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Review: The Marriage Pact by Linda Lael Miller

The Marriage Pact (The Brides of Bliss County, #1)

The Marriage Pact (The Brides of Bliss County #1) by Linda Lael Miller

Published: May 27th 2014

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The women of Bliss County are ready to meet the men of their dreams! See how it all begins in this enthralling new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Ten years ago, Hadleigh Stevens was eighteen and this close to saying “I do,” when Tripp Galloway interrupted her walk down the aisle. Now that she’s recovered from her youthful mistake and Tripp’s interference, Hadleigh and her single friends form a marriage pact. She doesn’t expect Tripp to meddle with her new plan to find Mr. Right—or to discover that she’s more attracted to him than ever!

Divorced and eager to reconnect with his cowboy roots, Tripp returns to Bliss County to save his ailing father’s ranch. He’s not looking for another wife—certainly not his best friend’s little sister. But he’s never been able to forget Hadleigh. And this time, if she ends up in his arms, he won’t be walking away!


I have been such a fan of Linda Lael Miller since I can remember. There is something about her books; the plots, location and characters have always been able to grab me and hold my interest. Just about every book I have read by her has been one I have enjoyed. So I was bothered with how much The Marriage Pact didn’t do the same for me.

I think there are several reasons for this. For over the first half of the book there was just way too much information and not enough romance. I mean if you really get down to it the romance didn’t start until just over the halfway point of the book. That is why I read these books – for the romance! Then because the romance got such a late start it ended up feeling rushed and not real enough for me.

Over all this was just an ok book that could have been a lot shorter if most of the inner dialog had been cut out. The Marriage Pact is the first book in the The Brides of Bliss County series. I am on the fence about reading the next book and I will decide once I read the synopsis to see if it sounds interesting to me or not.

(This book was received as an ARC from the author/publisher in exchanged for an honest review.)

About the Author:

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than one hundred historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. Raised in Northport, Washington, the self-confessed barn goddess now lives in Spokane, Washington. Linda hit a career high in 2011 when all three of her Creed Cowboys books—A Creed in Stone Creek, Creed’s Honor and The Creed Legacy—debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Linda has come a long way since leaving Washington to experience the world. “But growing up in that time and place has served me well,” she allows. “And I’m happy to be back home.” Dedicated to helping others, Linda personally finances her “Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women,” which she awards to those seeking to improve their lot in life through education.

More information about Linda and her novels is available at

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