Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 17, 2014)
This book is also available as an ebook.
After 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 unearths more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal, and murder threatens the well-being of the ranch, endangering those who hold it dear. As the days dwindle until the rest of the Donovan clan arrives at the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed changes their futures forever.
My take on this book:
Wyoming during the spring of 1882 is where readers will find themselves transported as they read Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman. A story where the author's descriptive writing captures the feel of the old west while providing an intricately woven story that captured my imagination from the beginning paragraphs. I couldn't help but wonder what would happen with Mariah Malone. Her father confessed on his deathbed that he had purchased the Lazy M ranch, the family home with ill gotten gold that belonged to someone else. Mariah does the right thing by writing to the man, never imagining that someone would come along to claim the ranch, but that's just what happens. Slade Donovan comes to claim what belongs to his father, intending to take over the ranch, but will he?
The main characters of Mariah and Slade are such well written characters, and the author easily pulled me into their story, making me want the best for them. Slade was one of my favorite characters, rough on the outside, but truly a gentle man. Plenty of secondary characters propel this plot along so that it never lags. Pam Hillman is a new to me author, but I enjoyed Claiming Mariah so much that I plan on checking out her other work. Fans of historical western fiction with romance, suspense, a splash of mystery that is sprinkled with humor and a faith based message will certainly enjoy this page turning read. Highly recommended!
Pam Hillman was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn't afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove the Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn't mind raking. Raking hay doesn't take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that's the kind of life every girl should dream of!
Don’t miss Pam Hillman‘s latest novel, Claiming Mariah. Julie Lessman gave it a thumb’s up, saying: [Hillman is] gifted with a true talent for vivid imagery, heart-tugging romance, and a feel for the Old West that will jangle your spurs.
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