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Maggie Rose

Maggie Rose

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by Sharlene MacLaren

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A Pursuit of a CallingThe year is 1904, and Maggie Rose, the spunky, friendly, twenty-year-old middle daughter of Michigan resident Jacob Kane, feels compelled to leave her beloved hometown of Sandy Shores to pursue what she feels in her heart are God's plans for her life-in New York City.A Heart for the HomelessMaggie Rose adjusts to her new life at Sheltering Arms


A Pursuit of a CallingThe year is 1904, and Maggie Rose, the spunky, friendly, twenty-year-old middle daughter of Michigan resident Jacob Kane, feels compelled to leave her beloved hometown of Sandy Shores to pursue what she feels in her heart are God's plans for her life-in New York City.A Heart for the HomelessMaggie Rose adjusts to her new life at Sheltering Arms Refuge, an orphanage that also transports homeless children to towns across the United States to match them with compatible families. Most of the children have painful pasts that make Maggie aghast, but she marvels at their resiliency. As she gets to know each child, her heart blossoms with new depths of love and compassion.An Unexpected AttractionWhen a newspaper reporter comes to stay at the orphanage in order to gather research for an article, Maggie is struck by his handsome face-and concerned by his lack of faith. She can't deny their mutual affections, though. Will she win the struggle to maintain her focus on God and remain attuned to His guidance?

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Born and raised in western Michigan, Sharlene MacLaren attended Spring Arbor University. After graduating, she traveled, then married one of her childhood friends, and together they raised two lovely daughters. Now happily retired after teaching elementary school for thirty-one years, “Shar” enjoys reading, singing in the church choir and worship teams, traveling, and spending time with her husband, children, and precious grandchildren—and, of course, writing. Shar is an occasional speaker for her local MOPS organization; is involved in KIDS’ HOPE USA, a mentoring program for at-risk children; counsels young women in the Apples of Gold program; and is active in two weekly Bible studies. She and her husband, Cecil, live in Spring Lake, Michigan, with Mocha, their lazy, fat cat.

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Maggie Rose 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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lovetoreadPL More than 1 year ago
great books interesting story
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I thoroughly enjoyed this second book of the series. The story was unexpected for me and drew me in. I thought the train ride was fun and exciting!
darcher More than 1 year ago
Ms. Maclaren is a master storyteller. Each character is beautifully created and WILL stay with the reader for weeks after the final page is turned. Whether you are a parent or not, whether you are married or not, you will love Maggie Rose, the character, and Maggie Rose, the book. The second installment of The Daughters of Jacob Kane Series, finds twenty-year-old daughter of Jacob Kane taking off for New York City. Maggie's intentions aren't to become famous, however. Her desires lead much deeper. God has led her to help in a refuge (Sheltering Arms) for street children. The children in this era are much like the children living on the street today, but with a twist. Because of the time period (1904), these children board the orphan train to find homes, and Maggie and a handsome young reporter find they have a great deal more in common than their shared love for the children. Maggie Rose has a common thread running through it that had me returning to it rather than to the remainder of books in my reading stack. I often read multiple books simultaneously and love to offer reviews and book chats for my students and colleagues. This book offers hope for a situation that is still with us today. As a bonus, it gives the reader a healthy dose of reality AND a way to deal with some of the most harsh situations we can imagine. I loved it, and that's a hard sell for a reader who is NOT a big fan of historical fiction. But, this one ... it's special. Can't wait to go back and nab the first book in this series. And of course, I'll have to have the third. Thank you Sharlene MacLaren for this great read!
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
Yahoo! Sharlane MacLaren has a new book out! I absolutely loved her first series (with Loving Liza Jane, Sarah My Beloved and Courting Emma) and when Hannah Grace came out as the start of a new series I was so happy. Now we have the 2nd book in this series, Maggie Rose, and I am loving it! I am not quite finished, but will be in the next 24 hours and I can't hardly wait. I purposefully went into this book without reading the back of the book so I would know as little as possible about it so I would be surprised by everything and I have been eating up every tidbit of info that comes my way as I am reading... Maggie Rose leaves family and friends behind in Sandy Shores, Michigan and heads to NYC where she feels led by the Lord to work in one of the orphanages. Here she meets the orphans there and learns their heartbreaking stories and then enters Luke Madison, the newpaper man who has been sent to do a human interest story on the orphanage but who is dealing with his own tragedy and heartbreak. At this point in the story the orphans are getting ready to board one of the orphan trains to take them West to new families (hopefully) and both Maggie and Luke will be going along - I can not wait to see how this is going to go and end up, even though I'm pretty sure I have the romantic interest aspect all figured out . The only problem with Maggie Rose is that when I'm done reading it, I'll have to wait for "Abbie Ann" to come out so I can follow the exploits of the Daughters of Jacob Kane series even farther!
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Maggie Rose Daughters of Jacob Kane Book 2 Sharlene MacLaren 2009 Whitaker House Christian Fiction/Historical Reviewed by Cindy Loven Maggie Rose Kane, has a deep conviction that God wants her to go to New York. Convincing her father was another story, but eventually Jacob Kane conceded that he should not stand in the way of the work of the Lord. So, twenty year old Maggie, finds herself on her way to NYC to work in a orphanage, Sheltering Arms Refuge. Luke Madison, a news reporter was a young man deep in grief and anger. Gaining justice and seeing people answer for their actions was his goal. His aunt, fiancée and her mother had all died in a tragic accidental fire aboard a ship. Negligence was the cause and he was bent on seeing someone pay. Two people from very different lives, with different view points, and beliefs both wind up at the Sheltering Arms Refuge. Maggie as a new employee, sent on a mission by God. Luke, to do a story for his newspaper, sent there by his boss. Follow along as they rescue a young orphan girl from a seedy brothel/saloon. Cry as they board the "orphan train" taking their young charges to new families. Stand in awe as God works in each of their lives, and draws them close. The second book in the Daughters of Jacob Kane Series, Maggie Rose easily stands alone. This book will not require having read the first one, to understand it and enjoy it. Sharlene MacLaren has written a book, a story of love, redemption, faith and hope. A story that will give you insight into the history of the orphan trains. A story that will touch your heart, and make you want to read more about the Kane daughters. Definitely a book to share with friends and family. Be sure to visit Sharlene's website at www.sharlenemaclaren.com Watch for book 3 in the Daughters of Jacob Kane series, due out Spring 2010. 427 pages.
DLiesner More than 1 year ago
This was my first read of a Sharlene MacLaren novel, but will not be the last. I believe the quality narrative, research, and mystery woven into the story behind the orphan trains provides a broader appeal than many inspirational romance novels containing a singular storyline and too-obvious outcome. Although fiction, the utilization of factual happenings of the era combined with a gift for bringing characters to life produce a sense of historical enlightenment. The inspirational and romantic portions of the story are natural, innocent and realistic. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and highly recommend Sharlene's writing.
Tammy_B More than 1 year ago
A gentle, relaxing read that frequently stirs the heart, Maggie Rose by Sharlene MacLaren transports the reader to 1904 New York City and the Sheltering Arms Refuge orphanage. Maggie Rose, the caring twenty-year-old newly hired to help with the children, discovers that the children need more than food, shelter, and attention. Many also need protection and safety from their prior, nightmarish life on the streets, and understanding that what they did they were forced to do to survive. Maggie's life until now little prepared her for this, or for her growing feelings for Luke, the newspaper reporter who is writing about the orphanage and who secludes himself from others to avoid facing his own past. When the past of one of the children returns to endanger them all, Luke and Maggie Rose must face the threat together, and only time will tell whether the barrier between them will continue to stand or begin to tumble away. Well researched with realistic details that place you in turn-of-the-century New York, Maggie Rose is a great way to slow down hurried, everyday life, and to allow your heart to be touched with the strands of gentle and thought-provoking wisdoms woven through MacLaren's newest release.
Audrey4j More than 1 year ago
Warning: Start reading Maggie Rose at seven o'clock p.m. only if you want to stay up very late. Sharlene MacLaren has written another page-turner you cannot put down. This is the second book in the Daughters of Jacob Kane series, just as fascinating as the first, Hannah Grace. Maggie Rose , the spunky, friendly, twenty-year-old middle daughter, feels called to missions work, primarily to Sheltering Arms Refuge in New York City. She leaves the security of her family home in Michigan to minister to homeless children, each with his/her own pitiful story. Maggie Rose falls in love with the newspaper reporter who moves into Sheltering Arms to do hands-on research for an article. Luke is recovering from a tragedy where his fiancé and his aunt were killed. Can he find God in all of this? Maggie Rose and Luke work side-by-side, ministering to the orphans, as well as accompanying them on "orphan trains" to their new homes in the Midwest. MacLaren includes fascinating information about this little-known era and the orphans, in an uplifting, positive way. She weaves a fascinating story of how a young woman can maintain her focus on God and remain attuned to His guidance. Teenagers as well as adults will not be able to put this book down. Abbie Ann, third book in the series, is scheduled to appear in Spring 2010. I'm already curious about Abbie Ann because I've followed her growth and development through the previous books. Review by Audrey Hebbert, M.A., Omaha, Nebraska, author of Green Light Red Light
QueenofBlingEC More than 1 year ago
Maggie Rose moves from her small hometown of Sandy Shores to the big city of New York to work at Sheltering Arms Refuge, an orphanage that transports homeless children to towns across the country, pairing up the children with appropriate families. Luke Madison, newspaper reporter has been "demoted" to writing a story about the orphanage, the children and the train trips across country. No two people ever made the statement "opposites attract" more true than Maggie Rose and Luke. But attraction there is! Add to this, the most delightful children and loving caretakers of the orphanage and you have the successful book "Maggie Rose." This is the book you want to read to finish your summer reading list! There is no way anyone can read this book and walk away without having that "feel good" feeling! Edwina Cowgill www.edwinacowgill.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
REVIEWED BY SHIRLEY CRANSTONE (CHARLESTON, WV), JULY 16, 2009 In 1904, mission-minded Maggie Rose leaves the comforts of her West Michigan home and family to take a job at a New York City orphanage, Sheltering Arms Refuge. Here, she gets a dose of "real life" with the influx of homeless urchins into the orphanage, some abused and neglected by alcoholic parents, some orphaned, others simply put out on the streets by penniless, often disease-ridden parents, immigrants who find themselves forced into dirty streets, too impoverished to tend to their families. Not only will Maggie assist in the "placing out" process, finding homes for these children via the "Orphan Trains" that operated from the mid-1800s through 1929, she will also discover unexpected love in a hardnosed newspaper reporter, a man carrying a load of bitterness over the loss of his beloved fiancee to a true life, disastrous paddle-boat fire in the East River. This is a story rife with heartrending emotion, drama, character conflict, hope and healing. As in all of MacLaren's page-turning novels, readers will discover God's love and power amidst heartache and learn that through trusting Christ, JOY truly can abound. ABSOLUTELY WORTH THE READ!