Saturday, February 1, 2014

Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman

Happy Saturday everyone! My future hubby and I are going house shopping today. We are so excited about it! (Well, I am.. he does not get really excited about anything haha). I did have time to post a review for your reading pleasure, though! Enjoy :)

Overview: In light of 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 will unearth more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal and murder threatens more than the well-being of the ranch, endangering the lives of those who hold it dear. With days dwindling until the rest of the Donovan clan arrive to the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed alters their futures forever.

My Review: I had no expectations going into this book, because Pam Hillman is a new author to me. I will definitely be reading more books by her! I really enjoyed this book. Once Slade established his place at the Lazy M ranch, the plot started moving. There were some parts that slowed it down a bit, but they were necessary to set up and establish the romance between Mariah and Slade. Red's parts gave us some insight into what was going on to cause the ranch to be in such dire straits. The plot, overall, was exciting and the story line was very well laid out.

The romance between Slade and Mariah was phenomenally portrayed. It was not rushed; the characters did not fall in love in two days. They had to overcome a lot of emotional baggage and the author did a great job, especially on Slade's part, at developing the characters. Slade's transition from revengeful to forgiveness seemed natural and not rushed. I really enjoyed that about the story. 

The message was expertly weaved into the entire book. It's all about forgiveness. When we don't forgive, we become bitter because we're blaming others (especially God) for things that have happened in our lives. You won't have true joy and happiness in your life until you learn to forgive others, yourself, and most importantly let God forgive you. Overall, this was a great book and I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys a good Christian romance.

**Thank you Tyndale Publishers for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**

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