Sunday, February 4, 2018

Their Daring Hearts by Sharlene Maclaren

TheirDaringHearts2About the Book

Author: Sharlene MacLaren
Genre: Christian Historical Romance (Civil War)
Release Date: Jan 9, 2018
Levi Albright rebelled against his Quaker roots to fight for abolition in the Union army in the first year of the Civil War. Two years later, 19-year-old destitute orphan Josephine Winters, with her chopped hair, boy’s clothes, and new name, “Snipp,” enlists in the Union army out of desperation.
Just over five feet tall and barely weighing as much as a newborn calf, Snipp seems to Levi to be barely old enough to hold “his” gun. But despite being teased by the regiment, Snipp quickly earns admiration for skill with a musket and unequaled bravery. When Levi explains one night that he is a Quaker leading a regiment, it leads to a late-night discussion of faith and a developing friendship.
But Snipp’s secret can only be hidden for so long. After an injury forces Josie to reveal her real identity, Levi is angered by her deception. Worse, Josie is marched out of the company without a chance to explain—or even say goodbye. Will their friendship survive? Or will the hatred saturating the war-torn nation affect even the heart of a peace-loving Quaker?
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Absolutely a wonderful read!!!

Josephine Winters is definitely someone I admired and loved because of her bravery and I loved her dedication to finish what she started except in a different way of course!!!

I also liked how she stood up for herself and others in the story.
If there's one thing in the book that I didn't like it was the bullying and the surliness that went on. I also didn't like all of the complaining that went on. Life's too short for that.
Sometimes tho I know we can't help it because if unhappy situations but it's where we can learn to make the best of it. Especially if you're stuck in the middle of a war.
Levi Albright is a very interesting character. I had no trouble imagining in what he looked like. Very special and quite stubborn at times. 
I liked how he got along with everyone and how God found a use for him. I also liked how if he wants something or needs to do it, he does it without complaining. 
If I lived back then I'd probably be at home sewing socks, or whatever else the soldiers needed at the time. There's no way I could work in a hospital like that and not get queasy. 
I can imagine myself in the other scenes of the book and I must say I enjoyed being there. 
I love my imagination taking over!
Sharlene you are an excellent writer and I love your stories! I wish I could meet you face to face. Please keep them coming. It's so easy to get lost in your books!! 

About the Author

SharHS552x784Born and raised in western Michigan, Sharlene MacLaren graduated from Spring Arbor University then traveled nationally with a contemporary Christian vocal ensemble. She married Cecil, with whom she’d grown up in Spring Arbor, and the couple had two daughters. Shar embarked on a teaching career that would span over 30 years. As she contemplated retirement, Shar sought God’s guidance, praying for a vocation that would provide the kind of fulfillment and joy she experienced as a teacher and mother. A lifelong gifted story teller, she began to write Christian romance novels. Her first book, Through Every Storm, published in 2007, was met with critical acclaim and brisk sales. The rest, as they say, is history. Whitaker House’s bestselling fiction author, she’s subsequently published 18 books, mostly historical romances. Shar enjoys reading, singing in her church choir and worship team, traveling, and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She’s very interactive on Facebook and Twitter. For more:, Twitter @ sharzy_lu.
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To celebrate her tour, Whitaker House is giving away:
Grand Prize Package: Their Daring Hearts (Forever Freedom Series) #2 by Sharlene MacLaren; Summer on Sunset Ridge (Forever Freedom Series #1) signed by the author, Sharlene MacLaren, Abba Jerusalem Hyssop 6” Pillar Candle.
1st Place: Their Daring Hearts (Forever Freedom Series) #2 by Sharlene MacLaren; Heart of Mercy (Tennessee Dreams #1) by Sharlene MacLaren; Whitaker House/Anchor Coloring Book with Colored Pencils.
2nd Place: Their Daring Hearts (Forever Freedom Series) #2 by Sharlene MacLaren; Whitaker House/Anchor Coloring Book with Colored Pencils.!!
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  1. Thanks so very much for reading and reviewing my book. I appreciate it so much! Blessings! Shar

  2. Thank you for your wonderful review and being part of the book tour!
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  3. great review. this sounds like a wonderful give a way. I love the civil war era. she sounds like a strong and gutsy lady. I like her nick name.
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  4. Loved your review Lori! This book sounds great!
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