Monday, December 15, 2014

Review: Buttermilk Sky by Jan Watson

Buttermilk Sky
by Jan Watson 
Adult Historical Inspirational
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.72
Published by: Tyndale House Publishing
Published on: September 30, 2014
Pages: 345

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

An Overview of the Novel: Mazy left home and is in secretarial school in the city of Lexington. It's extremely different from the life she knew back in the mountains. The expectations are brutal, some of the girls are catty, and there is a set of rules that she can't begin to understand. 

She has Chanis, the boy who's in love with her and wants to marry her, but she's not sure she wants to settle down. She wants more than her life provided her and Chanis is part of her old life.

Then she meets Loyal Chambers. He seems interested in her and Mazy is thrilled.

Chanis wants nothing more than to marry Mazy, the girl he adores. But with her at secretarial school miles away and him at home, he's not sure what can come of it. And it seems like he's not the only one after Mazy. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved parts of the story. The parts about Mazy especially. The novel portrays a day-in-the-life-type approach throughout. If you are a reader who loves reading detailed historical fiction, you will like this one a lot.

For me, I thought there were just too many details and it lagged the story down. I wanted to get into the story, I really did. But there were just so many parts that I felt like I was trudging through. 

On the whole, I enjoyed the novel. The plot was good, the characters intriguing, but like I said the story lagged. The ending was great, but that was when I finally was getting really interested and then it ended.

This book is a great look at 19th century America. If you love detailed historical fiction, give this one a shot. 

So why 3 stars? Too detailed for me. This novel wasn't quite what I expected, but I still enjoyed it. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None.

The Wrap-up: A book that on the whole was good, but just lagged for me. Too many details. Still, Watson is a great writer, and I will probably try another one by her. 


Danica Page

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