I liked "Buttermilk Sky". It's a nice story about 19 year old Mazy Pelfrey, who moves from her home in the mountains to the city, trying to grow up and live her own life. Thinking she might like to be a secretary, she attends a secretarial school, learning how to type and take letters and other secretarial things. But attending the school and learning these things is a lot harder than she thought it would be and she debates whether or not to give up and return home.
Part of the story is also shown from Sheriff Chanis Clay's perspective. Chanis was the man that Mazy left behind when she moved to the city to go to school. He loves Mazy and wants her to be his wife. He even starts to fix a house up for them to live in if they get married when she finishes school. But Mazy isn't so sure she wants to marry Chanis and things are complicated further when Mazy meets a new man in the city, wealthy and charming Loyal Chambers.
In the story we see both Mazy and Chanis trying to figure out what they want in life and trying to figure out where God is leading them.
The characters in the story seemed realistic, although I would have liked some of the characters to have had a bit more depth to them. I liked Mazy's and Chanis' characters.
Mazy is a sweet young woman, although a bit naive, who wants to do well in secretarial school and wants to be liked by the other girls she goes to school with and wants to fit in with them. However, the girls aren't always nice to her, but Mazy always tries to be friendly to them even when they're unfriendly towards her. She tries to be helpful and is kind to others. She's a likeable character.
Chanis is an honorable man who tries to help others and wants to do what's right. He's the sheriff of his town and is busy dealing with a lot of different situations as part of his job. He tries to do what's morally right. While transporting a thief to await trial, he starts to realize that God might be calling him to do something else with his life.
Cinnamon's character was also delightful. She's a poor, young girl who works very hard to support herself and her ill father. She seems to always try to have a cheery attitude, even when things are tough.
It was interesting to read about the other characters in the story as well such as Mazy's classmates and roommates; Mrs. Pearl, the housemother of the girls; and the people that Chanis deals with in his town.
I thought the author did a good job with the setting. I could feel like I was in the time period.
I thought they pace of the story was a bit slow. I also thought the ending was a bit rushed.
Overall, "Buttermilk Sky" is a sweet, lighthearted story that I enjoyed. This was the first book I've read by Jan Watson and I would be interested in reading more of her books.
*I received this book for free from Tyndale through Book Fun in exchange for my honest review.
Mazy Pelfrey is attending secretarial school is Lexington, Kentucky, in 1913. She has left her small mountain hometown of Skip Rock pursuing a fuller life than she has at home. The problem is that the life she finds in Lexington is not all she had hoped it would be. In point of fact it is very different than she had hoped. Mazy is struggling with some of her classes. She is having difficulty dealing with her instructor. The members of her study group, who are also her boarding mates, are not as supportive as she had hoped. And she is homesick for the peace and quiet of her hometown.
Mazy has left Sheriff Chanis Clay is Skip Rock. He has pinned his future hopes on Mazy being is bride. He has purchased a house and is repairing it with a view to what Mazy would like. Part of why Mazy went to secretarial school is to put some distance between the two of them so she can figure out what she wants out of a relationship with Chanis as opposed to what everyone else wants for her in regard to a relationship with Chanis.
Matters are complicated when she meets Loyal Chambers. He is the only son of a wealthy family in Lexington and is definitely interested in Mazy. His mother is Dr, Suzanne Chambers, a physician in Lexington. Most of the girls in Mazys circle of friends are thrilled that Loyal has noticed her. All that is, except Eva who has positioned herself as the group leader because of her supposed higher level in society.
Things get interesting when a surprise visit from Chanis lets the girls in on the fact that Mazy not only has the interest of Loyal, but she has a beau back home who is every bit as handsome as Loyal.
No spoilers here. Im not going to tell you which gentleman she chooses, nor am I going to tell you what happens to the other fellow. I will tell you that Jan Watson does a masterful job of blending the lives of five classmates, the people they meet in Lexington, and the occupants of Skip Rock into a wonderful tale. You will come to care for these realistic characters. You will find yourself cheering them on, scolding them when they fall short of expectations, and distressed at their misfortunes as they navagate a believable plot.
Enjoy this trip back to 1913 Kentucky. I did.
I was provided a copy of this book through The Book Club Network for my unbiased review.
Buttermilk Sky is a turn-of-the-century tale that follows Jan Watson's previous historical novels: Tattler's Branch, Skip Rock Shallows, Still House Pond, Sweetwater Run, and the Troublesome Creek series which includes Troublesome Creek, Willow Springs, and Torrent Falls. The book stands completely on its own although reading her other books would deepen the atmosphere and heighten our appreciation of the sub-culture captured in these books.
Young Sheriff Chanis Clay is following in his father's rather large shoes as peacekeeper and law enforcement officer in a Kentucky mountain county and specifically the community of Skip Rock. He loves his work, but has much to learn about human nature and life in general. Still, he feels he's ready to settle down and has his heart fixed on Mazy Pelfrey for his life's companion. He loves her and all his dreams and goals include her. He even bought a house and started its renovation. But Mazy is not ready to commit herself to marriage yet. She feels restless and unsettled; she wants to experience a bit of life first. So Mazy leaves her family, her twin, her beau, and her mountain community to live in Lexington, take a secretarial course and make some new friends. Most of this story focuses on Mazy as she tries to find her place as a single girl in life.
This book was a fun, quick read for me. The author sprinkles in plenty of humor and laughs for both Chanis and Mazy in their separate worlds. The sheriff deals with incidences among the mountain folk with amusing tongue-in-cheek wit. My favorite episode was when he nearly lost Frank Cheney, a giant of a man turned bank robber, when transporting him from one community's jail to another nearby jail. Eventually, Chanis' dealing with Frank literally changed his life. Mazy's way of adapting to city life, trying new foods, wearing new clothes, all the while trying not to look like a country bumpkin, is often rib tickling.
At first, Mazy appeared to me to be a shallow, unthinking piece of fluff, content to imitate everyone else and gain favor with her study group's leader, Eva, no matter what it took. But eventually she realized the futility of her efforts, and the real Mazy emerged. The Mazy of the final chapters was a 180 degree turn-around from the Mazy of the beginning of the story. Her journey from first to last is what makes this book great reading for women.
Finally, as a faith-based read, the author includes many thought-provoking moments of revelation for both the main characters, without being preachy. Character development and faith in God with all its practical implications were woven together seamlessly throughout the book. A real, vital relationship with God should be as natural as breathing. The author demonstrates this in her writings. It is something I greatly appreciate among authors I read the most. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.
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I have been reading a great many books lately by new to me authors and Buttermilk Sky is my first read from Jan Watson. It was a lovely coming of age story about a young woman who is trying to find her own way in life. Mazy (I really liked that name) has left her small mountain town of Skip Rock and is going to secretarial school in the city. This story takes place during the year 1913. When she left, she also left the sheriff, Chanis, who is a few years older than her and very much in love with her. Though they are apart for most of the story, we get a really good characterization of both Mazy and Chanis as we are seeing life happen through both of their viewpoints. I really liked both characters. Mazy was sweet and innocent and really had to learn about the world through her own experiences before she could see the gifts she already had. She had a couple of harrowing near misses and I enjoyed seeing her relate with her city friends. Chanis was a really fun character to get to know. He was a simple fellow who for the most part knew what he wanted in life. He took care of his responsibilities and he loved Mazy with his whole heart. Some of the situations he found himself in, because he was the sheriff, had me laughing out loud even though they were serious situations that could have taken his life. Again, he was such a fun character and Jan Watsons writing was a delight to read. I received my review copy from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.