Saturday, February 6, 2016

Christmas Comes to Little Hickman Creek by Sharlene MacLaren

Christmas Comes To Little Hickman Creek


Two years ago this Christmas, Sadie Bennett's beloved husband was killed in a tragic accident at the local sawmill. What was once her favorite time of year now haunts her, with its cheerful trappings a cruel reminder of the love she lost. The young widow would like nothing more than to hibernate until the festivities are over. When she finds herself assigned to the committee tasked with picking a Christmas tree for the town square of Little Hickman Creek, she begrudgingly agrees but determines to fulfill her duties to the bare minimum. As the search for a suitable tree gets under way, Sadie is dismayed to learn that one of her fellow committee members is a man she's worked hard to avoid. Reed Harris owns the local livery, and while he's friendly enough, good-looking, too, Sadie isn't ready to invest in another relationship. In fact, she may never be ready, unless a Christmas miracle manages to thaw her frozen heart. (less)


Sharlene Baker MacLaren has done it again. I just love her books.  I was talking to her and asked if Little Hickman was a real town and alas it really is!  The best part is I'm only 20 minutes away from it and didn’t even realize it exists.  

This is my very first time reading a novella.  I thought it was a sweet and tender romance story. Sharlene is a great storyteller. 
I can't imagine what it's like to lose a spouse.  I think if I lost mine I wouldn't want to ever marry again but as I read this book I realized that God has other plans for Sadie.  When Sadie lost her husband in an accident it seemed like it took her forever to come around.  
When you put God first good things seem to start happening.  Prayer is also a very powerful thing.  
I laughed out right at the skunk story because I can relate to that one too! I was waiting for the city bus to take me to work one morning.  As I was sitting there, in seen something out of the core
of my eye and at first I thought it was a cat.  It didn't occur to me at first that it was a skunk! I started calling here kitty kitty and just as reached it I seen the white stripe up its back and boy did I run for my life!!!! Luckily,  I didn't get sprayed. it just wanted my lunch I had packed. God was with me that morning as He is with me all the days of my life.  I just don't always put him first! 
Sadie first started coming around when she went Christmas tree hunting with the town council.  Almost reminds me of a scene in Christmas Vacation lol.
Then later with the sewing of costumes for the children's Christmas program.  Finally,  she did come around when she thought Reed was seeing someone else.  
It was her Pa that gave her the final nudge. I'm so very glad that he did!  
After Reed and Sadie had their talk, things were finally taking place they way they should have been.  
Grief is different for each person.  It comforts me that knowing God is by my side each and every day. 
I hated leaving my friends in Little Hickman.  it was great reading about them again!  But maybe I'll get to visit Little Hickman someday the Lord willing!
I am giving this book 5 stars!!! Thanks Sharlene for another wonderful story!
I received this book from the publisher for an honest review and I n highly recommend this book and for those of you who haven’t read the Little Hickman series I recommend that as well!

More About the Author



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 from 31-years of teaching, "Shar" loves to read, sing, travel, and spend time with her family, in particular, her wonderful, adorable grandchildren!

A Christian for 45+ 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." 

In recent years, Shar felt God's call upon her heart to take her writing pleasures a step further and in 2006 signed a contract for her first faith-based novel; thereby, launching her writing career with Through Every Storm. With a dozen books now gracing store shelves nationwide, she daily gives God all the praise and glory for her accomplishments. 

Shar has done numerous countrywide book-signings, television and radio appearances, and countless 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/or 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 and their rag doll cat named Blue.

Awards and Accolades: 

2006 Through Every Storm - American Christian Fiction Writers" Book-of-the-Year (now Carol Awards) finalist 
2007 Loving Liza Jane - Road to Romance Reviewer's Choice Award 
2008 Sarah, My Beloved - Inspirational Readers' Choice Award (3rd Place)
2008 Sarah, My Beloved - Road to Romance Reviewer's Choice Award
2009 Courting Emma - Inspirational Readers' Choice Award (3rd Place)
2010 Hannah Grace - Inspirational Reader's Choice Award (2nd Place)
2011 Abbie Ann - Inspirational Reader's Choice Award (3rd Place)
2011 Tender Vow - Retailers' Choice Award Finalist 

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