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Claiming Mariah

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  503 ratings  ·  129 reviews
In light of her father’s death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim a ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published January 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published December 14th 2012)
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Hallie Szott

Reading Challenge Categories:
-Carla's Reading Challenge: Read a book in a historical time period
-#ReadingUSA: Wyoming
Mariah Malone is struggling to hold onto her father's ranch. When Slade Donnovan and his brother show up in response to a letter she sent on behalf of her father, Mariah knows that she must pay the consequences of her father's actions. Slade Donnovan is determined to take the land and the ranch that he feels rightfully belongs to his family. As much as he tries to fight it, he finds himself drawn to Mariah, her gentle grandmother, and their quiet faith. Will he let her go or will he fight for he ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
After reading and enjoying Pam Hillman's most recent novels, I went back and read her second novel Claiming Mariah. It was good, but not quite as strong as the newer ones.

Claiming Mariah has a good storyline and I loved how both main characters showed love for Buck and a family struggling financially with the head of the house more focused on drinking than his family. Faith in Christ came through in the novel. I struggled a bit with the ping pong of commitment with the two main characters. Overa
Paula Vince
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like sitting back with a good, clean romance set in yesteryear and that's exactly what I got.

Without warning, a brusque young man sweeps into Mariah Malone's front yard and informs her that her childhood home never actually belonged to her family. Her father swindled his over some gold years ago, and it turns out that his father's name was the only one on the deed. He's decided to evict her. Yet although he wants Mariah gone so that he can start over, Slade Donovan isn't heartless enough
Jul 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book on my to-read shelf for SO LONG,
because the description sounded like just my cup of tea!
It didn't disappoint. It was just right, in all the places it needed to be.
Took me less than a day to finish.

Clean romance with a bit of kissing

Edit: **I can't believe there's not a second book! I thought there would be another book about Buck (scarred and shy, but kind and amazing with animals) and Amanda (blind but adventurous and full of life). I really wanted to read a story pairing
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mariah sends a letter after her father passes away that could change her life. Upon hearing of a wrong that her father committed before she was born, she writes a letter to apologize to the man he stole from. What she doesn't expect is to find the man's son standing on her front porch with claims to her ranch. But very quickly losing her ranch is only half of her problems. Mariah quickly finds out that not everyone who says they want to help are really trustworthy.

The book is listed as a Christi
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
I was a bit wary of this book because I hadn't read the author's other work. While it is predictable with it's love story, I really enjoyed this book. I think it was written in a way to keep up interest and with a very sweet romance. This book reminded me of Deeane Gist just a tad. I love the western ranch setting in Wyoming and I loved the characters. The grandma in the book is great a solid rock for Mariah along with her stong belief in God. I love how the author incorporated God in the story ...more
Ginger Solomon
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hunky bad-boy hero. Beautiful, desperate heroine. An evil villain. And one plot of land they all want. With these elements Pam Hillman has written us a compelling story. Claiming Mariah brought laughter and tears, compassion and anger, love and hate. This is one I will be keeping to reread.

***Received for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.***
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed this one! It moved at a nice pace, and at the same time had a laid-back feel to it that helped make it an easy read. I would love a sequel (maybe Buck and Amanda? Please?), and look forward to reading more from this author.
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think I enjoyed this one more than Stealing Jake. It was an excellent story and I look forward to discussing it with the ACFW group next week!
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Nov 16, 2014 marked it as used-again-covers  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmm... Now where have I seen this cover before? Wish The publishers would get more creative instead of using ones already used :(
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Claiming Mariah is an historical western by Pam Hillman about two strangers who must wade through the fallout from the feud between their fathers.

When Mariah’s father passes away, she sends a letter to the Donovans, asking forgiveness for the money her father stole from them. Money her father used to buy their ranch.

Slade Donovan hates the way he grew up, the pain his drunken father put them through before the man’s death. So, when Mariah’s letter arrives, he sees his chance to give his mother a
Maris McKay
I really enjoyed this story and the characters. It's a sweet Christian romance that kept me turning pages to find out what happened next. I would happily read a sequel that followed Buck and Amanda's story.

The one thing that bothered me is the lack of dialog after kisses. The lead-up to kiss scenes and the kisses themselves were pretty well-written, but then after that nothing. Once or maybe twice I could see these characters kissing and then embarrassment keeping them from talking about it, but
The only other Pam Hillman story I've read was Shanghiad by the Bride, part of the Oregon Trail Wagon Train Barbour compilation series. It was one of the BEST novellas I've ever read!
This was completely different as far as heroine's go but still a beautiful romance with page-turning mystery! And I loved it too!! Pam Hillman is a wonderful and gifted storyteller! In the beginning, I didn't like Slade or Mariah. I thought he was mean and I felt like she was just letting him walk all over her, lite
Beth Erin
I borrowed this title through a trial membership of the Kindle Unlimited program. It was so good that I immediately located additional books by this author!

Claiming Mariah is a simply delicious western romance with loads of conflict, tension, and attraction. Mariah and Slade are formidable foes, equally matched in their stubbornness and determination to do whatever it takes to provide for their loved ones.

Don't y'all know, sometimes God turns our little world upside down and inside out just to b
Mariah H
I found this one and I had to read it because: she has my name, and I've always had an interest in books that have mine or my families names.
I really enjoyed this story, it was different, and I liked the characters, I was really happy with Mariah especially, which is good because the first time I found a book about someone called Mariah, they were a boy, and that really weirded me out, so I've been on the look out for books with a female Mariah, and this one was great. Will totally read it again
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clean Christian historical novel

I enjoyed the book and getting to know the characters. The story line was a good lesson in not jumping to conclusions in any relationship. I appreciate the main characters parts in including the Lord in their lives. The only part I didn't like was the ending left you guessing how the lives went forward, not exactly a cliff hanger but a drop off. I still would recommend the book and the author.
Dana Michael
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Claiming Mariah Melted my Heart

Y'all! Since I have found this author, I'm on a Pam Hillman book marathon. And I'm loving it. This book was so well written. The romance and the suspense made it a wonderful read. I just hope there is another book with Buck and Amanda. They need to find a happily ever after too. I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this cute and clean novel that takes place on a ranch. Mariah tries to make right the wrong her father did and admitted to on his death bed which backfires sending Slade Donavan to her door to claim her ranch! The sparks fly between the two of them despite their own wishes and the history both families have. Enjoyed every minute of this story!
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This kept me interested the whole way through. There weren't any times that I felt like I wanted to skip stuff. It had an interesting way to bring the two protagonists together. The events did not need to be massaged to fit into place. It flowed fairly realistically well. I'm going to look for more by this author. ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was an amazing story and I wish there was more because the epilogue wasn't enough. I would love for this to be a series where Mariah's blind sister becomes involved with Slade's brother who have the deformed face.
Ruth Ann Maynard
Nice story

Very nice story. It kept my attention. In fact, didn't want to put it down. And there was a love story. One of those that you were anticipating their getting together. Very nice!
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the way the author gave you a truly Western feeling book, complete with cattle rustling and all. I gave the book a three star because I liked it, but the romance didn't feel real to me as I would have liked. Still an enjoyable story! ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book, it had romance, excitement, and a great ending! The overall theme of this book is about forgiving others, and finding forgiveness. Excellent theme! I will enjoy reading this book over and over again!
Courtney | Soul of a Librarian
I really, really liked this book. Mariah and Slade were petty and frustrating at times, but they definitely made up for it. 😍 This was just a good read across the board--great storytelling, great characters, great heart. I highly recommend this book for fans of Karen Witemeyer or Mary Connealy.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would probably rate this 3.5 and round up to 4. This was a nice romance with a nice plot. Nice characters.
Connie S. Koog
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First day!

This was a very touching book and I have laughed and cried through out. I was impressed with the way you included the story of God's love.
Janet Ferguson
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fiction
This was a sweet story! I fought tears near the end.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-fiction
I have this on my kindle for awhile now, I was really reluctant to read it even tho the description told the kind of story I would love. And it turned out, I really like it!
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