When her father dies, Mariah realizes that her family's ranch was bought with stolen gold, and the rightful owner is on his way to claim his property. Mariah and new owner Slade must deal with a cattle rustling scheme as they wait for Slade's family to arrive.
I like to read a good western once in a while, and this book did not disappoint. There was plenty of action and romance to keep the plot moving along, and I would like to read more by this author.
Claiming Mariah is one of those books that will draw you into the story. Mariah Malone lives on a nice ranch and her life is turned upside down due to the events unfolded after her fathers death. Mariah sends a letter which causes Slade Donovan, a strong-willed and angry man, to show up on her doorstep with news that changes everything for Mariah and her family. It turns out that Mariahs father bought the ranch with gold that was stolen from Slades family and he is set on exacting revenge even if it means that Mariah and her family will become homeless. Meanwhile, Slade isnt the only one who is after something from Mariah. A wealthy landowner makes Mariah a deal. He will take care of all her financial problems if Mariah will marry him. What will Mariah decide? Will Slade take control of the ranch and throw Mariah and her family on the streets? Will Slade and Mariah come to an agreement that will benefit both?
This is a book where you know the main characters will fall in love before the end, but it seems like a "no-way" situation. Mariah struggles to keep her deceased father's ranch operating when Slade and his brother show up and lay claim to the property. Our heroine is distressed not only for herself, but because she needs to provide for her grandmother and sister, Amanda who is back East. Add Marian's persistent suitor, the unexplained loss of cattle, ranch hands that seem a little questionable, and the flavor of the Old West and you have a memorable read.
This is such an enjoyable historical romance! I really felt for the characters and all they had gone through in the past. It's understandable why Slade is angry and bitter, but the importance of forgiveness is pointed out, both for Slade to forgive and to accept it from God. I like that the salvation message is clear and that it's emphasized how important prayer is. The romance is wonderful with plenty of romantic moments. The story is well-written and keeps up a good pace. I'm looking forward to her next one! I definitely recommend it if you like historical romance!
This is a beautifully written book about a girl and a cowboy who have a hatred towards each other because of a choice made by their fathers but come to a common understanding. It reminded me of Romeo and Juliet. The story lays the foundation for coming to terms with others choices and finding a way to forgive and forget things that you have no control over. Great and powerful message!