Abbie Annhas been named a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award contest for 2011!
Abbie Ann, the much-anticipated final book in Sharlene MacLaren’s popular “Daughters of Jacob Kane” series, will be available in retail stores April 6, 2010. Set in western Michigan during the early 1900’s, the Kane sisters grow up in an era of change with Americans moving from family farms to factories and traditional societal roles for women rapidly transforming.
Abbie Ann, the youngest of Jacob Kane’s three daughters, works at the family’s general store and teaches Sunday school, not unusual for the day and age. But she also works diligently with the local chapter of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union on two divisive issues: pushing hard for women’s voting rights and working to ban the sale and use of alcohol, controversial enough as to warrant life threats.
Abbie Ann also wrestles with a challenging matter of the heart, her attraction to a divorced father who does not share her Christian faith. Getting involved with him would not be proper, even as the Victorian era gives way to modern times. MacLaren creatively weaves coming-of-age and spiritual themes into her historic tale, as Abbie Ann searches for purpose and learns to trust God.
Whitaker House’s most popular fiction writer, MacLaren’s ever-increasing broad base of fans can’t get enough of her fresh style and creative approach to the romance genre. She’s prolific—releasing eight books since 2007. And while both her historic and contemporary books are unmistakably romance novels, her characters and plots deviate from formula, resulting in unexpected twists and turns – and FAT books – to the delight of her fans. At 480 pages, Abbie Annis her longest to date.
MacLaren’s first book, Through Every Storm,finaled as an American Christian Fiction Writers’ award for best in general fictionin 2007. In 2008 and 2009, Sarah, My Beloved and Courting Emma earned 3rd place standings in the Romance Writers’ of America’s (RWA) Inspirational Readers Choice Contest in the “Long Historical” category. Her two contemporary novels, Through Every Storm and Long Journey Home, became the first fiction titles from Whitaker House to be translated for the Spanish market at the request of both Christian bookstores and general market retailers like Wal-Mart.
Fiction writing is MacLaren’s second career. An elementary school teacher for over thirty years, she says she sought God’s direction as retirement approached. “I wanted to find something meaningful to doand to weave my Christian faith into my work,” she said in a recent interview on the Canadian TV show, It’s a New Day.
Afterexperiencing recurring dreams where she’d written novels, she quietly began to write, integrating her faith into the fabric of her stories. The rest is history.
“I want my books to entertain, to hold readers’ attention,” she said. “But it’s important they also carry the message of God’s redeeming love and forgiveness.”
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