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It was a leap of faith for Grace Fontaine to bid farewell to her beloved fiance, Jess Travis, and send him on a four-month stint on the transatlantic luxury liner The Lone Star. But the trip from Boston to London and back again would increase his salary fivefold and would bring the couple that much closer to realizing their dream of marrying and starting a family. When Grace learns that the ship was captured by pirates, her hope deflatesAnd#8212;and it eviscerates entirely when the pirate ship is apprehended, with no survivors reported. Two years later, Grace receives word from a doctor in Paris, Tennessee, that her wealthy great-aunt, Iris Brockwell, is on her deathbed and requires round-the-clock care. Grace volunteers, figuring there is nothing left for her in Boston. It isn't long after her arrival in Paris that she meets a charming, driven lawyer named Conrad Hall, who wastes no time sweeping her off her feet and soon proposes marriage. Given his promises to love, protect, and care for her and her great-aunt, how can Grace refuse?Weeks before the wedding, an unexpected guest shows up and threatens to throw a wrench in the plans. Will Grace go through with her marriage to Conrad? Or will an unforeseen turn of events change her mind?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 1.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1629112887
ISBN-13: 9781629112886
Series: Tennessee Dreams

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Author Bio

Born and raised in west Michigan, Sharlene attended Spring Arbor University. Upon graduating with an education degree in 1971, she taught second grade for two years, then accepted an invitation to travel internationally for a year with a singing ensemble. In 1975, she married her childhood sweetheart. Together they raised two lovely, wonderful daughters, both of whom are now happily married and enjoying their own families. Retired in 2003 after thirty-one years of teaching, "Shar" loves to read, sing, travel, and spend time with her family-her grandchildren, in particular!Shar launched her writing career in 2006 with the contemporary romance Through Every Storm, a Whitaker House release that was named a finalist for Book of the Year by the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Following that was her acclaimed Little Hickman Creek series, consisting of Loving Liza Jane (Road to Romance Reviewer's Choice Award); Sarah, My Beloved (third place, Inspirational Readers' Choice Award 2008); and Courting Emma (third place, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award 2009). Shar's next series, the popular Daughters of Jacob Kane, comprises Hannah Grace (second place, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award 2010), Maggie Rose, and Abbie Ann (third place, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award 2011). Sofia's Secret concludes her latest series, River of Hope, which also comprises Livvie's Song and Ellie's Haven.Shar has done numerous countrywide book signings, television and radio appearances, and interviews. She loves to speak for women's organizations, libraries, church groups, women's retreats, and banquets. She is involved in Apples of Gold, a mentoring program for young wives and mothers, and is active in her church, as well as two weekly Bible studies. She and her husband, Cecil, live in Spring Lake, Michigan, with their beautiful white collie, Peyton.

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  1. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Multiple Events, Many Choices and Romance
    August 11, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sharlene MacLaren in her new book, Gift of Grace Book Three in the Tennessee Dreams series published by Whitaker House takes us into the life of Grace Fontaine.

    From the back cover: It was a leap of faith for Grace Fontaine to bid farewell to her beloved fiance, Jess Travis, and send him on a four-month stint on the transatlantic luxury liner The Lone Star. But the trip from Boston to London and back again would increase his salary fivefold and would bring the couple that much closer to realizing their dream of marrying and starting a family. When Grace learns that the ship was captured by pirates, her hope deflatesand it eviscerates entirely at the news that the pirate ship was destroyed, with no survivors reported.

    Two years later, Grace receives word from a doctor in Paris, Tennessee, that her wealthy great-aunt, Iris Brockwell, is on her deathbed and requires round-the-clock care. Grace volunteers, figuring there is nothing left for her in Boston. It isnt long after her arrival in Paris that she meets a charming, driven lawyer named Conrad Hall, who wastes no time sweeping her off her feet and soon proposes marriage. Given his promises to love, protect, and care for her and her great-aunt, how can Grace refuse?

    Weeks before the wedding, an unexpected guest shows up and threatens to throw a wrench in the plans. Will Grace go through with her marriage to Conrad? Or will an unforeseen turn of events change her mind?

    There is a lot going on in this book. Grace and Jess are going to be married. Jess has an opportunity to boost his salary but he has to take a transatlantic trip. The ship is plundered by pirates and sunk no one is reported alive. What do you do now? Grace moves on in life. Grace moves to Paris, TN to comfort her sick Aunt Iris. That is where she meets Conrad. From here the story takes on a life of its own. Here is the question: while most of the events that occur are surprises to Grace were any of them a surprise to God? If not then is it possible that He was using these events to help Grace to grow and flourish? And then on top of everything there is the romancenot just any kind of romance but a real, gentle romance that only springs from God. Ms. MacLaren does an outstanding job with all the characters especially Grace and Jess and we really get behind them to succeed. I am so looking forward to the next book from this highly talented author.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Whitaker House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gift of Grace - - AMAZING Book!!
    March 11, 2015
    Patti Jo
    Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I will admit to being a big Sharlene MacLaren fan. I have enjoyed all of her books and highly recommend them. But I have to say that after reading her most recent book, Gift of Grace, this is her BEST book yet! Set in a small town of Tennessee in 1894, the story follows Grace Fontaine as she's caring for her very ill, wealthy great-aunt. Thinking that her former fianc has perished in an accident at sea, Grace is captivated by a supposedly wealthy man named Conrad Hall. Grace becomes engaged to Conrad, but only weeks before their wedding major surprises happen for her. This story was never dull and I sat up very late at night reading it. The faith message in this story gave me tears, and the ending was very satisfying. I highly recommend Gift of Grace, and look forward to reading more books by Sharlene MacLaren. FIVE STARS!!!
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