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by Penny Zeller

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McKenzie Worthington goes out West as a mail-order bride, but her ultimate plan isn't matrimony; it's to rescue her sister, Kaydie, from her abusive husband.  See more details below


McKenzie Worthington goes out West as a mail-order bride, but her ultimate plan isn't matrimony; it's to rescue her sister, Kaydie, from her abusive husband.

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Whitaker House
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Montana Skies
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Penny Zeller is the author of seven books and numerous magazine articles in national and regional publications. She is also the author of the humor blog “A Day in the Life of a Mom, Wife, and Author” ( She is an active volunteer in her community, serving as a women’s Bible study small-group leader and co-organizing a women’s prayer group. Her passion is to use the gift of the written word that God has given her to glorify Him and to benefit His kingdom. When she’s not writing, Penny enjoys spending time with her family and camping, hiking, canoeing, and playing volleyball. She and her husband, Lon, reside in Wyoming with their two children.

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McKenzie 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Adam412 More than 1 year ago
McKenzie by Penny Zeller McKenzie Worthington knew you don’t build a marriage on shaky ground, so when she signed up to be a mail-order bride she planned to divorce the man as soon as she accomplished her goal and go home to find a man she could love. I don’t read books if I don’t like the main character. Ordinarily I’d toss a novel aside with the protagonist planning before the vows were even said to divorce the bridegroom . Ah, but McKenzie’s goal shows she is a person with redeeming qualities. We discover early that McKenzie’s sister, Kaydie, is being abused and beaten by her husband who forces his wife to assist him in robbing banks and other crimes. Now McKenzie fears her sister’s life is in danger. McKenzie needs to slip away to Montana without her parents knowing to see if she can find Kaydie and get her away from the man. No one else in the family will help. All they’ve done is condemn Kaydie for running off and marrying the guy when they had a nice rich man picked out for her. So McKenzie sees an advertisement from a Montana man who is looking for a mail-order bride and devises her plan. She is chosen by Zachary Sawyer to be his wife and the mother of his young adopted son. Amazing thing, Sawyer, a rancher, prayed diligently before deciding on McKenzie over other women who applied by mail. McKenzie, however, didn’t expect him to be young, personable and handsome. As a reader, I already knew about the pain Kaydie was going through because I read that book first (I recommend it) although Kaydie was second in the Montana Skies Series. Now we find McKenzie and Zach hurting from trouble that keeps rippling over people’s lives from wrong decisions. But Penny Zeller skillfully takes us through the rough waters, although we feel at times we think there is little hope. That’s the way a novel should be and that’s why I lost sleep reading into the night to see what happens next. Although she has attended church all her life and believes she is a Christian, we discover why McKenzie was able to lie when she repeated her marriage vows before God and everybody. She has no idea what’s in the Bible, but Zach introduces her to the truths through reading the Word to her every day, and it makes her hunger for more and desire to know God. If you like historical Christian fiction, you’ll like this book. I recommend it. Note: I was provided a review copy by the author.
MaryCFindley More than 1 year ago
"This Is Not a Small Thing!" McKenzie Worthington is a desperate woman. She lives in a world of such wealth and privilege she has never even had to spoon food onto her own plate. She is willing to give it all up. Temporarily, at least. Someone must rescue her sister from a truly terrifying marriage in the wilds of frontier Montana, but McKenzie has no reason to hope for her family's help. McKenzie grew up in the comfort of Boston high society but she has known heartache. The "perfect" man jilted her for her best friend. She struggles to trust and love in a world of the proper and dutiful. There's no example of open love or personal sacrifice or pain. A mail order marriage doesn't seem "binding." Marriage is only for convenience and comfort. She travels to Montana only to find to a man who might help her find her sister. Zach Sawyer, however, teaches her the difference between her social customs and empty religion back home and the real God and His Word straight from his father's worn-out Bible. He teaches her honor, duty and real sacrifice. This story contains gems of greatness. McKenzie's first dinner in Zach's home had stunning potential to show how ill-equipped McKenzie would be. But, while we get description of Boston life, down to the wallpaper patterns, there is little of the hardness of life in Montana. Vague references to learning to cook didn't satisfy. When Zach cries out to God about the difference between a wife's small shortcomings and the "big thing" McKenzie has done to him, it is another gem of greatness in the book. Over all, though, it was a sweet, gentle lesson in replacing what the world teaches us about family, duty and what's "proper" with truth, honesty and love based on God and His Word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need to tell you something before it gets outta hand...I don't believe Sun or I need to tell you something..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sure she wants to come across as caring, forthright, and selfless, but from her motivations, not to mention her day-dreams, all she wants is for people to praise her and go on and on about how courageous she is. Yes, it was nice that she wanted to find her sister and rescue her from an abusive marriage. But I couldn't believe the lengths to which she went just to keep from asking her wealthy parents for assistance-- I mean, they could have hired someone who would have a better chance of finding her sister, especially since her brother-in-law is an outlaw who is no doubt hiding himself and his wife and likely going by an assumed name. But to her it is all about showing her family that she can be a hero. It really bothered me that not only did she not seek help from her family, but she went out of her way to mislead someone who wanted a wife and a mother for his son. She didn't seem to care about Zach. Not really. He was intended to be a means to an end. So what if he spent his hard-earned money to get her there. So what if she mislead him with her letters about her reasons for wanting to marry him. And while she seemed to regret (a little)what she would do to him and Davey when she was headed out west to marry Zach, she really didn't seem to feel guilty about it. Rather, all that mattered was her saving her sister and how things would feel for her. It bothers me how selfish she was to her friend who married a guy in Boston whom McKenzie had been interested in. She treated her friend like she had betrayed her although the guy was clearly not interested in McKenzie. She made it out as if her friend had stolen him away. How self-centered... I'll be honest, I haven't finished reading the rest of this story. I can only hope the woman changes in a big way before the end of this book and that this isn't the author trying to glorify how noble the main character is. This character just really bugged me. Hopefully, this story will prove to be an illustration on how God can change someone and how God can use a situation to his glory. I can see that the author is already hinting at how God has a plan and a purpose. But I really do hope, that this story will also deal with the character's deceit and selfishness.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book...what a great story.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Can't wait to read book two. Clean with life lessons.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That is what this makes me think of. The loyalty that one sister has for another and what she might do for her sake. How hard things were on the western frontier and how they made the best out of everything and friendships that form from out of the blue. Sometimes you just wanted to reach into the story and give them a shake. Good book and would recommend it to anyone.
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phillybean More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters. Good story line. I liked it.
AnonymousAW More than 1 year ago
Great book and could put it down. But wish there was another book to continue the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read shows how thru God,s help people change
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
McKenzie was an easy read with well developed characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read for a rainy day. I read this book within two days and enjoyed every part. The first chapter did not capture my attention; I did not find myself lost in the book until after the first few chapters. The lie of McKenzie is dragged out too long (according to me), however, I am not the author, but enjoyed it nevertheless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The descriptions of Montana made me want to go visit to see the beauty and majesty for myself! This story is sweet and left me ready to read the next in the series.
granniejan More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story about a great love between two sisters. It was amazing how McKenzie would do most anything to find her sister, I loved seeing the changes the Lord made in her. I had trouble putting the book down! Great author plan to read the other two books in the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was not too long that I was able to read it in one day. Very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since the reviews tell us everything contained in the book why bother to read it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Socialite Mckenzie is in for more than the trip that she has mapped out in her mind to resue her sister from a nightmare of a marraige. Zach believe that God has answered his prayers on the form of Mckenzie. Can they truely became a blessed couple, will Mckenzie finnally be reumited with her sister? Highly recommend
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story about love and forgiveness!
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