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 and sisters the home they deserve.
Mariah doesn’t fight the deed or the wanted posted stating her father shot Slade’s father. Instead, she signs her ranch over to the Donovans. Unable to put the young woman and her elderly grandmother out on the street without a cent to their name, he hires Mariah to keep the house until his own mother arrives.
As the day the Donovan family’s arrives draws near, trouble comes to the ranch. Cattle numbers are dropping without explanation. Rustlers are cutting the fence. Most confusing of all are the feelings escalating between Mariah and Slade.
Claiming Mariah is a wonderful western in all senses. From the small Wyoming town to the cattle trouble to the characters that populate the pages. And the lesson of forgiveness with which both Mariah and Slade must wrestle is one readers can identify with as well.
If you’re looking for a sweet western romance with plenty of adventure, check out Claiming Mariah.
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