McKenzie by Penny Zeller Book Review

Title: McKenzie

Author: Penny Zeller

Series: Montana Skies

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Publisher: Whitaker House

Release Date: September 2010

Format: Kindle/Paperback

Pages: 320 pages

About the Book:

Desperate times call for desperate measures is the reasoning that prompts McKenzie Worthington, a young lady of Boston’s high society, to respond to an ad for a mail-order bride for a man in the Montana Territory. McKenzie is desperate, after all, to save her beloved younger sister, Kaydie, from her evil, abusive husband, who robs banks for a living. And so, it is with reckless determination that McKenzie runs away from the comforts of home and hearth to head West and meet her new husband-whom she’ll divorce, of course, after she rescues her sister.

Desperate times call for desperate measures is the reasoning that also prompts Zachary Sawyer, a rugged rancher after God’s own heart, to post an ad for a mail-order bride in various newspapers across the country. Managing a ranch and caring for his adoptive son, Davey, has become more than one man can handle alone, and Zach prays for God to send him a wife with whom to build a life and share his dreams.

When McKenzie arrives at Zach’s ranch, she immediately puts her plan in motion, searching for her sister and doing all she can to keep her new husband from forming an attachment. But his persistent kindness and significant self-sacrifices begin to change her heart-and ruin her plans. God has a way of working things out to the good of those who love Him, though, as McKenzie and Kaydie will soon see.

My Review:

McKenzie (Montana Skies #1) reminded me strongly of Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly series, with a little bit of Taming of the Shrew mixed in. McKenzie Worthington, at the beginning of the story, is a spoiled, entitled young woman who believes in her own goodness because she goes to church, even if, as she admits later, it is for “purely social reasons.” When she marries the godly man Zach Sawyer and comes to live in the town of Pine Haven, she slowly begins to discover what it means to “walk with God.”

This is a very sweet book with lots of beautiful description of the wide open spaces of Montana and what it was like to live in the 1800s.  I especially liked the liberal sprinkling of prayers and Bible verses that were appropriately quoted by the characters.  This is not a preachy book at all, but instead shows that none of us are perfect – we all must seek forgiveness from each other and God in order to build long lasting relationships.

I found the book to be a little predictable, and although I enjoyed the ending, I found it slightly implausible for the time period.  However, this was a thoroughly enjoyable and easy read which I would recommend to any fan of the genre.

My rating:

I give McKenzie 3 1/2 harmonicas.

I received the above products through Sublime Media Connection in exchange for an honest review. In no way was I asked to give a positive review.


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