The Mercy Tree: A Novel
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The Mercy Tree: A Novel  -     By: Sharlene MacLaren

The Mercy Tree: A Novel

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In 1955, well-respected pastor Henry Griffin knows scandalous affairs are never talked about and divorce is rare. When a letter arrives that could upend his career and break up his beautiful family, the secret about his time stationed in Japan begins to unravel. Is there room for gentleness, faith, and redemption under the Mercy Tree? 336 pages, softcover from Whitaker.

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Title: The Mercy Tree: A Novel
By: Sharlene MacLaren
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2023
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.86 (inches)
Weight: 12 ounces
ISBN: 1641239565
ISBN-13: 9781641239561
Stock No: WW239566

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It’s 1955, when scandalous affairs are never talked about, divorce is rare, a wife is a "homemaker" more often than not, and every Christian home displays its family Bible front and center. Certainly, a well-respected pastor in the conservative city of Muskegon, Michigan, would never be caught in the middle of a heinous secret that could ruin his career and break up his beautiful marriage and family. Or would he?

When Henry Griffin was stationed in occupied Japan in the mid-1940s, he met Rina Hamada, a Japanese woman who fell head over heels for him. Despite having a young wife and baby daughter waiting at home in the States, Henry had too much to drink one night, and one thing led to another… He knew it was wrong. He struggled with guilt and expressed his resistance, but she professed her love and continued to pursue him.

Now, ten years later, a letter from Japan arrives and threatens to upend Henry’s world. What to do and how to tell his wife are just the beginning of his troubles. Tough questions about faith, redemption, and preserving his reputation bring us here, under the shade of The Mercy Tree.

Author Bio

Born and raised in west Michigan, Sharlene MacLaren 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. After traveling for a year, she returned to her teaching job, then in 1975, she reunited with her childhood sweetheart, and they married that very December. They have raised two lovely 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—in particular, her adorable grandchildren!

Shar has always enjoyed writing, and her high school classmates eagerly read and passed around her short stories. In the early 2000s, Shar felt God’s call upon her heart to take her writing pleasures a step further, so in 2006, she signed a contract with Whitaker House for her first faith-based novel, Through Every Storm, thereby launching her professional writing career. With two dozen published historical romance novels now gracing store shelves and being sold online, Shar gives God all the glory.

Shar’s novels have won awards or nominations in several categories, including "American Christian Fiction Writers Book-of-the-Year," "Road to Romance Reviewer’s Choice Award," "Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award," and the "Retailers’ Choice Awards." Most recently, A Love to Behold was voted "Book of the Year" in 2019 by Interviews & Reviews, and Their Daring Hearts was named a 2018 Top Pick by Romantic Times.
Her latest novel, The Mercy Tree, takes place after World War II.

Shar has done numerous countrywide book signings and has participated in several interviews on television and radio. She loves to speak 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. Shar and her husband, Cecil, live in Spring Lake, Michigan, with their beautiful white collie, Peyton.

Shar loves hearing from her readers. If you wish to contact her as a potential speaker or would simply like to chat with her, please send her an e-mail at SharleneMacLaren@Yahoo.com. She will do her best to answer in a timely manner.

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