Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sharlene MacLaren's Sarah My Beloved ~ Reviewed

Sarah My Beloved
By Sharlene MacLaren
Published by Whitaker House
October 2, 2007
ISBN-10: 0-88368-425-2


Sarah Woodward has come to Kentucky as a mail-order bride. But when she steps off the stage coach, the man who contracted her through the Marriage Made in Heaven Agency informs her that he has fallen in love with and wed another woman. Sarah is disappointed, but she feels that God has led her to Little Hickman Creek for a reason. With her usual stubborn determination, she refuses to leave until she finds out what that reason is.

Rocky Calhoun's sister has died, leaving him with two young children to take care of. When he meets the fiery Sarah Woodward, he proposes the answer to both their problems—a marriage in name only. Sarah soon comes to love the children, but Rocky is afraid she'll never survive as a farmer's wife with her privileged upbringing. Can he let go of the pain in his past and trust God's plan for his life? Will she leave him or will they actually find a marriage made in heaven?


Historical romances are not my favorite genre. But Sarah My Beloved is more of a love story than romance. Sharlene MacLaren has a way with words. Her characters are anything but stereotyped. They're surprising with a depth usually found in more experienced writers. This is MacLaren's third book. And she doesn't apply her expertise to just the main characters, but even the town takes on personality.

While the plot maybe had one too many tragedies in it for my personal taste, the proof is in the fact that I didn't close it and go to sleep, even when it was 2:00 AM. I read it straight through in one sitting, not putting it down until I turned the last page.

I'm looking forward to more of the Little Hickman Creek series. If you like historical romance, you'll love Sarah My Beloved.

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan

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