Claiming Mariah, by Pam Hillman, is a marvelous novel. Set in Wisdom, Wyoming, in 1882, it tells the story of Mariah Malone and Slade Donovan. Their tale demonstrates our desperate need to stop and pray for God’s will before jumping into action on our own.
Mariah is certain that she is doing the right thing in sending a letter to Jack Donovan from her father asking forgiveness for past deeds. But months later, after her father’s death, Jack’s son, Slade, arrives demanding her ranch and wanting no part of forgiveness. Shocked at the turn of events, Mariah signs the ranch over to him, unsure of the future for her grandmother, blind sister, and herself. Slade finds the ranch in need of attention, dealing with both repairs and rustlers. And in spite of themselves, the two find themselves drawn to each other.
I enjoyed this book. I was inspired by Mariah’s faith in following God’s will, no matter the cost to herself and her family, as well as Slade’s journey through anger and injustice to peace with God. Secondary characters—Buck, Cookie, and Grandmother Malone—added a great deal to the story.
I would recommend this book to all who enjoy historical fiction set in the old west.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.