Big Sky Summer: Book 4 of Parable, Montana Series [NOOK Book]


The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, welcomes you home to Parable, Montana—where love awaits.

With his father's rodeo legacy to continue and a prosperous spread to run, Walker Parrish has no time to dwell on wrecked relationships. But country-western sweetheart Casey Elder is out of the spotlight and back in Parable, ...
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The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, welcomes you home to Parable, Montana—where love awaits.

With his father's rodeo legacy to continue and a prosperous spread to run, Walker Parrish has no time to dwell on wrecked relationships. But country-western sweetheart Casey Elder is out of the spotlight and back in Parable, Montana. And Walker can't ignore that his "act now, think later" passion for Casey has had consequences. Two teenage consequences!

Keeping her children's paternity under wraps has always been part of Casey's plan to give them normal, uncomplicated lives. Now the best way to hold her family together seems to be to let Walker be a part of it—as her husband of convenience. Or will some secrets—like Casey's desire to be the rancher's wife in every way—unravel, with unforeseen results?

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"Miller's down-home, easy-to-read style keeps the plot moving, and she includes . . . likable characters, picturesque descriptions and some very sweet pets." -Publishers Weekly on Big Sky Country

"Miller's name is synonymous with the finest in western romance." -RT Book Reviews

"Linda Lael Miller creates vibrant characters and stories I defy you to forget."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

"A passionate love too long denied drives the action in this multifaceted, emotionally rich reunion story that overflows with breathtaking sexual chemistry." -Library Journal on McKettricks of Texas: Tate

"Miller once again tells a memorable tale." -RT Book Reviews on A Creed in Stone Creek

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460313206
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Series: Parable Series, #4
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 18,295
  • File size: 372 KB

Meet the Author

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is the author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels. Now living in Spokane, Washington, the “First Lady of the West” hit a career high when all three of her 2011 Creed Cowboy books debuted at #1 on the New York Times list. In 2007, the Romance Writers of America presented her their Lifetime Achievement Award. She personally funds her Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women. Visit her at

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Walker Parrish, wedged into the middle of a third-row pew, with old ladies wearing gauzy hats and floral dresses packed in tightly on either side, risked a glance up at the church ceiling, just to make sure it wasn't fixing to fall on his head. He resisted a nervous urge to loosen his tie—for him, like churchgoing, tie wearing was reserved for funerals and weddings. This occasion, fortunately, fell into the latter category.

The small sanctuary seemed charged with excitement; folks chatted in whispers, the organist was tuning up for the wedding march, and the groom, Sheriff Boone Taylor, stood tall up front, just to the right of the simple altar, looking eager and scared shitless, both at the same time. Like the majority of men around Parable, Montana, Boone lived in jeans, cotton shirts and boots most of the time, and he looked a few degrees past uncomfortable in his rented tux.

Hutch Carmody and Slade Barlow, half brothers and Boone's closest friends, stood up with him, hardly recognizable in monkey suits of their own. Both married men, and cowboys to the core, they kept an eye on Boone, as if ready to catch him by the elbows if his knees buckled, but wry grins twitched at the corners of their mouths, too. They were enjoying this, most likely figuring that if they'd had to get up in front of the whole county and plight their troths, Boone shouldn't be spared the ordeal, either.

Walker fixed his gaze on Hutch, remembering the last time he'd set foot in this tiny church—a June day, much like this one, with birds chirping in the trees and warm breezes sweeping up the aisle from the open doors of the entryway—and felt the hinges of his jaws lock down. Back then, almost two years ago now, Hutch had been the bridegroom, not best man. And Walker's kid sister, Brylee, the only blood kin he could—or would—rightly claim, had been the bride, shiny-eyed and full of bright hopes, wearing the kind of gown women start dreaming about when they're little girls.

Just when the organ cue sounded, on that other day, the bridesmaids having already taken their places up front, as endlessly rehearsed, and Walker had swung one foot forward to march Brylee between the rows of pews jammed with people, Hutch had suddenly broken rank with Boone and the minister and walked midway down the aisle, where he stopped.

"Hold it," he'd said in a sheepish but nonetheless determined tone.

He'd stopped the wedding, called it off, right then and there, shattering Brylee's fairy-tale dreams and maybe souring her forever on the subject of marriage.

While a part of Walker had been relieved—he'd never thought Brylee and Hutch Carmody were a good fit—the memory of his sister's humiliation still stung like a thistle stuck in his hide. If he hadn't been so busy trying to keep Brylee from doing something stupid, he'd have punched Carmody in the mouth, church or no church.

Which was part of the reason he didn't trust the rafters to hold. He tossed another wary glance toward the ceiling.

The Reverend Walter Beaumont was officiating, and he took his place, book in hand, resplendent in maroon robes and a long gold scarf of some kind. Most times, the preacher dressed Western, like most everybody else, but today he looked as serious as an Old Testament prophet about to lower the boom on a gathering of unrepentant sinners. He looked like Morgan Freeman and sounded like James Earl Jones, so everybody got ready to listen.

Beaumont cleared his throat.

The organist struck the first rousing chord, and the congregation settled in to watch the show. Walker suspected some of them were, like him, wondering if history was about to repeat itself. The thwarted Carmody-Parrish wedding was, around Parable County, anyhow, the stuff of legend.

Tara Kendall's twin stepdaughters, now living with her, were barely teenagers and served as flower girls, happily scattering rose petals in their wake as they fairly danced up the aisle, both of them beaming and obviously enjoying the attention of the guests.

Joslyn Barlow, married to Slade and in a noticeably advanced state of pregnancy, soon followed, wearing an elegant lavender maternity dress and carrying a bouquet of multicolored flowers in both hands.

Walker noted the electric look that passed between Joslyn and her husband as she took her place opposite the three men dressed like tall, rangy penguins.

Kendra Carmody, Hutch's beloved—the woman he'd thrown Brylee over for—came next, sleek and classy in pale yellow and also carrying the requisite flowers.

Hutch winked at her when she came to a stop beside Joslyn, and a fetching blush pinked her cheeks.

Next to join the march were Boone's two young sons, wearing suit jackets and slacks and little bow ties. Each of them carried a satin pillow with a gold wedding band nestled in the hollow, and the smaller boy stopped a couple of times along the way, seeming to forget the procedure. He showed the ring he was carrying to Opal Dennison, and she smiled and gently steered him back on course.

This brought an affectionate twitter from the assembly, and the clicks of several phone cameras slipped in between the notes of organ music.

Walker grinned as the older boy finally backtracked and herded his little brother the rest of the way.

Then it sounded, the loud, triumphant chord signaling the imminent approach of the bride. Walker felt a pang, again reminded of Brylee's ill-fated wedding, but the truth was, he was glad for Boone and glad for Tara Kendall, too.

Widowed several years before, Boone had been one of the walking wounded for a long time, doing his job but clearly unhappy. He was a good sheriff and a fine man, and Walker liked him.

The bride, a glamorous city slicker hailing from the Big Apple, had come to Parable some time before, reportedly to reinvent herself after a nasty divorce. It had been a while before Boone and Tara got together, considering that they'd evidently disliked each other on sight, but they'd finally gotten past all that. And, wisely, Walker thought, they'd agreed on a fairly long courtship, just to make sure.

And now their big day was finally here.

There was a churchwide shuffle as the guests rose, turning to watch the bride start what probably felt like the longest short walk of her life.

Boone's brother-in-law, Bob, escorted Tara, but he was pretty much lost in Tara's glow. She looked like an angel bride in her billowing lacy dress, and her smile was clearly visible behind the rhinestone-studded netting of her veil, as were the happy tears sparkling in her eyes.

Walker felt a catch in his throat, wishing her and Boone well without reservation, but at the same time wanting that kind of joy for his disillusioned kid sister. She'd been invited to this shindig, right along with him, but Brylee stayed away from weddings these days. She stayed away from too many things, in his opinion, working crazy hours, too worn-out to say much when she did turn up, long after all her employees had called it a day and gone home. Even then she immediately retreated to her apartment in the main ranch house, her rescued German shepherd, Snidely, following devotedly at her heels.

Realizing he'd gone woolgathering, which was unlike him, Walker was a little startled when Casey Elder appeared beside the organist, music sheet in hand. She wore a blue choir robe and almost no makeup, and her shoulder-length red hair, usually tumbling around her face in spirals, had been pinned up into a sedate knot at her nape.

Inwardly, Walker allowed himself a grim, silent chortle.

This was a side of Casey he'd rarely if ever seen, despite the tangled and chaotic history they shared. She could still pack arenas and major concert halls, even after fifteen years as a professional entertainer, and she'd never recorded a song that hadn't gone straight to number one on all the charts and ridden there for weeks on end. Her videos were legendary, full of fire and smoke and color, and she was as famous for her flashy style as she was for her voice, always astounding in its power and range. A thing that spread its wings and took flight, soaring like a soul set free.

Onstage or on camera, she wore custom-made outfits so bejeweled that she glittered like a dark Montana sky full of stars, a one-woman constellation, and between her looks and the way she sang, she took every member of every audience captive and held them spellbound until the moment she retreated into the wings after the last curtain call. Even then, the magic lingered.

Walker wondered if Casey's legions of fans would even recognize her the way she looked today, all prim and well scrubbed. He shook off the riot of reactions he felt whenever he encountered this woman, up close or at a distance, and kept his face impassive when she started to sing.

She'd written the song, all about promises and sunrises and sticking together no matter what, especially for Boone and Tara. The organ played softly in the background, a gossamer thread of sound supporting that amazing voice.

By the time she finished, the old ladies on either side of Walker were sniffling happily into their lace-trimmed hankies, and Walker felt the need to blink a couple of times himself.

Casey retreated as swiftly and silently as a ghost, and the ceremony began.

The truth was, most of it was lost on Walker. He sat there in a daze, Casey's song reverberating inside him like a sweet echo.

Boone moved to stand tall and proud beside his bride, and the reverend began his speech.

Vows were exchanged, promises made, and the light of Boone's and Tara's separate candles bonded into a single flame, strong and steady, barely flickering. They slipped rings onto each other's fingers, their faces shining.

Walker, a man in a daze, took it all in, like a dream, with Casey's remarkable voice for a sound track.

The reverend pronounced them man and wife in a tone of rumbling jubilance, and Boone gently raised Tara's veil, smoothed it back and kissed her with a tenderness that struck even Walker's tough cowboy heart like the plucking of a fiddle string.

The organ erupted again, joyous thunder, startling Walker out of the spell Casey had cast over him, and Mr. and Mrs. Boone Taylor came down the aisle together, both of them beaming, cheers breaking out all around them.

Patiently, Walker waited for the guests to file out into the afternoon sunshine, scented with flowers and new-mown grass and fresh asphalt, glad the wedding was over and equally glad he'd put on scratchy duds and shown up.

Now all he had to do was put in an appearance at the reception, eat a little cake, shake Boone's hand and kiss Tara's cheek, nod to this person and that one, and make a subtle escape. The to-do, which would probably resemble a small circus, was to be held in Casey's massive backyard, about the last place Walker wanted to hang out, but there was no avoiding it, since he was representing Brylee as well as himself. If he was lucky, he might manage to steal a moment or two with Clare and Shane while steering clear of their mother.

Clare and Shane. Casey's children.

His children.

Finally reaching his truck, a big rig with an extended cab and plenty of horsepower for hauling trailers loaded with rodeo stock, Walker swung up into the driver's seat and immediately dispensed with his tie, which was starting to feel like a noose.

The road in front of the church was plenty crowded, and it took a while to get into the flow of traffic, all headed toward Casey's mansion on Rodeo Road.

Walker spotted the nuptial limo up ahead and smiled in spite of his increasing case of the jitters, because Boone's and Tara's heads and shoulders were sticking up through the open sunroof, and both of them glowed as if they'd had sunshine for breakfast. It was good to be reminded that that kind of happiness was possible, short of heaven itself. With one broken marriage behind him, besides his long and tempestuous relationship with Casey, Walker tended toward skepticism when it came to love and romance. The kind that lasted, anyhow.

A mild glumness overtook him as he drove at a parade pace, and he was tempted, more than once, to zip out of the procession onto a side street, head home to his horses and his bulls and his regular clothes, and skip the whole second act. If only he hadn't been cursed with a single-minded—some would say cussed—nature, the kind that compelled a man to do what he thought was right, whether that happened to be his personal inclination at the time or not.

So he endured, pushing on until the line of cars and trucks finally snaked onto Rodeo Road, and Casey's house loomed ahead, big as a mountain. He found a parking spot—no small feat in itself—and walked two blocks to the mouth of the long white-gravel driveway, blending in with the wedding guests and the throng of new arrivals who wouldn't have fit inside the church.

Everybody was dressed up in their best, toting wrapped presents and covered casseroles and flowers cut from their gardens.

Walker felt a little self-conscious, showing up empty-handed, but that passed quickly. Brylee had taken care of the gift-giving end of things, signing his name and her own to the card, and whatever she'd sent was sure to be just right for the occasion.

Rounding the side of the house with the others, Walker was amused to see that he'd guessed right— Casey's yard did indeed have a carnival-like atmosphere, with paper lanterns strung on every branch of every tree, a silver fountain flowing with chocolate instead of water, a massive canvas canopy arching above a couple of dozen tables. There was a bandstand, too, a temporary dance floor, an open bar and, incredibly, a genuine carousel for the little ones.

Obviously, this party would go on long after Boone and Tara had cut the cake, posed for the pictures, danced the customary waltz and lit out on their weeklong honeymoon. Rumors varied as to the destination—Vegas, Honolulu and Cabo were all in the running—but the bride and groom were keeping that information to themselves.

In a town where almost everybody knew everybody else's business, folks kept what secrets they could. Walker was taking in the Casey-like spectacle of the whole setup when Shane turned up, handsome in his slacks and white dress shirt, though he'd gotten rid of his tie and suit jacket at some point. At thirteen, the boy was growing up fast—every time Walker saw him, he was a little taller, or his feet were a size bigger, or both.

"Hey, Walker," Shane greeted him, grinning. While his sister resembled Casey, with her auburn hair, milky complexion and green eyes, Shane looked pretty much the way Walker had at his age. Strange that nobody seemed to notice that and put two and two together.

"Hey," Walker replied. "Looks like this is going to be quite a party."

Shane nodded. "Mom's going to sing later," he said, "and the whole town could live for a year on the food the caterers are setting out."

Walker's throat tightened. He was tough, raised a ranch kid, no stranger to hard work or hard knocks, but hearing Casey sing at the wedding had nearly dropped him to his knees, figuratively, anyhow. Listening to her repertoire of greatest hits might just kill him.

"I can't stick around too long," he said, his voice coming out gruff. "I've got things to do out at the ranch—" He fell silent then, because of the way Shane's face fell. Although the kid probably had no clue that Walker was his biological father—Casey had made sure of that—there had always been a bond between him and Shane just the same. Walker was the avuncular family friend, the guy who usually turned up for Thanksgiving dinners, birthdays and sometimes Christmas. Casey refused to accept child support, but Walker had been putting away money for his son and daughter for years just the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013


    This character casey adler needs to get her mind off herself all the time!!!!

    This is the only book of miller's that I have hated. Too tiresome. Might have been better at 75 pages at the most! There is also many words and phrases used over and over.

    I loved the first three books of this series, though.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Could Have Been Better

    This was a good story with two excellent main characters... I have read virtually all of Ms. Millers books and I loved most of them... That said, the last few have been more about taking care of dogs and cats to the point that it detracts from the story she is telling... I know she is an advocate for animals and I respect that but she has definately gone overboard with her inclusion of too many animals in her recent books... Sorry, but I think I will forgo future books in favor of authors who don't spend their entire book telling me how to care for dogs and cats...

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Big fan but---------

    May 28, 2013 sorry linda pretty bad for awonderful writer like you. Be glad when you get it going again.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Very boring

    And unbelievable story line wrapped up in ribbons at the end instead of actually working it out. Bleh.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

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    In Big Sky Summer we read Casey and Walker's story. Casey is a

    In Big Sky Summer we read Casey and Walker's story.

    Casey is a famous singer, and to the world, Walker is a good friend of Casey's.  So good that her children refer to him as their Uncle.  When Casey decides to get out of the spotlight and live a more 'normal' life with her children, she moves to Parable, Montana, where Walker lives.  Unknown to everyone except for Walker, Casey's children are not 'test tube babies'.  For some reason, Casey decided they would be better off with just her than knowing who their father was.  They are Walker's daughter and son though, children he's tired of letting Casey call the shots with, children he wants to acknowledge to the world as his.

    For so long, the true relationship between Casey and Walker has been a tightly kept secret...but Walker is getting tired of secrets!  He wants to be able to be a true father at last.  Casey knows the time has come to be honest with the children, but she is scared.  She has lied to them for so long about this, she's terrified of losing them when they find out her and Walker's secret.  Things are even more complicated for Casey because when she's with Walker she feels things for him she doesn't want to feel.

    Walker and Casey bring out the worst and the best of each other.  Casey seems to have to argue with everything Walker says.  When he is determined to finally be honest with the children about who he is, she has to agree that the time has come.  When the truth finally is told, they will have to work together on building relationships and trust again.  They will also have to deal with the media spotlight once the news becomes public, putting the children front and center in the press, something Casey did not want to happen.  But she doesn't give Walker enough credit in handling things, and when she suggests an unusual solution, he jumps at the chance to be with her openly at last.  Do Casey and Walker have a chance at a happily ever after together?  Or will the years of untruths hurt any chance they might have?  Will the children forgive them and be happy in the family they can be together?

    I had a really hard time liking Casey!  For years she has denied her children of knowing their father, for what comes across as very selfish reasons.  She really seems to have no idea how this has affected her children until when the truth comes out, Clare, their daughter is so angry that she's been denied a family and living in one place so that Casey can have her singing career.  Casey has worked hard to get where she is with no family support, so I was a bit surprised she didn't seem to see the need for the kids to know their father as their father. She pushes Walker's buttons every chance she has, she can't seem to help herself!

    Finally Walker is pushing back though.  Finally I say, because he is not blameless in this by any means!  He allowed Casey to dictate how things would be, he didn't push back until now, no matter how much he wanted his children to know they were his.  Now he is coming around and realizing the kids will be grown and on their own soon, and he wants this chance to be with them.  I'm not sure I could put up with Casey pushing my buttons as much as he did, but he just seemed to assume that because she was their mother she could do what she wanted.

    I loved catching up on the characters from other books in this series!  Opal is still my favorite, coming to the rescue again and working her magic!  It's hard to say how realistic this story line actually is...maybe stuff like that does happen, who knows!

    Big Sky Summer was book #4 in this series, and I loved getting back to this.  It can be read as a stand alone, but I recommend the whole series!   I love Linda's writing, she pulls you in and makes you love (and hate!) the characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Julia ;)

    Uggg this book is soooooo bad!!! Dont waste your time!!! And does anyone wanna chat???

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2013

    A good read for Linda Lael Miller fans. This was a good story wi

    A good read for Linda Lael Miller fans. This was a good story with two interesting characters. A fast paced, full bodied story that leaves you entertained. I was not overly fond of Casey, I felt that she was selfish, and career centered. I know that she does some charitable good things but she fell flat. As a single parent who was always trying to get the father involved, she stole important life events away from a father who wanted to be involved. I really felt that Walker should have stood up for himself sooner. While I was not overly thrilled with this story I do look forward to the next book in the series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2013

    Sorry Linda, I always buy your books without reading the jacket,

    Sorry Linda, I always buy your books without reading the jacket, but this book was hard to finish. Unlikeable, selfish character...I really could not get into the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013


    Danny are you on?

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    This book is so boring don't waste your money ! Wish Ms.Miller w

    This book is so boring don't waste your money ! Wish Ms.Miller would get back to writing good stories get off the dogs and cats !! 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

    4 STARS Big Sky Summer (Swoon-Worthy Cowboys #4) I have enjo

    4 STARS

    Big Sky Summer (Swoon-Worthy Cowboys #4)

    I have enjoyed this series. I have read all four so far. It starts with a wedding of Sheriff Boone Taylor and Tara Kendall. We see a lot of the same characters from previous books. I like catching up with old friends seeing what the characters have been doing since the last book.

    Walker Parrish was attending the wedding as guest and friend of Boone. His sister does not come to weddings since she was left by the alter when Hutch
    called off the wedding to her in this church two years ago. Now he is one of the best man for Boone the other best man is Slade.

    Casey Elder is singing at the wedding. She is a famous singer that had moved to town a few years ago. She wants her two teenagers going to school for the first time. Casey has done a good job at keeping the secret of who the father of her two children is. Hardly anyone knows. In fact she hid the news to the father by lying to him that it was some other guy till it happened a second time.

    Walker when he found out both children were his he wanted to get married and bring them back home to his ranch. Casey wanted to keep singing. She agreed to let Walker be close to her kids as a family friend. He has always wanted more. He loves his kids.

    Casey's daughter Clare 14 has given up on wishes. She tells her mom she has wished since she was little for a dad. Casey realizes that she made a mistake and needs to tell her children that Walker is their father. She is afraid that her kids will hate her for telling them lies for years about their father.

    Casey and Walker met at the rodeos around the country when she was just starting out singing and Walker was being in the rodeos. They were great in bed but out they wanted different things. In fact when Casey came over to Walker's ranch to tell him that he was right they fell into the same patterns sleeping together and then fighting.

    They have a lot of issues they need to work out as a family. It is not easy for the kids to realize that their mom lied to them. Walker did to. Walker did not even tell his sister about them. She thought she was a honoree Aunt to them not a real aunt.

    Does have some love scenes in it, has horses and rodeos, ranching and small town helping those in need. In other words it is a romance book written by Linda Lael Miller.

    I was given this ebook to read and asked to give it honest review by Netgalley.
    05/28/2013 PUB Harlequin Imprint Harlequin HQN 384 pages ISBN: 0373777655

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2014

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    This part of the Parable, Montana series didn't feel quite as fl

    This part of the Parable, Montana series didn't feel quite as flowing as the previous ones. I still very much enjoyed Casey and Walker's story, but parts were a bit too much or just not quite enough. Casey is a famous singer and she has settled down in Parable to enjoy life and take it easy after many, many years on tour. The thing is, she has just happened to settle down in the same small town that the father of her two teenage children lives in (and she knows it). To make it more complicated, Walker knows he's the father, has tried to be the loving "uncle" to them as they grew up, but the kids have no idea that he is their father. This is were the story started to get a little questionable. Walker really isn't the type to let someone convince him his kids were better off not knowing he was their father. 

    On the other hand, the reaction of both kids was perfect. It was an incredibly well written scene and the ones that followed as they came to grips with the fact they had been lied to, were just as good. Both kids were great and I loved them. 

    Have you noticed anything I've said concerning a romance yet? No? Well, this was the big downfall. The romance didn't quite seem to be the primary focus in this one. It was more about the kids - and I loved their story, but I wish I had seen more of Casey and Walker falling in love with each other all over again. 

    *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

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    Reviewed by Aubrey
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    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    I really liked this novel. At first I was a little confused with how Casey could have kept her children away from their father Wyatt. As I continued reading I understood more why she did what she did but I never fully liked her as the heroine. I did, however, really like Wyatt. He was a man of integrity and knew what he wanted. He went after what he wanted and didn’t stop till he got Casey.

    I found Casey to be very selfish and kind of immature. Everyone kept saying that she was full of spunk and very independent but I found her to be spineless. A good mother does not withhold the father’s identity from their kids unless the father is a mass murderer or a rapist. Wyatt is not a criminal. She had no reason to keep his identity from the kids.

    Even though Casey was not a well loved character I could see why Wyatt loved her. He never stopped loving her. He did everything in his power to make Casey believe in him and believe in their family. I really liked how Wyatt did not listen to what others thought. He had a goal and he went after it. Wyatt made Casey more likable to me. He made her more human and down to earth.

    I now want to go back and read the first three books in the series. I’ve always love Linda Lael Miller’s novels. They are always well written and thoughtful. I’m really looking forward to reading Wyatt’s sister’s story. I really liked her character in this book.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Wondferul stories

    Ms. Miller has long been a favorite of mine and the Big Sky series has not been any different. My only complaint is that there won't be any more of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Its amazing book

    The book is sad and it amazing

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    I loved this book as much as I have loved all of the other books

    I loved this book as much as I have loved all of the other books in this series. I love series books since the characters that have become like friends come back for a visit. I never want a book to end and this one was no different. I do with that when a series ends the author would do a big epilogue and let us know how everyone is doing. That's just a wish on my part. Linda Lael Miller never fails to leave you feeling happy and deeply satisfied with a wonderful read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013


    Tell me if u are part of the skyarmy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013


    An absolutely wonderful addition to the Parable Montana series. We have met both our Hero and Heroine in other Parable installments. Casey, the famous Country singer and Walker, the ranch owner finally find their way to each other. A great book.

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

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    Good contemporary western!

    My review:

    When I got offered reviewing Big Sky Summer by Linda Lael Miller I did not know what to expect, because I was not familiar with her books at that time. I was glad that I took the opportunity, because I fell in love with the settings and the people of Parable, Montana. Big Summer Sky was well written romance with some real issues real people have to deal with.


    Meet Walker, who is a ranch owner and rodeo rider, meet his love at the friend's wedding. Casey was his sweetheart until the day she broke his heart and left Parable, Montana. Now she is back in town with her two kids. Walker has been close to her kids and family, but he has no idea, that Casey is hiding something very important from him.

    Casey is a celebrity singer who has been trying to hide the father of her kids from the public eye and from her kids. Until the day Walker finds out that he is the dad of these two wonderful kids. When Casey needs to face the truth and telling her kids that Walker is their father, her kids feel betrayed. They have always loved Walker, even when they did not know the fact who he really is.


    I did like Casey even though I did not understand all her decisions. In the beginning of the book I did not understand why Casey was so afraid of keeping the truth from her kids, especially when she knew how much Walker loved her and the children. Then I realized, that giving up the love of your life for the music, must have been very difficult. She was afraid of Walker not letting her pursue her dreams and I can relate to that. I admire the strength what Casey had for admitting to the truth.

    Walker was down to earth and easy to understand and love. I can't imagine what it means, that your kids are kept away from you like that I think he handled the truth very bravely. I loved how he supported Casey and had the guts to stand up for what he thought was right.

    Besides the main characters, I think the author put a lot of love into the supportive ones. It was like meeting the long lost family. You were placed into Parable and you couldn't help yourself starting caring for people of this small place.


    Big Sky Summer takes you to a happy place. The surroundings seem beautiful and cozy, the plot is interesting and the characters lovable. I enjoyed it a lot and would recommend it to everybody who has a soft sport for a country romance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    To sky

    OMG i love u r writing!!!! This stuff is awsome - Taylor

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