04 February 2014

Teresa Mathews Reviews Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman


Claiming Mariah by
Pam Hillman

Tyndall House Publishers
Reviewed by Teresa Mathews
5 Stars*****

In this story Pam Hillman takes us out west to a town named Wisdom located in Wyoming Territory. Wisdom is a quiet town that is filled with God-fearing, hardworking folks. Mariah Malone's father, Seth was one of those decent and respected citizens; everyone will be shocked if the truth comes out of how he bought his ranch.

Mariah Malone has a hard time believing her father's death-bed confession of a terrible offense he committed as a young man. Seth had partnered with Jack Donovan in a goldmine and it seems Seth did some dishonest things. After hearing this news Mariah helps her father write a letter to Jack Donovan asking forgiveness.

Months later when Slade Donovan and his brother Buck arrives, Mariah is shocked to hear there was a lot more to the story than her father told her. Slade tells her he is there to claim the ranch that was bought with his father's money and he wants her out of his house and off of his land!

Slade never thought he would find a beautiful young woman running the Lazy M Ranch, in fact he hadn't thought about anything but the life-long hatred he's had for Seth Malone on the long trip to Wisdom. Now the only thing that matters is taking what rightfully belongs to him, and if that means Mariah and her grandma are left homeless then so be it.

After Slade shows Mariah the deed to the goldmine; which doesn't have her father's name on it, she feels she has to do what he asks. What will she do? Where will she go and how will she explain to her elderly grandmother that her son has caused them to lose the only home Mariah had ever known? 

After having a talk with his brother Buck, Slade has a change of heart and tells Mariah that she can stay on as a hired cook until his mother and sisters come.  What a life changing decision that will be! Does God have a plan to bring peace and forgiveness to the hearts of these two people who have been hurt by their fathers?

This is the first book I have read by Ms. Hillman and what a pleasure it was. Being raised in a home with a dad who loved Westerns this book was just like a trip down memory lane for me. There are cowboys, cattle and of course your run-of-the-mill cattle rustlers, and let's not forget the wonderful romance thrown in. The story line was so good it had me when I read the blurb on the back. Ms Hillman is certainly a talented writer and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this story especially how she dealt with the hurt and unforgiveness in both Mariah and Slade's life. It served to remind me that when you hold on to unforgiveness you only hurt yourself. Thanks Ms. Hillman for an absolutely fantastic read!

You can find this book by Ms. Hillman on AmazonCBD, and B&N and other bookstores.

GIVEAWAY: Ms. Hillman is graciously giving away one book this week along with the one OWG is giving away. U.S. winner - choice of book and format. International winner - ebook only. Please like Pam's Facebook Author Page and let me know in your comment. Don't forget your Email Address in case you are our winner!

45 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book! I like the name of Wisdom for a town, and I like westerns. Nice to learn about an author I'm not familiar with.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. SUSAN isn't that a great name? Wonder if it would help if we renamed DC that..think it would remind the people running our country they need more WISDOM!! lol Thanks for coming by today! :-)

      Delete
    2. Susan, your comment reminded me of where I came up with the town name. I usually try to brainstorm a series proposal for most of my stories and Claiming Mariah is no exception. Even though the book is a stand alone, my working series title was The Beginning of Wisdom series.

      The series title and ideas for the books went along with these two scriptures:

      When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 KJV
      The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Psalms 111:10 KJV

      Eventually, Slade's bitterness overshadowed much of the pride aspects of the book, but still pride does play a part: Mariah doesn’t want the community to know what her father did years ago. She gains wisdom by deciding that pride is standing in her way. Slade was ashamed of his poor upbringing. He feels a sense of pride that he is avenging the family name by demanding the ranch. But he is brought low when he realizes that all was not as it seemed.

      Thank you for mentioning the town. This aspect had completely faded into the background until you mentioned it. Lightbulb! lol

      Delete
  2. Ahhh... reading your review TERESA brought back memories of this great story!! Thanks! :)
    I was raised in a home with a dad who loved westerns too! Or was that everybody of our generation?? ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. NOELA you could be right, I wish we had more of those on TV now instead of all the trash that's on.

      Delete
  3. We all loved westerns---especially Bonanza! Loved Little Joe, too. (ahem) This storyline sounds intriguing, and your review is wonderful, TERESA!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. DIANA I thought I was the only one that loved Little Joe! ;-) Slade makes a pretty good substitution! lol

      Delete
    2. I loved Hoss too, but for different reasons! LOL

      Delete
  4. Awesome Teresa !!! I have not read a western in so many years, I cannot even tell you what it was that I read.
    I knew the cover I loved on this book but I have it still on my must reads list, thanks for the great review.
    Linda
    Faithful Acres Books
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi LINDA I love a lot of different genre of books but there's nothing like a western to give me warm memories of my childhood. Thanks for being a faithful follower and dropping by!! :-)

      Delete
  5. Interesting book! This is awesome. Hope to win and give a great and honest review for this! Liked the page. DONE! email: mkannah@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. KANNAH what a great comment! I'm sure PAM would love for you to win and do a review and I would to read it!! Thanks for coming by and making me smile!! :-)

      Delete
    2. I can do nothing but agree. Cross my heart! Honest! :)

      Delete
  6. Diana, thank you for the wonderful review!!! :) I'm so glad you enjoyed Claiming Mariah.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. PAM thanks so much for interacting with the followers, it makes them feel special. I'll take the compliment about this being written by DIANA, she writes such amazing reviews! :-) I want to thank you for all the hard work that you put into your books...it certainly shows!

      Delete
    2. Oops! Sorry about that Teresa! Diana, Carrie, Teresa, Noela...it's like having 15 kids and going through all of their names before getting to the right one! :)

      Delete
    3. Lol Pam no worries I have been there done that and I only have two kids. :-) Besides Diana and I have been friends for years.We are like twins, we attend the same church and we have been known to show up in almost identical outfits. lol

      Delete
  7. Teresa, great review. Ahhhh, westerns and cowboys! My favorite type of story to read. And while I hadn't yet been born when these awesome TV westerns were created, some of my favorite shows are Gunsmoke, Rawhide, and Cheyenne (think Clint Walker *sigh*). So I am definitely interested in reading Pam's work. Please enter me in the drawing. I am following Pam's author page. Thank you! :)

    bookwarp(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Angi...now I have the Rawhide theme music running through my head for the rest of the day. It could be worse, couldn't it?

      Delete
    2. ANGI I know what you mean those old shows are so good! Most of those were on before my time but Gunsmoke was still on when I was born. That was one of my dad's favs. Mom on the other hand wasn't a fan of TV at all so she was forever telling Dad to turn off those "bang bang shoot 'em ups". lol Thanks for coming by; here's hoping you win one of PAM's books!!

      Delete
  8. What a fantastic plot! I'm looking forward to reading the book to see how it all turns out! Thanks so much for the review and giveaway!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. HELLO HEIDI! So glad you dropped in! I hope you get to read it too, PAM is such a good writer, I know you will love her books. :-)

      Delete
    2. Too fun! Hope you enjoy it, Heidi!

      Delete
  9. Teresa, Thank you for review . I loved the post. This book looks great! the characters and story line drew me right in and I can't wait to read it . I have read a few of Pam's books before and once I picked it up I had to keep reading.
    Thanks for giveaway.
    I liked Pam's F B page
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. JACKIE I hope you do get to read this, it's wonderful. Thanks for coming by.

      Delete
    2. Jackie, you've read my work before? Oh, happy dance from down in MS!!!! :) Thank you for sharing that. And thank you for liking my FB page. You rock!

      Delete
  10. I LIKED her! :) I've been really wanting to read Claiming Mariah! :) Plus all the great reviews I've been seeing have only peaked my interest even more!!! :D
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy Ms. Hillman and Teresa! :)

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Waving at you AMADA, good to see you. Sure hope you get to read this, winning it would great wouldn't it? Good . Luck :-)

      Delete
    2. Amatha, thanks lady! I've been blessed with a host of great reviews. Reviews can be such an eye-opener, and I mean that in a good way... :) Once a lady wrote a review on one of my books and gave some great ideas that would have worked perfectly. I thought, "Man, I wish I'd thought of that!" lol

      Delete
  11. Great review, Teresa!

    Teresa and Diana, I ALWAYS thought Little Joe was the cutest cowboy on TV, I loved Hoss also - because of his gentleness, and sensitivity! Other favorites were Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and The Cisco Kid - cowboys, and cereal in front of the TV, were a Saturday morning staple!!

    Would love to read "Claiming Mariah", Pam!! Sounds like a wonderful, eye-opening, story of forgiveness, and redemption, filled with secrets, suspense, and romance!! I haven't read any of your books yet, and appreciate the opportunity to win a copy of "Claiming Mariah"- thank you SO much, Pam and OWG!!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com
    OWG
    LIKED Pam's FB page!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Waving at ya BONNIE!! Thanks a million for stopping by and making me smile thinking about my Saturdays as a kid. :-) I know you will love Pam's books so good luck in the drawing!

      Delete
    2. Bonnie, ah, Saturday mornings. I got to watch just a little bit of Saturday morning cartoons. For some reason, (maybe because we were farmers and had a dairy farm) the old TV we had wasn't turned on until all the work was done at night. Then, it was turned off as soon as daddy watched the 10 o'clock news. But I'm sure I got plenty of cartoons and Saturday afternoon westerns in! :)

      Thank you for liking my page. Good bless!

      Delete
  12. I enjoyed your review. The story sounds great. I love Westerns. I have been drawn to books that deal with forgiveness. Guess God is trying to tell me something. I would love to read and review this book. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. JAN glad the review piqued your interest, it's a wonderful book. Here's hoping you win a copy and can write that review! :-)

      Delete
    2. Jan, sounds like Claiming Mariah would be right down your alley, then. Forgiveness is a huge theme in fiction, even if it's not the overall theme, there's usually some aspect of forgiveness involved. Maybe that's because we all deal with it in some form or another, and as we discussed earlier, it's hard to forgive. Hope to see you on the 'net again, Jan. :)

      Delete
  13. I would love too read your book. Reading is my absolute favorite.
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wow, Danie, you are a night owl, girl! ;) Reading is a girl's best friend, isn't it? Hope you grab a copy of Claiming Mariah soon.

      Delete
    2. Some times I can't sleep so I look for free book giveaways I also do Pinterest too. You can follow me at Danie Walther. And I was in NY on Feb 5.

      Delete
  14. Teresa, what a wonderful review of - what sounds like - a great book! Thanks for making me add another book on my TBR stack! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. MARIAN what's a mom to do but "encourage" you to read, read, read!! lol :P

      Delete
  15. What a great day and a wonderful interview. Thank you Teresa, and OWG! Also, friends, don't forget about the Goodreads Giveaway. Tyndale is giving away FIVE copies of Claiming Mariah on Goodreads. Click here to throw your hat in the ring for a chance to snag one of those copies! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. WOW! PAM thanks for sharing this with us. I read Claiming Mariah on my kindle but it would be great to have a copy to hold and admire the beautiful cover! :-) Headed over there now to throw in my hat...oops I don't have a hat on...better run grab one first! :P

      Delete
  16. An other good review Teresa. You made me want to read this book and the new one too. Thanks Pam. I know it will be good. Love westerns anytime. And, Teresa and Diana, you two are just babies if you weren't around to watch Bonanza, Big Valley(more good looking guys there), Chyenne, Wagon Train, John Wayne in so many westerns(by the way I got to meet him and eat with the crew and watch them make a movie.) and so many more. Can't remember them all but there was a lot of good one. Used to watch Roy Rogers and Gene Autry at the small theater we had in our small town. I loved reading the westerns by Lewis La'Amour. He's the best and had so many books made into movies. I use to have quite a collection. Some got ruined in a flood. If you can find any you should read them. I sure would love to win one of Pam's books. Please put my name in the drawing. I just might get lucky. Hello to the other OWG gals. Love you all. God bless.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com
    lot.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Hallo, Hallo Ms. Hillman!

    Guess what!? I'm first in queue for Mariah!!! I couldn't believe it!! Eek. I wonder, will this be the week the book arrives? I cannot wait to share my reaction with my librarians, too! Happy, happy me! I saw your lovely tweet but I've been happily coming back round to OWG as well! I finally was able to sort out how to get back into my regular blog adventures! Must say, I *miss!* touring my favourites!!

    Ms. Flowers thank you for bringing the story back to the forefront of what I remember from last year!! Soon, it shall be my turn to duck underneath the covers!!

    *I am linked to Ms. Hillman on Twitter not FB, therefore I opt out of the bookaway!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, too FUN, Jorie!! Tell that delivery guy to HURRY up. I can picture you now, all comfy and cozy, readin' and relaxin'....but not TOO relaxed as you're falling in love with Slade from Claiming Mariah. lol

      Delete

Google Analytics