Heart of Mercy - eBook
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Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Tennessee Dreams
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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sunny island breezesa sunny island5 Stars Out Of 5July 22, 2014sunny island breezesa sunny islandQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It started as a pleasant evening and ended in heartbreak. Mercy takes in the young orphaned sons of her best friends, but has to fight to keep them since the judge has decided they need to have a married couple as their guardians.
Sam is a man still living with his mother, who is constantly whining and trying to manipulate him. He has to escape, but isn't sure how to go about it.
The judge finally agrees to give Mercy thirty days to find a husband if she wants to keep the boys. She's desperate enough to advertise for a husband. Sam is desperate enough to answer that ad.
It sounds like a good thing all around except for the feud between their families. It's a real Hatfield and McCoy type feud. The problem is no one quite knows why it's still going on after all these years.
Are these two willing to go through all the grief that will be heaped on them from both sides? It will take some real determination to put themselves in that position.
Thank you, Ms MacLaren. I'm looking forward to more Tennessee Dreams.
***A special thank you to Cathy Hickling for providing a review copy.***
Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful beginning to a series!February 12, 2014Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleI fell in love with Sharlene MacLaren's writing back when she wrote the Little Hickman Creek series. It was a wonderful trilogy and while I have enjoyed her other books, I think she may have found the mystery that made the Little Hickman Creek series so whimsical and fun. In book #1 of this series we meet Mercy as she goes through a horrible tragedy - losing her best friend and her friend's husband in a house fire and leaving behind two young boys. She is determined to step in and raise her friend's sons but the judge doesn't believe that a single woman is the right person to raise two young boys. So she has a month to get married so they can have two parents, or she will lose the right to raise them. Hilarity ensues as she tries to find the right man in the small town without many choices. But in her desperation to save the boys will she make the wrong decision?
And what about the guardian angel that saved the boys from the fire in the first place? It's a Hatfield/McCoys scenario between Mercy's family and Samuel Conners' family. That would never work and they both know it, so Mercy keeps looking for love in all the wrong places.
I am loving the start of the Tennessee Dreams series and can't wait to see where Sharlene MacLaren will take them from here!
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Living in 1800's TennesseeJanuary 29, 2014MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5So sad all this hate and feuding between families, and in the end, they can't remember why. Decades go by and things get worse, but the hearts of two people joined together for convenience. When Samuel Connor enters a burning house, and saves the lives of two young boys, Joseph and John Roy, their lives and his become entwined with Mercy Evans.
Can you imagine being so desperate that you need to marry within thirty days, and your not even dating. That is what the judge did to Mercy. The old thing about woman not being capable without a man? Anyway feuding family members are against a union of Marcy and Samuel...a marriage of convenience??
Some cruel things happen, in the name of keeping on with the feud, but to hurt innocent children...ugh! Seems both Mercy and Samuel have grown up without much parental love. They instinctively seem to do better with children, than either experienced themselves.
Be ready for a great experience of a small town living in late 1800's Paris, Tennessee. I loved my visit here and can't wait for the next book in this series.
I received this book through First Wild Card Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
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