Made Maleen by Jeanne St. James Review!


“Just let me love you.”

When Maleen King’s father catches her naked in the hay loft with her high school sweetheart, he sends the eighteen-year-old away to receive a college education and rise above the humble beginnings of an Idaho dairy farm. Now fourteen years later, Mal comes home to run the farm after the death of her father. The stress of a disastrous marriage and being a NYC stockbroker made her long to return to a simple life.

Braydon Daniels, devastated when Mal’s father sent her thousands of miles away, has thought about her every day since. Now, over a decade later, he finds himself alone, divorced, and beaten down by the trauma of his broken marriage. When Mal comes back to town for her father’s funeral, he realizes the feelings he once had for her are just as strong. There’s one little snag, though. His ex-wife is the woman Mal has hated her whole life. And they have a child together.

Despite the struggle to recover from their past relationships, the undeniable attraction between them still exists. Can they rekindle the passion they once had?

NOTE: This novella is loosely based on the Grimm’s Fairy Tale “Maid Maleen.”

My thoughts 💭


Mal and Braydon were young and in love when Mal’s dad forced her away. He didn’t want his daughter to be a dairy farmers wife. His intentions seemed good but it brought Mal and Bray 14 years of just settling and not being with who they were meant to be with. Mal returns home for her fathers funeral and she and Bray picked up right where they left off. They both have baggage as adults but they never stopped loving each other. I enjoyed Mal and Braydon’s story.

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