Mariah Malone seeks to mend the damage her father did to his former partner. Donovan's son, Slade, comes to the ranch and claims ownership of the Malone's land. Mariah needs to care for her family, but she also wants to repair the past. Slade also wants to care for his family and the land would bring his family a home and a living they need.
Mariah Malone and Slade Donovan come head to head with their love of their families and their stubbornness to care for their loved ones. It's a also a tale of half-truths. Everyone has a story that goes unshared until it is nearly too late to repair or build a stronger relationship.
It's such a blessing that the Lord is there to watch over His children! As Hillman shared through Mariah, "God doesn't keep us from trouble; He keeps us through it." Every character is fighting a battle - either with feelings, money, physical changes, the past, and even the future. Love needs to triumph because love gives hope and hope builds faith and faith brings peace.
Claiming Mariah focused on Mariah and Slade, but other characters were also brought into play - Buck and Amanda. I definitely believe there is a story to follow! If it's a book about them or separate books featuring each character, I don't care. I would love to hear their stories.
Time Period: Western, 1800's
Location: Wisdom, Texas, USA
Reviewed from a library copy.
Title: Claiming Mariah
Author: Pam Hillman