Mariah Malone sends a letter to Slade Donovan after her father’s death, never expecting the consequences that letter will bring. Slade ends up at Mariah’s door and forces her to hand over the family ranch, the Lazy M. She has no choice, her father stole from Slade’s father, the ranch belongs to the Donovan’s.
Slade allows Mariah and her grandmother to stay at the ranch until his mother and sister arrive. During this waiting period Slade and Mariah’s relationship changes and both find themselves fighting feelings they never asked for. Slade also uncovers some secrets that could distroy the ranch and everything he ever dreamed of.
This is Pam’s second novel. I haven’t had the chance to read her first novel, Stealing Jake.
I enjoyed this book very much. Pam is a wonderful storyteller. I was drawn to her characters and frustrated with them when they wouldn’t speak up about their feelings. Pam has some amazing romance scenes that had my heart twisting with emotion. Overall I would say this book is about forgiveness and the difficulty we have in offering that when we are hurt. Even more, the importance in forgiving ourselves. It’s hard to offer forgiveness to others if you can’t forgive yourself.
The song that kept going through my head as I read this was Matthew West’s Forgiveness. Slade and Mariah will never be set free until they can forgive.
There is also a total Genesis 5020 in this story. When Slade takes over the ranch that could be used to harm Mariah but God intends it for good. But you’ll have to read the book to find out how.
Pam will be visiting 5020genesis on April 10th, so be sure to come then to hear from the author herself. I look forward to reading more books by Pam.
I was given an egalley of this book from the publisher, Tyndale House Publishers, in excahnge for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.