Book: Summer on Sunset Ridge, Freedom Series Book 1
Author: Sharlene MacLaren
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Brought up on a Quaker farm near Philadelphia at the brink of the Civil War, plainspoken Rebecca Albright is charitable, peace-loving, submissive—and a feisty abolitionist. Determined to aid the Underground Railroad no matter what the cost, her path collides with that of formidable slave-catcher Clay Dalton. When Rebecca is assigned to nurse Clay back to health following a near-fatal gunshot wound, her uneasiness around him and the questions surrounding his mysterious past complicate their strained but developing relationship.
Sherriff Clay Dalton is grimly fighting several battles of his own as he stays on at the Albright farm to work off his debt to the family that has saved his life and taken him in. He is torn between his past commitments in the South and his unlikely present among this quiet Quaker community in the North. Almost against his will, he begins to ponder the impossible idea of a future with Rebecca.…
When tensions between North and South escalate, Rebecca and Clay find themselves propelled on a journey to discover just who God has called them to be, and they soon realize that each holds a key to the other’s answer.
About the Author
Sharlene MacLaren Born and raised in western Michigan, award-winning, bestselling author Sharlene MacLaren attended Spring Arbor University. After graduating, she traveled with a nationally touring Christian vocal ensemble, returning home to Spring Arbor to marry her husband, Cecil, whom she’d known since childhood. Together they raised two daughters. Now happily retired after teaching elementary school for 31 years, “Shar” enjoys reading, singing in the church choir and worship teams, traveling, and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. Her novels include the contemporary romances Through Every Storm, Long Journey Home, and Tender Vow; the beloved Little Hickman Creek series (Loving Liza Jane, Sarah, My Beloved, Courting Emma, and Christmas Comes to Little Hickman Creek, a novella), and three historic romance 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); Tennessee Dreams: Heart of Mercy, Threads of Joy, and Gift of Grace.
Sharlene MacLaren is one of my favorite authors so I was thrilled with the opportunity to review one of her most recent books. Just like every other book I’ve read by her, I was tugged into the story without any resistance, ready to follow Rebecca and Clay’s journey. The descriptions of the Quaker lifestyle are beautiful portrayals with historical accuracy, just the right amount of romance, and heated scenes between the two main characters. It was difficult to put this book down in order to go about my day with my children. Even when I wasn’t reading it, I was still thinking about it. I always love getting a glimpse into the simplistic lifestyle of Quakers and the Amish. I laughed. I cried. I worried. I wondered. In short, I felt every emotion the characters did, which is exactly what a greatly written book should do.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes Christian fiction. It is a beautiful story with Christ’s love at the center. I would give this book five stars.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.