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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hannah Grace...Review

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 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?

A charming book. I wasn't familiar with Sharlene McLaren before I received her novel Abbie Ann for review. When I realized that book was the third in a trilogy, I knew I'd better read the first two books before reading the third!

Hannah Grace is a strong, feisty young woman and someone you like, right off the bat. With a compelling story, this was a book that I didn't want to put down. It's an easy, enjoyable read. Hannah's Christian faith is a driving force in her life, but I didn't find it at all preachy. With her intended, Ralston, Hannah is stifled and even oppressed, with her opinions and thoughts treated with little regard. With Gabe, Hannah's personality shines and she's allowed to be the bright, intelligent woman she is.

With a bit of drama from the protagonists and a charming little orphan, this was a delightful story and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow. You can learn more about Sharlene McLaren here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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