Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Buttermilk Sky (Book Review)


Disclosure: I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions in this post are my own.

From the publisher:
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.
Set in 1913, Buttermilk Sky--new from author Jan Watson--tells the story of Mazy, a young woman whose life so far has been sheltered.  She knows that Sheriff Chanis Clay has strong feelings for her, but she doesn't reciprocate those feelings.  When she moves from her rural hometown to the city of Lexington, she encounters people and situations like she's never known.

Mazy finds herself challenged by her teacher, tested by illness, and continually trying to balance relationships with her classmates--some friendly, some not.  In the midst of this, she meets Loyal Chambers, a handsome smooth-talking young man from a wealthy family.  When he expresses interest in her, she falls for him.

I enjoyed this book.  The author intersperses chapters about Mazy in Lexington with chapters about Chanis, who is back home building a house for the two of them.  The writing is straightforward:  descriptive but not overly flowery, clear but not simplistic.  The characters are well-defined but not one-dimensional.  Subplots add depth to the main story line.

In summary, I'd say that Buttermilk Sky is a clean (no profanity, no adult scenes) story about relationships--within a family, between love interests, and among young women.  I liked it and I hope you will, too.

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