Book #1 in the Montana Skies Historical Romance Series (Whitaker House)

“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. And so, it is with reckless determination that 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 will soon see.


Penny Zeller writes with wit, brilliance, descriptive clarity, and gentle, inspirational prose. She provides a plentiful supply of intrigue, romance, and drama, truly enough to keep anyone reading during every spare moment. I am eager to watch the impact this book will make on Christian fiction as a whole, but especially on individual readers, as they clearly find a well-defined yet never preachy message of God’s unchanging, never-failing, ever-forgiving gospel. This book is intended for your keeper library shelf, with its beautiful cover, endearing story line, and gripping characters who will stay with you. Don’t delay in adding it to your to-be-read pile. Matter of fact, lay it on the top!

Sharlene MacLaren,

Award-winning, best-selling author, the Little Hickman Creek and The Daughters of Jacob Kane series, Through Every Storm, and Long Journey Home

McKenzie is a sweet love story that transcends the pages of time and brings a fresh, new voice to the historical genre.

Bonnie Calhoun,

Christian Fiction Online Magazine, GPCWC Writer of the Year, 2009

I love mail-order bride stories, and Penny Zeller brought a completely different twist from any I’d ever read. Interesting with a strong spiritual thread.

Lena Nelson Dooley,

Award-winning author, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico and Cranberry Hearts

Penny Zeller’s McKenzie is a moving, compelling story that’s rich with panoramic beauty and characters you’ll identify with. You will laugh, you will weep, you will wish you had taken speed reading in school so you could find out even faster what happens next! I’m definitely adding this one to my keepers list!

Loree Lough,

Award-winning author of seventy-five novels, including Beautiful Bandit (book one in the Lone Star Legends series)

McKenzie is a captivating tale weaved together masterfully with characters that quickly steal the reader’s heart. They certainly did mine.

Shirley Kiger Connolly,

Author, Flame from Within and the I See God series

With a gentle touch and warm style, Zeller pens a story that looks deep into the heart of love–the kind between sisters that her heroine would do anything to honor, and the unexpected romance that springs up in its pursuit. McKenzie is a novel that will lead you on an adventure along with the title character and touch your heart as Zach touches hers.

Roseanna M. White,

Author, A Stray Drop of Blood, Senior Reviewer, The Christian Review of Books