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 Review: Claiming Mariah is a good old fashioned western romance. This is the first book of Pam Hillman's that I have read. While I enjoyed reading Claiming Mariah I may be picky in thinking a few things could have been done better. The plot premises was a good one. Mariah's father is a swindler and Slade comes to collect. But I was a little peeved that she gave up absolutely everything without asking any questions. Also Slade had such a chip on his shoulder but it was quickly dissipated. And I really don't like when people keep secrets just to aid the plot. Mariah not sharing why her sister was in the school she was until almost the end of the book was unnecessary
But those are just the negatives. And they are small. The positive is that it was a good story. Old fashioned out west historical drama with a danger twist. I read it all the way through and I think that if you like Historical Christian Fiction you will enjoy this book.
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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