Hannah Grace, Daughters of Jacob Kane #1  -     By: Sharlene MacLaren
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Whitaker House / 2009 / Paperback

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Hannah Grace has her life all figured out---or so she thinks. She's content working at her father's general store and courting the town's physician, Ralston Van Huff. But when the new sheriff arrives in turn-of-the-century Sandy Shores, Michigan, everything changes. Hannah's determined to ignore Gabriel Devlin's good looks. But will a runaway orphan bring them together? 428 pages, softcover from Whitaker.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 1603740740
ISBN-13: 9781603740746
Series: Daughters of Jacob Kane

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Growing up in the west Michigan resort town of Sandy Shores in the early 1900s, Hannah Grace, the eldest of Jacob Kane's three daughters, is feisty and strong-willed, yet practical. Between working at her father's general store and courting the town's physician, Ralston Van Huff, Hannah has her life planned out in an orderly, meaningful way. Or so she thinks.Hannah's world turns upside down when the new sheriff comes to town. Gabriel Devlin is strong, outspoken, and a Christian, to boot-but he's sworn off women, having met ones mostly interested in money and apathetic about God.Determined to ignore the newcomer's handsome looks, Hannah is drawn to him nonetheless by a shy, runaway orphan boy named Jesse. While Hannah works to befriend the shy vagabond, who's living with Gabriel until other arrangements can be made, God works in her heart. What plans does He have in store for this young woman who thought she had it all together?

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. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent writing
    October 24, 2011
    Jane Cox
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this series and could not hardly wait to pick up the next book in order to see what came next. Liked the fact that it was a continuation of these 3 sister's lives.
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    Enjoying reading this book now, Really like this author's style if writing
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 15, 2010
    This book is in my top five out of any book I've ever read. The message in it came along at just the right time in my life. I have reread it a couple times because it is enjoyable as well as humorous in spots. From beginning to end I never felt like "Okay, come on, get on with the story." (As I often do) So the author moved at the perfect pace and it was written very well. You really get to know the characters. --- I have also read Maggie Rose and Abbie Ann, which are both incredible reads. This entire series is probably my favorite.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 2, 2010
    Helen Walton
    Excellent author and excellent story ! The plot keeps the reader looking forward to how the characters will respond to what is happening in their lives in a Christian way.
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    What a wonderful way to start a new series. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the characters, the setting, and the give and take between siblings. Great fun.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Sharlene MacLaren
Located in: Spring Lake, MI
Submitted: January 05, 2009

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Shar first started her writing career with a Print-on-Demand press back in 2002 when she published a contemporary novel titled Spring's Promise. After much studying of the writing/publishing industry, she began her search for a mainline publisher and discovered Whitaker House. Consequently, she signed on with them in early 2006 and in December of that year, released Through Every Storm, a general fiction title that finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writers Book-of-the-Year in 2007. On the wings of that, came her first “three-book historical set” called The Little Hickman Creek Series with an 1895-96 Kentucky setting. As a result of that series, Shar won the “Road to Romance” Reviewers’ Choice Award and also earned a third place award in the “2008 International Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest”.
In the fall of 2008, Whitaker House released a stand-alone contemporary titled Long Journey Home, and in January of ’09 will launch her next 3-book historical series, The Daughters of Jacob Kane. Especially exciting to Shar about this series is its West Michigan setting.

Shar has done numerous countrywide book-signings, television and radio appearances, and countless interviews. She has been married to the love of her life for almost 33 years, has two wonderful daughters and two handsome sons-in-law. The joys of her life, however, are her adorable grandsons, Dylan, born March 21, 2006 and Gavin, born March 3, 2008, AND her first GRANDDAUGHTER, who arrived on July 1, '08.

Besides her involvement in music at Spring Lake Wesleyan Church, Shar has been a speaker for the local MOPS organization, is involved in KIDS’ HOPE, USA, a mentoring program for at-risk children, counsels young women in the APPLES OF GOLD program, and attends two bi-weekly Bible studies.

She and her darling husband, Cecil, live in Spring Lake with Dakota, their loveable collie, and Mocha, their lazy fat cat.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I love a good romance, but more important, I love weaving into my stories the fact of God's amazing plans and purposes for our lives. Believe it or not, I am able to do that while writing stories of love. Of course, no story would be good without tension and conflict, so I see to it my characters have plenty to drive the story along. My main motivation, though, is always to point people to the Word of God. When reading my books, I seek to entertain them, yes, but I mostly thrill to hear the words, "Wow, your books challenge me to get back to the basics of my faith."

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  As always, I want to point people to Christ. Like I said earlier, I love a good romance, and describing a tasty, warm kiss and embrace gives me so much satisfaction (Ha!), but it's the emotional, spiritual ride my characters take to reach a level of Christian maturity that truly drives me. I hope my readers will see this and want the same for their own lives.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  As with all of my writing projects, I find myself praying for wisdom and strength on a daily basis. When the "well" is dry it's hard to produce. Writing is a mind-straining, physically and mentally exhausting profession at times. Without the Lord's daily doling of strength and insights, I'd be hard-pressed to complete a manuscript. BUT HE IS FAITHFUL!!! And Hannah Grace, first in my Daughters of Jacob Kane series, marks my seventh published novel. Praise the Lord.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I have many! I love Francine Rivers' Redeeming Love novel. Fantastic story of boundless, uncompromising, unfathomable love and forgiveness. I enjoy the classics as well as contemporaries. Of course, I love historical romances the most. (Can't help it. I'm a hopeless romantic.) LaVyrle Spencer probably inspired me most to try my hand at writing. Although secular, her stories are full of depth and tender characterization. I love that in a story. I always strive to dig deep with my stories, draw out emotions that will touch my readers' hearts and very core, evoke laughter one moment and tears the next.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  My heart and passion is to write a story that will draw people to a closer relationship with God, BUT without all the preachiness! I don't want to turn people off, yet I also won't apologize for the Gospel. Sometimes it's a fine line for a Christian author to find that balance without compromising. Come on over to my Website sometime and leave a comment. I love hearing from my readers and promise to respond, providing you catch me when I'm not completely swallowed up in deadlines!

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