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Buttermilk Sky by Jan Watson

Title:  Buttermilk Sky
Author:  Jan Watson
Story Length:  330
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Tyndale
Mazy Pelfrey is a young 19-year-old woman, attending secretarial school in Lexington, Kentucky in the year 1913.  Back home in the mountains of Kentucky where she was raised, she was kind of expected to marry Chanis Clay and have a family.  She likes Chanis, but she doesn’t like the pressure she thinks he puts on her.  Mazy isn’t so sure that is what she wants, so she heads off to learn how to be a secretary.  She has a group that she socializes with, but for the most part they don’t treat her very nicely.  She craves the approval of one of the group especially, a snobby uppity girl.  Otherwise, Mazy seems to make friends of everyone else she meets with her kind and compassionate nature.  While in Lexington, she meets Loyal Chambers, who turns her head by his nice manners and good looks.  What should she do about Chanis? 
Chanis Clay is the local sheriff, the youngest one in the town’s history.  He has been busy fixing up the house he bought about a year ago.  He sets his house up as he thinks Mazy would like it, assuming she will agree to be his wife when she is done with her secretarial training.  He sees Mazy as his girlfriend, but she has only promised friendship.  He comes to visit her in Lexington and all the girls she hangs out with think he is handsome and in love with Mazy.  Mazy and Chanis both come to the point where they each have to make a choice for the future path of their lives. 
This is a very easy to read story.  There isn’t a lot of action or suspense or much climax to the story.  The two main characters learn to wait on God’s timing for their lives through their individual experiences of trying to push forward their own agenda.  Some of the characters don’t stand out and are a bit flat/dull.  The two main characters do demonstrate their Christian values in their kind and compassionate actions towards others.  This isn’t a terrible book, but it isn’t a great one either.  Therefore, I rated it as average with three stars.
My rating is 3 stars.

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