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High Country Bride (McKettricks #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  4,074 Ratings  ·  215 Reviews
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 Har
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published January 7th 2004 by Pocket Books (first published 2002)
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Oct 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
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.
Jun 06, 2013 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
Jul 19, 2011 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" 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
Willow Brook
Dec 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 14, 2009 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
Jul 26, 2012 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
Jan 02, 2012 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
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
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
Jul 28, 2015 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!

Kris Althouse
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully woven story!

Linda Lael Miller is my favorite author, and this story did not disappoint! I enjoyed the colorful characters woven into the story, so vividly depicted you can almost reach out and touch them!
Apr 02, 2012 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! :)
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
Marybeth Davis
Dec 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Only one thing to say about this 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
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I met LLM at the Historical Romance Retreat in Spokane and bought the first book in the series. FINALLY got to it and boy I am glad I did. It is everything I want in a western romance story. Danger, intrigue, family, ranching, and mail order brides. Angus McKettrick has laid down the law and he wants a grandchild. The oldest Rafe sends off for a bride and gets Emmaline almost 2 months later. Emmaline answers the advertisement because she sees no recourse after the 'night' she had.

I love her wri
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It the very start of a series and fight from brothers to when their right of to take over their land but a father thinks they need to grow up and that how it all begins just a telegram and mail order bride to start and some twist along the way but the are def love Emmeline and rafe are made for each other angus their father is going to all length to get his some to grow up and what better way then but their home and all leadership on the line and it great when u do d love along the way when u le ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can't help but fall head over heels for all the McKettrick men and envy the women that steal their hearts. Although I have to admit that there was more than one instance that I wanted to climb into the story and knock some sense into Rafe but he had his moments. I found it hard at first to get accustomed to how the ways are back then. Mainly how women stand in the relationships but I understood that it was a different way back then and if she had wrote differently it wouldn't feel as real. D ...more
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 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.
Dec 09, 2008 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.
Average cowboy/ranch kinda book.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fay Risner
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always like Linda Lael Miller's books. This one is a historical ranch story set in Arizona. The McKettrick sons work on the ranch and party in town, but none of the three are thinking about settling down and raising a family. Angus McKettrick fears that he is never going to have grandchildren so he came up with a plan. First one of his sons to marry and have a baby gets to be in charge of the ranch and boss the other two sons around. The eldest Rafe is not about to be told what to do by his yo ...more
May 07, 2017 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
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't know who is more stubborn, Emmeline or Rafe. Mail order bride meets cranky cowboy. Emmeline has a secret that is eating her alive when she gets to the Triple M ranch, but before things can get better they only get worse. Fun and cute story about to two headstrong people falling in love
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
Rhapsody Phoenix
Nice reads, funny
Inn Auni
May 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: western
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.
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Round Lake Librar...: High Country Bride 4 10 Nov 21, 2012 03:17AM  
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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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