Monday, March 12, 2012

"McKenzie" by Penny Zeller" - Montana Skies #1: Book Review

"Desperate times call for desperate measures"
In Boston in 1881, McKenzie lives the protected, cultured life of the well-to-do daughter of a Boston attorney.  Success. Wealth.  Culture.  McKenzie really has a life of ease.  However, she is only one of three daughters in the family.  Peyton, the eldest, is already married and living a high society life as is expected of one in their station in life.  Kaydie has previously run off and married the "love of her life" who turned out to be a scoundrel and criminal.  That leaves McKenzie. 

McKenzie loves her sister Kaydie and contrives a way to rescue her from the clutches of her terrible husband.  Now how is McKenzie to do this?  It means she has to travel from Boston to the Montana Territory.

Enter Zach Sawyer who owns a ranch, is single, needs and wants a wife.  So he posts advertisements in the newspapers in the major cities in the East for a "bride."  McKenzie answers his ad and our story begins in earnest. 

Cultured, Boston society meets rough and tumble rancher.  They marry.  Zach is a gentle, considerate man who loves God and falls in love with McKenzie.  Their story progresses and the end is somewhat predictable. 

I enjoyed reading this sweet read.  To me it is unfathomable that a woman would consent to travel a great distance and marry a stranger.  Yet, it was not unheard of during this period in our history.

I found that Penny Zeller writes an enjoyable book and I am looking forward to reading the next two books in Montana Skies - Kaydie and Hailee.  Watch for reviews of the next two in the near future.

I was provided a copy of each of the books in Montana Skies by the author for the purpose of an honest review.

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