This is going to be a really random way to kick off a post. I know, when have I ever been random right?
So confession, every time I looked at the title, I read Moria (you know, since I am one with Middle Earth) and would say the title in Gimli’s voice.
Moving on to the story that didn’t actually feature hobbits, elves or dwarves, i.e. the actual story of Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman 🙂
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.
I’m always nervous reading authors I haven’t encountered before. Going in blind can be awesome or disastrous. Toss in the fact that it’s a time period I don’t read too often…I could have been begging for those few hours back!
But good news. I was weeping over time lost. Instead, I rather enjoyed the tale of Mariah, Slade and even the shady fellas involved (made for some good villains). Hillman paints a vivid picture of the west, of what ranching looked like, small town life and how very different it was back then.
It’s a sweet story with a beautiful message. A message of forgiveness, second chances and love. Life deals us all kinds of hands, but that doesn’t mean life still can’t be beautiful.
Have you had a chance to read any of Hillman’s books?
(Thank you Litfuse and Tyndale for the copy in exchange for my honest review)
Also, don’t miss out on your chance to win!! Click on the image or head over to Pam’s site to enter!