Mazy Pelfrey is a young 19-year-old woman, attending secretarial school in Lexington, Kentucky in the year 1913. Back home in the mountains of Kentucky where she was raised, she was kind of expected to marry Chanis Clay and have a family. She likes Chanis, but she doesnt like the pressure she thinks he puts on her. Mazy isnt so sure that is what she wants, so she heads off to learn how to be a secretary. She has a group that she socializes with, but for the most part they dont treat her very nicely. She craves the approval of one of the group especially, a snobby uppity girl. Otherwise, Mazy seems to make friends of everyone else she meets with her kind and compassionate nature. While in Lexington, she meets Loyal Chambers, who turns her head by his nice manners and good looks. What should she do about Chanis?
Chanis Clay is the local sheriff, the youngest one in the towns history. He has been busy fixing up the house he bought about a year ago. He sets his house up as he thinks Mazy would like it, assuming she will agree to be his wife when she is done with her secretarial training. He sees Mazy as his girlfriend, but she has only promised friendship. He comes to visit her in Lexington and all the girls she hangs out with think he is handsome and in love with Mazy. Mazy and Chanis both come to the point where they each have to make a choice for the future path of their lives.
This is a very easy to read story. There isnt a lot of action or suspense or much climax to the story. The two main characters learn to wait on Gods timing for their lives through their individual experiences of trying to push forward their own agenda. Some of the characters dont stand out and are a bit flat/dull. The two main characters do demonstrate their Christian values in their kind and compassionate actions towards others. This isnt a terrible book, but it isnt a great one either. Therefore, I rated it as average with three stars.
Jan Watson brings us a historical romance set in Kentucky during the early 1900's. She easily brings us both well developed characters and a great storyline. Her wonderful use of imagery brings the life and times to the reader. It will pull you and keep you reading. I felt so sorry for Mazy Pelfrey because I could see that she wanted her life to be so much more. She was just a sheltered young woman and had to learn her lessons the hard way, by trial and error. This was a wonderful read and I would recommend it to anyone. I received this book from Tyndale via the Book Club for an honest review as stated above.
Mazy Pelfrey, Dr. Lilly Still's younger sister, has left her beloved Kentucky mountains to go to Lexington to secretarial school. Branching out, she expects to find a new venture far beyond her hills. Staying at Mrs. Pearl's boardinghouse, she rooms with other young ladies attending the school; Polly, Ernestine, Eva, and Clara. Excited to be included, Mazy likes having lunch and study group with these new friends.
Back home, Mazy's long time friend, Sheriff Chanis Clay, is fixing up a house with the intent of having Mazy be pleased when she returns in hopes she will marry him. Mazy, in the city meets new people and isn't thinking about those back home, including her friend Chanis. Chanis visits the city and doesn't seem to fit in her new surroundings.
My favorite character is Cinnamon Spicer, a little girl who takes jobs here and there to take care of her ill father. She is industrious and a worthwhile friend. In the beginning Mazy is embarrassed by her, while trying to fit in with her new friends. She finds that outward appearances aren't always what they seem.
I enjoy Jan Watson's stories of hope and caring as her characters find honesty and being themselves win out. Buttermilk Sky allows Mazy to find out who she is and what she values most. I look forward to future adventures from this favorite author.
I loved reading all of Jan Watson's stories, and now a new one!! Buttermilk Sky. In chronological order: Troublesome Creek, Willow Springs, Torrent Falls, Sweetwater Run, Still House Pond, Skip Rock Shallows, Tattler's Branch. Visit Jan's website for more information.
***Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of Buttermilk Sky by Jan Watson for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
This is the first book by Jan Watson that Ive read and Ive obviously been missing out.
The story centers around 19 year old, Mazy Pelfrey, and a young Sheriff in his early 20s, Chanis Clay. Mazy has made the decision to explore life by heading to the city to attend secretarial school in Lexington, KY. It is fun watching her develop friendships with other young ladies she boards with, who also attend the school. I enjoyed getting to know Mazys character. She is kind, loyal, and honest, and of course, naive. She is young, her character is very realistic. Chanis Clay is just a class act and is the youngest Sheriff ever elected in Skip Rock, KY. He is a hard worker, a good friend, and a son a mother can be proud of. Ill never grow tired of reading of such fine young men. It just does the heart good.
This is a touching story set in the early 1900s in Kentucky. I found it to be captivating and enjoyable. It left me wanting to read more books by this author. I give it 4 stars and a high recommendation.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
Buttermilk Sky by Jan Watson is delightful in every category a historical fiction novel should be. I enjoyed it immensely and I would rank Buttermilk Sky in my list of favorites this year.
Watsons characters are warm and friendly. I love how Watson created a strong female character in Mazy Pelfrey who is determined to finish secretarial schooleven though she isnt a natural. She is away from home trying to figure it all out, including her feelings for her back home sweetheart, Chanis Clay.
This is a love story lived out every day for girls who have gone to college and left the love of their youth behind and wondered if there could be someone else. I truly enjoyed how the story played out. The tangible drama, sweet romance, and interesting side stories will leave you up late turning pages.
Buttermilk Sky is the first novel by Jan Watson I have ever read and I will definitely seek out her other titles. Watson writes outside of what I think of as the typical historical fiction formula. Buttermilk Sky is a five-star read! I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher, Tyndale House, in exchange for an honest review. I have not been compensated and all opinions are my own.