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Penny Zeller’s McKenzie


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.


I picked up this book because I like a good mail-order bride story. But there can be some unusual ones and this was one of those. I thought Zach, the hero, was great. He was fleshed out and real. At times he was slightly too perfect, but then there would be something that would make him human again. But that McKenzie! Rarely do I read a book with a protagonist who is hard to read, but she was hard to read. I will say though, that the author did a fabulous job of maintaining her personality throughout the novel. She didn’t change right away. In fact she didn’t change until the end. That said, I still wanted to find out what happened in the end. Something about this novel kept drawing me to finish it. Spiritually, McKenzie learns that just because you go to church doesn’t make you a believer and she really gets to see Jesus in Zach. Interesting book. lol

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