"Buttermilk Sky" by Jan Watson, is based in early 1900s Kentucky. The main character, 18-year-old Mazy Pelfrey, leaves her home in the Kentucky mountains to attend Secretarial school in Lexington. While she's eager to leave her hometown and get a taste of city life, she finds lots of challenges along the way, not the least of which being some mean girls in her school. I could definitely identify with how mean school-age girls can be toward one another so I felt her pain in those moments.
The main story line revolves around a choice Mazy must make between a man named Chanis, a young sheriff from her hometown, and a man named Loyal Chambers who comes from a very wealthy family and lives in the city. Mazy's vision gets clouded by the charming Loyal and all of his determination to marry her. When Chanis comes to visit, all of Mazy's friends are smitten by him and can't understand Mazy's reluctance to go home and marry him.
I definitely enjoyed portions of this book but found my mind wandering at times. I really enjoyed the Cinnamon character and thought she would be an integral part of the plot since she's the first character we meet. But she remains on the sidelines for a lot of the book. I think Jan Watson is a wonderful writer but didn't get into the plot of this one as much as I have in other books she's written. But if you are a Jan Watson fan or a fan of early 1900s historical fiction, I would definitely give it a try.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.