Claiming Mariah - eBook
Ranching, Betrayal, Murder and Romance
Pam Hillman in her new book Ã¢ÂÂClaiming MariahÃ¢ÂÂ published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. takes us into the life of Mariah Malone.
From the back cover: After her fatherÃ¢ÂÂs death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her fatherÃ¢ÂÂs farm, the only home sheÃ¢ÂÂs ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his fatherÃ¢ÂÂs rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Frederick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.
With the Lazy M ranch now under SladeÃ¢ÂÂs careful eye, he unearths more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal, and murder threatens the well-being of the ranch, endangering those who hold it dear. As the days dwindle until the rest of the Donovan clan arrives at the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed changes their futures forever.
I have never read of two women running a ranch. Mariah and her grandmother are running the Lazy M but the DonovanÃ¢ÂÂs feel it is their ranch and they want to take over. Simple enough really. However there is more going on than either Slade or Mariah know about and the two of them must band together to withstand the evil being plotted against them. Ms. Hillman has given us great characters who live and breathe on the pages and draw us into their lives so that we root for the good guys and do not want the bad guys to win. Slade and Mariah are meant for each other but before that can happen they will have to reconcile with their pasts and their fathers so that they can embrace the present and their futures. All I can say is that Ã¢ÂÂClaiming MariahÃ¢ÂÂ is great fun.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
April 18, 2014
What an amazing story! Claiming Mariah is the perfect blend of plot, characters, and setting. Pam Hillman's talent lies in her writing style, which made the story come to life. Her descriptions allowed me to imagine things so clearlyÃ¢ÂÂall the way down to the posture of characters while they were talking. When you add in the fact that this story is utterly romantic with a healthy dose of adventure, I just loved it! I found it so hard to put it down and flew through the pages!
I'm not sure how I've missed out on Pam Hillman's previous books, but I can promise I won't make that mistake again! I highly recommend Claiming Mariah! [5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
April 17, 2014
This book is so good that I couldn't put it down! It drew me in right from the beginning, with a fast paced plot that kept me hooked. I loved the Wyoming setting, and the wonderful characters who found a place in my heart. Definitely a book I will be adding to my favorites shelf.
Slade Donovan is a hardworking cowboy, who had a rough childhood and is determined to right a wrong. He is decisive and compassionate, always on the lookout for his younger brother, Buck.
Mariah has a way with stray cats, as well as stray people. She is sensitive to Buck's shyness but never hesitates to come to his defense. Mariah was my favorite character, I loved how she didn't despair but made the best of every situation, reaching out to others and not closing herself off to others.
I also loved Mariah's grandmother, who was not only a fun character, but often a sage voice of wisdom.
I loved this book from the very first page to the last one, it does exactly what a western historical romance should do. It swept me back in time, with a hero and heroine that I could empathize with and cheer for all the way. It is superbly written in a style that flows and engages with a well developed cast of characters. I loved everything about this book, and I could not recommend it more. I've added it to my top ten favorite books of all time list :D
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."
April 10, 2014
When Adversity Strikes
As you open the cover of Pam HillmanÃ¢ÂÂs new book, you are drawn in, a compelling page turning and fast read. A look at pioneering American, in the new Wyoming Territory, at a ranch run by two woman in the Town of Wisdom.
What happens is almost beyond belief, living with people your whole life and maybe not really knowing them? How could that happen? This can be said of both Mariah Malone and the arriving cowboy who wants to take everything from her, Slade Donovan. At first it is just Mariah and her Grandmother, who seem to be following God, but love the influence they had on the people around them.
There are some tragic events, and some that will are so funny, you will laugh out load. Above all there is so much wisdom that is shared, along with the kindness of fellow human beings. I loved how they helped people keep their pride, but being able to help in ways that are unknown to them.
When adversity strikes, we find people that are opposing uniting, and helping one another. Will there be a way for all to survive? Maybe there will be a bit of romance, and the finding of new family, rather than getting rid of them? You will be surprised, and love how God works in these peopleÃ¢ÂÂs lives, and we donÃ¢ÂÂt see all that is happening until the very end. I for one am so glad that I chose to read this book. Enjoy!
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
April 10, 2014