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Ellie Booth was never the type to run away. But she'd witnessed her stepfather commit a heartless crime, and, knowing he'll stop at nothing to keep her quiet, she has no choice but to flee. Soon, she finds herself in Wabash, Indiana, scrambling for a cover identity to evade her stepfather. For lack of a better option, she answers an ad for a wife/housekeeper/nanny, praying that her lack of experience won't be obvious.

Gage Cooper is reaching the end of his rope. With four children between the ages of three and ten, he needs a reliable nanny, yet each one he's hired has thrown up her hands and deserted her post. When an attractive, spirited young woman applies for the "job," he knows he should pray about the matter, but his desperation for help propels him headlong into a marriage of convenience.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 300
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 X 0.75 (inches)
ISBN: 1603742131
ISBN-13: 9781603742139
Series: River of Hope

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Ellie Booth was never the type to run away. But she’s witnessed her stepfather commit a heartless crime, and, knowing he’ll stop at nothing to keep her quiet, she has no choice but to flee. Soon, she finds herself in Wabash, Indiana, scrambling for a cover identity. She answers an ad for a wife/housekeeper/nanny, praying that her lack of experience won’t be obvious.
With four children between the ages of two and ten, Gage Cooper needs a reliable nanny, yet each one he’s hired has thrown up her hands and deserted her post. When an attractive, spirited young woman applies for the "job," he knows he should pray about the matter, but his desperation for help propels him headlong into a marriage of convenience.
Soon, the "marriage of convenience" becomes less of a business arrangement as husband and wife yield to an attraction neither one had expected. When secrets of the past and dangers of the present arise in their lives, their marriage is put to the test, and God alone knows what will become of their union.
 

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Sharlene MacLaren was born and raised in west Michigan and attended Spring Arbor University. Upon graduating in 1971 with an education degree, she taught second grade for two years, then accepted an invitation to travel internationally with a singing ensemble for one year. In 1975, she came home, returned to her teaching job, and married her childhood sweetheart. Together, they raised two lovely daughters, both of whom are now happily married and enjoying families of their own. Retired in 2003 after thirty-one years of teaching, "Shar" loves to read, sing, travel, and spend time with her family—in particular, her adorable grandchildren!
A Christian for over fifty years, and a lover of the English language, Shar always enjoyed dabbling in writing. She remembers well the short stories she wrote in high school, and watching them circulate from girl to girl during government and civics classes. "Psst," someone would whisper from two rows over, always when the teacher’s back was turned, "pass me the next page."
In the early 2000s, Shar felt God’s call upon her heart to take her writing pleasures a step further, and in 2006, she signed a contract for her first faith-based novel, Through Every Storm, thereby launching her writing career. With eighteen published novels now gracing store shelves and being sold online, she daily gives God all the glory. She dedicated her last novel, Their Daring Hearts, to Jesus.
Shar has done numerous countrywide book signings and made several television appearances and radio interviews. She loves speaking for community organizations, libraries, church groups, and women’s conferences. In her church, she is active in women’s ministries, regularly facilitating Bible studies and other events. She and her husband, Cecil, live in Spring Lake, Michigan, with their beautiful white collie, Peyton, and their ragdoll cat, Blue.

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  1. Jane Squires
    Wasola, Mo
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God's Plan unfolds, forgiveness and romance
    August 17, 2013
    Jane Squires
    Wasola, Mo
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A book of hope for sure. A stepdaughter, Ellie, made to do things no young girl should have to do. Her Mother instructing her to leave home to protect her.

    God's plan unfolds as Ellie arrives in Wabash to learn her Aunt is dead. She answers an ad to be a wife and mother to 4 children in a marriage of convenience.

    God's love revealed in so many ways. Gage falls in love with his wife. His Mother's accepts his young wife. Ellie's Mom shows up to protect her daughter. Both Mother's protect those they love as most Mom's would.

    Then the stepfather's arrested and forgiveness undeserved is revealed. God forgives us when we do not deserve it.

    This book reveals God's love to all. Sometimes one does not understand his plans as they unfold.

    A tribute at end to a friend of the author's you need to read too.
  2. i blog 4 books
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful Story!
    May 6, 2012
    i blog 4 books
    What a delightful book! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading Ellie's Haven by Sharlene MacLaren but I was pleasantly surprised!

    When her step-father murders a man and insists that Ellie helps him cover the murder up, she knows she can no longer stay in town. With her mother's help, she flees to Wabash, Indiana. Out of desperation, Ellie answer an ad for a nanny/housekeeper/wife posted by a widower in town. She quickly falls in love with the children, but learning to live with a man is another story altogether!

    Sharlene MacLaren combines a lot of things I love into one great story in Ellie's Haven. Romance, great friendships, a unique mother/daughter relationship, and more than a little intrigue. It's a recipe for success.

    Gage and Ellie's relationship is certainly awkward at times, but I loved how the author allowed both of them to learn from each other as their relationship grew. It would have been easy for Gage (who is 17 years older) to come off as the one with all the answers. However, I felt that they balanced each other nicely.

    At one point, I was totally irritated with Gage. He was just too . . . nice. There was a point where Ellie is revealing several "white lies" that she told and he quickly forgives and they move on. Once I thought about it, though, I realized that's what we should do. Since God forgives us, we should forgive others. I also appreciated how he talked with Ellie about God and how he led her in her faith journey.

    Romance books typically wrap up a little fast for my taste. You know, the couple gets together and they live happily ever after, the end. However, once I thought the book was wrapping up, I realized I still had around 40 pages to go. It was great to have the ending stretched out a bit more than normal. (But not too long!)

    Ellie's Haven was one of my favorite books that I read in January. I'm looking forward to catching up with Ellie and Gage in future installments of the series! [5 stars]

    I received a free copy from Whitaker House and FIRST Wildcard Blog Tours in exchange for my fair and honest review.
  3. suzyQ
    Kelso, WA
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good story
    April 13, 2012
    suzyQ
    Kelso, WA
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Easy read, good story line, enjoyed the characters.
  4. Sandi
    Glasgow, KY
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A wonderful book!
    March 6, 2012
    Sandi
    Glasgow, KY
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love books written by Sharlene MacLaren! This one is no exception. Sharlene has a tremendous gift of writing that pulls the reader into the story immediately and by book's end, the reader feels the characters are part of their own lives. All of Sharlene's books are quality - in Christian testimony, adventure, twists and turns, in high Christian morals. Readers of Sharlene's books are tempted to read them from cover to cover in one sitting and then wait patiently for the next book. Ellie's Haven is a marvelous read; no one would be disappointed!
  5. MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    From Nanny to Wife
    February 2, 2012
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A return visit to Wabash Indiana and Livvie. Our new character is Ellie Booth, who has grown up in the back woods of Athen, TN. She has led an hard life since her Dad passed away and her Mother remarried a very Evil man! Ellie and her Mother witness Bryron Pruitt kill Walter Sullivan, a Government Man. He forces Ellie to bury Walter, he has a gun pointed at her head!

    In Wabash, Gage Cooper is desperate for someone to take care of his four children. The ten year old twins, Alec and Abe, Eight year old Frances, and almost four year old Tommy Lee. He posted in Livvie's dinner a request for a Wife...he has had so many Nannies quit.

    Livvie tells him it is not the 1800's and Mail Order Brides, it's 1928!

    There is a lot of action here, and some really sweet moments, and some very good chuckles!

    I recommend this as a great read, loved it! Hope there are more books like this from Sharlene!

    I received this book from the Publisher Whitaker House, and was not required to give a positive review!
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