Loving Liza Jane

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When Liza Jane Merriwether rode into the town of Little Hickman Creek, her first thought was, "Oh, Lord, what have I done?" Kentucky was much different than what she was used to back East, but she knew God had led her here for a reason. Soon, the new schoolteacher is beloved by all-including Benjamin Broughton, a handsome widower with two young children. Despite his protectiveness and the fact that Ben has rescued Liza from several scrapes, her contract implicitly states that she is to have "no improper contact ...
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Overview

When Liza Jane Merriwether rode into the town of Little Hickman Creek, her first thought was, "Oh, Lord, what have I done?" Kentucky was much different than what she was used to back East, but she knew God had led her here for a reason. Soon, the new schoolteacher is beloved by all-including Benjamin Broughton, a handsome widower with two young children. Despite his protectiveness and the fact that Ben has rescued Liza from several scrapes, her contract implicitly states that she is to have "no improper contact with the opposite sex." Liza has a lot to learn about God and His plan for her life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883688168
  • Publisher: Whitaker House
  • Publication date: 3/12/2007
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 464,234
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Great romance novel! Not your typical prairie romance!

    My review: I love this author's writing style and enjoyed her first book. When I first received Loving Liza Jane I thought it would be just another prairie romance novel. Typical characters... Attractive, single, schoolmarm, and hunky widower with young children who is suddenly in need of a wife. However, this was not the typical story at all, and though it contained the basic sketch of characters, it strayed from the usual outline. I enjoyed the variation from typical plot scenarios and experienced more than a few surprises in this one! The author made this novel shine and I love the author's voice. She uses metaphors and similes with finesse--not to many and not too often--and they enhanced the story even more. Ben is the ultimate hero, and Liza, the ideal, strong heroine. They had flaws, but lovable ones. The romantic tension between them was divine, and thankfully it wasn't one of those one-kiss-at-the-end stories. This one sizzled! I loved all of it. While tastefully done, the first kiss was too-die-for and the subsequent ones perfectly orchestrated to enhance the plot. The child characters and bullies were very believable. I also enjoyed the spiritual arc. The hero starts out the spiritually strong one, but the heroine quickly overtakes him in the faith department as the Lord stretches her through her trials. Wonderful story! I can't wait for the sequel!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    loved it

    A good book I will read again and again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Re

    Good read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Unable to get through the first 100 pages. The author obviously

    Unable to get through the first 100 pages. The author obviously knows HOW to do research, as her repeated Bible verses, complete with chapter and verse, are continually placed heavy handedly. It would have made sense to do some research about the time period. Women didn't wear wrist watches in 1865, and Sears didn't open until 1886....two quick stops at Google and Wikipedia would have told her that. Those references immediately caused me to stop and question, and it took no more than 2 minutes to discover. I already can tell you exactly what will happen; the story is too formula to make me be willing to bypass a lack of research. I also wish that
    synopsis of books indicated that a book is a Christian book or an Inspirational one, because I wouldn't bother reading them. Too preachy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Very Good

    This book was very good and sweet.
    Blush Rating: PG

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Loving Liza Jane

    Entertaining & uplifting. Lovely christian love story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

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    Wonderful read. I was not able to put the book down. I loved th

    Wonderful read. I was not able to put the book down. I loved the way she intwined the scripture in the story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Great story

    Can't wait for book 2

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2009

    Loving Liza Jane

    This was the first book that I have read by Sharlene MacLaren. I really enjoyed it. I love her style of writing. I felt like I was right there in Little Hickman Creek. I am hooked and have already bought the next 2 in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Love

    I loved this book. I immediately connected with the characters and could not put it down (read it one day). There were a few instances where i felt the writing dragged on a bit, but those were few and far between. The religious element was very well integrated as well. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Sweet and spiritual

    Sweet story. It is a spiritual read so expect scriptures to be quoted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Cute!

    A fune, easy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Was not impressed

    I truly love a good Christian romance, however the heroine in thisbook drove me crazy. Whiney and pigheaded, and beligerent . I truly did not see her as very christian, she was too busy looking down her nose at others. Would not recommend.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    Love Sharlene MacLaren!

    This book was a fun read! I'm partial to the time period....thoroughly enjoyed how the characters were built.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    :/

    Haven't read the book yet....so I will have to come back to really give a feedback. Sorry B&N's

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Ready for book 3

    Very good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Diane

    Loved this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Anonymous

    I throughly enjoyed this book. 274 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Really good

    Strong characters with a good storyline.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Good historical romance novel. It was a good story set in Kentuc

    Good historical romance novel. It was a good story set in Kentucky, with a good story line. Also had a Christian moral, and I loved that. Can't wait to read the next in the series!

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