Threads Of Joy, Tennessee Dreams Series #2   -     By: Sharlene Maclaren
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When jaded 28-year-old Joy Westfall moves back to her hometown with her daughter, the community doesn't welcome the divorcee. Then sparks fly between her and the single pastor, Lucas Jennings---and the congregants are even more scandalized. But when an unforeseen danger threatens Joy, will the tight-knit town open their hearts to the God of mercy?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1629111686
ISBN-13: 9781629111681
Series: Tennessee Dreams

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Joy Westfall seems too young to be jaded, but the twenty-eight-year-old has already weathered more hardship and sorrow than most people twice her age. She moves home to Paris, Tennessee, with her three-year-old daughter, the only good thing to have come from her mistake of a marriage and sets up housekeeping, as well as her tailoring business, in a tiny abode she inherited from her aunt. She doesn't much mind living on the outskirts of town, especially since the residents of Paris seem disinclined to welcome a divorcee. The same is true of the congregants of the church next door. Just as well. Joy doesn't need their sympathy.Lucas Jennings feels blessed to be shepherding his own flock so early in life. Since his arrival, the congregation of Paris Evangelical Church has swelled, of course, it can't hurt that he's an eligible bachelor. Single women flock to the church from all over Henry County, yet none of them, not even the most pious manages to capture his attention quite like the newcomer next door, who is hungry for the gospel but unwilling to admit it.A spark ignites between the "scandalous" divorcee and the upright pastor, but Joy's rocky past has made her wary of male attention, and her feelings of failure, not to mention her disbelief in a God of love, drives an even deeper wedge between them. Moreover, Lucas puts the brakes on their budding friendship when his congregants begin to question his intentions. When an unforeseen danger threatens Joy and her daughter, will the tight-knit town stand by and watch? Or will they open their hearts to the God of mercy and allow Him to do an unexpected work?

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. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Story About Forgiveness and Romance
    May 2, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sharlene MacLaren in her new book, Threads Of Joy Book Two in the Tennessee Dreams series published by Whitaker House takes us into the life of Joy Westfall.

    From the back cover: Joy Westfall seems too young to be jaded, but the twenty-eight-year-old has already weathered more hardship and sorrow than most people twice her age. She moves home to Paris, Tennessee, with her three-year-old daughter, the only good thing to have come from her mistake of a marriage and sets up housekeeping, as well as her tailoring business, in a tiny abode she inherited from her aunt. She doesnt much mind living on the outskirts of town, especially since the residents of Paris seem disinclined to welcome a divorcee. The same is true of the congregants of the church next door. Just as well. Joy doesnt need their sympathy.

    Lucas Jennings feels blessed to be shepherding his own flock so early in life. Since his arrival, the congregation of Paris Evangelical Church has swelled, of course, it cant hurt that hes an eligible bachelor. Single women flock to the church from all over Henry County, yet none of them, not even the most pious manages to capture his attention quite like the newcomer next door, who is hungry for the gospel but unwilling to admit it.

    A spark ignites between the scandalous divorcee and the upright pastor, but Joys rocky past has made her wary of male attention, and her feelings of failure, not to mention her disbelief in a God of love, drives an even deeper wedge between them. Moreover, Lucas puts the brakes on their budding friendship when his congregants begin to question his intentions. When an unforeseen danger threatens Joy and her daughter, will the tight-knit town stand by and watch? Or will they open their hearts to the God of mercy and allow Him to do an unexpected work?

    You would think a person named Joy would be, at least, somewhat happy. Joy really has nothing to be happy about. She married, had a daughter, then found out the man was already married and cheating on her. So she is now divorced and living outside of town because the townspeople are shunning her because she is a divorcee. However she lives right next to the church and likes what she hears. Pastor Lucas is single and likes both Joy and her daughter but has to be careful to not cause a scandal. This is all about forgiveness and forgiveness and many levels; forgiveness of self, of others, from God. And then on top of that there is the romancenot just any kind of romance but a real, gentle romance that only springs from God. Ms. MacLaren does an outstanding job with all the characters especially Lucas and Joy and we really get behind them to succeed. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Whitaker House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Wasola, Mo
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    Joy from God
    March 23, 2015
    Jane Squires
    Wasola, Mo
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Joy Eestfal's life has so many areas we all can relate to. Living in a rural area the church setting so true. Joy is a perfect name for character. as well as God's joy revealed through story. Lucas Jennings is a young preacher. who struggles with attitude of some of his flock . Yet he follows after the heart of God. Forgiveness. of others, a child kidnappedby her father, mistakes , and more cauus to realize our Father God looks past the mistakes with his love. I highly recommend all Sharlene's books.
  3. a sunny island
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Threads of Joy
    October 22, 2014
    sunny island breezes
    a sunny island
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In 1892 being a single mother gave rise to lots of gossip. Was she a scandalous woman or what? Being divorced was almost as bad as having a child out of wedlock. And she even had the nerve to move in next door to a church.

    Joy moved into a small house she inherited from her aunt and started a tailoring business. She's not interested in God, the church or the pastor. But he's becoming more interested in her, and has already fallen in love with her spirited three-year-old.

    Suffering Sardines! I didn't want this book to end. I really like these people.

    It's interesting to watch the interaction between the lady, the pastor and the townspeople. When Joy and her daughter are in danger the town can choose to rally round or continue to give them the cold shoulder.

    I've always enjoyed Ms MacLaren's books. This was no different. I'm looking forward to many more.

    ***A special thank you to Cathy Hickling for providing a review copy.***
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