Series: Parable Montana #2
Published by HQN
Pub Date: July 31st 2012
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Romance, Western
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With his rugged good looks, vast wealth and family name, hell-raiser Hutch Carmody is still the golden boy of Parable, Montana. But he's done some growing up—making peace with his illegitimate half brother and inheriting half of Whisper Creek Ranch, which should have been all his. These days, Hutch knows there are some things money can't buy: like the heart of loving, ladylike divorcée Kendra Shepherd.
Kendra's quiet mansion reminds her of what she wants most—a devoted husband and the pitter-patter of little feet. She can't get Hutch Carmody out of her mind. But a rough-and-tumble cowboy like Hutch, coming home for family dinner? Seems crazy! Then again, crazier dreams have become reality under the vast Montana sky.
What I liked most about this story was how it seemed to have a natural pace. It wasn’t rushed, which made it for a more believable love story. Though I did wish, as I did in Big Sky Country, that Hutch and Kendra had gotten together sooner, I guess it wouldn’t have had the same effect had it happened.
Another aspect I enjoyed was all the kids in this books, from newborns, to preschoolers, to teens, they all brought out sides in these characters that revealed so much about them. I love the sense of family between all them.
Big Sky Mountain was a bit of an emotional book, more so than the first one. And it started out with one of the most entertaining wedding scenes I’ve yet to read. I could see it all so clearly in my head, which made it so enjoyable.
Hutch and Kendra have great chemistry together, but I think that has to do more with the fact that Hutch Carmody exudes charm. I didn’t much like him in the first book, as he’s painting in a bit of a negative light, but I completely fell in love with him from the first page.
Hutch and Kendra’s friends, Boone and Tara, are the ones to watch next. They have that whole “I really don’t like you, but I’m somehow really intrigued by you” thing going on. We see a little more into Boone’s life in this book and it’s all a bit sad, so I’m hoping he gets a happy ending soon. Tara is still a complete mystery and I’m dying to know her story. I’m really enjoying this series a lot overall, and am looking forward to reading Big Sky River the moment it is out.
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When brainstorming your next storyline, do you know whether it will be a trilogy or a stand-alone book? Can you discuss the differences between writing a trilogy or a stand-alone?
I usually think in terms of a series—there are actually six books in the Parable/Big Sky group. I’ve tried many times to write a stand-alone book—I meant “The Man from Stone Creek” to be one—but I seem to be wired for trilogies. J Some engaging secondary character always appears, with a story to be told, and the next thing I know, I’m off and running. Some of my early books—“Fletcher’s Woman” and “Willow” come to mind—were intended as single stories and stayed that way, but the series thing goes back a long way. My first series was the Corbin books—there were brothers, and an interesting sister, too. So the first book turned into four. It’s organic with me—I guess I just think in terms of big, sweeping stories with casts of thousands!