I recently had a reader friend ask if there was a Miller’s Creek family tree available.
As I’ve added more books to the Miller’s Creek novels I can certainly understand how it’s difficult to keep all the relationships straight. The same thing is true of real people in small towns. You never know who is kin to who! 🙂
Anyway, I thought I’d use today’s post to explain those Miller Creek relationships to make things a bit more clear for readers.
But a fair word of warning: there might be spoilers involved. So if you haven’t read all the books yet, you may want to skip this post. 🙂 I will try to mark any spoilers in red below. That way you can get at least a little bit of understanding.
Miller’s Creek Family Tree
First off, let me give you all the option of downloading this PDF of the Miller’s Creek Family Tree. (To make the PDF I printed off free online templates and hurriedly filled them out. So pardon my hen-scratch writing!)
Just so you know: If the PDF is sideways use the circular arrows in the upper right corner of the PDF to rotate the document.
Now on to the post version of the Miller’s Creek family tree.
The two main characters of TEXAS ROADS are Steve Miller and Dani Davis.
Steve is the son of Bo and Evelyn Miller, but he has always viewed Mama Beth (the town matriarch) as a mother figure.
SPOILER ALERT! Dani is adopted but doesn’t know it. She just knows that something isn’t right and feels very much like a fish out of water in her current family. During the course of the story, readers learn that Mama Beth is her biological mother. The story is continued in Book 4, PILGRIMAGE OF PROMISE, Mama Beth’s and Bo Miller’s story.
A PATH LESS TRAVELED
The two main characters in A PATH LESS TRAVELED are Andy Tyler and Trish James, along with Trish’s little boy, Bo. (Bo is named after his grandfather, Bo Miller.)
Andy is new to town and starting up a law practice.
He was a minor character in TEXAS ROADS, the friend and attorney to Dani Davis.
Trish Miller James is the sister to Steve Miller and the daughter of Bo and Evelyn Miller. She is recently widowed when the story begins.
Trish was also a minor character in TEXAS ROADS.
THE WAY OF GRACE
The two main characters of THE WAY OF GRACE are Matt Tyler and Gracie Soldano.
Matt is the brother of Andy Tyler and back in town to see if he can rekindle a romance with Gracie Soldano.
He made a cameo appearance in book 2, A PATH LESS TRAVELED.
Gracie Soldano grew up in Miller’s Creek and has recently earned her juris doctorate degree and is working for Matt’s brother, Andy, at his law firm.
She made a brief appearance in TEXAS ROADS (book 1), where she sang a song at church and waited tables at her family’s Mexican food restaurant, Soldano’s.
PILGRIMAGE OF PROMISE
The two main characters of PILGRIMAGE OF PROMISE are Bo Miller and Mona Beth (Mama Beth) Adams.
SPOILER ALERT! Bo and Mona Beth were high school sweethearts, but a series of events keep them from marrying. Instead Bo marries Evelyn, who becomes the mother of Steve and Trish. Mona Beth never marries until this story.
Bo Miller plays a minor role in each of the three preceding books. He is the owner of Miller’s Ranch and a prominent citizen of Miller’s Creek.
Mama Beth (known as Mona Beth in this story) plays a fairly central part in all the Miller’s Creek novels. She is the town’s matriarch and local wise woman.
A BRIDGE UNBROKEN
The two main characters in A BRIDGE UNBROKEN are Chance Johnson and Dakota Kelly (AKA Amy).
Chance is the grandson of J. C. Watson, the owner of Watson’s drugstore in Miller’s Creek and one of the “old geezers,” a group of colorful minor characters who show up in all the books.
Chance is a nurse at the local hospital and takes care of his ailing grandfather.
Dakota is the grand-daughter of Levi Kelly, a character not mentioned until this story.
She and Chance were high school sweethearts. Now she is back in Miller’s Creek, on the run and hiding out from an abusive boyfriend.
Both characters make minor appearances in PILGRIMAGE OF PROMISE (Book 4).
The two main characters in CROSSROADS are Carter Callahan and Mara Hedwig.
Carter’s family lives on a lake near Miller’s Creek. He is a single father of a teenage daughter, Chloe.
Mara, recently divorced, moves to Miller’s Creek to start a new life with her young daughter, Ashton.
Both Carter and Mara make minor appearances in book 5, A BRIDGE UNBROKEN.
STILL I WILL FOLLOW
The two main characters of STILL I WILL FOLLOW are Clay Barnes and Bella Masterson.
As the lifelong best friend of Steve Miller and ranch manager at Miller’s Ranch, Clay Barnes has made appearances in several of the Miller’s Creek books. Both his father and grand-fathers were previous ranch managers for Miller’s Ranch.
Bella grew up in Miller’s Creek, but left after high school, planning never to return. But now she’s back to care for her terminally-ill father Buck Masterson, a farmer/rancher in Miller’s Creek.
Bella makes a cameo appearance in CROSSROADS (Book 6).
COMING IN 2018
THE UNLIKELY CHOSEN
(a Miller’s Creek novel – Book 8)