In this story Pam Hillman takes us out west to a town named Wisdom located in Wyoming Territory. Wisdom is a quiet town that is filled with God-fearing, hardworking folks. Mariah Malone's father, Seth was one of those decent and respected citizens; everyone will be shocked if the truth comes out of how he bought his ranch.
Mariah Malone has a hard time believing her father's death-bed confession of a terrible offense he committed as a young man. Seth had partnered with Jack Donovan in a goldmine and it seems Seth did some dishonest things. After hearing this news Mariah helps her father write a letter to Jack Donovan asking forgiveness.
Months later when Slade Donovan and his brother Buck arrives, Mariah is shocked to hear there was a lot more to the story than her father told her. Slade tells her he is there to claim the ranch that was bought with his father's money and he wants her out of his house and off of his land!
Slade never thought he would find a beautiful young woman running the Lazy M Ranch, in fact he hadn't thought about anything but the life-long hatred he's had for Seth Malone on the long trip to Wisdom. Now the only thing that matters is taking what rightfully belongs to him, and if that means Mariah and her grandma are left homeless then so be it.
After Slade shows Mariah the deed to the goldmine; which doesn't have her father's name on it, she feels she has to do what he asks. What will she do? Where will she go and how will she explain to her elderly grandmother that her son has caused them to lose the only home Mariah had ever known?
After having a talk with his brother Buck, Slade has a change of heart and tells Mariah that she can stay on as a hired cook until his mother and sisters come. What a life changing decision that will be! Does God have a plan to bring peace and forgiveness to the hearts of these two people who have been hurt by their fathers?
This is the first book I have read by Ms. Hillman and what a pleasure it was. Being raised in a home with a dad who loved Westerns this book was just like a trip down memory lane for me. There are cowboys, cattle and of course your run-of-the-mill cattle rustlers, and let's not forget the wonderful romance thrown in. The story line was so good it had me when I read the blurb on the back. Ms Hillman is certainly a talented writer and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this story especially how she dealt with the hurt and unforgiveness in both Mariah and Slade's life. It served to remind me that when you hold on to unforgiveness you only hurt yourself. Thanks Ms. Hillman for an absolutely fantastic read!
Claiming Mariah, by Pam Hillman, is a marvelous novel. Set in Wisdom, Wyoming, in 1882, it tells the story of Mariah Malone and Slade Donovan. Their tale demonstrates our desperate need to stop and pray for God's will before jumping into action on our own.
Mariah is certain that she is doing the right thing in sending a letter to Jack Donovan from her father asking forgiveness for past deeds. But months later, after her father's death, Jack's son, Slade, arrives demanding her ranch and wanting no part of forgiveness. Shocked at the turn of events, Mariah signs the ranch over to him, unsure of the future for her grandmother, blind sister, and herself. Slade finds the ranch in need of attention, dealing with both repairs and rustlers. And in spite of themselves, the two find themselves drawn to each other.
I enjoyed this book. I was inspired by Mariah's faith in following God's will, no matter the cost to herself and her family, as well as Slade's journey through anger and injustice to peace with God. Secondary charactersâ€”Buck, Cookie, and Grandmother Maloneâ€”added a great deal to the story.
I would recommend this book to all who enjoy historical fiction set in the old west.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
I had no expectations going into this book, because Pam Hillman is a new author to me. I will definitely be reading more books by her! I really enjoyed this book. Once Slade established his place at the Lazy M ranch, the plot started moving. There were some parts that slowed it down a bit, but they were necessary to set up and establish the romance between Mariah and Slade. Red's parts gave us some insight into what was going on to cause the ranch to be in such dire straits. The plot, overall, was exciting and the story line was very well laid out.
The romance between Slade and Mariah was phenomenally portrayed. It was not rushed; the characters did not fall in love in two days. They had to overcome a lot of emotional baggage and the author did a great job, especially on Slade's part, at developing the characters. Slade's transition from revengeful to forgiveness seemed natural and not rushed. I really enjoyed that about the story.
The message was expertly weaved into the entire book. It's all about forgiveness. When we don't forgive, we become bitter because we're blaming others (especially God) for things that have happened in our lives. You won't have true joy and happiness in your life until you learn to forgive others, yourself, and most importantly let God forgive you. Overall, this was a great book and I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys a good Christian romance.
**Thank you Tyndale Publishers for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**
This was an excellent Western story of how the power of God and prayer can overcome all the lies that have been told by the old generation and the current people around you. Mariah has always believed and loved her father, Slade has always hated him, how do they reconcile the past with the future. Mariah's grandmother is a very wise Christian lady with a great sense of humour, kindness, and a way of looking at reality through God's eyes. Mariah shows great strength of character once she overcomes her shock. The characters are well developed and I became quite involved in their tension, mysteries, and dangerous exploits. The love and protection that Mariah showed for her sister is quite touching and certainly threw Slade off as did his brother's acceptance and respect for Mariah.
I received my free kindle review copy from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.
"After her father's 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 truth: her father's farm-the only home she's ever known-was bought with stolen gold.
With Slade ready to collect his family's rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though a logical 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 Slade's 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, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentments of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed changes their futures forever."
I really enjoyed this book, it was full of adventure, mystery, and some action. The plot was excellent and had me constantly turning the pages, I was never once board with the story.
The characters were all realistic and believable with the way they handled a certain situation and each had his/her own past that haunts them. There were plenty of God-fearing characters that were very inspirational.
I recommend this book to all of my friends, families, and acquaintances!
"I received this book from Tyndale publishing for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own."