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Holiday in Stone Creek | [Linda Lael Miller]

Holiday in Stone Creek

Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O’Ballivan communicates easily with animals, but men are another story. Especially rugged architect-turned-rancher Tanner Quinn. Olivia’s uncanny bond with his daughter Sophie’s pony, Butterpie, has him questioning her sanity, while she wonders if he’s not just a drugstore cowboy.
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Publisher's Summary

A Stone Creek Christmas

A horse in need is a matchmaker indeed! Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O’Ballivan communicates easily with animals, but men are another story. Especially rugged architect-turned-rancher Tanner Quinn. Olivia’s uncanny bond with his daughter Sophie’s pony, Butterpie, has him questioning her sanity, while she wonders if he’s not just a drugstore cowboy.

Then 12-year-old Sophie conspires with Olivia to get Tanner into the spirit of Christmas with all the trimmings, including a treelighting ceremony and a man named Kris Kringle in a sleigh driven by seven reindeer… and a donkey. But will a holiday miracle transform the globe-trotting Tanner into a rancher - and family man - for all seasons?

At Home in Stone Creek

The only single woman in Stone Creek.... Everyone in Ashley O’Ballivan’s life is marrying and starting families - except her. But what date can compare to Jack McCall, the man who broke her heart years ago? And now he’s mysteriously back. But he isn’t who she thinks he is.

After a dangerous mission working for the DEA, security expert Jack McCall rents a room in Ashley’s bed-and-breakfast. For her sake, he must keep his distance. But his feelings for her are so powerful that only his heart remains off-limits. To protect her - from his enemies and himself - he has to leave, vowing to fight his way home to her and Stone Creek forever.

©2011 Linda Lael Miller (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    What would have made Holiday in Stone Creek better?

    different narrator


    If you’ve listened to books by Linda Lael Miller before, how does this one compare?

    I love Millers books but with this narrator it's hard to listen and get into the storry


    How could the performance have been better?

    Gayle is aweful. No emotion, to many pauses, no voice infilctions.


    Any additional comments?

    I regret wasting a credit on this book, I may have to purchase the actual book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia Longwood, FL, United States 08-20-12
    Claudia Longwood, FL, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Too much fantasy"

    Way to much fantasy ruins what might have been a good story. Take the Santa Clause out of it and it would be worth reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 07-27-12
    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2010

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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    "Not too bad!"

    First story was pretty good. Really enjoyed the story of the vet and the rolling stone architect. Sophie and Ginger were two of my favorites. Olivia and Tanner didn't fight the attraction but decided to flow with it, which made for a nice change.

    The second story was not my favorite. I found Ashley to be a sap. How many times can a person be left. Jake was a love em leave em guy and he did this to Ashley 3 TIMES!!!! Yet she still went after him. ::SIGH:: but she did get her man. I just hate to see women running after a man.

    The narrator was not so good. I got used to her, but every time a new character was introduced I gritted my teeth. This narrator needs lots of practice. I wonder if they ever listen to themselves after they have recorded a few pages?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GP Greenwood, CA, United States 08-02-12
    GP Greenwood, CA, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Disappointing"

    I was hoping for some light, fun listening, but this book disappointed me from the start. In part 1, our heroine the veterinarian, rescues a lost reindeer. Implausible yes, but when the vet says it's a male because only male deer have antlers. In the case of reindeer they ALL have antlers. Not to mention it was apparently a "miniature" reindeer so it fit into the back of her Suburban.
    There are a lot of inconsistencies that could easily have been corrected with a minute of research. The vet may talk to animals, but I'd have to see her license to believe she's even remotely competent.
    It only went downhill from there.
    Where does a building contractor get enough money to send his daughter to a very expensive private school and provide 24 hour security for her? There was a bit of a backstory that attempted to shed some light on the story but this was also unbelievable.
    Part 2 was no better. Improbable scenarios and the characters are just not plausible. Don't waste a credit or your money on this one.
    The narrator was ok, although a great narrator can help me enjoy even the most flawed read. In this case she wasn't up to the task. I don't know many that would be though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl irving, TX, United States 06-03-13
    Cheryl irving, TX, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. Good books take you into another place for a little while so you can forget about all your problems.


    If you’ve listened to books by Linda Lael Miller before, how does this one compare?

    This one is a little different. A little Dr. Doolittle "y" The story is still fun loving..


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was fine.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Sure, but then I'm a movie nut, too.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless, you're looking for a typical contemporary Linda book, you'll like it. It has all her charm and a little extra something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 12-07-12
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2012

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "Cute!"

    Holiday in Stone Creek is a cute, stress-free and enjoyable novel. Having said that, it wasn't one of my favorites by Linda Lael Miller. I have read the seven books in the "Montana Creed" series, prior to this, and really became a fan of Linda during that experience. I have already purchased some of her other books and have high hopes to enjoy them as well.
    Gayle Hendrix was just O.K. as the narrator of this audio. Her voices were not irritating, but I have definitely heard better.
    If you are in the mood for a simple holiday romance, then by all means, this is credit worthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 08-21-12
    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2010

    Believer in what you can't see

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    "Makes me want to be apart of the O'Ballivan clan"
    What did you love best about Holiday in Stone Creek?

    I loved the relationship between Olivia and Tanner & Ashley and Jack. I love it when the men come to their senses and realize how much they love their women.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rodney the reindeer in Olivia's story. I like the story of Santa's reindeer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Ashley goes to Jack after he has the bone marrow transplant and even though Jack didn't want her to come to see him, he is very happy she did. And is even more happy that Ashley is pregnant.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jack admits to Ashley that he loves her.


    Any additional comments?

    Another series that makes me feel good and wish it was a reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joy AUBURN, AL, United States 07-25-12
    Joy AUBURN, AL, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting characters, good story"
    Would you listen to Holiday in Stone Creek again? Why?

    Yes, I would. I read the book and found listening to the story to be a fun way to rediscover the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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