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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Giveaway ~ Heart of Mercy by Sharlene MacLaren

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About the Book

Mercy Evans has known a great deal of heartache and hardship in her 26 years. She lost her mother at a young age and was only 16 when her father was killed in a brawl sparked by a feud with the Connors family that spans several generations. When a house fire claims the lives of her two best friends, Mercy is devastated, but finds comfort in caring for their two sons, who survived thanks to a heroic rescue by Sam Connors, blacksmith in the small town of Paris, Tennessee. Yet the judge is determined to grant custody only if Mercy is married. Mercy loves the boys as her own, and she’ll go to any lengths to keep them—but what if that means marrying the son of the man who killed her father?  Set in the 1880’s, Heart of Mercy is the first book in MacLaren’s new Tennessee Dreams series.

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Whitaker House has graciously consented to give away a print copy of this fabulous book to one of my blog readers. Aren't they grand?! 

Just leave a comment below letting me know why you would like to read the book, and you will be entered in the drawing. 

Just saying "Enter me" will not get you entered.

Please share with your friends for an extra entry, if they tell me YOU sent them!

Giveaway is open to US only (lower 48) due to postage costs. Ends June 25th!

I will contact the winner by email (be sure and leave me one). You'll have three days to contact me with a mailing address that I can forward to the publisher so they can send you the book. 

If winner doesn't contact me within that time, I will choose another winner!

***UPDATE- IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE LEAVING A COMMENT, PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL TO DUHPAYNES[AT]GMAIL[DOT]COM INSERTING AN @ AND . IN THE CORRECT PLACES.***

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Have a blessed day in the Lord!


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If you use the purchase link below, I make a small commission on the sale of the book.



94 comments:

  1. I would love to win this book. Sharlene MacLaren is a wonderful writer!!!

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    1. Stephanie, I agree about Sharlene being a great writer. I always love the depth of her novels and the beautiful faith elements in them.

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  2. She got great sense of humor . I enjoyed reading her books

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    1. Yes, Sharlene has a fabulous sense of humor!

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  3. Absolutely love Sharlene's stories!! My mom, grandma and daughter all read them as well so it would be a cherished book:)

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    1. Hi Becky, That's wonderful that y'all can share books :)

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  4. I would dearly LOVE to win this book because my library has a very limited supply of Shar's books. I SO ENJOY her sense of humor and creativity. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Gail, Did you know you can request that your library purchase Sharlene's books? Most will try and accommodate their patrons in this way. I know mine does. Hope you get to read more of her books soon!

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  5. Wow, your blog is looking SOOOOO beautiful, Anne!! Just loving your header and the background, perfectly done :)

    I have heard of this author, but haven't read her books yet.....this one sounds like such a great story and would love to read what happens to Mercy (great name too)!!

    Thanks so much for this giveaway, blessings on your day also (and the same to Sharlene)!!
    Hugs, Kara
    wman4jcATaolDOTcom
    *best wishes to the other entrants*

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    1. Hey Kara! Thanks for the compliment on the blog. I was looking for something light and airy for spring but couldn't find what I wanted, so i designed my own :)

      I have been Sharlene's books since waaaaaay before I ever started reviewing. She's one of the first Christian Fiction authors I ever read. I think you might like her books.

      Have a great day!

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  6. It is SO MUCH fun to see your comment section filling up. Thanks for running this little contest giveaway, Anne!

    Blessings...

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    1. Hey Sharlene, Thanks for stopping by! I didn't expect that :) I have to say I was delighted when Whitaker House agreed to give a book away. Y'all have some of the best books on the market :)

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  7. Sounds like a book that has Mercy dealing with choices that can be tough. Love and strength from God can/will get you through. Was just talking to someone going through some tough decisions. It's hard to see people you love struggling. Seems like that is what Mercy is going through as she makes the tough decision to help these little boys.

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    1. Hi Judy, Sharlene is such a gifted writer and brings about a precious story in Heart of Mercy. She shows how leaning on the Lord and trusting in Him is the ONLY way to make it through.

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    2. Anne...I LOVE Sharlene's writings. I have read everything...(some more than once) other than her latest book. The theme of this book just really hit about choices and sometimes being tough. Spent hours on the phone yesterday listening and trying to offer counsel to one of our children who has two major life changes at the same time. My advice ..keep praying. Trust. It will work out. I just need to work on leaving my worries and cares at the feet of Jesus. I find myself getting anxious over the choices that need to be made. Again....Trust. God's got it under control and He will do a better job arranging life than we could ever hope.

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    3. Judy, You are 100% correct! HE is the only one who can show us the Truth and guide us through life's journey. It sure isn't always easy but His way's are ALWAYS right!

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  8. Oh, I would love to win this book since I have never read a book written by Sharlene, but from the comments she sounds like a wonderful author :) This book sounds like it's a great read! I am headed over to CBD to check out her other books.

    Hugs to you, Anne!

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    1. Oh my, Stephanie!!! You will LOVE this book! Seriously, it is a heart pulling story. She a great writer, one of my favs :)

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  9. I am always on the lookout for good Christian authors, and I've not yet read one by Sharlene MacLaren. This one sounds really good, too. I grew up in western North Carolina, and many of my relatives are from Tennesee. On top of this, I'm a history teacher, and historical romances are my favorite novels. I would look forward to this new series and would love to win this one to get me started.

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    1. Hi Janice, I hope you get an opportunity to read Sharlene's books. They are always thought provoking and just lovely stories that sit down deep in your heart. I grew up in western NC too!

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  10. Hi Anne, thanks so much for this book giveaway. I love to be introduced and read new authors as I have never read any of Sharlene MacLaren's books. This looks like it would be an interesting read and I'm curious to see what happens. Thanks again.
    Julie

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    1. Hey Julie!!! Wow, so many haven't read Sharlene's books. I thought everyone had ;) She's a fabulous writer and one of my favorites in Christian Fiction. And from the years of knowing her online, she is a precious sister in Christ! you would enjoy her books. {{hugs}}

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  11. I would love to win this book to find out how Mercy deals with her emotions and life with the man who murdered her father. I also love Christian fiction. So grateful for this contest. Hoping to win.
    Mary Lou K flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Mary Lou, It was a fabulous story but Sharlene doesn't deliver anything else!

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  12. Shared on FB and google. Mary Lou

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    1. Thanks, Mary Lou! Just make sure your friends tell me YOU sent them over here or I won't know who referred them.

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  13. I have enjoyed your blogs, but never have red one of your novels. I plan on looking for one soon to begin enjoying your work. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. You need to leave me an email address. Your blogger profile doesn't list one.

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  14. I always love reading Shar's books! Haven't read this one yet and would love to win it!

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    1. Hi Barb, I always look forward to reading a new story from Sharlene, as well. Thanks for coming by today!

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  15. I love Sharlene's books. I love how she writes, you can really empathize with her characters and the struggles that they go through. Being a Christian isn't a walk in the park and reading her books you can say "yeah I have been there or I am there" and find hope.

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    1. Jody, You are absolutely right!!! Sharlene's stories ALWAYS show there is hope in Christ!

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  16. Sounds like a great book! I would love to win it. pat at ptbradley dot com.

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    1. Patricia, It IS a great book! Thanks for stopping by today.

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  17. I would like to win the book so I can read it first and most of all. Then review it on many places. Then share it with someone to introduce them to your books and blessing from above.
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. Awww...That is great that you would like to post reviews of Sharlene's book and share it with others! I know she appreciates everything her readers do to get the story into people's lives. Thanks for coming by today!

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  18. I just love reading Shar's books and her writing style. I enjoy the way her characters reveal the attributes of our loving heavenly Father even when they sometimes lose their way. He gently calls them back. I'd like to start another sharing circle with my daughter in law reading this series. Share, you're amazing.

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    1. Freda, You have beautifully summed up what Sharlene's books convey! Thanks yo so much for coming by today and entering the giveaway.

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  19. Again, it is SUCH A HUGE BLESSING to read all of your comments. I wish all of you God's very best. Love and Hugs to all...

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    1. You have been a blessing to many, Shar! Thank you for being such a great encourager through the written word and for pointing us all gently and lovingly to the Lord.

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  20. I love the cover and blurb sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!
    campbellamyd at Gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Amy, Thanks for stopping by today. It's a sweet, sweet story :)

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  21. Sharlene and I met through a mutual friend of ours. She was having a book talk in my town so the mutual friend and I went to hear her speak.
    I would love to win this book to give to my church library.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Janet, That is so sweet that you want to contribute to you church library. I have given many books to ours. Best wishes!

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  23. Would really like to win this book. Love your books Shar.
    janhale26@gmail.com

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  24. Please enter me. tkomom2@yahoo.com

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    1. Lanita, Thanks for coming by today. You have to leave a comment about why you would like to read the book in order to be entered in the drawing.

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  25. I'd love to read this book because I know Sharlene MacLaren is a good author & I've enjoyed her books in the past. It's been a while since I last read one of hers & I'd love to read another one! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    crazybooklover7 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. I agree! Sharlene is a great writer and always delivers exceptional stories!

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  26. I have read all her books up to this point. I would so love to have a signed copy from this author I just adore. She is so friendly on facebook and even chats with me about teaching. I just get so wrapped up in her stories I forget the time and end up staying up all night. So thankful she ending teaching to WRITE for us!!! :)

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    1. VT21, I have stayed up late reading Sharlene's books, as well. This paperback copy is coming straight from the publisher so ti will NOT be signed. Sorry :(

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  27. Heart of Mercy sounds full of mercy, compassion and drama. I'd love to read it!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Merry, It is ALL of those things and more!

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  28. Awesome! I want to read it because it sounds GREAT! This is my kind of story (plus I LOVE Whitaker House). It's Christian, historical, fiction, romance, and a feud ending romance at that! How can I go wrong! :D I really want to see how all of this will play out and look forward to the forgiveness and love I hope comes in the end! :)

    Many Blessings, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a) Chavez

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  29. I would love this book for me, my daughter, and my 80 year old aunt. Love Sharlene!

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    1. I didn't know you liked to read her books, Diane! It's nice to have someone to share your books with, isn't it? Y'all kind of have your own book club :)

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  30. Mercy has been through so much in her young life. I would love to learn more about her and how she faces her trials and tribulations. Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Melanie, Thanks for stopping by today. Mercy's story is quite touching. You would definitely enjoy reading this one. Have a great weekend!

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  31. Wow, seems like a pretty intense book. I haven't read anything by this author, but I love books set in the 1800's and I'm wondering how this book will end.........I don't know that I could do what she has to do.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Hey Susan! There are intense moments but the story is one you would enjoy. Sharlene is a phenomenal storyteller! You'll be hooked on her books ;)

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  32. I would love to win this book for it sounds very interesting.I like the era and the setting. I am rooting for Mercy to get the boys and to find happiness. She deserves it. Thanks got the give-away.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Hey Maxie, We all know there will be HEA but getting there is quite the experience. Sharlene sure is a master at making it hard to put the book down :) Thanks for coming by and entering the drawing. Have a great day!

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  33. It's ME - I had a lady who wanted to enter the giveaway from FB but wasn't able. Here is her entry -

    hi !! I am the one who couldn't get there for the giveaway !!!
    I am caroljdykhouse{at}msn{dot}com and I have enjoyed Shar's books VERY much !!! I promise I will loan it to others if I am the lucky/blessed one !!! thanks !!

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  34. I haven't read her books before but would love to be able to. The Story sounds just like what books I love to read. I know I will love reading it.

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    1. Mary Ellen, Happy to meet another historical fiction fan! Sharlene's books are all great. I'm sure your local library would carry some. You might want to check it out :)

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  35. I would love to win this book because I have never read a book written by Sharlene and from the comments she sounds like a wonderful author. Thank you for the opportunity.

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    1. Hi Deb, Sharlene is a fantastic writer and I hope you get to read one of her books soon. Have you tried your local library?

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  36. I would like to win this book because I live in Tennessee and I make an effort to read books set in my home state. Thank you for the opportunity to win.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Kay, How wonderful that you live in TN! It sure is a gorgeous state.

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  37. looks like a good one, a chance to read a new author cindybutlerATneuralsciDOTorg

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    1. Cindy, It is a wonderful book! Maybe you can try and find Sharlene's books at your local library. I know mine carries most of them :)

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  38. I have never read this author's books and would welcome the opportunity to win one.

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    1. Sounds like you are in the majority of readers here who haven't read any of Sharlene's books. I hope you get an opportunity soon.

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  39. ME again! Here's another entry from someone on FB unable to leave a comment -

    Kelly Reed Brown said I give up! I have tried twice to post comment and nothing happens! I have never read any books by her and would love to have a chance to do so! After reading your blog and then all the comments, I see I have been missing out on some spectacular reading!
    billnkellybrown[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  40. I have never read any of her books so it would be nice to win a copy and discover a new author. My email is momndad243atyahoodotcom

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    1. Hi Polly, If you enjoy historical fiction then you will like Sharlene's stories. They're hard to put down, IMO :)

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    2. I love Sharlene and am friends with her! I want to read this book! linda74thompson@yahoo.com

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    3. Hi Linda, Thanks for popping in to enter the giveaway. Sharlene is such a precious soul!

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  41. I really enjoyed Sharlene's 'Little Hickman Creek' series and I 'm sure this one will be no different! Would love to win this first book in the series.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I'm sure you'll enjoy this new series, Patty. Heart of Mercy is a wonderful story.

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  42. I would love to win because I never read a book by Sharlene MacLaren and I love historical fiction. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    thereadergirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Rebecca, Heart of Mercy is tender and poignant historical, filled with wonderful characters and biblical truths. Thanks for coming by today!

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  43. This book sounds great. The plot's intriguing and sounds interesting, and I like that the book takes place in a different time period. I'd love to read it!

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    1. Hi Haley, The book is all the things you mentioned and more! Thanks for coming by today.

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  44. "Heart of Mercy" sounds like a book full of emotion and problem relationships - my favorite!! I will enjoy the setting also as I have previously lived in two areas of Tennessee for a total of 16 years. I haven't read any of Sharlene's books and look forward to reading this one. Thanks to Sharlene and Anne for the opportunity to win a copy!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Bonnie, Tennessee is so beautiful! We have been many times to the E TN mountains. Heart of Mercy is a great story! I hope you get the opportunity to read it.

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  45. WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! You have tons of entries, Anne. That's simply awesome! I'm super excited for all the interest. Thanks again for running this contest on your blog. I've enjoyed reading everyone's comments.

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    1. I know! It's pretty awesome, huh? I hope everyone who didn't win will pick up your books from somewhere. They are always such beautiful and compelling stories of hope. Thanks for coming by and leaving comments, Sharlene. I appreciate you taking time out of your busy days!

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I am so delighted that you've taken time to come by and comment. Blessings for a joy-filled day!

1 Corinthians 1:3 ~ Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.