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Summer on Sunset Ridge, by Sharlene MacLaren
Rebecca Albright grew up on a Quaker farm near Philadelphia at the beginning of the Civil War. She is expected to be charitable, peace-loving, and submissive. She is feisty abolitionist and determined to aid the Underground Railroad no matter the cost, until her path collides with slave-catcher Sheriff Clay Dalton. Tensions between the North and South escalate and the two find themselves on a journey to discover just who God has called them to be.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Series: Forever Freedom
A literary triumph for author Sharlene MacLaren!
Debby Mayne, Author, High Cotton
A highly engaging novel for todays culture!
Alan Daugherty, columnist, The News-Banner
CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Amnesia, Underground Railroad & RomanceMarch 25, 2017CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5Twenty-one year old Rebecca is being forced into a marriage with an ugly man she does not love by her parents who truly believe it is for her good since she is so old and there are no other Quaker prospects around! I enjoyed learning about the Quakers' beliefs and their part in the Underground Railroad. Summer on Sunset Ridge was an entertaining book with great characters. I would recommend this book to others and look forward to more books in the Forever Freedom Series. I received my copy of Summer on Sunset Ridge through www.BookFun.org. This is my honest opinion.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Entertaining romance with strong Christian messageFebruary 26, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4MacLaren has centered her Christian historical romance around the Quaker faith. That is a welcome change from the saturated Amish genre.
Rebecca's parents, Quaker farmers, have found a husband for her. The only problem is, she has absolutely no feelings for him. When she crosses paths with sheriff Clay pursuing escaped slaves, her life changes a great deal. She knows she could never marry except for love.
MacLaren has crafted the typical romance plot well. There are lots of obstacles to a possible romance between Rebecca and Clay. Wounded, he has had a blow to the head and is suffering from amnesia. When he mumbles a woman's name, Rebecca is sure he is married. She's engaged and if that was not trouble enough, Clay is not a Quaker. It looks hopeless.
I like novels where I learn something while I am being entertained. I learned a bit about the Quakers and some about the underground railroad and how slaves were helped to move along as they escaped to the north.
There are some good issues to think about from this novel. One is arranged marriages, something many in the world experience. Does one learn to love the other, do the feelings come, or is one doomed to a loveless marriage?
There is a great salvation message in this novel. It fits right in as it comes through the experiences of one of the characters.
I recommend this novel for those who enjoy a good historical romance with a strong Christian message.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network. My comments are an independent and honest review.
MaryMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Historical fictionFebruary 4, 2017MaryMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Summer on Sunset Ridge," by Sharlene MacLaren, is historical fiction. The story takes place in Pennsylvania, in 1855. This is the first book in the "Forever Freedom" series. This book is clean and easy to understand and read. You will learn a few historical facts while you read, and you will meet some amazing folks that desired to help slaves.
The main character, Rebecca, lives at home with her Quaker family. She is an obedient young woman who follows the rules, does what she is told, helps her siblings and parents, and has a rock solid faith. She thinks slavery is wrong and has a strong desire to help with the underground railroad.
Main character, Clay, lives in Maryland. He is a town sheriff and he is hot on the trail of a runaway slave that shot his master. Clay knows the slave might have been provoked by his nasty owner, but the law is the law.
When Clay and Rebecca's paths cross, well, lets just say, they meet with a bang! As Rebecca cares for Clay's injuries she comes to care for him. This leads to all sorts of complications. Will she obey her parents? Will he come to know and love God? Can he stop chasing slaves? Read Summer on Sunset Ridge to find out!
I received this book from "The Book Club Network" and the author in exchange for my honest review.
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Perfect for pleasure readingFebruary 1, 2017Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was my first book by Sharlene MacLaren. I have read reviews and seen posts on social media about her work and I've just been dying to read one of her books. Yay! I finally got the opportunity to be amazed. Just as Sharlene finds Quakers fascinating, I do as well. They are such an interesting group of people.
Rebecca and Clay just drew me in....following them along the Underground Railroad. This book has danger, romance, religion, farming, law enforcement, history, Underground Railroad, adventure, and more. Who could resist the promise of all that in one novel? Readers will begin to read this book and not want to put it down. Grab a comfy pillow, a soft blanket, a cup of coffee or tea, and Summer on Sunset Ridge for the perfect time of enjoyment.
I rated this novel 5 stars but I would have rated it 10 if that were allowed.
I received a free copy of this book. A favorable review was not required.
CherylB19874 Stars Out Of 5Good readJanuary 30, 2017CherylB1987Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Summer on Sunset Ridge is a good piece of historical fiction. A story that is full of faith, love and so much more. This is my first book that I have read by Sharlene. I am looking forward to reading more of her books in the future. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4 stars.