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May 18, 2014


He came to claim her land...but claimed her heart instead.
Heart tugging romance that will jangle your spurs. (Julie Lessman)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
  •  (January 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414389752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414389752

Pam Hillman

(from Litfuse Publicity)

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.
Learn more and purchase a copy at Pam’s website.


Pam HillmanPam 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!
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Setting:  Wyoming Territory, 1882. After her father died, Mariah Malone, at the young age of 23 is working her father's ranch and trying to make it work.  She also has the huge responsibility of taking care of her blind sister, Amanda and her elderly grandmother.  To top that off she is trying to evade the local dandy's marriage proposal.    She has enough, with trying to make it on the ranch without having this "dandy" constantly after her about getting married.  In walks Slade Donovan, tall, dark and one hunk of a cowboy.  He has something to prove to Mariah that isn't going to help her face all she is dealing with.  Slade has proof that Mariah's father had shot and left for dead a man, being Slade's father, and stole some precious gold.  It also seems that the mine where the stolen gold came from was his father's.  Since Mariah's father had used the stolen gold to buy the ranch, Slade wants the land and the ranch.  Mariah agrees to sign the ranch over to Slade, trying to save the family name.  Buck, Slade's brother convinces Slade to let  Mariah and her grandmother  to stay at the ranch for a while.

We have a woman who believes in God and a man who has lost his faith. As Slade and Mariah work together to run the ranch, they are becoming more adjusted to each other.  Is love in the works?  Will they be able to admit to each other that they love each other?  Can they forgive and put the past aside?

As Mariah holds on to her faith, Slade fights it every inch of the way.  He knows he loves her but won't let go of the pride that is holding him back.  

I would recommend this book to anyone.  It is easy to read and follow and may make you reflect on forgiveness and letting go.  Also trusting in God to lead you in the right direction if you only listen. The book held your attention and didn't weight you down.  It was like a old west life that you could find yourself easily fitting in.  You wanted to reach out sometimes and just shake Slade and tell him to wake up, but you keep turning the pages to find out what will happen next.  Will there be a sequel where we learn a little more about Buck and the other characters? I hope so.If you love good ole' western love stories, here's the one for you.  It not only gives you a good love story but much more.

I was given a complimentary copy of CLAIMING MARIAH by Pam Hillman from Litfuse Publicity Group for my honest view.  No other compensation  took place.

I felt the book brought out a few lessons in a subtle way. The author shows how two very different people can work together and through all the problems to find the path to love.

I would give this book 4 FENCE POSTS.


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