Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Review of "Summer on Sunset Ridge" and Giveaway


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About the Book

Book: Summer on Sunset Ridge, Freedom Series Book 1
Author: Sharlene MacLaren
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Brought up on a Quaker farm near Philadelphia at the brink of the Civil War, plainspoken Rebecca Albright is charitable, peace-loving, submissive—and a feisty abolitionist. Determined to aid the Underground Railroad no matter what the cost, her path collides with that of formidable slave-catcher Clay Dalton. When Rebecca is assigned to nurse Clay back to health following a near-fatal gunshot wound, her uneasiness around him and the questions surrounding his mysterious past complicate their strained but developing relationship.
RSherriff Clay Dalton is grimly fighting several battles of his own as he stays on at the Albright farm to work off his debt to the family that has saved his life and taken him in. He is torn between his past commitments in the South and his unlikely present among this quiet Quaker community in the North. Almost against his will, he begins to ponder the impossible idea of a future with Rebecca.…
When tensions between North and South escalate, Rebecca and Clay find themselves propelled on a journey to discover just who God has called them to be, and they soon realize that each holds a key to the other’s answer.

Book Review:

This was my first book by Sharlene MacLaren.  I have read reviews and seen posts on social media about her work and I've just been dying to read one of her books.  Yay!  I finally got the opportunity to be amazed.  Just as Sharlene finds Quakers fascinating, I do as well.  They are such an interesting group of people.   

Rebecca and Clay just drew me in....following them along the Underground Railroad.  This book has danger, romance, religion, farming, law enforcement, history, Underground Railroad, adventure, and more.   Who could resist the promise of all that in one novel?  Readers will begin to read this book and not want to put it down.   Grab a comfy pillow, a soft blanket, a cup of coffee or tea, and Summer on Sunset Ridge for the perfect time of enjoyment.

I rated this novel 5 stars but I would have rated it 10 if that were allowed.  
I received a free copy of this book.  A favorable review was not required.

About the Author

Sharlene MacLaren Born and raised in western Michigan, award-winning, bestselling author Sharlene MacLaren attended Spring Arbor University. After graduating, she traveled with a nationally touring Christian vocal ensemble, returning home to Spring Arbor to marry her husband, Cecil, whom she’d known since childhood. Together they raised two daughters. Now happily retired after teaching elementary school for 31 years, “Shar” enjoys reading, singing in the church choir and worship teams, traveling, and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. Her novels include the contemporary romances Through Every StormLong Journey Home, and Tender Vow; the beloved Little Hickman Creek series (Loving Liza JaneSarah, My BelovedCourting Emma, and  Christmas Comes to Little Hickman Creek, a novella), and three historic romance trilogies: The Daughters of Jacob Kane (Hannah GraceMaggie Rose, and Abbie Ann); River of Hope (Livvie’s SongEllie’s Haven, and Sofia’s Secret); Tennessee Dreams:  Heart of Mercy, Threads of Joy, and Gift of Grace.

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To celebrate Sharlene’s tour, Whitaker House is giving away:
Grand Prize
Brown and tan fashion purse with cross, multiple interior and exterior pocketsand
Five Sharlene MacLaren titles: Summer on Sunset Ridge (Forever Freedom #1); Heart of Mercy (Tennessee Dreams #1); Livvie’s Song (River of Hope #1); Hannah Grace (Daughters of Jacob Kane #1); Loving Liza Jane (Little Hickman Creek #1)
Second Prize
“Keepers of the Light” Orange/Cinnamon/Clove candle from and
Summer on Sunset Ridge
Third Prize
Summer on Sunset Ridge
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  1. Thanks for the review. This sounds like a really interesting book and the author is new to me. Putting this on my To Read Wish list and looking forward to reading Summer on Sunset Ridge

  2. Thanks for a great review!

  3. What a great review! It's your blog -- go ahead and give it 10 stars!

  4. Thanks for the review. I am really looking forward to reading Summer on Sunset Ridge.

  5. Thanks so much for this lovely review. Wow, I had to smile when you said you would've rated it 10 if you'd been allowed. You warmed my heart with that comment. Thanks so much.

    And a sincere thank you also goes to Karen G for checking in and leaving a comment. I do hope you'll have a chance to read "Summer".


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