Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ellie's Haven



A courageous young woman seeking refuge...

Ellie Booth was never the type to run away. But she'd witnessed her stepfather commit a heartless crime, and, knowing he'll stop at nothing to keep her quiet, she has no choice but to flee. Soon, she finds herself in Wabash, Indiana, scrambling for a cover identity to evade her stepfather. For lack of a better option, she answers an ad for a wife/housekeeper/nanny, praying that her lack of experience won't be obvious.

A widowed father with no domestic skills to speak of...

Gage Cooper is reaching the end of his rope. With four children between the ages of three and ten, he needs a reliable nanny, yet each one he's hired has thrown up her hands and deserted her post. When an attractive, spirited young woman applies for the "job," he knows he should pray about the matter, but his desperation for help propels him headlong into a marriage of convenience.

A trial by fire of their wedding vows...

Ellie immediately falls in love with the Cooper children, and, not long after, with their father. Soon, the "marriage of convenience" becomes less of a business arrangement as husband and wife yield to an attraction neither one had expected. When secrets of the past and dangers of the present arise in their lives, their marriage is put to the test, and God alone knows what will become of their union.

My Review:

 I really enjoyed the first book in this series (Livvie's Song) and was thrilled with the chance to reacquaint myself with Livvie and Will and the rest of the gang that hangs out at the diner. When Ellie arrives clearly in need of help, Livvie is right there to offer a helping hand. Loved the two women's interactions and developing friendship even though I was shocked at what happened next. :-)

I'm not a fan of May-September romances as a rule...but MacLaren doesn't play by the rules so I tossed the handbook out and thoroughly enjoyed Ellie's Haven! And, honestly, if I'd known how young Ellie was and how much older Gage was, I likely wouldn't have picked up the book so that shows me, doesn't it? You can't judge a book by it's cover or your personal preferences. Sometimes you just have to take a chance and I'm glad I did.

Ellie is a unique combination of wise soul and wide-eyed ingenue. Poor Gage doesn't know what hit him or his home or his family. It certainly wasn't anything he could ever have conjured up in his imagination. No, thankfully he left that to the author and MacLaren knew what she was doing when she paired those two together. Of course, neither realize it right at the start. Their story is full of laughter, tenderness, heart-ache and a rather large dose of  suspenseful drama which comes to a totally unexpected climax that was the highlight of the read for me.

MacLaren has crafted another memorable journey back to the pre-Depression era and  I'm richer for the experience. Definitely add this to your TBR list.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Ellie's Haven please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please remember to put the title in the subject line so your entry is easier for me to spot. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 20 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. This sounds like a good book. Kind of Nanny McPhee meets mail-order bride. Thanks for the review/giveaway!

  2. LOL -- great decription -- snort! -- Nanny McPhee meets mail-order bride!!!! Love it! Good luck!

  3. Ellie's Haven sounds like a delightful story with surprises. Count me in!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  4. Consider yourself counted, Merry.

  5. This book sounds really good. Please enter me. Also, did you receive my info. for the Black Sheep's Redemption? I know you have been having computer problems so just checking. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  6. thanks for the chance to read this story ;)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  7. Love to read this! Thanks!

  8. Yeppers, Amy -- I did get it over your mailing info. Of course my email has been down more than up so actually doing something with it has been a problem. :-) I'll remember to copy it down today (I'm at work) so I can mail your book on the weekend. :-)

    Good luck everyone!

  9. I would love to read this book. It sounds like a really enjoyable read.


  10. Hi Sharlene! I feel as if I've missed something. I didn't realize you had another book out. This one sounds wonderful. But aren't they all? If I don't win it, I'll be looking for it.

    God bless!
    j dot m dot colvin at centurytel dot net

  11. Love Sharlene's books! I really enjoyed the Kentucky series... will have to find a copy of the first in this series. Add my name to the drawing.


  12. I would love to read this Christian fiction book...right up my alley kind of

  13. It's such a good read I wish I could send you all a copy. Instead I'll wish you all good luck and send one of you a copy. :-)

  14. I would love to win this book. Sharlene lives only about 20 minutes from me and attends the same church as my daughter and SIL. We communicated several times, and I've read her other books. They are WONDERFUL! She is a topnotch Christian writer!

  15. How lucky are you, Nancee?! I've only read the first in this series but I intend to hunt down the rest of Sharlene's books. Good luck!

  16. Oh, I LOVED "Livvie's Song." One of my favorite ever books! I can't wait to read this one someday. Please don't enter me in the giveaway though, because at present, I'm not allowed to read romances. :( But someday, hopefully I'll get to read it! Glad you liked it. :)