Wednesday, January 19, 2011

McKenzie by Penny Zeller

Desperate Times

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 will soon see.

McKenzie Worthington is not what I expected when I started reading. At first she seems like the usual nice Christian heroine. But we find out that she isn't what she seems in many ways. It is a welcome change to see how this young woman grows and changes when she finds out that her Bible isn't just something to carry around and church isn't just a social event. She goes from lying easily to feeling guilt for doing so.
Zachary Sawyer is a strong godly man who has known sadness and loss in his life but his faith has grown through it. From the beginning you see him taking it all before the Lord and trusting Him to guide him. He actually shows her how to have a relationship with God. That is him being the spiritual leader in his family and I loved it!
I recommend this book to readers of all ages. It is wonderful to see a romance that is an option for younger readers, too. I wish there had been romance like this when I started reading romance at the young age of 11. I am so pleased to see more and more available like this.


Want More?

This is the first book in the Montana Skies Series. Be on the look out for book two: Kaydie due to be released in April 2011
Watch for my review on Kaydie coming soon!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Terri, for your awesome review of "McKenzie!" I'm glad you enjoyed reading it and am excited to hear what you think about "Kaydie."

    Have a blessed week and thank you again!

    Hugs & Blessings,
    Penny Zeller