Watson (Troublesome Creek) sets her sweet novel in Lexington, Ky., shortly before WWI. There, Mazy Pelfrey, age 18, is struggling in secretarial school. The young sheriff from her hometown in the Kentucky mountains, Chanis Clay, is sweet on her, but Mazy is dazzled by a wealthy young man, Loyal Chambers, who begins to pay attention to her. Mazy must choose what, and who, she wantsa choice that tests her values. The details of Watsons period setting are well researched (Sanitol liquid tooth cleanser, syrup ices). Humor plays a prominent and welcome role in the narrative: an exploding jar of sauerkraut in a root cellar starts the action with a literal bang. Mazy is an engaging character, though some readers may find her youthful innocence cloying. Faith elements are natural and unobtrusive, except for one improbable conversion. Watson offers a well-written, squeaky clean read.
Buttermilk Sky is a light and refreshing read with beautiful characters who readers will adore. Mazy Pelfrey is a gem whose selfless and naïve heart is endearing, although her naiveté can also be exasperating. Watson does an excellent job at keeping the story moving while touching on important subjects in a way that is not overbearing or heavy.
SUMMARY: After moving from small town life in the mountains of Kentucky, Mazy Pelfrey is not accustomed to life in the city of Lexington. Balancing social life, chores and studies takes up all of her time. However, when a new beau comes along, Mazy is swept off her feet. As she grows used to the new way of life, her past comes calling and Mazy is faced with decisions that will change her life forever. [Four stars.]