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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Claiming Mariah Review!!!

Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman

Book Description:
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.

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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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My Opinion:
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!!! :)  This is the first of Pam's books I've had the privilege to read, and it is a privilege.  I love how God provides.  I've wanted to read Claiming Mariah for a while now and was overjoyed when I got the chance to read the paperback!  It is amazing!  It's one of those books that I didn't want to put down!  Pam's writing is great as she keeps you going wondering what's gonna happen next!  I LOVE all the characters from Mariah and Slade to Mariah's grandmother, Slade's brother, and Cookie the bunk house cook!!!  The messages of bitterness and forgiveness weave through the plot gracefully as these characters face loosing far more than just a ranch.  I always love to find and read a great western and Pam has written just that.  You can always tell when an author doesn't really spend time around ranch life and horses, but Pam sure has!!!  She writes in a way that shows she takes every detail into account.  Forgiveness, pain, sadness, healing, shocking turns, love, fear, murder and much, much more await you in Claiming Mariah.  This has made it to My Favorite Books list and I highly recommend it.  

Songs: "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms" by Alan Jackson, "Valley Of Pain" by Randy Travis, and "One Day At A Time" by Merle Haggard**

Luke 6:37


*I requested and received this book for the purpose of reviewing.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above is what I truly think about Claiming Mariah. ~ASC

**Songs etc. may change in the future..."One Day At A Time" by Jeannie Seely

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