[Book Review] Maggie Rose (Daughters of Jacob Kane, bk 2) by Sharlene MacLaren

Posted 2 June, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

About the Book:
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?

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:
Breath-takingly wonderful! The Daughters of Jacob Kane just got better! Maggie Rose jumps right into Maggie’s story almost right where Hannah Grace left off. The first page, again, captured me completely with MacLaren’s seasoned writing.

In Maggie Rose, I absolutely loved all the characters. I didn’t like one more than another….each one found a special place in my heart and really gripped it. The story created this bubble around me and made me feel such a part of the story. I learned so much from Maggie Rose about following God’s will no matter what other’s may say, and I learned from all the sweet “street Arabs”, or orphans, about how to be strong, no matter what happens in life, even if you are alone. I learned from Luke, too. I learned to let go of the past, no matter how painful or difficult it may be and focus on the future while leaning on God’s love.  Wow!!!

While Sharlene MacLaren incorporated humor, God, love and family into this 5 star book, I got a big lesson out of it, like God used Shar’s characters as my angels with a message. Thank you, Shar! Please don’t hesitate to read Maggie Rose. You will grow to love Jacob’s daughters as much as I have. I am highly anxious to start on Abbie Ann, the conclusion to the Daughters of Jacob Kane and it will be bittersweet, as I love all these beautiful characters so much!

You can purchase your copy here.

*This book was provided for review by Whitaker House Publishing*



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