Tuesday, February 8, 2011

McKenzie by Penny Zeller*A Review

"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.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Whitaker House (September 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603742166
ISBN-13: 978-1603742160
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces

I am a Christ follower, wife to my wonderful husband, Lon, mother of two daughters, and am a Christian author/speaker. I am the author of several books and numerous magazine articles. I also write a humor blog A Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, and Author, am an active volunteer in my community, serving as a women’s Bible study small-group leader, co-organizing a women’s prayer group, and co-founding The Sisters in Christ Community Girls Night Out. My passion is to use the gift of the written word to glorify God and to benefit His Kingdom. I devote my time to assisting, encouraging, and nurturing women and children into a closer relationship with Christ. When I'm not dreaming up new characters for books, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and camping, hiking, canoeing, gardening, and playing volleyball.

I was bitten with the writing bug at age seven when I began writing Bible stories in my own words. My second grade teacher, Mrs. Vernon, holds a special place in my heart – it was she who encouraged me to continue writing about Jesus. In fourth grade, I began to write fiction stories about a dog named Muffie and her adventures, as well as other short stories neatly composed in homemade wallpaper-covered cardboard books.

“McKenzie” by Penny Zeller is such a fantastic book. It’s about a mail-order bride. I love stories like that for many reasons. The main reason is I sort of was a mail-order bride.
McKenzie was from a Boston family who had it all, money, a fancy home, all she would ever want. So why did she become a mail order bride. Usually women who don’t have anything become mail-order brides so they can get away from poverty.
We find out McKenzie wants to find her sister who is in a very bad abusive marriage and is in the West. So McKenzie sacrifices many things to go west and marry a stranger.
McKenzie realizes that money can’t buy everything and life is happy if you love and follow the Lord.
This book is full of many surprises, twists and turns.
I was quite taken with the calm assurance in Zach’s life. How he relied on the Lord and gave everything over to Him, as we all should. I really liked the unique names of the daughters in “McKenzie.”
The main characters are McKenzie, Zach, Davey, Rosemary, Asa, Kaydie, and Jonah. One of my favorite characters are Rosemary. She really is patient and kind, willing to help others.
This book is the first in a series and I’m looking forward to Kaydie. I recommend this book for a keeper. It is a sweet love story of the Lord, family and friends. You will love it.

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Thank you to Whitaker House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255


Unknown said...

Thankyou Wanda and Penny for the chance to win this great sounding book. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com
from Arizona
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Penny Zeller said...

Thank you, Wanda, for your wonderful review of "McKenzie." You have no idea how much you blessed me with your kind words. Thank you also for hosting me on your blog.

God's Blessings,
Penny Zeller