When I see the words “mail-order bride” on the back cover of a book, I get excited. These are my favorite reads, followed closely by marriage of convenience stories. I was in for a treat when I discovered Sarah, My Beloved by Sharlene MacLaren, because this story involves the former turning into the latter. A well-written tale with captivating characters I loved from the start, Sarah, My Beloved exceeded my expectations. The ever-increasing emotion and conflict kept me turning pages eager to find out how two strangers could overcome the obstacles MacLaren throws in their path. It’s easy to see why this book has garnered so many great reviews. Like others, I highly recommend the story, confident those who love a historical with heart will enjoy this book from an author who’s delivered a moving inspirational romance.
MacLaren’s rich, spirited heroine, Sarah Woodward, follows the Lord’s leading to leave her life of luxury in Massachusetts and head to Little Hickman Creek in Kentucky. Upon arriving, Sarah discovers her intended has fallen for someone else and was unable to get a message to her in time. When a lifelong friend from home arrives in town pushing a marriage she wants no part of, small-town farmer Rocky Callahan proposes. He needs a mother for the niece and nephew left in his care when his sister died, but what he doesn’t need is a romantic entanglement. Can Sarah win the heart of her reluctant husband, and can Rocky deal with the loss of his first wife and young son and find his way back to the Lord?
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What Do You Think?
Do you enjoy mail-order bride and marriage of convenience stories? If so, what is it you like about them?
Do you prefer action-packed, suspenseful stories, or are you partial to those based upon the characters and their growth as the story progresses?
Do you like to read rich lady of luxury meets working-class man stories?
Attention, Romance Readers
If you enjoy reading inspirational romances as I do, I invite you to let me know. I will be, at random, gifting gently read copies of books I review, motivational bookmarks or other items of my choosing. You can let me know of our mutual interest in the inspirational romance genre or a particular book via a comment in which you include an email address or by sending a message using my email address, which is listed in the sidebar under “Contact Information.”
Last Week's Winner
Congrats to Jarmara Falconer, winner of Dreaming of Home by Glynna Kaye.
(Note: Because I’ve decided to to forgo holding regularly scheduled drawings, this will be my last announcement of a winner.)
I purchased my copy of Sarah, My Beloved and am offering this review of my own accord and without remuneration of any kind.