[Book Review] Hannah Grace (Daughters of Jacob Kane, bk 1) by Sharlene MacLaren

Posted 31 May, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

About the Book:
Growing up in the west Michigan resort town of Sandy Shores in the early 1900s, Hannah Grace, the eldest of Jacob Kane’s three daughters, is feisty and strong-willed, yet practical. Between working at her father’s general store and courting the town’s physician, Ralston Van Huff, Hannah has her life planned out in an orderly, meaningful way. Or so she thinks.
Hannah’s world turns upside down when the new sheriff comes to town. Gabriel Devlin is strong, outspoken, and a Christian, to boot-but he’s sworn off women, having met ones mostly interested in money and apathetic about God.
Determined to ignore the newcomer’s handsome looks, Hannah is drawn to him nonetheless by a shy, runaway orphan boy named Jesse. While Hannah works to befriend the shy vagabond, who’s living with Gabriel until other arrangements can be made, God works in her heart. What plans does He have in store for this young woman who thought she had it all together?

About the Author:
Born and raised in west Michigan, Sharlene MacLaren attended Spring Arbor University. She traveled married one of her childhood friends and together they raised two lovely daughters. Now happily retired after teaching elementary school for 31 years, “Shar” enjoys reading, writing, singing in the church choir and worship teams, traveling, and spending time with her husband, children, and precious grandson. Shar is a regular 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 lovable collie, Dakota, and Mocha, their lazy fat cat.

My Review:
Oh my heavenly stars, I absolutely fell in love with Sharlene MacLaren’s writing! She is another new-to-me author and also one that is on my favorite author list!! I was so excited to have the chance to review Hannah Grace, the first book in The Daughters of Jacob Kane series. This book did not disappoint me in anywany!

In this good, clean, sweet and sassy historical, Sharlen MacLaren introduces us to Hannah Grace, the eldest of Jacob Kane’s sassy bunch. I was captured from page one, in which the story completely wrapped around my heart and pulled me into this heart-warming, God-filled story. When I met Hannah, my mother instincts kicked in and wanted to guide her in every way. But, boy when I met her beau, Ralston, I was inclined to want to pop him upside his head and tell him “wake up and don’t be dimwitted!”. And there was the matter of sweet Jesse Gant and the Sheriff Devlin who was looking after him. Both just stole my heart away!

I really enjoyed this fast paced read. I found myself often wishing the story wouldn’t end. I laughed so much through this story. It’s filled to over flowing with humor, love, family and friends coming together in times of crisis, over coming the problem by trusting in God and fully relying on His will.

This book is one worthy of 5 star praises and so much more. Please don’t hesitate to take a chance with this book. It’s truly an excellent story and I’m anxious to see what’s happening to Maggie Rose, Jacob Kane’s middle daughter and book 2 in the series!

You can purchase your copy here.

*This book was provided for review courtesy of Whitaker House Publishers*



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