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Buttermilk Sky by Jan Watson


Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.


Buttermilk SkyButtermilk Sky by Jan Watson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

So Mazy had dreamed a dream and made a plan, but the dream was as elusive as a buttermilk sky–dashing away with the puff of a breeze.

It’s 1913, and Mazy Pelfrey is navigating new life experiences as a young woman while trying to figure out her future, not sure how much it will have to do with the training she’s getting at secretarial school and how much it might have to do with her beau-of-sorts, Sheriff Chanis Clay, back at home.

Chanis’s interaction with an inmate, Frank, is enjoyable to watch, as are the events that get Chanis thinking about his own future, what he truly wishes to do with his life. I found his journey to be more interesting than Mazy’s, though the book is primarily about her. I didn’t find much to be compelling about Mazy’s character, or engaging lessons or changes in her that could have added some drive behind more of her storyline.

A ways into the book, I began thinking it strange that the Prologue had been all about Cinnamon, as it made it seem like more of the chapters would be about her. The Epilogue felt abrupt, as the story didn’t so much develop into the significant ending points as it just made a sudden jump to them. Granted, fuller development into those important details would likely have required honing the rest of the storyline or quickening its pace.

In all, Buttermilk Sky is light and pleasant for anyone looking for a light and pleasant Christian read.


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