Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Book Review: Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman
In light of 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 truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Frederick Cooper, a local 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 ranch now under Slade’s careful eye, he will unearth more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal and murder threatens more than the well-being of the ranch, endangering the lives of those who hold it dear. With days dwindling until the rest of the Donovan clan arrive to the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed alters their futures forever.
I don't usually read westerns. I like western movies, but I haven't read many western books. But I may have to read more, because I LOVED this book! I was skeptical about it at first. But I could hardly put it down! If I wasn't so busy, I would have read it one day!
The plot was interesting. It kept me tied to the book the whole time. Mariah and Slade's relationship was exceptionally done. The writing was also excellent. As a writer myself, I usually can find run on sentences or poor expression. But I didn't find anything like that.
It was hard to find anything wrong with this book. There was only one thing that I didn't really like. I thought the parts were we were seeing things from Red's point of view was distracting. It did help the ending make sense, but it was distracting none the less.
I thought this was a great book and I would love to see more from Pam Hillman. (Namely a book about Buck and Amanda... *hint* *wink*)
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review.