BIG SKY SUMMER
Full of equal parts heart and heartache, Miller’s newest western is sure to tug at the heartstrings from the first charming scene to the last. Her beautifully detailed town is full of shared memories and dangerous secrets, and provides an ideal setting for her main characters’ messy, touching history. Their mistakes are painfully and refreshingly realistic, but the lasting strength of their love and desire is palpable through all their hardships, making for a memorable read.
Ranching keeps Walker Parrish too busy to afford much time for matters of the heart, but his sister’s broken heart forces Walker to think of his own torrid, tormented history with Parable, Montana’s own country-western celebrity, Casey Elder. Though he is the father of her two children, Casey’s determination to keep herself and her children free and independent means that Walker has never been able to acknowledge them — or his feelings for Casey — publicly. That is, until Casey proposes a marriage of convenience in order to keep her family together. Though they are soon closer than ever, Casey’s biggest secret is that she wants Walker in every way possible, and that secret, above all others, might just be their undoing. (HQN, Jun., 320 pp., $7.99)