Cowboys, Romance and Mystery...Oh My!
Claiming Mariah is the first book that I have read by Pam Hillman; I wasn't disappointed.
After Mariah Malone's father had passed away, she discovered that her father had been involved in theft. In order to right the wrong her father had committed, Mariah wrote a letter of apology to the Donovan's, the family who was wronged. What Mariah didn't expect was for Slade Donovan to appear on her doorstep demanding that she relinquish her childhood home and ranch to him. Losing her ranch is only half of her problems. Mariah soon discovers that not everyone is who they seem to be and she finds herself needing to find someone that she can trust.
From page one, I was drawn into the story wanting to learn what is going to happen to Mariah, her grandmother, and their beloved ranch. I also wanted to understand the reason why Slade was so determined to take the ranch from Mariah and her family. As the story progressed, the answers to my questions were answered.
I liked the characters in this book. I found Mariah to be a strong, honest, and God-fearing woman. I understood why she chose not to correct the assumptions that Slade chose to make. I also understood why she didn't want to lose her childhood home, but that she would do what was right. Slade was a great cowboy, a true man of honor. I also liked the slow progression of feelings between Slade and Mariah that grew as they began to become friends. Woven in between the romance there is mystery and suspense that made the story even more interesting! I will definitely chose to read a book by Pam Hillman again.
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.
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!
Claiming Mariah released February 1st, and Pam Hillman hosting a cool Giveaway during the month of April. Visit Pam’s website to sign up to win a Kindle Fire!