Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "Summer on Sunset Ridge" by Sharlene MacLaren

About the Book

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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.
Sherriff 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.

 My Thoughts

I had a hard time getting into this book. In part it was because of the Quaker "thee's and thy's" but also from the mention of concrete sidewalks and Rebecca getting her own groceries from the shelves in 1855. There are records of concrete sidewalks from the 1860's, but 1855 seems a bit early. The first "self serve" grocery store wasn't until 1916. Prior to that time, the shopper gave their list to the clerks and they retrieved the items for the customer. It might not seem like that big of a deal, but it really pulled me out of the story. I had to put the book aside and read a different book before coming back to it. I was able to get into the story when I started into it again. This was also about the point in the book where Clay and Rebecca's stories intersected. I liked how there was an emphasis on how you need to have a personal relationship with God. I found the characters to be realistic and I wanted them to find their happily ever afters. I laughed, cried, and got angry over things in the book. I am looking forward to reading other books in this "Forever Freedom" series.

About the Author

sharmaclarenhs_blue13Sharlene 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.

Blog Stops

January 19: Giveaway Lady
January 20: The Power of Words
January 21: Bigreadersite
January 21: just the write escape
January 22: Moments Dipped in Ink
January 22: For The Love of Books
January 23: Genesis 5020
January 24: Pause for Tales
January 25:  Book by Book
January 26: A Greater Yes
January 27: Splashes of Joy
January 28: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
January 28: Christian Bookaholic
January 29: Stuff & Nonsense
January 29: Bibliophile Reviews
January 30: cherylbbookblog
January 30: Daysong Reflections
February 1: Rhonda’s Doings


To celebrate Sharlene’s tour, Whitaker House is giving away:
Grand Prize
Brown and tan fashion purse with cross, multiple interior and exterior pockets and
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 www.acheerfulgiver.com and
Summer on Sunset Ridge
Third Prize
Summer on Sunset Ridge
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post to earn 9 extra entries in the giveaway!

"Summer on Sunset Ridge" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Forever Freedom Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Whitaker House (January 10, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162911796X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1629117966
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 3479 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Whitaker House (January 10, 2017)
  • Publication Date: January 10, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NCKG343

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and voluntarily given. No compensation was received.

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