- Series: Montana Skies (Book 1)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Whitaker House (July 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1603742166
- ISBN-13: 978-1603742160
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 184 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,067,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Readers will find McKenzie a step above the rest and will find their own faith strengthened as they reflect on the message of God's sovereign power woven throughout the novel.
--Janice Dakur, Reviewer, Christian Fiction Book Reviews
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What People Are Saying about McKenzie by Penny Zeller...
Penny Zeller writes with wit, brilliance, descriptive clarity, and gentle, inspirational prose. She provides a plentiful supply of intrigue, romance, and drama, truly enough to keep anyone reading during every spare moment. I am eager to watch the impact this book will make on Christian fiction as a whole, but especially on individual readers, as they clearly find a well-defined yet never preachy message of God's unchanging, never-failing, ever-forgiving gospel. This book is intended for your keeper library shelf, with its beautiful cover, endearing story line, and gripping characters who will stay with you. Don't delay in adding it to your to-be-read pile. Matter of fact, lay it on the top! --Sharlene MacLaren, Award-winning, best-selling author, the Little Hickman Creek and The Daughters of Jacob Kane series, Through Every Storm, and Long Journey Home
Penny Zeller's McKenzie is a moving, compelling story that's rich with panoramic beauty and characters you'll identify with. You will laugh, you will weep, you will wish you had taken speed-reading in school so you could find out even faster what happens next! I'm definitely adding this one to my keepers list! --Loree Lough, Award-winning author of seventy-five novels, including Beautiful Bandit (book one in the Lone Star Legends series)
McKenzie is a captivating tale weaved together masterfully with characters that quickly steal the reader's heart. They certainly did mine. --Shirley Kiger Connolly, Author, Flame from Within and the I See God series
McKenzie is a sweet love story that transcends the pages of time and brings a fresh, new voice to the historical genre. --Bonnie Calhoun, Publisher, Christian Fiction Online Magazine, GPCWC Writer of the Year, 2009
With a gentle touch and warm style, Zeller pens a story that looks deep into the heart of love--the kind between sisters that her heroine would do anything to honor, and the unexpected romance that springs up in its pursuit. McKenzie is a novel that will lead you on an adventure along with the title character and touch your heart as Zach touches hers. --Roseanna M. White, Author, A Stray Drop of Blood, Senior Reviewer, The Christian Review of Books
I love mail-order bride stories, and Penny Zeller brought a completely different twist from any I'd ever read. Interesting with a strong spiritual thread. --Lena Nelson Dooley, Award-winning author, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico and Cranberry Hearts
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Zach Sawyer is a man any woman would be pleased to find and he is looking for a wife and someone to help him raise his 5 year old adopted son. He is a "25 year old rancher in Montana Territory looking for possible matrimony. Man of integrity with dark brown hair, blue eyes, and shy demeanor seeks a kind, educated, hardworking, Christian woman with good disposition with whom to share his life." (That is what his ad in the Boston papers said.)
McKenzie finds this listing in the paper and found it was just what she needed for her "rescue mission: money for the trip and a place to stay, as well as the help of a man in finding Kaydie." (Kaydie is her sister who ran off and got married and found she had married a cruel man who was in trouble with the law.)
So McKenzie sets out to Montana and finds out how different it is from her opulent lifestyle in Boston. She starts out as a little bit of a snob, but she will begin to change and adapt to the Montana ranch and the people who live there. Zach if a very patient man, who has fallen in love with his mail-order bride and is just waiting for her to feel the same. But McKenzie fights her feelings because she knows as soon as she finds her sister she is leaving. But what McKenzie couldn't get away from was her attraction to Zach, his godly character, his wisdom and his compassion and love for her.
I enjoyed watching these two people get to know one another and fall in love. It is a story that shows how a person can change and how God can make a difference when we wait upon Him and give Him time to work it all out for good. This is the first book in the Montana Skies series and I look forward to reading book two next, "Kaydie". I confess I have already started the story and it picks up right where "McKenzie" leaves off. Sit back, get comfortable and enjoy Montana and the people of Pine Haven.
Zach Sawyer has a Montana ranch and young adopted son. A friend talks him into posting an ad for a wife, and he's relying on God to send the right woman. He vows to treat her with kindness, self-sacrifice, patience, and love.
The stage was set for a wonderful, Christian romance, and, for the most part, that's what this book turned out to be. There were some problems, however. At times the story seemed much more modern than 1881. For example, the word "mini-marathon" was used. "Marathon" did not come into our vocabulary until after 1900 and "mini" in the 1960's. "Last night he took to me to dinner" (without a chaperone) is another example. Zach also took McKensie to his ranch overnight until he married her the next day. This would have been considered immoral then. "Smirked" was used synonymously with smiled, and it means an insolent, smug type of smile, not at all appropriate where used. A quilt is not finished by sewing on the last pieces. The top must be sewn together first, then the three layers are quilted together, and, finally, the quilt is hemmed. It also seemed odd that, in the months Zach and McKensie were married, even after they declared their love, they never slept together. I thought this made for a very unrealistic situation, although I did like it that the book was clean.
On the positive side, the story is interesting, and faith is woven in as an integral part. The mechanics and grammar was also better than most. I would recommend it, and I'd read more by this author. I gave it a 4.5, which rounded up to a five.