Saturday, April 19, 2014

Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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About the Book:
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 Thoughts:
I loved this book-- I've always been a fan of historical fiction, but I sometimes find it hard to find some really good ones but this one exceeded my expectations wonderfully!

It's been a while since I've read a western fiction, especially, which is sad considering they are my favorite to read about, I love reading all about what life was like in a America before I was born and, to be honest, sometimes it's nice to be able to read about simpler times.
Although,  they certainly had their problems as well! Such as poor Mariah, who discovers the shocking news that her father's farm was bought with stolen gold. I loved this main character! It seems so often in books such as these that women are not brave and headstrong, but I felt that Mariah definitely had a sharp mind and was just an altogether great person to read about. 

This is another one of those books where saying too much will give the story away but I have to say that if you're a fan of historical fiction/historical romance or even just a good action-y story then this book is certainly for you. The characters are carefully and beautifully crafted in a way that just makes you want to know more and more about their lives. I'll definitely be recommending! 
*I received this book for review from the author, but this in no way affected my thoughts as expressed in this review*

About the Author:

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!

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