by Penny Zeller

NOOK Book(eBook)

$8.49 $9.99 Save 15% Current price is $8.49, Original price is $9.99. You Save 15%.
View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now
LEND ME® See Details


“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. With reckless determination,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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603743082
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 07/26/2010
Series: Montana Skies , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 420 KB

About 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 blog “Random thoughts from a day in the life of a wife, mom, 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 benefit His kingdom. When she’s not writing, Penny enjoys spending time with her husband and children while camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball. She loves to hear from her readers through her blog and her website,


Sheridan, WY 82801

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

McKenzie 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 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.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, this was an okay debut. It has the intents of being a good book but I think that it could have been a lot better. I am thinking that this was a little bland, though, because this is the author's FIRST novel, and sometimes the first ones are great, and sometimes they need more work. This falls a little in between those two things I just mention. It does need a little work but it's still a good read. It took me quite some time to pin point what I thought was wrong with the book though. It has good characters, yes. It has a good mail-order plot line, yes. But, it was still lacking. I finally, after much consideration, figured out what through me for a loop on this book and why it wasn't up to par for a story like this. The way the author created McKenzie and what McKenzie did to Zach and sweet little Davey, really through me. I didn't like her character for quite some time in this book. Her character lacked what I thought she should have: she portrayed herself to be a Christian, and, yet, led Zach to believe she wanted everything he did. She let sweet little Davey to believe she would be his ma but all the while planned to leave??? That just didn't sit well with me. Sweet Zach was a one of a kind hero and I would have LOVED to have been in McKenzie's shoes and been married to such a devoted man! I really think that if McKenzie was portrayed a little differently in this story, with a kinder heart (even if she was looking out for her baby sister!) I would have been instantly captured! There were several other minor things that stuck out to me as lacking, like lack of conversation between the main characters. The descriptions of the town that McKenzie was living in when she went to Montana Territory, was great, however, not enough to completely and wholly capture me. By the time I was completely engrossed in the story and things picked up, it was the end of the book. So, that threw me,too.All in all, I will give this book 3 stars. It has the potential to be a good Christian inspirational historical novel and one that I encourage everyone to try, as they may find that it isn't lacking to them. I am looking forward to reading Penny Zeller's second novel in the Montana Skies series, Kaydie, McKenzie's baby sister's story, though, as I am sure it will be good!
HisChild on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweet story. A bit repetitive on the theme but, a nice little read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and the setting was well described
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?