Claiming Maria is an action packed, romance sizzling on the wood stove, and a desire for settling a family wronged kind of book. Claiming Mariah keeps your finger moving the pages as Mariah and Slade seem to connect then fall back into old patterns.
You'll fall in love with Slade--he makes a grand hero, one who is stong but needs the love of a good woman.
Mariah is not a weak fussy help-me herione. She does what needs to be done even though she's hurting through and through.
This book has it all, from rustlters to the town drunk.
Claiming Mariah, by author Pam Hillman, pulled me back into a world I loved as a child -- the classic, white hat/black hat, Wild West. (Does anyone else remember Alias Smith and Jones or The Guns of Will Sonnett?) It's been several years since I've read a western, but I'm glad to have read this one. Both the protagonists, Mariah and Slade, learn about forgiveness and trust as they work together on the ranch that Mariah was forced to sign over to Slade. The writing is down-home good and kept me sliding through the pages. I have to admit, though, that my favorite part of the book is Ms. Hillman's dedication. Loved it!
Oh, I soooo hope this is the beginning of a series!!!! I'm already so attached to the characters (including ones who have yet to make an appearance!) that I'm not ready to let them go. Hillman has woven a riveting Western tale complete with an unsolved mystery to figure out. Fast-paced and packing an emotional punch, I just couldn't put it down and finished it in a day.
Slade's struggle with forgiveness and the desire to extract his own vengeance has defined him since boyhood. Being a party to this chivalrous, decent, compassionate hero's conflicting struggle made for a fascinating read. He's such an enigma.
Mariah is spunky and determined but oh so stubborn and she clashes with Slade from their first meeting. Understandably since he's determined to uproot her family from the only home she's ever known but that stubbornness doesn't help her cause. Watching their attraction develop and grow amidst all that conflict makes for a roller coaster read!
There are some swoonworthy romantic scenes within these pages as well. In fact, I'll never look at a glass of lemonade the same way again. Blissful sigh.
I can't say enough about this wonderful book. Claiming Mariah is a definite candidate for your virtual TBR pile (it comes only in e-book format).