Saturday, January 10, 2015
Buttermilk Sky by Jan Watson (Review)
Weary of the expectations imposed on her by her strict upbringing, eighteen-year-old Mazy Pelfrey prepares to leave her home in the Kentucky mountains for the genteel city of Lexington, where she’ll attend secretarial school. She knows her life is about to change—and only for the better. Everything will be blue skies from now on.
But business school is harder than she thought it would be and the big city not as friendly, until she meets a charming young man from a wealthy family, Loyal Chambers. When Loyal sets his sights on her, Mazy begins to see that everything she’d ever wished to have is right before her eyes. The only hindrance to her budding romance is a former beau, Chanis Clay, the young sheriff she thought she’d left firmly behind.
Danger rumbles like thunder on a high mountain ridge when Mazy’s cosseted past collides with her clouded future and forces her to come to terms with what she really wants.
This was a good Christian historical fiction book. This is part of the Troublesome Creek series. For the most part it can stand alone. The only thing you might miss is some of the background between Mazy and Chanis. At first I was a little concerned that I would not like Mazy because in previous books she acts like a spoiled brat and got on my nerves. This book tells her story and I am happy to say Mazy starts to mature and I grew to like her. In this book Mazy has left her sister's house in the mountains to go to the city, Lexington. She is in secretarial school and it is harder than she expected. She lives in a boardinghouse with several other girls who are in the program. They do not always get along great. Then Mazy meets Loyal Chambers, a local man from a wealthy family. The other girls are jealous. Then Mazy's friend Chanis from home shows up. He has been preparing a house for them and thinks things are more serious than she does. I enjoyed all the details the author puts about the other characters. The book held my attention all the way through. The ending was satisfying. The characters and plot are well developed and interesting. Recommended.
Former registered nurse and peri-natal loss counselor, Jan Watson won the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild First Novel Contest in 2004 with Troublesome Creek. Written with a dollop of romance and a smidgen of suspense, Jan's award winning historical novels, are uniquely set in the Appalachian Mountains.
Jan lives in Lexington, Kentucky and spends her days writing and entertaining her Jack Russell terrier, Maggie. Her favorite hobby is reading antique medical books.
Review copy provided by Netgalley and Tyndale Publishing.