to still imagine the things we read about in previous books.
The first book focuses on Olivia, the area's veterinarian. She also has a unique way with animals, able to communicate with them in a way most people can't. She endures the odd looks and remarks of her family,
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Marissa
These two books are simple, fun reads but careless throw-ins are frustrating.

For example, Tanner's late wife was apparently a pediatric cardiac surgeon, but of course she gave it up to follow him. Reality check: in order to become a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, one needs 1) a bachelor's degree 2) medical school 3) five year general surgery residency 4) additional 2-3 year cardiothoracic residency 5) a 2-4 year pediatric fellowship. That's an absolute minimum of 17 years of training after
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JoAnne
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Stone Creek Christmas - Stone Creek #4
Olivia O"Ballivan is a psychic veterinarian. She can communicate mentally with them. She gets a message of pain at the ranch next to where she lives. A horse misses Sophie. A man comes out to the barn and demands to know who she is. She wants to know who Sophie is. His name is Tanner Quinn and Sophie is his daughter. Olivia and Tanner end up having a night of passion on Thanksgiving. Sophie runs away from school in NYC. Tanner has his friend Jack bring her
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Jessica Alcazar
I was reading the Creed series and jumped to this book after I got done with Tyler's story because as I began to read A Creed in Stone Creek, I realized that the book made references to both Olivia (A Stone Creek Christmas) and Ashley (At Home in Stone Creek) as married with kids and the last time I read about them in Brad and Meg's story (The McKettrick Way) they were single. I learned my lesson when I read the McKettrick series in the order in which the website has them which is totally ...more
Trisha
Review for A Stone Creek Christmas




The first story is the best in my opinion. I loved Tanner and Olivia and his daughter Sophie also. Tanner is doing his best for Sophie he just doesn't realize what he's doing is the wrong thing until Olivia appears in his life. Olivia has a special gift and being a vet is her life until she meets Tanner and Sophie they show her what it means to be alive. I really liked this story it was fun and heart warming. It is the first Christmas book that had a Santa sub
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Barb
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Stone Creek Christmas
Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O'Ballivan communicates easily with animals, but men are another story. Especially rugged architect-turned-rancher Tanner Quinn. Olivia's uncanny bond with his daughter Sophie's pony has him questioning her sanity, while she wonders if he's not just a drugstore cowboy. Then twelve-year-old Sophie conspires with Olivia to get Tanner into the spirit of Christmas. But will a holiday miracle transform the globe-trotting Tanner into a
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Jerry Jares
OK, ok, I know these are Christmas stories. But why did LLM list them as part of the Stone Creek series?

These are contemporary stories, using the family name of O'Ballivan. Other than the name, there really wasn't anything tying the stories back to the Stone Creek series. Frankly, I felt cheated; I felt it was just a marketing gimmick to sell more books.

"A Stone Creek Christmas" -- If you have no problem with a veterinarian (Olivia) having conversations with her dog and finding a lost reindeer
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Tonileg
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, romance, holiday
Two Stone Creek stories in one book; contemporary Western romance.
A Stone Creek Christmas is about a lady veterinarian Olivia O'Ballivan who can read (and communicate) with animals which comes in handy when treating them medically, but not so convenient when any animal in the area is in trouble and harasses Olivia until she comes to help them. The hero in this story is an architect Tanner Quinn who is town for the year that will take to build the new animal shelter that Olivia will be running.
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Marcia  Haskell
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance
"A Stone Creek Christmas

Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O'Ballivan communicates easily with animals, but men are another story. Especially rugged architect-turned-rancher Tanner Quinn. Olivia's uncanny bond with his daughter Sophie's pony has him questioning her sanity, while she wonders if he's not just a drugstore cowboy. Then twelve-year-old Sophie conspires with Olivia to get Tanner into the spirit of Christmas. But will a holiday miracle transform the globe-trotting Tanner into a rancher—
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Kate Vale
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A two-story collection, the first deals with Olivia O'Ballivan, a vet who can talk to animals and has a very smart Golden Retriever, who tangles with Tanner Quinn, her next-door rancher and his 12-yr old daughter. This is a Christmas story and it wouldn't be complete with a tree-seller who is Santa in hiding (sort of).

The second story follows Olivia's sister, one of the twins, Ashley and explores whether Jack McCall, who stole her heart years earlier, is going to have it stolen again. OR will
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Natalie
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is two story's in one book!And both were really good! The first one is about the town veterinarian ,and the new man in town with a 12 year old daughter.And the town vet also has the ability to talk to the animals!So as they both go through some family stuff,they as so find an attraction to each other!
The second story is about Ashley who runs the Bed and Breakfast in town,and who checks in, but an old boyfriend who works for the DEA.He broke her heart once and she was not going to let him
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Jill M
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holiday-romance
I love anything that Linda Lael Miller writes and this is no exception. Both stories are about family and what brings them together. You have protective big brothers, caring sisters and sweet children. Lina makes rancher life sexy as hell. I mean who wouldn't want a cowboy of their own.

Tanner & Olivia's story is sweet and romantic. You have Tanner's daughter who tries her hardest to make Tanner believe he belongs in Stone Creek with Olivia.

Ashley & Jack's story is about finding the love
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Stacie
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A continuation of the Stone Creek series about the O'Ballivan family members. This is story of Olivia and Tanner. Olivia is a vet who is able to communication mentally with animals. Tanner is a rancher who comes to the area with his daughter. His wife died years ago and he is has sent his daughter to live in a boarding school thinking that she will be safer there. She runs away from the school and comes to live with Tanner. In the meantime, Olivia comes to the ranch to help out with the animals ...more
M
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
two sisters, , two strong men, two Christmas romances, one small town. I liked Olivia's story because she has the talent of talking to animals--her dog Ginger is full of advice and made me laugh, Ashley's story was more bitter-sweet, she is morning the loss of a mother who was seriously disturbed When Jack McCall (the man who always walks away) walks back into her life bringing sure heartache. In true LLM fashion both stories have HEA.
Laura Beasley
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Mary Ann
Enjoyed this book but not as much as the others in the series. Liked getting to know more about each character and the family. Not much plot to this one. Love story and in this one guy if fearful of commitment due to past tragedy in his life. Will continue to read more about this family. Like the way Linda Lael Miller writes. Even a rather weak story, she can drawn the reader in and want you to read more.
Marcia
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another 2-in-1 holiday release.

A Stone Creek Christmas
Rated ****
Perfect hero, perfect heroine, perfect dog…not to mention Rodney the reindeer. Perfect holiday reading.

At Home in Stone Creek
Rated ***1/2
Another good holiday romance that takes place two years after A Stone Creek Christmas
Brenda
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up on Amazon for my Kindle when it was on sale, and loved the stories. That said, they were romantic, at times sappy, but great feel good reads that I needed because of a stressful week. More and more I realize I'm a "Mood Reader". Linda Lael Miller's stories can be counted on for heartfelt smiles.
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The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a spacious property ...more

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Stone Creek (6 books)
  • The Man from Stone Creek (Stone Creek, #1)
  • A Wanted Man (Stone Creek, #2)
  • The Rustler (Stone Creek, #3)
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  • The Bridegroom (Stone Creek, #5)
  • At Home In Stone Creek (Stone Creek, #6)