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Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Giveaway! Special blog tour stop for Kaydie by Penny Zeller - Montana Skies, book 2 (review included)

This week I'm doing a special promo giveaway for Kaydie! So check out the info on Penny Zeller's new book below and post a comment as to why you want to win this book. I endorsed this story and enjoyed it very much. Go ahead and enter to win, but even if you don't make sure to read this book and see what I loved about it. I will pick a winner using the Randomizer program by April 30th!

Kaydie (Montana Skies V2)

About the book:

For the first time in years, Kaydie Worthington Kraemer can breathe easily. Although she is still haunted by memories of her abusive husband, Darius, she takes comfort in knowing the man is dead. Staying with her sister McKenzie and brother–in–law, Zach Sawyer, at their ranch, Kaydie is still wary of men, especially now that she has another life inside of her to protect. As she looks forward to her baby's birth, she builds a protective wall around herself that won't be easy to tear down.

Ranch hand Jonah Dickenson views his boss, Zach, like a brother. He does not, however, envy Zach's new role as a husband. Deserted by his mother at a young age and forever despised and rejected by his own father, Jonah has few close relationships. But there's something about Kaydie that draws him to her and makes him question his decision to remain a bachelor.

When Cedric Van Aulst, an old friend of Kaydie's, comes to town, an unforeseen prospect of marriage arises. Cedric is someone Kaydie trusts. Will she settle for a safe union with him, or can she trust God to guard her heart and her life in the arms of Jonah?

My review:

Kaydie is a heartwarming romance set on the Montana prairie in the late 1800s. The main character, Kaydie, had escaped a painful marriage to an abusive man when she became a widow. However, the resulting trauma from his abuse caused her to fear men long after her husband ceased to be a threat. One man in particular, Jonah, manages to break through the protective barrier surrounding her heart when he befriends Kaydie. I loved that he had no ulterior motives and was just a nice guy. As a result of their newly developing friendship she starts to believe she may be able to trust a man again, but is that enough for her to take the plunge and get married? 

This story is one that pulls you along because of the tender romance between characters. As their bond strengthened my heart tugged in response to Jonah's gentleness. I loved the theme about learning to trust and how to identify who is truly trustworthy. Bethany Ethel was the result of Kaydie's horrific marriage, but she was such a sweet child and really added a lot to the storyline. The author showed how God took a miserable situation and still made something good come from it... an innocent little girl who stole her mother's heart before she was even born. I loved how Jonah got to know Bethany and how tender he was with her. That made him seem all the more heroic.

Jonah was hard not to fall in love with as a reader, but at the same time given his history, it made sense why he'd be reluctant to tie the knot and why Kaydie would be reluctant to take a chance on a man she was still getting to know. Kaydie was a sweet read with a lot of tender moments. The author did a great job of using a horrible situation, past abuse, and showing the healing process without getting too graphic. The romantic tension kept building and the conflict between them made sense. Even the other guy wasn't so bad in the end. I liked the scenario that was set up between the characters and really enjoyed getting to know them.

Kaydie was published by Whitaker House and releases in April 2011. If you love prairie romances that are tender and heart-warming, you'll want to pre-order this book!

About the author:


Penny Zeller is the author of several 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 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. Penny devotes her time to assisting and nurturing women and children into a closer relationship with Christ.  Her passion is to use the gift of the written word that God has given her to glorify Him and to benefit His kingdom. Kaydie follows McKenzie in Montana Skies, her first series with Whitaker House. 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. Penny loves to hear from her readers at her Website,


karenk said...

thanks for the opportunity to read this wonderful story...i have read many fabulous reviews :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Courtney said...

I have read a lot of great reviews on this book, including yours Michelle. It sounds really good and I have yet to read anything by this author! Thanks for a chance to win it!


Sherri said...

I read the first book in this series and have been looking forward to this one. The story line is just my cup of tea. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks.

Jo said...

I have heard so much good reviews about this book that I am really looking forward to reading it. Please enter me.


Countrysunset said...

I would love to read this book. This genre is becoming my all-time favorite!!

Thank you for the chance at this giveaway.

Tore said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest.

apple blossom said...

sounds like a book I want to win thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

I already have this book, so don't enter me in the contest. Just wanted to say....I just finished reading Kaydee and its wonderful! I couldn't put it down. It is well worth your read!

Penny Zeller said...

Hello Michelle~
I just wanted to stop by and thank you for your wonderful review of Kaydie and for your endorsement!

It is an honor to see my book on you blog - thank you again!


Penny Zeller said...

Good Afternoon, Karen and Courtney~

I appreciate you both stopping by Michelle's blog and leaving a comment for a chance to win a copy of Kaydie. Thank you also for your kind words about the great reviews you've read about Kaydie. You made my day!

Have a wonderful week!


Penny Zeller said...

Hello Sherri~

Thank you for stopping by Michelle's blog. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed the first book in the series and are looking forward to reading Kaydie.

Have a great rest of your week!


Penny Zeller said...

Good Afternoon, Jo and Countrysunset~

I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment for a chance to win a copy of Kaydie.

Jo ~ Thank you for sharing about the good reviews you have heard about Kaydie. I appreciate that!

Countrysunset ~ I have to agree with you that historical fiction is my favorite to read too :)


Penny Zeller said...

Hello Tore and Apple Blossom~

I hope you are having a great start to your week. Thank you for leaving a comment and for your enthusiam about reading Kaydie. I'm excited to see who wins!


Penny Zeller said...

Good Afternoon Joy~

Wow! Thank you so much for stopping by and letting other readers know how much you enjoyed reading Kaydie. Reading your words meant so much to me and I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts :)

Have a blessed week!


windycindy said...

I love the time period, the setting and would love to read this Book 2
in the Montana Skies Series!
Many thanks, Cindi

diana said...

If someone gave out a medal for persistency, Penny, I am pretty sure I would get one. LOL Please enter me. I would love to win!

Renee G said...

I'd love to read this because I love historical fiction.

Margaret said...

This sounds like a great read. I love historical romances so I'm sure I would like this book.


Penny Zeller said...

Hello Cindi~

Thank you for stopping by Michelle's blog and leaving a comment. I love the 1800s time period as well! :)



Penny Zeller said...

Hello Diana~
It is great to see you here! I agree, you definitely should win a medal for persistence.

I have to tell you that it's an honor to see your comments and enthusiam for winning and reading Kaydie. Thank you SO much!

Have a wonderful weekend,


Penny Zeller said...

Happy Friday, Renee and Margaret~

Thank you for stopping by Michelle's blog. It is such an honor to be on her blog and I can't wait to see who wins the copy of Kaydie!

I hope you both have a wonderful weekend.



lgm52 said...

Sounds like a great book..would love to chance to win and read it.

Michelle Sutton said...

and the winner is...


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