Grief over the loss of a child is straining the marriage of Maddie and Jeff Bowman to the point where they don't know if they can make it through. When God brings a new child into her life, Maddie must learn to surrender to God. Maclaren makes her home in Michigan.
Through Every Stormby Sharlene MacLaren
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Struggling through the loss of their child, Maddie and Jeff Bowman experience the immense pain caused by a broken heart and a strained marriage. Will life ever be normal again?
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Meet the Author
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. Her novels include: Through Every Storm, Long Journey Home; the beloved Little Hickman Creek series, which consists of Loving Liza Jane; Sarah, My Beloved; and Courting Emma; the acclaimed historical trilogy, The Daughters of Jacob Kane, which includes Hannah Grace, Maggie Rose, and Abbie Ann; and Livvie's Song and Ellie's Haven, the first two books in her latest River of Hope series. 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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'Through Every Storm' is the perfect title for this heartfelt, heartwrenching novel by author Sharlene MacLaren. A young couple loses a beloved child in an unforeseen tragic occurrence, and the devastation to their spirits, and their marriage, is captured in sensitive, compassionate detail through the pages of this emotional story. When the marriage has all but died as a result of neglect and emotional distance, a precocious seven-year-old comes into their lives and touches hearts frozen in grief and bitterness. Ms. MacLaren captures the spirit of each character beautifully. It's obvious that she has a heart for children. Timmy's character was delightful, and brought back memories of my own children at this age. Her insights into a marriage tested in a way that 'thankfully!' few must endure are poignant and dead-on. This was the first book by this author that I have had the opportunity to read. I won't be signing off tonight until I have the remainder of the books in her catalog on order! Highly recommended!
MacLaren's debut book is a page-turner. A compelling plot, her characters are deep, both fragile and strong¿especially the little boy, Timmy. MacLaren portrays the genius child with a depth of insight I found completely believable. He was still a child with childish ways, in spite of his brilliant mind. Without giving away the end, both Maddie and Jeff find their way back to God in a manner I found natural and in harmony with the story. I applaud MacLaren for not overwriting this. This heartrending tale unfolds at just the right pace and carries the reader through to a very satisfying end. Novel Reviews gives Through Every Storm a high recommendation.
Through Every Storm blew me away. First of all, the author's ability to pull you into the emotional struggles of the characters was amazing. Often I find that emotion in novels feels more contrived than real. Not so with this story. The actions and reactions of the couple were frighteningly real. The withdrawal, the inability to communicate, the misinterpretation of things said. All are classics signs of marital trouble. When Maddie and Jeff each individually re-experienced their memories, I was there with them. I identified with how they were feeling. The attraction between them was almost as strong as the hurt, but they had forgotten what they had originally loved about each other. That's so true with grief. The need to blame someone else as well as ourselves. If only he had this...if only I had that... Jeff was a true man in every situation and I felt like I understood where he was coming from. He just wanted his wife to respond to him, not push him away. The author did a bang-up job representing the male point of view. Then there is little Timmy. I fell in love with this boy genius who Jeff teasingly nicknamed 'Einstein' because he was too smart for his own good. He reminded me so much of my own kids, especially my eldest son. I loved how Timmy was perceptive enough to see the couple's pain and how he tried to bring them together. He was so innocent and endearing. Through Every Storm is a well-written, well-paced novel that is loaded with tension. The conflict felt real to me, and the spiritual progression of the characters was highly believable. In fact, this story was so well written I couldn't find a thing that pulled me from the story. I especially loved the bikini top joke. What a hoot. There were so many tender moments that touched my heart--especially toward the end--that I literally felt my heart warming as I read the touching, healing words. This story is a real winner and is as beautiful as the cover, if not more so. Highly recommended!
I had the privilege to read Through Every Storm by Sharlene MacLaren. What a great book! I finished it about three weeks ago and still am thinking about the characters, wanting to read more about this couple. I could sympathize with both Maddie and Jeff Bowman. I loved how Ms. MacLaren interwove both points of view so vividly, showing how the breakdown of a marriage usually involves two imperfect people instead of one being the villain and the other the victim. Just as it takes two to create a rift, it usually takes the willingness of both to begin to heal the brokenness that sometimes comes from the world we live in. Ms. MacLaren does a great job showing how only with God’s intervention can a union between a husband and wife ultimately be fulfilling. I was pulled into the story immediately and as I mentioned, am still thinking about Maddie and Jeff long after the pages are finished. Ms. MacLaren did a great job introducing secondary characters that lightened the mood and brought comic relief at just the right moments. From a cookie-eating pregnant friend to a precocious elementary school boy, this story kept me turning the pages. I would highly recommend Through Every Storm to people who enjoy a beautiful romance interlaced with spiritual elements. The book did not preach spiritual truths, but instead showed characters who lived it out in a natural, free-flowing style. I can’t wait to read more of Ms. MacLaren’s books. She is definitely an author I’ll choose to read again.