Wednesday, December 1, 2010

McKenzie by Penny Zeller ~ 4 stars

Penny Zeller
Montana Skies series #1
Whitaker House
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:
While I did see room for improvements in this book, I also saw potential. I will definitely be reading the second book in this series.

Here are some things I thought could be better… The dialogue could use some work, but that was only in some areas. Occasionally it would seem a bit dramatic or over done, but that is easily fixed. It seemed to miss some opportunities to bring the reader closer to the characters and what was happening in their lives. Or a scene wasn’t played out, when I think it should have been. Such as when McKenzie and Zach get back from their wedding ceremony, you never know what happens. You just know that McKenzie sleeps in her own room, but you never know if they talked about waiting or what! That seemed an odd thing to leave out of the story to me as it is a pretty big deal in the characters lives. Also, when Kaydie tells her sister that she is pregnant. I felt like you waited such a long time for the sisters to be reunited, then you don’t even get to “participate” when they are really together and catching up for the first time.

The hero and heroine don’t meet until 100 pages into the book, but it seemed to pass quickly for me because of the letters passing between them. McKenzie is a spoiled brat when she first comes into the book, but as the story progresses you begin to see her changing into a more loving, God-centered person.

Zach is a first-rate hero! I loved him. He is so patient and kind! Awesome. He is a hero that is truly admirable. I loved how he took his dad’s advice about the “small things” and was ready and willing to please, compromise, and forgive whenever he needed to. Such a great guy!



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Molly said...

I have heard nothing but good things about this looks so good! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book!


Emily said...

This book sounds really good. :)

Carman said...

Ron~ Thank you! I'll go check out your blog right now! :)

Molly~ Awesome! You're welcome. Thanks for commenting!

Emily~ I hope you enjoy it! :)

barbjan10 said...

Good review on McKenzie, Carmen. I learn so much about writing from reading reviews. Thank you for pointing out some existing problem areas in McKenzie. The story still appeals to me and I hope to read it.

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Penny Zeller said...

Hi Molly, Emily, and Barb!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on Carman's review of my book "McKenzie." I so appreciate you all!

Have a blessed weekend!

Penny Zeller

Anonymous said...

Wow it sure sounds good!
I cant wait to read it!

Maureen said...

This is on my MRL, but don't know if I can take a drawn out part. Sounds like you should be writing Carman, bet it would be excellent!

Charlotte Kay said...

I always appreciate honest reviews!
I have come to trust these opinions since you read so many books by various authors:)
chakasa58 at gmail dot com

Carman said...

Barb~ I am so glad to hear that reviews help you with your writing! I hope to help both readers and writers with my reviews. :)

Leah~ I hope you enjoy it!

Maureen~ Thank you. :) I don't know if I will ever write, but if that is what God calls me to I know He will equip me for it. :)

Charlotte~ Thank you so much! It really touches me to know you think that. :) I will try to always give my honest opinion so readers can trust me. :)

Tressa said...

I am a total sucker for these types of books - clean western romance. Thanks for the review!

Judylynn said...

Thanks for the review! I am a new follower.


Carman said...

Tressa~ Me too! I absolutely love cowboys! :D

Judylynn~ You're welcome. Awesome! Thank you! :D