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The McKettrick Way by Linda Lael Miller
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The McKettrick Way (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Linda Lael Miller

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Title:The McKettrick Way
Authors:Linda Lael Miller
Info:Harlequin Books (2007), Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
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Audiobook- I picked this up having never read this author before and hardly anything from this gene. I was looking for something positive, a feel good read. I hit a winner here. I felt like I slipped into a John Wayne western where everything was good honest and wholesome. Even the 'bad' guys had a respectable quality. The characters in the book are people you want to know, people you can repeat and relate too. I enjoyed it, I smiled, I remembered my grandparents farm and felt good when it was done. I plan on reading much more from this author. Who doesn't like to feel warm and happy after finishing a book ? ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
Brad O'Ballivan and Meg McKettrick had a thing going back in the day, but he left to make it big as a country star and she never got over him. Now he's back and ready to start things up again, but can she forgive him?
Miller merges her Stone Creek and McKettrick series with this book, prompting me to read both series pretty much simultaneously up to this point. Also, I find that I'm going to have to get caught up on the Creeds because they come into play here as well. Oh, goody! ( )
  EmScape | May 26, 2014 |
Good book. This was a fairly calm, sweet reunion romance. Brad had come back to Stone Creek tired of his life on the road as a country music star. Now he plans to get back to his ranching roots and spend time with his sisters. He also hopes to see Meg McKettrick again and make amends for the way he left so many years ago. I liked Brad a lot. He is a nice guy, not one of those stuck up type of stars. I liked his initial meeting with Meg and the sense of humor that he showed at all of her comments. He knew he had messed up when he left, but he had never forgotten her and now realized that the feelings were still there too. There were some things in their past that he hadn't known about that he had to come to terms with and his time with Meg's family helped with that. I enjoyed seeing his resistance to the efforts of his manager to get him reinvolved in the business and how his sister nagged him too. I also liked the way that he and Meg didn't rush things at the end.

Meg was back on the ranch and sort of enjoying the time after being so busy with the family business. She is surprised to hear that Brad is back, supposedly to stay. There is still a connection between them that she can't deny. I really enjoyed their conversations and the way she constantly gives him a hard time. One thing that she has realized lately is that she really wants is a baby and Brad would be exactly the father she wants, but she is also afraid to trust him with her heart again. She found that she couldn't stay away from him and also that her love for him had never gone away. Just when things were starting to look out he finds out about her secret and she has to deal with his feelings over that. I thought she dealt pretty well with the appearance of her father and an unknown 12 year old sister. She was wonderful with Carly and handled her attitude in a realistic way. I really enjoyed her interactions with Angus's ghost, she gave him a real taste of what modern women are like. I would have liked to see a bit more of Brad and Meg together and how they were overcoming their issues, but overall a good story. ( )
  scoutmomskf | Apr 27, 2013 |
Review contains spoilers!

Brad O'Ballivan, having gained success as a country music singer, is tired of the fast life and has retired from the business. He returns to Stone Creek Arizona after years of being away, in hopes of picking up his old life as a rancher and rekindling the love between him and his years ago sweetheart, Meg McKettrick. Meg is shocked to hear the news that her old flame is back in town for good. She loved Brad more than anything and he broke her heart by leaving town to become a famous singer. The last thing that Meg expects is for Brad to not only be able to sweep back into town and pick up where he left off, but for him to be able to sweep back into her heart.

I had quite a few problems with this story. I think the biggest of them was that Meg was baby obsessed. She wanted a baby more than anything, which would have been fine had she not propositioned Brad, upon his arrival, with a request to impregnate her and then let her be a single mother. I have serious problems with stories that involve women wanting babies with men and then requesting that they not be present in the child's life.

Next up is Brad and his reasons for leaving Meg to begin with. He wanted to save his family's ranch and needed the money from singing to do that, but instead of going on to become a singer and staying with Meg, he leaves her behind and marries his manager's daughter, who was pregnant with another man's child, so that her dad wouldn't be mad at her. How noble of him, only not.

Then there is Meg's absentee father. Meg never knew her father, he left before she was born and all she's been able to learn about him over the years is that he wasn't welcome in her family. Of course, he shows back up, and he's dying, and he has a mouthy twelve year old daughter that he wants Meg to raise.

To be fair, I should mention that the though the problems were many, they were resolved in a believable way. But not even a well handled problem was enough to win me over. The McKettrick Way was more of a family melodrama than a romance. There was a lot of reference to past McKettrick characters, and their relationships, and how they were related to Meg, and how many children they had, and their children's names - so on and so forth. I know that some authors like to use their past characters and events to tie their stories together, but for a book so short, the inclusion of everyone was unneeded.

So what did I like? The relationship between Meg and her centuries old great grandfather, Angus. Angus shows up to Meg as a ghost and he's full of insight and quips. The banter between the two was fun, and up until the point where Meg's long lost sister was able to see him as well, I was enjoying that part of the story. I found Brad's sister, Olivia intriguing. Her love of animals struck a chord with me. I was glad to see that she was featured in a recent story and I'll probably check that out.

Though I'm glad that I made a slight dent in my TBR pile, The McKettrick Way was not as good as I would have liked. I do think the story could have done without a few of the many issues that were placed in Meg and Brad's way and focused more on their relationship, so that their reconnection was more viable. The way it was, Meg and Brad spent more time apart than working through the problems of their past and coming to a resolution that fit their experiences with each other. Had the story stuck to the romance between the two and not strayed so much into the big reveals, I'm sure I would have liked it better. ( )
  cupid | Feb 3, 2009 |
Decent story, not too bad. Current history, it involves two neighboring ranches and members of extended families. Meg wants to get married, have a baby, the man she wants to have it with left town to become a huge country singer. He comes back, still has a thing for her...it goes from there. Happy endings for all. ( )
  cylence | Jan 2, 2008 |
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In memory of my dad, Grady "Skip" Lael.
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Brad O'Ballivan opened the driver's-side door of the waiting pickup truck, tossed his guitar case inside and turned to wave a farewell to the pilot and crew of the private jet he hoped never to ride in again.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0373248679, Mass Market Paperback)

She wanted his baby… and he wanted her!

Meg McKettrick longs for a baby—husband optional. Perfect father material is gorgeous Brad O'Ballivan, old flame and new owner of his family's ranch in Stone Creek. But Meg—as strong, proud and stubborn as her ancestors on Indian Rock's Triple M ranch—wants to do things her way…the McKettrick way. And Brad feels just as strongly about the O'Ballivan way…

Love, marriage, babies and a lifetime to share—that's what Brad wants. Not a single night of pasion, an unexpected pregnancy and a woman who won't budge. For a rugged rodeo cowboy who never gives up, it's a battle of wills he intends to win…and nothing matters more than claiming Meg's wild McKettrick heart.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:58:04 -0400)

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Meg McKettrick longs for a baby -- husband optional. Perfect father material is gorgeous Brad O'Ballivan, old flame and new owner of his family's ranch in Stone Creek.

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