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Book 1 of 3 in the River of Hope Series

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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: River of Hope (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Whitaker House (June 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603742123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603742122
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BIOGRAPHY/AWARDS & ACCOLADES

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

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Format: Paperback
I will say that I read this series out of order. I am a real fan of Sharlene MacLaren's book however, I much prefer the 1800's ... and then when I was 1st looking at the reviews this 1st book didn't have wonderful reviews, so I started with the 2nd book. I loved "Ellie's Haven" and of course, that lead me to wanting to read "Livvie's Song". Now, I am not sure but maybe because I really knew Livvie and Will from "Ellie's Haven" ... I enjoyed this book more .. sure I knew the outcome but I didn't know all the twists and turns this book took ... and take them it did. Where I will always prefer my 1800's .. I am ever so glad that I took my trip along with Livvie and Will and am so looking forward to the 3rd book in this delightful River of Hope Series that will be soon out. I know I can always count on Sharlene for a great book that keeps me wanting more. I will say however, this book was definitely different from any of the others she has written .. but I am so glad I went along for the ride.
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This book became one of my favorites from the first time I read it. :) The hero is amazing, and the heroine, sweet. Their struggles are ones that I sympathize with. Sharlene's writing is delightful. I really fell in love with each of the good characters, and I really abhor the bad one(s). You know a book is good when your heart hurts with the people in the story! I highly recommend this book to any and all lovers of Christian romance! It's amazing.
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Just finished "Livvy's Song" tonight! Wow! LOVED the characters! Loved that Livvy wasn't a "perfect" woman with her crooked teeth and that Will was all the more charmed by that. And loved that Will was such a Renaissance guy... even for the 20s... and that he was growing so much spiritually that it overflowed to those around him. You hit a homerun again! :)
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Firstly, let me say; I have loved every Sharlene MacLaren book I've read in the past. This one, though, did not captivate me like the others. It was an ok read. I love her use of scripture in her fiction. The story line was too simplistic. The characters were not rich like other characters in previous books. I will keep buying her books though, because I have enjoyed so many hours in the past reading her beautiful stories.
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Livvie's Song by Sharlene MacLaren is a really excellent book. It has so many things in it, but mostly it's a book about second chances. It lets you know no matter what happens in life you can start over and life can be fantastic.
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
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Just at a time I was discouraged, I picked up this book to read. Every chapter lifts you and encourages you.
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.
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I loved this series, this story reminded me of Morning Glory by LaVeryle Spencer. Will was a wonderful and proud hero and Livvie was a special woman just trying to raise her children and keep a roof over their heads.

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!
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Another GREAT book by Sharlene MacLaren, who has become one of my favorite authors! This is the 7th book I have read by Sharlene and I highly recommend it! When reading her books I get lost in them and can't put them down until I'm finished and then find myself looking for another book by her! She is a wonderful, Christian author! Try any one of her books and you'll be hooked, too!
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