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¢â¬âall 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.
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
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As you open the cover of Pam Hillman's 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 people's lives, and we don't 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.
When Mariah's father was dying, he admitted to wronging a man he used to know. They were prospectors together. However, after an argument, he took off with the gold. With this money, he bought the ranch that Mariah had grown up on. He was sorry, and Mariah took it upon herself to write a letter to the man. The reply she received was not what she was expecting, actually, after the amount of time that had passed, she didn't think they had received the letter until Slade and his brother showed up on her front porch.
This is a story does well to point out, people are not always who they say they are. Who is in the right? Who is wrong? Who had the worst offense...or does it even matter in the end? Mariah has to do her best to determine who each person truly is and what their true motives are.
Claiming Mariah is a fun western full of cows, adventure, and cowboys! It reminded me a bit of Romeo and Juliet...not the depressing everyone dies sort of way...far from that. It was in the feuding families aspect. The anger and bitterness of one generation can be passed down to the next so easily and the truth of the feud can get a bit jumbled in the mix. If there isn't any willingness for forgiveness, the ability to move on from the fight will never happen.
This was a fun story to read, I love westerns, so the book already had a big positive for it, and the story also had a quick pace which made it so easy to read. I look forward to reading more by Pam Hillman.
Thank you to the Tyndale House and Litfuse Publicity, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
One of my very favorite Scripture is Romans 8:28--"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them."
I think this story reveals this Scripture in such a beautiful way! Mariah and Slade are brought together through circumstances that will take both of them on a journey of truth and forgiveness! When Slade arrives demanding to take ownership of Mariah's home, and the farm too, Mariah is shocked to say the least! She has worked hard and doesn't want to let it go but Slade leaves her no choice but to sign it over.
Both of them have allowed unforgiveness and guilt to rule their lives in some aspects and it keeps them from seeing the blessings that are right in front of their own eyes! But then, haven't we all been guilty of that at some points in our lives! It is so moving to see Slade and Mariah work through each of their past and let go of that unforgiveness!
Claiming Mariah is a WONDERFUL READ! I highly recommend it to any and all!