"Claiming Mariah" has all the elements of a wonderful love story combined with elements of suspense and intrigue. Mariah stands to lose everything she has ever know because the farm was not bought legally. Slade approaches her with an absolute claim to the land, and his desire to reclaim what is rightfully his and exact vengeance for the wrongs done, threaten to make Mariah fall to pieces. Her faith in God, however, grows as she learns that He is the only one who can provide the place of rest and resolution.
After Mariah is confronted with the possible loss of her home and land, she is faced with many dilemmas. What will she do if she has to give it all up? Is there any possibility that she can stay? When difficult situations arise, there is always someone willing to help - for a price. That person would be Frederick Cooper. His promise of taking care of her financial problems sounds promising, but will Mariah take the offer that means she has to marry him? Or, will she find a way to work with Slade and stay? Will Slade be able to find peace with the past and let go of his anger?
"Claiming Mariah" is a book that will have you feeling a range of emotions. Pam Hillman makes each case compelling and you want it to work out for everyone. Her characters and settings are realistic and written so that the reader if placed right in the scene. I really enjoy reading books by authors who can do that. If you enjoy reading books that draw you in, this book is for you. I received my free review copy from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.