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Merry Go Round - Maple Valley Trilogy, Book 3 [Kindle Edition]

Sherrie Hansen
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Book Description

Tracy's supposedly perfect life as a pastor's wife and mother of three is turned upside down when her husband leaves her for a man.

Clay Alexander's charmed existence starts spinning out of control when his father threatens to shut down Maple Valley 's woolen mill - unless Clay conforms to his family's expectations.

Is Tracy and Clay's love meant to be, or will they forever be on opposite sides of the merry-go-round?

Her children. His parents. Her pride. His honor. The welfare of an entire town.

MERRY GO ROUND... Hang on for dear life.

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About the Author

By day Sherrie Hansen operates a Victorian Bed & Breakfast and Tea House, the Blue Belle Inn. By night she enjoys writing novels, quilting, playing the piano, renovating old houses and traveling. Sherrie and her husband live in Northern Iowa.

Product Details

  • File Size: 627 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935171623
  • Publisher: Second Wind Publishing LLC (May 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052A41O4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars honest, powerful and loving August 14, 2012
Last in Sherrie Hansen's Maple Valley trilogy, Merry Go Round tells the story of the perfect sister with the perfect marriage, and what happens when perfection's not what it seems. There's something hauntingly real in the image of a pastor's wife, nervous of who's watching, who's talking, and who might learn her husband's secret. And there's something very honest in the wounds caused by secrecy.

Marriages break up for many different reasons, and parents struggle to give the best to their kids. The characters of Maple Valley have all the old-fashioned values that shape and center our lives, but the Maple Valley stories look behind those values, giving them depth and comfort to cope when fairytales stop following the plan. Divorce is real. Homosexuality can't be swept under the carpet. Children can be hurt even when their parents have the best of intentions. And just maybe, honesty is the best policy.

Tracy's rebellious daughter, sullen older son and delightful youngest child are all so real, all so filled with potential. But Tracy has buried her potential in the need to play a part and project a perfect image. Gradually she learns to recognize and value herself, imperfect, lovable, and ready to move on.

With architecture's shape and form, music's laughter, and the constant turn of the merry-go-round, author Sherrie Hansen sets her characters in motion along matching rides then brings them together in satisfying unison. Even the estranged siblings of the other two volumes learn to see how they grew up together and now might grow more through caring for each other. Merry go round is a slightly darker ride than the earlier two volumes, but a beautifully thought-provoking romantic drama and a thoroughly enjoyable stand-alone read.

Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Around and around we go... July 9, 2012
Merry Go Rounds are strange things - you all go around together, yet each person is very much by him- or herself.
That's how the sisters in the Maple Valley trilogy are too - they are family, they belong together - yet each one is very much alone.
This time we meet Tracy, the youngest daughter. She is the perfect one, the one who can do no wrong (at least in her mother's eyes).
As we get closer to her, we discover she has a life that is far from perfect... We get to ride the Merry Go Round of her life with her for a while as she picks up the pieces and discovers other riders going around and around with her. Will she finally catch up with someone on the Merry Go Round, defying the notion that it's impossible?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Merry Go Round. May 27, 2012
Wow! This was the final book in Sherrie's trilogy. I feel as though I have lived it right there beside the characters. If you love a great romance series please check out the entire trilogy :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Amazing Author April 29, 2012
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This book, as well as Sherrie's other books, are absolutely wonderful. You will not be disappointed with any of them!
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More About the Author

Twenty-three years ago, Sherrie Hansen rescued a dilapidated Victorian house in northern Iowa from the bulldozer's grips and turned it into a bed and breakfast and tea house, the Blue Belle Inn. Sherrie grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota and has lived in Bar Harbor, Maine, Colorado Springs, CO, and Augsburg, Germany. She attended Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

After 12 years of writing romance novels late at night when she couldn't sleep (mostly because she was so keyed up from working 12 hour days at the B&B), she met and married her real-life hero, Mark Decker, a pastor. Sherrie lives in 2 different houses, 85 miles apart, and writes on the run whenever she has a spare minute. With her Wildflowers of Scotland novels, "Wild Rose" and "Blue Belle", she has seven books in print. Each book features a "second-chance-at-love" story. Sherrie enjoys playing the piano with the worship team at church, needlepointing, photography, decorating historic homes, traveling, and going on weekly adventures with her nieces and nephew.

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