Monday, January 23, 2012

Maggie Rose by Sharlene MacLaren * A Review

A Pursuit of a Calling The year is 1904, and Maggie Rose, the spunky, friendly, twenty-year-old middle daughter of Michigan resident Jacob Kane, feels compelled to leave her beloved hometown of Sandy Shores to pursue what she feels in her heart are God's plans for her life-in New York City. A Heart for the Homeless Maggie Rose adjusts to her new life at Sheltering Arms Refuge, an orphanage that also transports homeless children to towns across the United States to match them with compatible families. Most of the children have painful pasts that make Maggie aghast, but she marvels at their resiliency. As she gets to know each child, her heart blossoms with new depths of love and compassion. An Unexpected Attraction When a newspaper reporter comes to stay at the orphanage in order to gather research for an article, Maggie is struck by his handsome face-and concerned by his lack of faith. She can't deny their mutual affections, though. Will she win the struggle to maintain her focus on God and remain attuned to His guidance?

Paperback: 429 pages
Publisher: Whitaker House; 1 edition (June 8, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603740759
ISBN-13: 978-1603740753
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

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.

  This is the second book in the Daughters of Jacob Kane series. Maggie Rose is both beautiful inside and out. She is such a kind, compassionate person.
 Maggie Rose is called by God to go far from home to work at an orphanage, from her home in Michigan to New York. While there she meets Luke a hard, sad man, a newspaper reporter. Find out what makes him so hard and sad.
  They both fall in love with the children and the workers at the orphanage and then they even take the children on the orphan train West to find families.
 With this add intrigue, mystery and evil people and you have a story worth reading.
  I love the characters of this book; also you hear more about the characters from book one in this series, Hannah Grace. You will see what happened with Maggie’s family and how they keep moving ahead.
  You will read about some of the things orphans had to endure and live through in the 1900’s in New York. How the orphanages were a help and an escape for many of the children.
  I like the love story of Maggie Rose and Luke. How they each had to put God first and go on with their lives.
  I recommend this book Maggie Rose and all of the books in The Daughters of Jacob Kane series. Really excellent books. Sharlene MacLaren really knows how to write. You will love this book as I do.

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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...

Wanda, thank you so much for the very complimentary review of Maggie Rose. I am so delighted to hear you enjoyed it. I hope you will have the opportunity to read and review many more of my books - and always feel free to be totally honest.

Have a lovely Friday and then a safe, fun weekend!