Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Loving Liza Jane by Sharlene MacLaren*A Review

When Liza Jane Merriwether rode into the town of Little Hickman Creek, her first thought was, "Oh, Lord, what have I done?" Kentucky was much different than what she was used to back East, but she knew God had led her here for a reason. Soon, the new schoolteacher is beloved by all-including Benjamin Broughton, a handsome widower with two young children. Despite his protectiveness and the fact that Ben has rescued Liza from several scrapes, her contract implicitly states that she is to have "no improper contact with the opposite sex." Liza has a lot to learn about God and His plan for her life.

Paperback: 351 pages
Publisher: Whitaker House (March 12, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0883688166
ISBN-13: 978-0883688168
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Born and raised in west Michigan, Shar attended Spring Arbor University. Upon graduating with an education degree way back in 1971, she traveled internationally for a year with a small singing ensemble, then came home and married one of her childhood friends. Together they raised two lovely, wonderful daughters, both of whom are happily married and enjoying their own families. Retired in 2003 from 31-years of teaching, Shar loves to read, sing in the church choir and worship team, travel, and spend time with her family, in particular, her wonderful, adorable grandchildren, Dylan, Alexis, and Gavin!

A Christian for forty+ years, and a lover of the English language, Shar has always enjoyed dabbling in writing—poetry, fiction, various essays, and freelancing for periodicals and newspapers. Her favored genre, however, has always been romance. She remembers well the short stories she wrote in high school and watching them circulate from girl to girl during government and civics classes. “Psst,” someone would whisper from two rows over, and always with the teacher’s back to the class, “Pass me the next page.” 

Shar is a an occasional speaker for her local MOPS organization, is involved in KIDS’ HOPE USA, a mentoring program for at-risk children, counsels young women in the Apples of Gold program, and is active in two weekly Bible studies. She and her husband, Cecil, live in Spring Lake, Michigan with their lazy, fat cat Mocha.

I have never read any of Sharlene MacLaren’s book, but I really enjoyed this first one. “Loving Liza Jane” is full of fun. Loving Liza Jane, the first installment in MacLaren's Little Hickman Creek Series. These books were written in 2007, but still are fantastic and super books to have. Suspense, loss and overall joy.
Eliza Jane Meriwether was raised by her Aunt and Uncle, but felt God calling her to a different place to live and start her life. The place she felt called to was Little Hickman Creek, Kentucky.
Eliza is a school teacher at her first assignment. In this school the children or lack of materials have already had three teachers leave.
Ben Broughton, a fascinating, good-looking widower having troubles running his farm and raise his two daughters, seven year old Lili and fifteen month-old Maggie. He is a spiritual man, who's accepted the death of his wife and not allowing his loss to make him a bitter man.
This book has lots of good clean romance, combines lots of scripture and Eliza has incredible determined character, which is really fun to read about.
ELiza Jane holds to the strict rule that a single teacher shouldn’t entertain or become friends with a bachelor and Ben needs help desperately so he looks to a mail-order bride ad. Altogether these elements really make a fantastic story.
I highly recommend this book to be one for reading and keeping in your favorites. Really loved the story and characters.
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Thank you to Whitaker House for providing this book for review. 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 Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

1 comment:

SHARLENE said...

Wow, thank you so much for this wonderful review of "Liza"! I'm so honored to hear you enjoyed it. Have a blessed week!