Item description for Long Journey Home by Sharlene MacLaren...
Overview "Recently divorced from her abusive husband, single mother Callie May meets new neighbor Dan Mattson and strikes up a volatile relationship that, by the grace of God, turns into romance"--Provided by publisher.
Publishers Description After divorcing her abusive husband, single mother Callie May is still nursing the scars of a painful past. The last thing she needs in her life is another man, so she's less than thrilled when a handsome but brooding stranger moves into the apartment across the hall. Dan Mattson may be attractive, but his circumstances certainly aren't: a former church pastor, he abandoned his flock in Michigan and fled to the Chicago suburbs after the death of his beloved wife and baby daughter in a tragic automobile accident. Embittered by his loss, Dan turns his back on God. Callie mistrusts men, and the angry Dan often gives her good reason to. Both are weighted down by the scars and disappointment in their pasts. When Callie's ex-husband shows up to wreak more havoc in her life, Dan finds himself coming to her defense-and facing his own demons in the process. Will Dan and Callie be able to get past their baggage and give love another chance?
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Studio: Whitaker House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 5.32" Height: 1.04" Weight: 0.83 lbs.
Release Date Sep 7, 2008
Publisher Lake Book
ISBN 1603740562 ISBN13 9781603740562
Availability 0 units.
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More About Sharlene MacLaren
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 after thirty-one years of teaching, "Shar" loves to read, sing, travel, and spend time with her family-her grandchildren, in particular! Shar launched her writing career in 2006 with the contemporary romance Through Every Storm, a Whitaker House release that was named a finalist for Book of the Year by the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Following that was her acclaimed Little Hickman Creek series, consisting of Loving Liza Jane (Road to Romance Reviewer's Choice Award); Sarah, My Beloved (third place, Inspirational Readers' Choice Award 2008); and Courting Emma (third place, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award 2009). Shar's next series, the popular Daughters of Jacob Kane, comprises Hannah Grace (second place, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award 2010), Maggie Rose, and Abbie Ann (third place, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award 2011). Sofia's Secret concludes her latest series, River of Hope, which also comprises Livvie's Song and Ellie's Haven. Shar has done numerous countrywide book signings, television and radio appearances, and 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 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.
Sharlene MacLaren currently resides in Spring Lake. Sharlene MacLaren was born in 1948.
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Another Hit For THIS AUTHOR Nov 3, 2008
The Christmas Edition Long Journey Home by Sharlene Maclaren is another hit. First off, the cover is really great. It captured my attention right away. I became involved in the book immediately from the first page to the end. Once I began reading I couldn't put it down until it was finished. It took me 2 days. I love it when I find a book that I am involved with.The characters are real. The drama and heartbreak is so relevant. The plot is well crafted. Sharlene is one of my all time favorite authors. Every time I pick up one of her books, I know it will be filled with wonderful characters.
Romance At Its Best Oct 17, 2008
Sometimes a book takes you away from your everyday circumstances into a place of comfort. Other times the book is a sweet love story that renews your belief in true love. And some keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Then, there are the books that bring broken hearts and faith together in perfect healing. When you find a book that does all of this and more, you have a true treasure. Sharlene MacLaren has written such a book in Long Journey Home.
Newly divorced from an abusive husband, Callie May is trying to be the best single mother, daughter, and school teacher she can. She knows first-hand that emotional scars take longer to heal than physical ones. She isn't sure how to trust God, much less her handsome new neighbor, Dan Mattson. Dan, recently widowed is searching for a place in a world without his wife and daughter. Bitterness has planted deep roots in his heart. And, as the attraction between the neighbors grows, he comes face to face with his anger and rejection of the One Who can truly heal him. When Callie's ex-husband returns to stake his claim, will Dan overcome his own internal obstacles and come to her rescue? Can two broken people find the way to healing and another chance at true love and happiness?
This book is one of those treasures that surprises. The characters are rich and attach themselves to your heart. You will laugh when they do, cry with them, and wish you could slap some sense into their stubbornness. I highly recommend this book. This is the first Sharlene MacLaren book I have read, but I guarantee it won't be my last.
A beautiful, poignant romance! Sep 26, 2008
Don't you just love it when you read a book that makes your heart flutter? Your eyes fill with tears? Your breath catch when danger suddenly appears? Well, Sharlene MacLaren is an author you need to become acquainted with, dear reader! The sooner the better!
Long Journey Home is a tender blend of sorrow, pain and broken dreams wrapped up in God's clever and sometimes miraculous plans of healing and forgiveness. Callie May is a single mom struggling to renew her long-stagnant faith after the end of a brutal marriage. Dan Mattson is a widower who has lost his faith after a tragic accident and is making every effort to push God and everyone else a safe distance from his broken heart. When the two become across-the-hall neighbors in an apartment complex, sparks begin to fly almost immediately!
Sharlene MacLaren uses realistic scenarios to create a poignant love story. The characters are people you connect with easily, and the story draws you in and keeps you captivated. And romance? Be still my heart! Dan Mattson and Callie May's chemistry sparks off the page!! Even though both of the main characters are struggling, God's gentle nudges and long-suffering ushers them past their pain and into a new level of spiritual growth and maturity.
Long Journey Home is one of those books you can get lost in. However, once you reach the final scene, you are completely satisfied! If solid Christian romance is what you are looking for, your search ends here!
A wonderfully cozy romance Sep 21, 2008
Sharlene MacLaren's "Long Journey Home" took me completely by surprise! This is one of the best love stories I've read in a very long time. Callie May is a beautiful middle school English teacher and mother of an equally beautiful baby girl. Her recent divorce from an abusive man has left her battered and broken. Daniel Mattson is broken as well. A former pastor whose wife and baby daughter were killed in a car accident, Dan just wants to run away - from his congregation, his family, God. When Dan moves into the apartment across the hall from Callie, the sparks begin to fly. But will Dan return to relationship with his savior? And will Callie make it through another confrontation with her abusive ex?
This is a heart-wrenching and heart-warming read. This novel is a wonderful addition to a fall afternoon and a mug of hot apple cider! The characters are the kind of people you want sitting around your own dining room table for dinner every night. I fell hard into this love story and would pick up another book by this author in a heartbeat! This is a thoroughly satisfying, outstanding read!
A Journey of the Heart Sep 15, 2008
In her latest novel, Sharlene MacLaren offers us a unique story of hope.
Dan and Callie have both endured more than their share of heartbreak, leaving them hurt and jaded. They struggle with the same things many of us do: wondering how a good God can let bad things happen. But God has never left them. And by the end of our journey with them, God's love is clear.
MacLaren creates sympathetic characters that will have you rooting for them. Don't miss this lovely romance from a very lovely writer!