Buttermilk Sky

Buttermilk Sky

by Jan Watson

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ISBN-13: 9781414389851
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 980,609
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Buttermilk Sky


By JAN WATSON

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2014 Jan Watson
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ISBN: 978-1-4143-8985-1


CHAPTER 1

1913

The blast hit Sheriff Chanis Clay square in the chest. He lost his balance, tumbled down the cellar steps, and landed hard against a rough rock wall. His head bounced twice before he slumped forward, his chin planted on his collarbone.

His last conscious thoughts were of his father. The badge on Chanis's chest was the one handed to him at his father's funeral, then proudly pinned there by his mother after the general election made it official. As darkness swirled, he wondered if his fate would be the same as his father's—killed in the line of duty. Dead before he could even serve out his term. Dead and leaving too much undone.

His own strangled breath awoke him. How long he'd been out, he didn't know. Probably not long, for a thin shaft of daylight filtered from the half-open door at the top of the stairs. What in the world had happened up there? Last he remembered, he'd eased open the door to check the cellar, but he hadn't drawn his gun. Who would have thought he needed it? Obviously he was wrong about that.

Wincing, he leaned his head back. It felt like there was a pumpknot big as a goose egg on the back of his skull. His hands and feet tingled like a cracked crazy bone—circulation kick-starting. And his shirt stuck to his chest—with blood? His face and chest stung, but they seemed to be peppered with glass, not buckshot. Looked like it wasn't his time after all, and he was thankful. What would happen to his mother and the kids if he died at twenty-three?

Not to mention Mazy. They'd never even had a real kiss yet. He was decidedly unwilling to leave Mazy and all their plans behind. Well, maybe they were more his plans than hers right now, but she'd come around. He just needed to get the house he'd bought readied up. He wouldn't chance a proposal until he had a home ready for her, a home fit for a girl like Mazy Pelfrey. Just this morning he'd stopped by the general store to look at wallpaper samples. His throbbing head spun with images of cabbage roses, lilacs in bloom, ivy climbing trellises, and men on horseback chasing foxes.

Chanis rubbed the sore spot on his head, trying to put together what had happened. He'd come up here to check on Oney, who nobody had seen for days. It was known about town that Oney Evers had been ill for some time, ever since getting the sugar. The sugar was making him waste away. In six months' time he was half the man he used to be. The doc brought Oney to Chanis's attention when the old man missed an appointment with her. He was more than glad to come up here this morning to check on Oney. Now here he was blown against the cellar wall, about as useless as the sack of withered seed potatoes his elbow rested on.

Everybody who knew the Everses said Oney's wife was crazy as a jar of crickets, but he never figured she'd shoot him. But maybe she didn't—maybe Oney did. That would be out of character for him, but really, what did he know about Ina Evers? Whenever there was violence of any sort, folks were quick to blame whoever was most different. Now he'd done the same.

The door at the top of the stairs swung all the way open. Miz Evers waved a long-barreled six-shooter in front of her like a divining rod. Chanis scrabbled out of the line of fire, huddling behind the wooden steps.

"Who's down there?"

"Miz Evers? It's Chanis Clay—the sheriff."

He heard the gun cock.

"I'll blow you all to pieces," she said with a voice high and reedy.

"Where's Oney? I just came to check on Oney."

"And you figured to help yourself to some canned goods whilst you were looking around? Likely story."

Blam! The gun fired. A row of glass jars went up in pieces. Vegetables rained down. He tasted green beans.

"Did I get you? Good enough for you, you scoundrel! Your daddy will be turning over in his grave. Now there was a good man."

"I swear I meant no harm. Miz Evers? Where is Oney?"

"That's for me to know. Now get over where I can see you! I ain't wasting the one bullet I've got left."

Feeling around in the dusky dark, Chanis found a bushel basket. "All right, I'm coming out. Don't shoot!" He pitched the basket toward the bottom of the steps.

A shot drowned out her laugh. The basket was done for. Chanis thought of drawing his own pistol, but he couldn't see shooting a woman. His daddy always said, "Don't take your weapon out if you don't aim to use it." Besides, her gun was no threat without bullets. She was just confused. He'd talk sense into her.

Chanis eased out from under the stairs, brushing cobwebs from his clothes. Raising his hands above his head, he looked up at Miz Evers. She was a tall, gaunt woman with a jutting jaw and long, bony arms. She put Chanis in mind of a praying mantis.

"I'm coming up."

With a whine like a thousand angry hornets, a bullet parted his hair. Stunned, he dropped backward to the floor.

"Huh," she said. "I guess I miscounted. Are you dead?"

Her voice echoed against the ringing in his ears. Chanis lay still, playing possum. He could feel blood trickling down his face, but he couldn't be hurt too bad. He could still think and sort of hear.

She sighed—like he had really put her out. "How am I supposed to get a dead body outen the cellar?" She took the steps slowly like a toddler, bringing both feet together on each one before tackling the next.

Chanis held his breath until she prodded his chest with the business end of the gun. With one quick motion he grabbed the barrel and rolled away from her, taking the firearm with him.

"La," she yelled, collapsing on the bottom step and clutching her chest. "You just about scared me to death."

He pointed the gun at her. "Get back upstairs."

"What? Are you aiming to shoot me now? Scaring an old lady out of her wits wasn't enough for you?"

"Miz Evers, I'm arresting you. You tried to kill me."

"Well, you was stealing my canned goods. Was I supposed to help you carry them to your vehicle?"

"I wasn't taking anything. Like I said, I was looking for Oney."

"Then how come you smell like sauerkraut?"

"Sauerkraut?" That's what smelled so bad; he was dripping in fermented cabbage.

Miz Evers lumbered up the steps, pausing by a set of narrow shelves just this side of the doorway. "Yep, there's a jar missing. Reckon it exploded on you."

Chanis felt twice the fool. He could see the headline in the Skip Rock Tattler: "Exploding Sauerkraut Fells Sheriff Clay. See details page 2."

"Well, come on. I ain't got all day," Miz Evers said.

He hurried past the remaining jars of cabbage, glad to put the root cellar behind him. Miz Evers was waiting at the kitchen table with a jar of iodine and a pair of tweezers. "Take off your shirt," she said.

Chanis eyed the outside door. He could leave ... but instead he spun the revolver's cylinder, assuring himself there were no bullets in the chamber, and put it on the table. He'd play along with her for a minute. Maybe she'd tell him what he needed to know about Oney if he got on her good side. Unbuttoning the top three buttons of his shirt, he pulled it and his undershirt over his head. It hurt more than he would have imagined each time she fished another piece of glass from his chest. And it was even worse when she started on his face. He couldn't help but wince when she prodded the new part in his hair and poured on the iodine.

"Too bad I ain't got a bullet for you to bite on," she said.

"Miz Evers, don't you want me to check on Oney? He might be ill."

"It doesn't matter no more," she said, sniffling as she stuck the cork back in the iodine bottle. One fat tear formed in the corner of her eye. "We don't need nobody's help."

The shirt he'd ironed just that morning was ruined, so Chanis eased his undershirt back on to cover himself. Tucking his chin, he secured his badge to the proper spot directly over his heart. There. Now he was the sheriff again.

"Miz Evers, you might just as well save me some time and tell me where your husband is," he said through gritted teeth.

Something in the old woman gave way. Her hand trembled when she raised her arm and pointed in the direction of the barn. "He's yonder—just a-laying there with his toes turned up."


(Continues...)

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Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
“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.” Jan Watson’s beautiful writing brings to life the setting and characters of Buttermilk Sky. I was intrigued by Mazy Pelfrey and eager to know what would become of this young woman and her future. There were several secondary characters that also interested me, and I would love to read their stories. Buttermilk Sky is the first novel I have read by Jan Watson, and I am eager to read more! I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Jan Watson that I have read. I didn't know what to expect. Well, I was highly pleased. I do not like to give a synopsis of the book as you can read that on the book. I feel that these reviews are to tell others what you thought of the book. Well, the book is set in the early 1900s and when reading this it is very easy to imagine yourself there. The book takes an unexpected turn early on, but that is not a negative thing. It flowed so well that you were always waiting for the next turn of events. it is a Christian book and it shows in a very positive way. You will enjoy meeting all the characters, though not all are what they seem. i am looking forward to the next book by Jan Watson that I will be able to read. I highly recommend this book, you won't be sorry.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the storyline.  I liked Mazy and really liked Chanis and want to know more about Cinnamon.  I enjoy stories about Kentucky because I spent five years there as a child.  It is fun to read about people from the hills of Kentucky.  I received this from Tyndale Blog Network for a fair and honest opinion.  I can't wait for the next book by this author.  I always enjoy her books.
BeccaCarter More than 1 year ago
Great story! I always look forward to Jan Watson’s writing and I wasn’t disappointed with this book. She places interesting characters in believable settings and I enjoy the journey with them. I can’t wait for the next one! :)
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Buttermilk Sky is the story of a country girl going to the city for an education in the early 1900's. She has to meet many types of characters along the way. She encounters many circumstances that matures her and allows her to see people as they truly are. She maintains her faith and love of life throughout many difficult times. This is the first book of this author's that I read but it will not be my last. I enjoyed the easy flow, descriptive characters, and over-all story line she presented. I recieved  this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked "Buttermilk Sky". It's a nice story about 19 year old Mazy Pelfrey, who moves from her home in the mountains to the city, trying to grow up and live her own life. Thinking she might like to be a secretary, she attends a secretarial school, learning how to type and take letters and other secretarial things. But attending the school and learning these things is a lot harder than she thought it would be and she debates whether or not to give up and return home. Part of the story is also shown from Sheriff Chanis Clay's perspective. Chanis was the man that Mazy left behind when she moved to the city to go to school. He loves Mazy and wants her to be his wife. He even starts to fix a house up for them to live in if they get married when she finishes school. But Mazy isn't so sure she wants to marry Chanis and things are complicated further when Mazy meets a new man in the city, wealthy and charming Loyal Chambers. In the story we see both Mazy and Chanis trying to figure out what they want in life and trying to figure out where God is leading them. The characters in the story seemed realistic, although I would have liked some of the characters to have had a bit more depth to them. I liked Mazy's and Chanis' characters. Mazy is a sweet young woman, although a bit naive, who wants to do well in secretarial school and wants to be liked by the other girls she goes to school with and wants to fit in with them. However, the girls aren't always nice to her, but Mazy always tries to be friendly to them even when they're unfriendly towards her. She tries to be helpful and is kind to others. She's a likeable character. Chanis is an honorable man who tries to help others and wants to do what's right. He's the sheriff of his town and is busy dealing with a lot of different situations as part of his job. He tries to do what's morally right. While transporting a thief to await trial, he starts to realize that God might be calling him to do something else with his life. Cinnamon's character was also delightful. She's a poor, young girl who works very hard to support herself and her ill father. She seems to always try to have a cheery attitude, even when things are tough. It was interesting to read about the other characters in the story as well such as Mazy's classmates and roommates; Mrs. Pearl, the housemother of the girls; and the people that Chanis deals with in his town. I thought the author did a good job with the setting. I could feel like I was in the time period. I thought they pace of the story was a bit slow. I also thought the ending was a bit rushed. Overall, "Buttermilk Sky" is a sweet, lighthearted story that I enjoyed. This was the first book I've read by Jan Watson and I would be interested in reading more of her books. *I received this book for free from Tyndale through Book Fun in exchange for my honest review.
beemama More than 1 year ago
Buttermilk Sky by Jan Watson PubL: Tyndale House    c, 2014 Mazy Pelfrey is attending secretarial school is Lexington, Kentucky, in 1913.  She has left her small mountain hometown of Skip Rock pursuing a fuller life than she has at home.  The problem is that the life she finds in Lexington is not all she had hoped it would be.  In point of fact it is very different than she had hoped.  Mazy is struggling with some of her classes.  She is having difficulty dealing with her instructor.  The members of her study group, who are also her boarding mates, are not as supportive as she had hoped. And she is homesick for the peace and quiet of her hometown.  Mazy has left Sheriff Chanis Clay is Skip Rock.  He has pinned his future hopes on Mazy being is bride. He has purchased a house and is repairing it with a view to what Mazy would like.  Part of why Mazy went to secretarial school is to put some distance between the two of them so she can figure out what she wants out of a relationship with Chanis as opposed to what everyone else wants for her in regard to a relationship with Chanis. Matters are complicated when she meets Loyal Chambers.  He is the only son of a wealthy family in Lexington and is definitely interested in Mazy.  His mother is Dr, Suzanne Chambers, a physician in Lexington.  Most of the girls in Mazy’s circle of friends are thrilled that Loyal has noticed her.  All that is, except Eva who has positioned herself as the group leader because of her supposed higher level in society. Things get interesting when a surprise visit from Chanis lets the girls in on the fact that Mazy not only has the interest of Loyal, but she has a beau back home who is every bit as handsome as Loyal. No spoilers here.  I’m not going to tell you which gentleman she chooses, nor am I going to tell you what happens to the other fellow.  I will tell you that Jan Watson does a masterful job of blending the lives of five classmates, the people they meet in Lexington, and the occupants of Skip Rock into a wonderful tale.  You will come to care for these realistic characters.  You will find yourself cheering them on, scolding them when they fall short of expectations, and distressed at their misfortunes as they navagate a believable plot. Enjoy this trip back to 1913 Kentucky.  I did. I was provided a copy of this book through The Book Club Network for my unbiased review.
hannah97 More than 1 year ago
Okay first things first, I love the cover! Just one look at it was enough for me to want it! Look at it yourself, isn't it gorgeous!?!  But, back to my review.  Buttermilk Sky by Jan Watson was a beautifully written book. This author just has a way with words, let me tell you!  But throughout the whole book I had trouble connecting with these main characters. I didn't mind them but there was nothing that really truly grabbed at me with them. I don't know why but I just didn't feel them. If this book were written by anyone else I would have set it down and quickly forgotten about it. But its not written by just anyone, its written by Jan and she is amazing! And that was why I couldn't put this book down. Which says a lot about her writing because usually with me if I don't like the main characters I don't like the book no matter how good the plot is.  So that said while I would like to give this book 5 stars (for the amazing writing talent!) I can't because of my dislike for the main characters. 3.8 out of 5 . A wonderfully crafted Afternoon Snack. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I have been reading a great many books lately by new to me authors and Buttermilk Sky is my first read from Jan Watson. It was a lovely coming of age story about a young woman who is trying to find her own way in life. Mazy (I really liked that name) has left her small mountain town of Skip Rock and is going to secretarial school in the city. This story takes place during the year 1913. When she left, she also left the sheriff, Chanis, who is a few years older than her and very much in love with her. Though they are apart for most of the story, we get a really good characterization of both Mazy and Chanis as we are seeing life happen through both of their viewpoints. I really liked both characters. Mazy was sweet and innocent and really had to learn about the world through her own experiences before she could see the gifts she already had. She had a couple of harrowing near misses and I enjoyed seeing her relate with her city friends. Chanis was a really fun character to get to know. He was a simple fellow who for the most part knew what he wanted in life. He took care of his responsibilities and he loved Mazy with his whole heart. Some of the situations he found himself in, because he was the sheriff, had me laughing out loud even though they were serious situations that could have taken his life. Again, he was such a fun character and Jan Watson’s writing was a delight to read. I received my review copy from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Jan Watson in her new book “Buttermilk Sky” published by Tyndale House Publishers introduces us to Mazy Pelfrey. From the back cover: 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. They say the grass is always greener on the other side. Mazy decides the life she has at home is way too constricting for her and sets off to learn business. However it isn’t quite what she expected until she meets Loyal and thinks she fell in love. However she did leave the boy at home behind, or so she thought, because Chanis comes after her. Now what is she to do? Ms. Cote has given us a very exciting story filled with high drama. She has also given us plenty to think about: the struggles of growing up, dangers of romance, dealing with peer pressure and coming into your own and how God has to work through individual problems so that each can heal and move into destiny. Great stuff. I am so looking forward to more from this very talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes in life we don’t realize that what we really want is right under our noses, so we seek another avenue to find what we think will make our lives happy and complete. That is the basis for this inspirational romance set in the early 1900s. Mazy Pelfrey, wanting to find her own way on her own terms, left her Kentucky mountain home, her family, and all that she had known for the big city life in Lexington. She enrolled in secretarial school which proved to be more difficult than she had imagined, and found herself in a group of fellow students who were not very friendly or kind to her. Just when she was beginning to think of quitting and returning home, Loyal Chambers, a sophisticated city man of her dreams, took an interest in her and she believed that her future was secure. However, all is not always as it seems. The author, Jan Watson, used this common dilemma of life to weave a story with characters that connect to the reader and elicit many different emotions from the reader. I recommend this book to all who enjoy historical fiction as it paints the picture of life in the twentieth century and includes a bit of intrigue with the romance. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
KarenKetcham More than 1 year ago
Mazy Pelfrey moves to the big city of Lexington KY to expend her life and have a career. She leaves behind Chanis the young sheriff who has loved her for years. Mazy makes new friends and is introduced to a lifestyle very different from the hills of KY. The story is set in 1900s in Kentucky, but rings true to relationships and society issues today. The characters are sweet and believable and you grow to love them. Your heart goes out to Cinnamon Spicer a very poor little girl who "picks" garbage to sell just to barely survive. Mazy learns through her about true honesty. Thank you to the author, the publisher and Book Club Network for the opportunity to read and review this book. I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
What a sweet, sweet story. Jan Watson writes a captivating story of a girl trying to find her way in the world. Her style of writing is soft, like a down feather. There isn't a lot of action, mystery, or adventure, but it is engaging, none the less. Not many authors can write a story like that and hold my attention. I love Mazy Pelfrey. I could see a lot of myself in her characteristics. She is young, naive, innocent, and sweet. She has all of the normal characteristics of a teenager trying to find her place in society and life. Chanis Clay is a great male lead. He is loyal, strong, and kindhearted. Both of these characters struggle with finding their way into themselves, live, and love throughout the book. One thing that the author did not downplay was their reliance on their faith to help them make the right decisions, even when that wasn't the first place they sought guidance. Overall, this is a sweet coming of age story. I look forward to reading more by this wonderful author! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review.*
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BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Buttermilk Sky was an interesting story, however, I did not really connect with the main characters in the book. Strangely enough, even though I was not emotionally tied to the main characters, I still had trouble setting the book down because I was anxious to see where the story led. The author is a true wordsmith, and the way she writes a scene is just gorgeous. I really did feel immersed in the time period. The cover is also very striking and I felt that it fit the story well. I just did not ever develop a connection with Mazy or Chanis. The storyline was interesting, but since there was never any real attraction between them during the story, I ended up not really being concerned with whether they ended up together, or not. This detracted from the overall story for me. I do think the author did a good job of showing how uncertain and confusing the young adult years can be. Mazy spent most of the book unsure about herself, what she really should do with her life, how she wanted to spend her life and who she wanted to share it with. She has to learn many lessons in this book about how to choose friends and which relationships were worth cultivating. By the time the story ends, she has obviously matured emotionally quite a bit. Buttermilk Sky was an interesting story that kept me reading, but I still desired more from both Chanis and Mazy. I imagine that there are probably many readers out there who will love this story, even though it wasn’t really a great fit for me. (3.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Buttermilk Sky**** by Jan Watson 19 year old Mazy Pelfrey leaves her home in 1913's rural Kentucky to the big city of Lexington to attend secretarial school. She attends school with Polly, Ernestine, Eva and Clara, who also board in the same boarding house she does. It is hard to fit in with this group of friends at times, especially Eva who makes fun of her and often turns her nose up at Mazy. School is a lot harder than Mazy thought it would be and she has to work extra hard in her classes. Mazy becomes very ill and is put on bed-rest for a week at the doctor's home. Her doctor hires a young girl, Cinnamon Spicer, to care for her during the day. Mazy had seen Cinnamon before wondering the streets with tattered clothes, her friends always made fun of the poor girl. But as Cinnamon cares for Mazy, she learns that Cinnamon does odd jobs to care for her ill father and they become friends. Sheriff Chanis Clay has been in love with Mazy for many years and buys an old house and fixes it up for the future—a future he hopes includes Mazy as his wife. However, Mazy meets a charming wealthy gentleman, Loyal Chambers, who is looking for a bride and sets his path on Mazy. Mazy overhears something that opens her eyes to the true reason he is looking for a bride and makes her reevaluate her plans and goals. What does God want her to do? Is her future with Loyal or with Chanis? Chanis must make some decisions of his own and decides to step aside if Loyal is who Mazy wants. He now feels that God is leading him in a different direction from being a sheriff. Buttermilk Sky is a heartwarming story with characters that face very real problems and challenges as we face. They learn life doesn't always go as planned and must make new choices. Drama, surprising turns in the story, romance, love and a strong Christian faith are woven throughout the story. I truly enjoyed Cinnamon. ~~I received a copy of this book from the Book Club Network for my review~~
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Mazy has left her rural country home and has gone to the big city of Lexington, Kentucky for secretarial school. But school is hard, her classmates/housemates are sometimes mean and her heart is confused as to who she should love – Loyal Chambers, the handsome gentleman in Lexington, or Chanis Clay, her backwoods sheriff. This book is actually part of a series, however, it completely stands alone. Like the previous book though, the author tells the tale through the viewpoints of 3 people and this time they are Mazy, the young secretarial school student; Chanis Clay, the Skip Rock sheriff; and Cinnamon Spicer, the poor girl who rummages through garbage to find treasures to keep herself and her father afloat. Cinnamon also helps Dr. Chambers as a “nurse” and is far more honorable then some of Mazy’s “friends”, a fact that Mazy does discover in this book. Backwoods stills, measles, homemade medicinal remedies, picnics, romance, and schools for young ladies are all topics found in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this tale taking place in 1913!
BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
From the moment I opened the pages of Buttermilk Sky I was transported to 1913, and I didn't want to leave. We follow the story of Mazy Pelfrey and her journey of discovering not only who she is, but what is truly important in life. Mazy is from a small town in the mountains of Kentucky. We begin the book with her attending secretarial school in Lexington. She is swept off her feet by wealthy Loyal Chambers who expresses interest in her. Chanis Clay is the local sheriff back home in Skip Rock and even though they are not formally engaged, he is preparing a home for Mazy. She is unsure of the direction that she wants her life to lead. Mazy encounters many people. From high strung, snobby Eva who is jealous of Mazy and determined to always have her own way; to Cinnamon Spicer, a girl with next to nothing that works day in and day out to support her father who is ill. The choices Mazy makes will determine the rest of her life. Sometimes our path in life is not always obvious at first. Even through prayer and relying on wisdom from the Lord, there are times that we need to step out in faith even if we can't see where the road leads. Trusting that the Lord will cover and protect us, even if it means having to turn around and start again. Jan Watson did a fabulous job of making me feel like I was experiencing life in Kentucky in the year 1913. The entire book encompasses the feel and effect of the era. The title is mentioned more than once in the book, and the description was warm and homey feeling to me. Envisioning a "buttermilk sky", breathing the clean mountain air, walking the streets of Lexington, I feel like I was there every step of the way in Mazy's journey. The book has good Biblical principals without being "overly spiritual". I am looking forward to reading more from Jan Watson. As a part of their Blogger Review program, I received a free copy of Buttermilk Sky by Jan Watson from Tyndale House Publishers. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
Buttermilk Sky is the first book I have read by Jan Watson, and now have to say she has another fan.  Watson has a great way of making you love the characters.  They are all so easy to relate to in different ways.  Through the whole book I was rooting for them to do better and make the right decisions.  Watson made the relationships between the characters like many are today.  There is often a pull of power here and there, and some people are afraid to be themselves for fear of losing the friendship.  The characters had several flaws and made mistakes, which caused me to love them more.  The book also showed that beautiful blessings can come out of those mistakes.   God has a plan for our lives and it’s way better than anything we can imagine, we just need to learn to trust in Him.  This book started in a very interesting way, giving me a glimpse into the past. It opened my eyes to the fact that life wasn’t always easy like it is in many historical romance books.  It reminded me that there were people back then that had to do some crazy things in order to put food on the table and pay the bills for their families.  Some working many odd jobs anywhere they could find work.  When one person in the family is sick or can’t work, the rest of the family would do whatever they could to make ends meet.  And those are some of the best people around. Watson inspires you to look beyond a persons appearance, and never judge someone based on that alone.      Mazy Pelfrey wanted to spread her wings and at the age of 19, going to secretarial school seemed like the perfect thing.  She was excited to move to a bigger city in Kentucky, and see what life had in store for her there.  Lexington was everything she expected, but once her sisters left she realized she was all alone.  Luckily Mazy made friends easily, even if one of them is a little bossy.  In a fun turn of events Mazy catches the eye of one of the most gorgeous guys around, Loyal Chambers.  Not only is he gorgeous but he is a charmer.  Is Loyal the man for Mazy?  Or is she supposed to be with Chanis Clay, the generous sweet man she left behind?  How can she choose? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance.  A great book with romance, suspense, and action all mixed in to create a hard to put down read.  All the characters you meet are interesting and I would love to see more books in this series where we learn even more about them.  I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
Five stars! Enter 2013 rural Kentucky and the lives of several poignant characters. Mazy lives in the mountains but, hopeful for a bright and exciting future, leaves there to go to Lexington and a school to become a secretary. Chanis is the sheriff in her hometown, and fell in love with her sometime back. He's even bought a house and is fixing it up for her as a surprise - right down to the lilac wallpaper that he tries to hang himself. Both from poor but loving families, have a strong Christian faith that is the foundation of their lives and continues to grow as they find their way. Each reach out to people around them, enrich their lives and are in turn helped by others as God works through them all. Loyal, from a wealthy family, sees Mazy as the solution he and his mother have been searching for. As Mazy goes through trials and becomes swept up by both mother and son, she sees unfolding a life she would love to belong to. But is it really all that it seems? You get to know and love all of the characters in this book. Luckily there are other books that go with this one so you don't have to leave them all behind. The story pulls at your heart for the rough times that people go through during this time, making do with what they have while trying to build a better way. Tough as it is, everyone has something to give. Their lives are enriched as much by giving as well as letting others help them. Humble gifts of themselves yet more than money could buy. And learning where your true priorities lie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't dig deep.
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
  *Book Description* Mazy Pelfrey is working at secretarial school...but her buisness skills are not the only thing being worked on. While back at home a sweet friend is waiting for her, here she's met a wonderful man, Loyal Chambers, promising a wonderful romance. Confused, Mazy strikes up friendship with two very different groups. Mazy know she will learn a lot by the time she returns, if she returns...but that isn't all she'll learn. Will her heart lead her home? And where will home be? Chanis Clay has been anxiously building his home and awaiting the return of Mazy...hopefully to become his wife. Being the youngest sheriff in the town's history, Channis has a ton of responsibilities and expectations. Can he live up to the town's standards and step up to the plate? And, if he can, will Mazy be by his side?                                                        *What I liked* A lot of people say that Jan Watson has fabulous characters, that she brings them to life...and they would be absolutely right!! Jan did a fabulous job of making her characters jump off the page. She also has a fabulous cover and gift for writing. Loved reading it!                                                        *What I didn't like* Okay guys. This is not TOO much of an issue...it's fixable and forgivable. The only thing that was hard about this book was that Jan used too many characters. Sure, authors need lots of characters to bring their stories to life. That wasn't her problem. The issue is that she delved too deeply into the characters lives for me. Too many main characters are confusing for some people. I just felt the need to pre-warn you. ;)                                                        *My Rating*            I give Buttermilk Sky... 3 1/2 stars. *Why my rating is what it is* My rating is 3 1/2 stars because of the main characters issue and also because the story was a little slow. However, if you are like me, you shouldn't let that stop you. Buttermilk Sky is a good book, the author just has a different, unique style to her writing. Nothing wrong with that! *I received this book from Tyndale publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.