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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 162911796X
ISBN-13: 9781629117966
Series: Forever Freedom

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Brought up on a Quaker farm near Philadelphia at the brink of the Civil War, plainspoken Rebecca Albright is expected to be charitable, peace-loving, and submissive. But she is feeling anything but. A feisty abolitionist, Rebecca is determined to aid the Underground Railroad no matter the cost, until her path collides with slave-catcher Sheriff Clay Dalton who's grimly fighting battles of his own. When tensions between the North and South escalate, the two find themselves propelled on a journey to discover just who God has called them to be—and whether friendship needs a common enemy.

Author Bio

Sharlene MacLaren’s novels include the beloved Little Hickman Creek series (Loving Liza Jane; Sarah, My Beloved; and Courting Emma); and the acclaimed historical trilogies The Daughters of Jacob Kane (Hannah Grace, Maggie Rose, and Abbie Ann), River of Hope (Livvie’s Song, Ellie’s Haven, and Sofia’s Secret), and Tennessee Dreams (Heart of Mercy, Threads of Joy, and Gift of Grace). Sharlene MacLaren lives with her husband, Cecil, in Spring Lake, Michigan.
 

Editorial Reviews

Summer on Sunset Ridge is a beautifully written tale rich with historical detail, but it is the romance between Clay and Rebecca that had me flying through the pages.
 
A literary triumph for author Sharlene MacLaren!
 
--Elizabeth Ludwig, Where Hope Dwells

In Summer on Sunset Ridge, Sharlene MacLaren has constructed a heart-stopping story wrapped around one of the most tragic times in American history. MacLaren is sure to please her ardent fans and develop new ones with this full-bodied tale featuring brave, Christ-loving characters who will stay with readers long after they close the book.
 
Debby Mayne, Author, High Cotton
 

Summer on Sunset Ridge is a heartwarming romance involving the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad. Sharlene MacLaren’s storytelling makes a reader feel as if they are a true part of the Quaker community with their plain dress and simple manner of speaking.

 A highly engaging novel for today’s culture!

 Alan Daugherty, columnist, The News-Banner
 

"Finely detailed secondary characters add realistic depth to the story, making the world where the Albrights live feel dangerous and alive. Fans of MacLaren will be delighted with this first book in the Forever Freedom series." --Publishers Weekly review of Summer on Sunset Ridge

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  1. Caroljo
    Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Amnesia, Underground Railroad & Romance
    March 25, 2017
    Caroljo
    Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Twenty-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.
  2. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Entertaining romance with strong Christian message
    February 26, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    MacLaren 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.
  3. Mary
    Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical fiction
    February 4, 2017
    Mary
    Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets 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.
  4. Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Perfect for pleasure reading
    February 1, 2017
    Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This 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.
  5. CherylB1987
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good read
    January 30, 2017
    CherylB1987
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Summer 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.
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