McKenzie [NOOK Book]

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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.
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603743082
  • Publisher: Whitaker House
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Montana Skies
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 257,572
  • File size: 410 KB

Meet the Author

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” (pennyzeller.wordpress.com). 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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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    A wonderful story

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    why bother

    Since the reviews tell us everything contained in the book why bother to read it?

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    "This Is Not a Small Thing!" McKenzie Worthington is a

    "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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    Love this Historical story!

    In the attempt to find her sister, Mckenzie Worthington answers an ad for a mail order bride in Montana because she thinks that is where Kaydie is living with her abusive husband. She never intends to stay married once she finds Kaydie, but no way will McKenzie tell her husband until she’s found.

    Since Zachary Sawyer’s neighbors passed away and he adopted their son Davey, her realizes that Davy needs a mom in his life. And because there are just no women in the little town in Western Montana, Zachary decides to place an ad for a mail order bride. Zachary believes God will send him the right woman, and he will love her no matter what.

    Zachary and Mckenzie’s marriage did not start of on the right track because of the deception of Mckenzie, though Zachary thought everything was fine and dandy. Of course Mother Worthington will be happy to have her two girls back home because they couldn’t possibly have a life in the Western Territory and her girls were use to the best of life. Join Zachary and Mckenzie on their journey as husband and wife on this Montana ranch. Will Mckenzie find Kaydie? And if so how will her husband take it when he finds out she is leaving town and was only there to find her sister?

    McKenzie is the first book in the Montana Skies Series by Penny Zeller. I love this sweet little Montana town that everyone knows everyone else. Penny detailed description of the Montana Territory is so vivid and clear I felt as though I had been there while reading this book! I could feel the love between the people living there, almost taste the food they eat, experienced the different seasons and the difficult times they sometimes had. Lucille even felt like a neighbor! The characters were so unique and exquisite that woven into this wonderful story you wanted to be living in the house with them, experiencing their everyday lives. And I love and appreciate that Penny’s books have Christian characters with the ups and downs and struggles each of us face in the Christian life, showing the love, grace and forgiveness of our Lord.

    Even if you don’t care for historical fiction, I think you will love this series. And if you’re a Historical fan, then this book is a Must for you! Grab you a copy of McKenzie, a cup of coffee, sit down and enjoy a wonderful read. Then pick up Kaydee and Hailee and finish out the series. It will be well worth your time!

    I rec’d a complimentary copy of the book from the author. Thank you so much Penny! The opinions are mine alone. I was not ask to write a positive review of this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    A Beautiful Story of Love and Forgiveness

    McKenzie, by author Penny Zeller, tells the story of the depth of one sister's love for another. McKenzie Worthington loves her younger sister, Kaydie, so much that she is willing to risk everything in order to rescue Kaydie from a disastrous marriage to an abusive and evil man. McKenzie goes so far as to enter into a marriage via the venue of becoming a mail-order bride as a means to travel to the Montana Territory in search of her younger sister. Having come from a wealthy and privileged background in Boston, McKenzie was not prepared for the lifestyle that she encountered when she moved to Pine Haven to marry Zach Sawyer. Zach was looking for a wife and mother for his son; McKenzie was looking for a place to stay and a means of support while she attempted to rescue her sister. The master plan was to have her father, who was a lawyer, annul the marriage, leave Zach behind, and return her life in Boston once Kaydie was found. Penny Zeller has created a beautiful love story and shown how the best laid plans are often foiled when God steps into the picture and reveals His plan. In spite of all the obstacles that Kaydie, McKenzie and Zach had to overcome, the author has shown that, as the Bible states in Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." (KJV) I have always been interested in the concept of mail-order brides and, in the story of McKenzie, Penny has revealed a realistic picture that vividly portrays this process. Her main male character, Zach Sawyer, is the same age as my middle son so, as I read, I could not help but compare Zach to my own son. This contrast helped the story to come alive in a very real way. In the rapidly-growing field of extremely talented Christian fiction authors, Penny Zeller has excelled and has distinguished herself with her superb ability. She uses the tools of her trade with surgical precision to craft believable and captivating stories filled with a message of love and forgiveness. McKenzie was provided to me by the publisher, Whitaker House, for review purposes. I was not obligated to give a positive review nor did I receive any other form of recompense for this review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    McKenzie is a selfish brat

    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

    Posted July 11, 2013

    GREAT BOOK :)

    I absolutely love this book...what a great story.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Noooooo

    Way too religious for me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Couldn't even finish because the writing was so painful to read

    Couldn't even finish because the writing was so painful to read (poorly written)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Great Story

    Great story. Can't wait to read book two. Clean with life lessons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Sucks

    If i could i would do no stars.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Loyalty

    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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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    excellent book

    Interesting characters. Good story line. I liked it.

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

    Recommend

    Great book and could put it down. But wish there was another book to continue the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Good

    Good read shows how thru God,s help people change

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    highly recommended

    great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Easy Read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Sweet romance

    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.

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    Wonderful story about a great love between two sisters. It was

    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

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Good Book

    I enjoyed this book. It was not too long that I was able to read it in one day. Very good read.

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