Thursday, January 25, 2018

Blog Tour: Their Daring Hearts

Blog Tour: Their Daring Hearts

About the Book

Author: Sharlene MacLaren  
Genre: Christian Historical Romance (Civil War)  
Release Date: Jan 9, 2018

Levi Albright rebelled against his Quaker roots to fight for abolition in the Union army in the first year of the Civil War. Two years later, 19-year-old destitute orphan Josephine Winters, with her chopped hair, boy’s clothes, and new name, “Snipp,” enlists in the Union army out of desperation.
Just over five feet tall and barely weighing as much as a newborn calf, Snipp seems to Levi to be barely old enough to hold “his” gun. But despite being teased by the regiment, Snipp quickly earns admiration for skill with a musket and unequaled bravery. When Levi explains one night that he is a Quaker leading a regiment, it leads to a late-night discussion of faith and a developing friendship.
But Snipp’s secret can only be hidden for so long. After an injury forces Josie to reveal her real identity, Levi is angered by her deception. Worse, Josie is marched out of the company without a chance to explain—or even say goodbye. Will their friendship survive? Or will the hatred saturating the war-torn nation affect even the heart of a peace-loving Quaker?
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My Thoughts

I enjoyed book one in the “Forever Freedom” series, Summer on Sunset Ridge, so I’m not surprised that Their Daring Hearts is just as good. The only thing I took exception to was that Josie is described as slight of stature with fine, feminine features, yet a unit full of men can’t figure out that she is a woman, or those who think she is a fourteen year old boy rather than the nineteen year old she claims to be, don’t turn her in to the authorities. Was the Union that desperate for soldiers? Having said that, the story is well-written, and obviously well-researched. References to battle dates and locations are accurate, and the fighting scenes are realistic without being gruesome. I enjoyed the way Josie’s and Levi’s friendship develops, and despite clues along the way, I didn’t figure out the identity of the traitor. There are a lot of men in the unit to keep track of, but the author gives each of them unique characteristics which make them memorable in their own way. I liked learning about the Quaker beliefs and Levi’s struggle with them is realistic. Highly recommended.
I received this book for free from CelebrateLit Publicity, and a favorable review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Born and raised in western Michigan, Sharlene MacLaren graduated from Spring Arbor University then traveled nationally with a contemporary Christian vocal ensemble. She married Cecil, with whom she’d grown up in Spring Arbor, and the couple had two daughters. Shar embarked on a teaching career that would span over 30 years. As she contemplated retirement, Shar sought God’s guidance, praying for a vocation that would provide the kind of fulfillment and joy she experienced as a teacher and mother. A lifelong gifted story teller, she began to write Christian romance novels. Her first book, Through Every Storm, published in 2007, was met with critical acclaim and brisk sales. The rest, as they say, is history. Whitaker House’s bestselling fiction author, she’s subsequently published 18 books, mostly historical romances. Shar enjoys reading, singing in her church choir and worship team, traveling, and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She’s very interactive on Facebook and Twitter. For more:,, Twitter @ sharzy_lu.

Blog Stops

January 25: Genesis5020
January 26: ACS Book Reviews
January 26: Multifarious
January 27: Christianbookaholic
January 27: Remembrancy
January 28: Carpe Diem
January 28: Inklings and Notions
January 30: Fizzy Pop Collection
January 30: D's Quilts and Books
January 31: Moments Dipped in Ink
January 31: Mary Hake
January 31: Jeanette's Thoughts
February 1: Daysong Reflections
February 1: A Baker's Perspective
February 2: Pause for Tales
February 2: Have a Wonderful Day
February 3: Cafinated Reads
February 4: Bibliophile Reviews
February 5: Red Headed Book Lady
February 5: My Writer's Life
February 5: Simple Harvest Reads (a guest post)
February 6: Pursuing Stacie
February 6: A Greater Yes
February 6: Texas-bookaholic
February 7: Big Reader Site
February 7: Janice's Book Reviews


To celebrate her tour, Whitaker House is giving away:
Grand Prize Package: Their Daring Hearts (Forever Freedom Series) #2 by Sharlene MacLaren; Summer on Sunset Ridge (Forever Freedom Series #1) signed by the author, Sharlene MacLaren, Abba Jerusalem Hyssop 6” Pillar Candle. 1st Place: Their Daring Hearts (Forever Freedom Series) #2 by Sharlene MacLaren; Heart of Mercy (Tennessee Dreams #1) by Sharlene MacLaren; Whitaker House/Anchor Coloring Book with Colored Pencils. 2nd Place: Their Daring Hearts (Forever Freedom Series) #2 by Sharlene MacLaren; Whitaker House/Anchor Coloring Book with Colored Pencils.!!

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1 comment:

  1. I think many people confuse Quakers with Mennonites with Amish. It's great to find a book that will help readers understand what being Quaker means.