Friday, October 31, 2014

Buttermilk Sky by Jan Watson

buttermilk coverOverview: Weary of the expectations imposed on her by her strict upbringing, eighteen-year-old Mazy Pelfrey prepares to leave her home in the Kentucky mountains for the genteel city of Lexington, where she’ll attend secretarial school. She knows her life is about to change—and only for the better. Everything will be blue skies from now on.

But business school is harder than she thought it would be and the big city not as friendly, until she meets a charming young man from a wealthy family, Loyal Chambers. When Loyal sets his sights on her, Mazy begins to see that everything she’d ever wished to have is right before her eyes. The only hindrance to her budding romance is a former beau, Chanis Clay, the young sheriff she thought she’d left firmly behind.

Danger rumbles like thunder on a high mountain ridge when Mazy’s cosseted past collides with her clouded future and forces her to come to terms with what she really wants.

Product Details:
ISBN-13: 9781414389851
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 10/1/2014
Pages: 368
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My Review: What a sweet, sweet story. Jan Watson writes a captivating story of a girl trying to find her way in the world. Her style of writing is soft, like a down feather. There isn't a lot of action, mystery, or adventure, but it is engaging, none the less. Not many authors can write a story like that and hold my attention.

I love Mazy Pelfrey. I could see a lot of myself in her characteristics. She is young, naive, innocent, and sweet. She has all of the normal characteristics of a teenager trying to find her place in society and life. Chanis Clay is a great male lead. He is loyal, strong, and kindhearted.

Both of these characters struggle with finding their way into themselves, live, and love throughout the book. One thing that the author did not downplay was their reliance on their faith to help them make the right decisions, even when that wasn't the first place they sought guidance.

Overall, this is a sweet coming of age story. I look forward to reading more by this wonderful author!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review.* 

About the Author: Former registered nurse and peri-natal loss counselor, Jan Watson won the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild First Novel Contest in 2004 with Troublesome Creek. Written with a dollop of romance and a smidgen of suspense, Jan’s award winning historical novels, are uniquely set in the Appalachian Mountains.

Jan was recently voted 2012 Best Kentucky Author by the readers of Kentucky Living Magazine.
A voracious reader since childhood Jan recalls “when all those squiggles on the page made me want to learn what Dick and Jane did next.” Although she has always loved books, she had no intent to write one of her own. . .until one day she recalled a story told to her by her grandmother.

As a child, Jan often visited her grandparents in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. One summer day, as she and her grandmother sat in the porch swing breaking beans, her granny told her the true story of the terrible flash flooding of Frozen Creek, and of the tiny baby who was swept away never to be seen again. Jan carried the story in her heart for fifty years before she decided to save that baby, if only fictionally. This became the basis for a series of books: Troublesome Creek, Willow Springs, and Torrent Falls and of a spin off, Sweetwater Run.

In all her books, Watson artfully draws on the folklore and culture of times long past to create colorful characters living their faith in a world that offers comfort and peril in equal measure.
Jan’s latest novel, Skip Rock Shallows, follows the story of Lilly (Copper’s daughter) who is featured in book 5, Still House Pond. It is sure to be a satisfying read. Jan’s publisher is Tyndale House.
Watson lives in Lexington, Ky. Most mornings you’ll find her at the keyboard with her Jack Russell terrier, Maggie, on a pillow in her lap. Her work day lasts as long as Maggie will allow.
When Jan isn’t writing or entertaining Maggie, she enjoys reading, taking long walks, and collecting out of print medical books, which she reads “like other women read cookbooks”.

Jan lives in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky near her three sons and her daughter-in-law. Jan also enjoys two grand-cats, Buddy and Lily B.

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