Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman is a Christian romance novel set in historical western times. The back cover copy reads: "After 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 truth: her father’s farm—the only home she’s ever known—was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his family’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though a local landowner promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.
With the Lazy M ranch now under Slade’s careful eye, he unearths more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal, and murder threatens the well-being of the ranch, endangering those who hold it dear. As the days dwindle until the rest of the Donovan clan arrives, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentments of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed changes their futures forever."
Reading the back cover, I expected more a suspenseful-type book, but this was truly more of a straightforward romance that didn't dwell too much on the suspense aspects. If you enjoy a sweet, old fashioned Christian romance novel, this is definitely the book for you. It's heavy on the romance and light on the suspense. I did enjoy the characters, even though it was a stretch of the imagination at first to picture Mariah and Slade liking each other romantically. However, by the end of the book, she sells the story well.