Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Claiming Mariah


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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:

Oh, I soooo hope this is the beginning of a series!!!! I'm already so attached to the characters (including ones who have yet to make an appearance!) that I'm not ready to let them go. Hillman has woven a riveting Western tale complete with an unsolved mystery to figure out. Fast-paced and packing an emotional punch, I just couldn't put it down and finished it in a day.

Slade's struggle with forgiveness and the desire to extract his own vengeance has defined him since boyhood. Being a party to this chivalrous, decent, compassionate hero's conflicting struggle made for a fascinating read. He's such an enigma.

Mariah is spunky and determined but oh so stubborn and she clashes with Slade from their first meeting. Understandably since he's determined to uproot her family from the only home she's ever known but that stubbornness doesn't help her cause. Watching their attraction develop and grow amidst all that conflict makes for a roller coaster read!

There are some swoonworthy romantic scenes within these pages as well. In fact, I'll never look at a glass of lemonade the same way again. Blissful sigh.

I can't say enough about this wonderful book. Claiming Mariah is a definite candidate for your virtual TBR pile (it comes only in e-book format).

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Claiming Mariah (e-book), please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 6 2013 Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. Ever since I saw this cover I have wanted to read this story. Then I saw that author Pam Hillman had written it, and I really wanted to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  2. If the interior matches the exterior, this has to be a great book! :)

  3. Amy and Melissa -- the cover is gorgeous, isn't it? It makes me what a 'real live' book though so it can prettify my bookshelf. LOL. It definitely matches the quality of the cover. Good luck!

  4. Thank you for the wonderful review and preview. I would love to read this book and get attached to the characters as you did. :)

  5. I love falling in love with characters, because they feel like they ought to be real!

    Thanks so much!

    crazi.swans @ gmail dot com

  6. I can only image how awesome the book is, based soley on the cover. The excitement alone in your review was amazing! Please sign me up!

  7. I've had my eye on this one, since Rel featured it on her blog, and now reading your review. Oh, I MUST read it. Love the cover too!

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  8. This sounds so good! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. Thanks for the review. You make this book sound like one that shouldn't be missed! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  10. Great review! This sounds like a book I would enjoy very much. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. I love the cover - and the review! Can't wait to read the book!

  12. This is not a familiar book to me, but from your review it sounds like my kind of story! Would love to add it to my Kindle=)


  13. Looks awesome. Can't wait to read.
    Email is tinashawnbeamatyahoodotcom

  14. I love spunky heroines! Your review has really sold me on this book!


  15. Loved you review. Makes me want to read it.

    mafinnegan(at) Yahoo(dot)com


  16. Happy New Year Kav!! Great review....Will have to add to my Amazon wish list....


  17. Oooooh I'd love to read this one! The cover is just gorgeous!!

    Happy New Year!


  18. I have to admit I agree with everyone, this cover is amazing! I would love to read it!


  19. It's hot off the press...released January 1, which might be why it's new to some of you. Good luck everyone!

  20. Thanks for the chance to win this book! It sounds very good.

  21. I would love to win the book,"Claiming Mariah".
    Thanks for entering me in the book giveaway.
    Janet E.

  22. Good luck rubynreba and Janet!

  23. I love the cover of this book; the story sounds great as well. Thanks for a chance to win Claiming Mariah.


  24. I've been longing to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    Amada Chavez


  25. thanks for the chance to read this story, kav

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  26. I was so looking forward to reading this book based on the beautiful cover!


  27. Claiming Mariah sounds full of action and drama. Please add me!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  28. This looks SO good...great review too!!Please enter me in the contest!!

    allisonsattic at gmail dot com

  29. Kav, I wanted to drop in and say Thank You for such a thorough, heartfelt review, and and for giving away a copy of Claiming Mariah.

    The enthusiasm here on Best Reads is contagious. Keep up the great work of promoting Christian fiction!