Saturday, January 28, 2017

Blog Tour + Giveaway ~ Summer on Sunset Ridge by Sharlene MacLaren

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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.

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.

About the Author

Sharlene MacLaren Born and raised in western Michigan, award-winning, bestselling author Through Every Storm, Long Journey Home, and Tender Vow; the beloved Little Hickman Creek series (Loving Liza Jane, Sarah, My Beloved, Courting Emma, and Christmas Comes to Little Hickman Creek, a novella), and three historic romance trilogies: The Daughters of Jacob Kane (Hannah Grace, Maggie Rose, and Abbie Ann); River of Hope (Livvie’s Song, Ellie’s Haven, and Sofia’s Secret); Tennessee Dreams: Heart of Mercy, Threads of Joy, and Gift of Grace.
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

My Thoughts

MacLaren has long been a must-read author for me. With eloquent strokes of her pen (or keyboard :) ), the people of picturesque Sunset Ridge come alive, revealing a community that is far from ordinary. My time spent there was one of learning and wonder and blessing. 

Summer on Sunset Ridge is brilliantly written and filled with wonderful truths from the Word of God. It turned into a companion devotional for me and sparked my desire to create a prayer journal featuring quotes from the book, thereby confirming my word for 2017 -- PRAY!

I highly recommend this inspiring and satisfying novel! I was provided an ARC of this book from the publisher, Whitaker House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. No compensation has been received.

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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 pockets


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. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing my book. I so appreciate it. Your review is one of my favorites because you mention how it touched you personally and challenged you start a prayer journal selecting various quotes from my book to include in your journal. Wow, such an honor to read that. I'm truly humbled.

    Blessings on your week, Anne

    1. Hey Sharlene, Thanks so much for taking time to stop by and comment! I know you're a busy lady :) This story truly touched my heart in a way that I will never forget. You're a blessing to this reader!

  2. What a great blog post. I've heard such great things about this book (Amish fiction and historical fiction are my favorite genres). I'd love to see how a Quaker book compares to the Amish novels I've read. I've connected with the author on facebook, so that makes me want to read the book even more.

    1. Hey Susan, You will LOVE Sharlene's books! They are all good but this one is by far my favorite now!!! Thanks for coming by today. Blessings, my friend!

    2. Susan!!! Hello, my FB friend. I do hope you'll get the chance to read the book. I loved writing it, especially since my daddy was raised a Quaker. It made the research all the more interesting to me.

  3. Thanks for the nice review for Summer on Sunset Ridge. I must read this book. I enjoy historical stories filled with Amish, Mennonite and Quakers information.

  4. Hi, Marilyn! I do hope you'll read it! I loved writing this book. So interesting. I too love historical stories! Blessings to you, and thanks for your comment.

  5. Thanks for the review. New author to me and I'm really looking forward to reading her book. Sounds really interesting.


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