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The Man from Stone Creek

(Stone Creek #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  3,964 ratings  ·  196 reviews
There was trouble in Haven, Arizona, and Ranger Sam O’Ballivan was determined to sort it all out. Badge and gun hidden, he arrived posing as the new schoolteacher, and his first order of business was to bring the rough ranchers’ children under control. To that end, he called on Maddie Chancelor, the local postmistress, whose younger brother was in firm need of discipline.

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Published May 28th 2007 by Brilliance Audio
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Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I was under the impression that his was a western romance, but I would say this is really more of a western geared towards women.

I know that doesn't sound different but I think the main difference is that the main conflict in a romance is between the couple or forces against them. In this book the conflict is basically the hero against the bad guys that come into the town.

One reason it's a little hard to get into is that the characters tend to be two dimensional. The hero is "perfect". Tough, ha
Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
This was an action packed historical western with a fantastic hero! I fell in love with Sam right away, especially over the way he handled the kids in the town of Haven. He arrived from Stone Creek to take over as the new school teacher, but the town has suspicions that there is more to the new teacher than meets the eye. A bullying incident with the school kids brings him face to face with Maddie Chancelor and the sparks begin to fly. The tension between the two kept me turning the pages and fi ...more
Really this could be a 3.5 Star book.

I love reading turn of the century westerns. Miller did a great job creating this small western town with its daily hardships and their strong willed people built for survival. She also did a great job keeping the characters true to their personalities. (Thank you!)

I felt the novel could have been non-fiction to tell you the truth.
The main characters Sam O'Ballivan and Maddie Chancelor were so realistic. I think if I had lived in 1904 Arizona I might have me
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May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr, cowboys-ranchers
This was a good book, but the romance takes a backseat to the plot and secondary characters IMHO. It was more like a western novel with a love interest rather than a historical romance.
BJ Rose
This is about a marshall going undercover as a schoolteacher in a 1903 border town that has your one rich, nasty rancher who also owns the general store that is managed by a young woman. Maddie has a younger brother who is, of course, one of the students who harassed the previous teacher that Sam replaced. I liked the way that Sam & Maddie interacted with everyone else in this small, poor town and the ways they helped them. I wasn't crazy about the way the triangle of one man/two women was r ...more
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Linda Lael Miller is referred to as "The Queen of Western Romance." This is not one of her best showings. Featuring far too much death and (unnecessary) destruction, and an almost chaste romance, as well as a pretty convoluted mystery subplot, The Man from Stone Creek might be worth a skip.
Sam O'Ballivan comes to Haven, AZ to pose as a schoolteacher while also tracking down a band of murderous outlaws. Maddie Chancelor runs the general store in town and is raising her rapscallion younger brothe
This was like 17 different books stapled together and I kept reading after bedtime not because it was SO GREAT, but because I was like, "what ELSE can you throw in here, Linda Lael Miller?" Animal adoptions, child adoptions, drowning in the crick, romantic rivals, gold and train robbery and bandits, intercultural relations, WHORES WITH HEARTS OF GOLD, I'M SURE I'M LEAVING THINGS OUT. There's two dogs in this, and a guy named Rowdy. (the dogs are fine.)
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but a bit boring. And left some open points. Where did the little girl go? (the one kidnapped with her mother?). I didn't find her anywhere in the book :(

But the heroine is a very strong lass! And I loved her. And besides dogs&children, a good combination!

Onto the next one!
Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fans
Recommended to Ladiibbug by: Donna Brooks
#1 Stone Creek series - Historical Western Romance - Strong 5 Stars!

Superb, one of my favorite reads of 2008 ... Donna, thank you SO much for the recommend :-)

Haven, Arizona Territory - 1903

LLM writes so descriptively that I could taste the dust from the trail, hear the horses drinking thirstily from the riders' hats at a well, feel the tension at a supper attended by romantic rivals ...

Maddie runs the local mercantile to support herself and her young brother Terran. A new schoolteacher, Sam, ar
3 1/2 stars
Linda Lael Miller does a wonderful job of depicting the Old West. I've read some of the McKettrick books and loved them, so I decided to pick up the Stone Creek series as well.

Sam O'Ballivan arrives in Haven, Arizona as the new school teacher. He doesn't look much like a school teacher--he's a man when most teachers are female and he carries a .45 on his hip.

Maddie Chancelor runs the local mercantile. She's the sister of the young Terran who Sam recognizes as a little troublemaker ri
The book was okay, not really much too it... the story line was interesting but I think could have been written with a little more excitement, I don't know it was just lacking in something.

The main characters where likable but it was more like you like them because its written that way, there really wasn't anything to really make them stand out to be OMG I really want to get to know that person better... they were just like a cookie cutter - cut out of what main characters should be like... and
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I pretty much never fall asleep while reading. If I start a book at night, I will read until I finish the book at 3 or 4 am. Up until the night before last, the only books I've ever fallen asleep on were required books for philosophy classes, oh and Great Expectations in high school. But the other night, I fell asleep on The Man from Stone Creek. I pushed through the next night, but I had to force myself to keep reading.

The characters weren't very well developed. Abigail was thrown in the
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, audiobook
The Man From Stone Creek was a bit underwhelming. I liked the overall storyline. Sam is undercover as a school teacher while he tracks down a group of bandits. Maddie runs the local mercantile and takes care of her brother. The attraction is there, but Sam is promised to another woman

The problem I had with the story was the lack of heat between Maddie and Sam. They don't even kiss until almost the very end of the book. When they do finally kiss, they jump right into bed together. I just wasn't
L.   (Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels - I Got None)
2.5 stars.

Although it's billed as a romance, it reads more as a western. If author Linda Lael Miller had left it as a western, I would have been able to give it the full three stars. However, the romance was the weakest part of the story. There wasn't much of a reason for Sam and Maddie to be together other than the fact that they were the main characters so they were contractually obligated to fall in love.
I really enjoyed this book. It is the first book in the Stone Creek Series. I had already read books 2-5. It was nice learning Sam and Maddie's back story since I have read about them in the following books. It was also nice to see Rowdy's character being introduced because I loved his book, A Wanted Man. I can't wait to read the last book. You can't go wrong with a book by Linda Lael Miller.

If you like this series, you should definitely read the McKettricks series too.
Mar 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book left a bad taste in my mouth. There was so much going on and I don't think it added to the story. Too many questions, too many loose ends. It was a very captivating book but I just didn't like it in the end.
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cowboys
I am a big fan of Miller's books, characters and story lines. I love westerns and especially cowboys and her books have tall, handsome, sexy cowboys. She leaves you wanting for nothing in every book and I have read them all.
Nancy Hollmaier
The good guy wins and rides off into the sunset with the girl.
Bonnie Cole
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most of the books I have read by Linda Lael Miller have been really good. That is if your like cowboys and romance.
Love her series, they follow along with each other and never forget the past.
Amy Burke
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arizona ranger, Sam O'Ballivan, is sent on assignment to Haven, Arizona to break up a gang of dangerous thieves. Even though this is a romance, the story's main focus is on the gang and Sam trying to discover who the members are and to foil the gang's plan to upset a train carrying Mexican gold. The Haven store clerk, Maddie Chancellor, who Sam is instantly smitten with is somewhat of an after thought. Even though, I selected this book because I wanted to read a romance I was pleasantly surprise ...more
Jill Hardy
Thought I would be into this kind of book- I was not. Guess not enough hot and steamy for me, too much western. I should have read a little more what it was about. Slow read but it was good. Just not my personal favorite genre.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Read

This was a really good book with great characters. Unlike some of her books I've tried to read lately there were only two sex scenes. This story had a good plot and kept me turning the pages. Highly recommend it.
Cindy Hatten
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prairie Girl

This was an easy happy read. The story was fairly good but enjoyed the work that was put into the characters. They made the read.
Elly Grady
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved it
Lucy Cesar
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Man from Stone Creek” was an action packed Western romance that took place in the early 1900s. An enjoyable read that kept my interest.
Tracy Hall
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved this story. The Wild West was depicted in a way that captures the heart. Outlaws being chased by the law and a woman to add to the heart.
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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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