Wednesday, January 23, 2013

{Tyndale Blog Tour} Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman: A Book Review




{Tyndale Blog Tour} Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman: A Book Review
On the backdrop of 1800’s Wyoming Territory, the Lazy M ranch is about to stage a wonderful story. A single letter will begin a journey that forever changes the lives of those involved. Mariah Malone and Slade Donovan are bound for conflict from the moment rides on to her land. Reeling from the truths buried deep in their families’ past comes a tale of pride turned to romance and misadventures to happy endings. When Slade appears on Mariah’s front porch, staking claim to her father’s land – purchased with stolen gold from his father, Mariah turns to God for understanding and direction. What begins as a relationship of forced convenience unravels in to one of tumultuous circumstances that leave both Mariah and Slade drawn together in a way neither could have predicted. As plots of theft threaten the Lazy M, will Slade and Mariah see past their fathers’ resentments and their own prejudice before it’s too late?

Mariah is, as only truly great characters can be, flawed in such a completely human way that I found myself lost in her world, completely unaware of the late hours I was keeping in my own! Mariah’s desire to give and serve pulls at your heartstrings while her feisty quips and stubborn streak create a refreshingly real romantic heroine. Paired with the slightly mysterious Slade who surprises the reader with both his fierce determination and his gentle heart, the two are a great duo.

In most cases with stories like these – these being stories of stumbled words and misguided assumptions, I find myself frustrated and wanting to rush the story along to get to the “good part.” That is not the case for Hillman’s novel. Mariah’s quick allegations saddled with Slade’s driving hurt make for a clash of personalities right from the start. But, instead of sheer literary happenstance, I read of everyday miscommunications and thoughtless accusations very present in our world today that put more and  more distance between Mariah and Slade, desiring more pages instead of less.

While most of the sparks seem to fly between Mariah and Slade, the supporting cast reveals much more of the story than anticipated. A bit of suspense is wound in with the romantic as a secondary plot unties devious plans, theft, and murder.

A wonderful read that draws the reader in to a different time – a time of hardworking ranch hands and fresh made tea cakes and Wild West horses, Hillman’s words spin a beautiful story of adventure, love, and forgiveness. 


*** With thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.
 

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4 comments:

  1. This looks like a beautiful story.

    I'm hosting 7 giveaways at my site this week if you want to stop on over and enter. hope you have a great weekend!

    Diane :O)
    www.dianeestrella.com

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    1. I will definitely head your way... thanks!

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  2. Samantha Jo, thank you for the great review! My MIL made some molasses teacakes this past weekend, and now I have a hankering for some more! lol God bless and see you on the 'net!

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    1. I'm SO glad you stopped by :) Truly a beautiful story - I loved it! Thanks for giving us an adventure... can't beat the roadtrips (or the time travel!) you can take from your favorite reading chair!

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