In almost every book by Linda Lael Miller, I find one (or more) instances where the action doesnt ring true. Ill come to that soon.
However, I enjoyed the steady action of the story (excellent pacing). Other than the sex scene in the springhouse (near the end), the book seemed a cohesive whole. I thought it odd that Maddie entices Sam into sex, after barely kissing him before! It didnt seem to fit the rest of the book.
SPOILER INFO: **** I also thought it odd that he acted on his feelings for Maddie rather quickly after Abigails death. I didnt think Abigail was a well-developed character; I felt sorrier for Abigails father than for the victim!
SPOILER INFO: **** However, the thing that blew me away about Abigail was the reason for her death. She rode in a stagecoach how many miles unaccompanied with a hair-trigger heart condition?
SPOILER INFO: **** The biggest shock, however, was (big, bold, undaunted by trouble) Sam who limply turns over his gun because the bad guy was going to shoot his horse! Im still scratching my head about that one!
Esteban Vierra was a delight! It was great to have a Mexican who was urbane and witty and totally against stereotype.
In spite of the negatives above, Miller wrote a good book I enjoyed it twice. Sometimes authors just seem to piece scenes together. This book flowed and kept my attention.
Stone Creek Series
1. The Man from Stone Creek (2006)
2. A Wanted Man (2007)
3. The Rustler (2008)
4. The Bridegroom (2009)
5. A Stone Creek Christmas (2008)
6. At Home in Stone Creek (2009)