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[Hillman is] gifted with a true talent for vivid imagery, heart-tugging romance, and a feel for the Old West that will jangle your spurs. (Julie Lessman, author of the Daughters of Boston series)

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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 truth: her father’s farm―the only home she’s ever known―was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his family’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though 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 Lazy M 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, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentments of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed changes their futures forever.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414389752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414389752
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CBA Bestselling author 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 an 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie Lessman on March 25, 2013
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If you have never read a Pam Hillman novel before, you are simply missing out on some of the best historical romance available in the Christian market today. With a fresh voice and easy, languid flow that enhances her charming western tales of the heart, this exciting new author demonstrates just why she was a 3-time Golden Heart winner with unique plots and tender romance that will curl your toes. When it comes to old-fashioned, sigh-worthy romance in the Wild West, Ms. Hillman is not only a must-read, but one of my absolute favorites!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leslie S. on January 28, 2013
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Pam Hillman's most recent novel Claiming Mariah did not disappoint. From page one, the story pulls readers in to discover what is going to happen to Mariah, her grandmother,and their beloved ranch. In addition, Slade, one of the antagonists and the leading man in this novel, makes readers wonder what is causing him to be so demanding. As the story progresses, Slade's background is disclosed bit by bit which allows a deeper understanding of why he makes the choices he does.

Throughout the story, a definite tension exists between Slade and Mariah. Beyond the expected and growing romantic tension, the larger tension exists over their differing approaches to faith. Mariah and her grandmother are devout Christians and prayer warriors who draw strength from prayer in every situation. Slade does not share their religious viewpoints and is portrayed as hostile to Christianity for a large part of the book. As expected in a novel from a Christian publishing house, Slade and another character both choose to become Christ-followers by the end of the book.

While reading Claiming Mariah, information on Mariah's sister Amanda is witheld until much later in the story. In the beginning, Amanda is mentioned only as the sister who is away at school. A great deal of assumptions are made concerning Amanda's purpose and motives for being away and the time is never right for Mariah to explain the true situation. However, not being able to inform Slade of the truth also keeps this important piece of information a secret from the reader although a few hints are provided.

While the story primarily focuses on Mariah and Slade, another aspect is some shady business that has been going on with the ranch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By momma mia on January 30, 2014
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I would give this book 3.5 stars.

Pam Hillman's second novel, Claiming Mariah focuses on two main characters-Mariah Malone, and Slade Donovan. Mariah and her grandmother have been the owners of the Lazy M Ranch in Wyoming since her father's death, but things take a drastic turn when Slade Donovan, a rugged, strong, yet bitter man, and his gentle, quiet, disfigured brother Buck, arrive at the Ranch seeking full ownership. Years before, Mariah's father (Seth) and Slade's father (Jack) were former business partners, until Seth supposedly cheated Jack out of a gold claim. Seth went on to found the Lazy M, while Jack drank away his sorrows, becoming violent towards his children, and eventually dying from his alcoholic ways when Slade was just a boy.

Bitter, angry, and set on kicking Mariah and her grandmother out of the Ranch, Slade demands ownership of the Ranch, which Mariah quickly hands over. The book then follows Mariah and Slade on their personal journeys of forgiveness, acceptance, and not always relying on assumptions to shape one's reality. The romance part of the book was also in good taste.

I enjoyed the descriptive language of the story--I felt as though I were there--and I liked the style of writing. The author wrote from both character's perspectives, instead of being a neutral narrator, which gave some added interest to the story.

I had a couple minor complaints about the book, mostly about character development and how realistic the emotions of the characters were. For one, I didn't notice a lot of character development. Slade went from bitter, to not as bitter, to bitter, to not as bitter, to bitter, to "working on it". Mariah went from sad, to ashamed, to fine, to ashamed, to sad, to fine.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martha A. on February 2, 2013
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When we begin this story, we cannot help, but be drawn to the lovely, hardworking Mariah. She is trying to do what is right, but when Slade comes charging into her life, demanding his rights to her ranch, she does the honorable thing and hands it over in confusion. I imagine you would feel helpless in that situation, she had to earn money for train tickets, support her grandmother and worry about her blind sister away at school.

The characters in this story are real. They each have pain they are dealing with. The romance is light, not too detailed, but the pain is more raw. Slade- guilt and pain from blaming himself for his brother's injuries as well as dealing with the anger from the things his father, the townfolk and others put him through. Mariah- blaming herself for her sister's blindness and wondering why she did not know about her father's issues.
The other characters that are secondary, like Buck, I would love to see a story about him. You could not help but like him. Injured by a wild mustang, he loves animals and had just a gentle heart.

Ms. Hillman makes you finish the book, and want more from her. She makes the story just real enough that you relate to the story in a personal way, without making the story so real that you don't want to read it.

I look forward to reading more of her books as she writes them!
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