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Livvie's Song (River Of Hope, Book 1) Paperback – June 2, 2011
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Born and raised in west Michigan, Sharlene attended Spring Arbor University. Upon graduating with an education degree in 1971, she taught second grade for two years then accepted an invitation to travel internationally for a year with a singing ensemble. In 1975, she married her childhood sweetheart. Together they raised two lovely, wonderful daughters, both of whom are now happily married and enjoying their own families. Retired in 2003 from 31-years of teaching, "Shar" loves to read, sing, travel, and spend time with her family, in particular, her wonderful, adorable grandchildren!
A Christian for 45+ years, and a lover of the English language, Shar has always enjoyed dabbling in writing--poetry, fiction, various essays, and freelancing for periodicals and newspapers. Her favored genre, however, has always been romance. She remembers well the short stories she wrote in high school and watching them circulate from girl to girl during government and civics classes. "Psst," someone would whisper from two rows over, and always with the teacher's back to the class, "Pass me the next page."
In recent years, Shar felt God's call upon her heart to take her writing pleasures a step further and in 2006 signed a contract for her first faith-based novel; thereby, launching her writing career with Through Every Storm. With a dozen books now gracing store shelves nationwide, she daily gives God all the praise and glory for her accomplishments.
Shar has done numerous countrywide book-signings, television and radio appearances, and countless interviews. She loves to speak for women's organizations, libraries, church groups, women's retreats, and banquets. She is involved in Apples of Gold, a mentoring program for young wives and/or mothers, and is active in her church as well as two weekly Bible studies. She and her husband, Cecil, live in Spring Lake, Michigan with their beautiful white collie, Peyton and their rag doll cat named Blue.
Awards and Accolades:
2006 Through Every Storm - American Christian Fiction Writers" Book-of-the-Year (now Carol Awards) finalist
2007 Loving Liza Jane - Road to Romance Reviewer's Choice Award
2008 Sarah, My Beloved - Inspirational Readers' Choice Award (3rd Place)
2008 Sarah, My Beloved - Road to Romance Reviewer's Choice Award
2009 Courting Emma - Inspirational Readers' Choice Award (3rd Place)
2010 Hannah Grace - Inspirational Reader's Choice Award (2nd Place)
2011 Abbie Ann - Inspirational Reader's Choice Award (3rd Place)
2011 Tender Vow - Retailers' Choice Award Finalist
Top Customer Reviews
I really like how close Will is to the Lord and how he helps others come into a better relationship with the Lord. Even when you are down and out you can learn something and make your life better. When bad things happen keep going, because good things are just around the corner.
Livvie is widowed with two sons and is trying to keep her restaurant afloat, Will just got out of prison after ten years and he happens to get a job at Livvie's restaurant. At first Will tries to keep his prison sentence a secret, but the past always catches up to you.
You will see the struggles, heartaches, joys and finally peace that come from this adventure-laced book. The ending of this book is packed with action and suspense. I really, really enjoyed it and can't wait for the rest of the series. Sharlene is such a fantastic story teller. I highly recommend that you read this book.
Thank you to Whitaker House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
Olivia lost her beloved Frank and is struggling to keep restaurant going. Then along comes Will with a past he does not want to reveal. He gets a job as a cook as current one is leaving.
Will comes up with a way to keep restaurant afloat. But eventually his past is revealed.
Yet there is forgiveness beyond God's forgiveness. I wish I could say all churches forgive like one in this story. I have been in some that do and some that don't.
If you are struggling, read this book. There are three books in the series. This one can stand along but recommend you read it before moving on to others. Experience God's forgiveness anew and encouragement.
Although reticent, Will was very upfront about his time in prison and he made it clear that he was reformed. He was just what Livvie needed to save her business andjust what she needed to save her heart. Excellent book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book. It is well-written and shares the gospel. The idea of an ex-con who finds Christ while in prison and who continues to grow in his faith while dealing with the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Betty
I loved this book! I had a hard time putting it down. I fell in love with the characters. The author kept this story very interesting. I didn't want it to end.Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth R.
This is a well written Christian book. I enjoyed the story very much. I recommend it highly. I am going to buy more of this author's books.Published 13 months ago by L. Owen
LIVVIE’S SONG is an older story from Ms. MacLaren (I am horribly behind on reviews). I’ve been to Wabash, Indiana, and it was fun reading a story set in a town I’m semi-familiar... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lollipops
I would recommend this book to every woman young and old. I love this story because it is very real and candid. Read morePublished 16 months ago by specialtychef
A good read. I enjoyed it. I woulld buy others by the same aurther.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer