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The Man from Stone Creek (Stone Creek, Bk 1)
The Man from Stone Creek - Stone Creek, Bk 1
Author: Linda Lael Miller
There was trouble in Haven, Arizona, and Ranger Sam O'Ballivan was determined to sort it out.  Badge and gun hidden, he arrived posing as the new schoolteacher, and discovered his first task was to bring the rough ranchers' children under control.  So he started with a call on Maddie Chancelor, the local postmistress, and older...  more »
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ISBN: 35767
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4.5 stars, based on 5 ratings
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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reviewed The Man from Stone Creek (Stone Creek, Bk 1) on + 3389 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Linda Lael Miller has written a solid American Western with a wonderful hero. Strangely, much of the novel is told through her hero's eyes. And, what an interesting man he is. I can't remember a Western in which the hero is, on the one hand, a tough and seasoned Ranger, but on the other, a tender hearted teacher who constantly takes the downtrodden under his wings - whether they be poor children, women, or even animals. Miller made an interesting and unique character in Sam O'Ballivan. Her heroine is not as fleshed-out as Sam, but still likeable. One of the best aspects of the book, however, is the well-told and intriguing story in which the reader comes upon some form of crisis in almost every other chapter. It's quite a page-turner.
Dimples2212 avatar reviewed The Man from Stone Creek (Stone Creek, Bk 1) on + 209 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Interesting characters and great backdrop of the old West. Book has a good plot, but not as much romance as the author usually gives us.
reviewed The Man from Stone Creek (Stone Creek, Bk 1) on + 21 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
The Man From Stone Creek is a historical western romance set in 1903 in the Arizona Territory. The main romance is filled with suspense as the hero seeks to round up cattle rustlers and train robbers. The novel achieves an emotional depth as the heroine's romance heals a past tragedy. Linda Lael Miller's romance, however, is not just a hero-heroine romance --- it is the romance of a whole town where justice is found and the downtrodden find love.

Lawman Sam O'Ballivan has come to town to replace the schoolteacher. The minute he arrives, the local schoolboy fight and the boys learn justice O'Ballivan style. The boy who teased another is himself held by his feet with his head dangling down the well. The disciplined boy's complaints to his mother brings him to the attention of postmistress Maddie Chancelor. The sparks fly. When they collide, circumstances force Maddie into the sight of the most dangerous family in town. With Sam by her side, will she conquer the past or will his secret mission place her in the thick of even more trouble?

Sam may be working undercover to capture the castle rustlers and thieves terrorizing the local area, but his efforts to blend just seem to lead him into more trouble. Just as he realizes Maddie has his heart, his intended bride comes in on the stagecoach. Can it get any worse? Of course! The question is can all this danger change hearts so that romance succeeds?

Linda Lael Miller's magnificent romance is more than just Sam and Maddie. The reader sees problems that plagued the American West: the terrorists of the day, sickness, brothels which were often the only way for a woman to survive, children left orphaned or in need, and those left behind in the huge expansion of the West. The author does not shrink from the unpleasant realities of the historical setting, but she creates a romance where hearts are healed. Orphans and lost souls (children, adults and animals) find goodness, and justice is served. When her characters dare to opens their hearts and expose their vulnerabilities, love is found, and the lost or neglected who surround them get found.
Dodie avatar reviewed The Man from Stone Creek (Stone Creek, Bk 1) on + 139 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
1903 Arizona Territory. Ranger Sam O'Ballivan poses as a schoolteacher in order to carry out his assignment which is to join forces with a Mexican gun from across the Rio Grande to track down a band of theives. Fast moving events take unexpected turns as Sam tries to hold on to his gentle nature and still do his job. Very good read.
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This is the first book I've read by Miller, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There's a good mix of romance, mystery, intrigue, and history. The western theme combined with romance makes for an enjoyable book.
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readergirl04 avatar reviewed The Man from Stone Creek (Stone Creek, Bk 1) on
This book was good. It was easy to get interested in and had strong characters. I love the setting in the West. I really enjoy all her books.
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Love Miller's steamy love stories! She writes a marriage/relationship the way they should be in the heart, not letting reality take the love from the couple.
FriscoOBX avatar reviewed The Man from Stone Creek (Stone Creek, Bk 1) on + 601 more book reviews
another great one from Miller with an interesting storyline and very likeable characters. Worth the read.
jjares avatar reviewed The Man from Stone Creek (Stone Creek, Bk 1) on + 3197 more book reviews
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)
reviewed The Man from Stone Creek (Stone Creek, Bk 1) on + 17 more book reviews
This book was great! I loved it!