Gift of Grace

Gift of Grace

by Sharlene MacLaren

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Overview


It was a leap of faith for Grace Fontaine to bid farewell to her beloved fianacé, Jess Quinn, and send him on a four-month stint on the transatlantic luxury liner the Lone Star. But the trip from Boston to London and back again would increase his salary five-fold and would bring the couple that much closer to realizing their dream of marrying and starting a family. When Grace learns that the ship was captured by pirates, her hope deflates—and it eviscerates entirely at the news that the pirate ship was destroyed, with no survivors reported.
Two years later, Grace receives word from a doctor in Paris, Tennessee, that her wealthy great-aunt, Iris Brockwell, is on her deathbed and requires round-the-clock care. Grace volunteers, figuring there is nothing left for her in Boston. It isn’t long after her arrival in Paris that she meets a charming, driven lawyer named Conrad Hall, who wastes no time sweeping her off her feet and soon proposes marriage. Given his promises to love, protect, and care for her and her great-aunt, how can Grace refuse?
Weeks before the wedding, an unexpected guest shows up and threatens to throw a wrench in the plans. Will Grace go through with her marriage to Conrad? Or will an unforeseen turn of events change her mind?
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629112886
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 01/09/2015
Series: Tennessee Dreams Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,087,105
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


Sharlene MacLaren was born and raised in west Michigan and attended Spring Arbor University. Upon graduating in 1971 with an education degree, she taught second grade for two years, then accepted an invitation to travel internationally with a singing ensemble for one year. In 1975, she came home, returned to her teaching job, and married her childhood sweetheart. Together, they raised two lovely daughters, both of whom are now happily married and enjoying families of their own. Retired in 2003 after thirty-one years of teaching, “Shar” loves to read, sing, travel, and spend time with her family—in particular, her adorable grandchildren!
A Christian for over fifty years, and a lover of the English language, Shar always enjoyed dabbling in writing. She remembers well the short stories she wrote in high school, and watching them circulate from girl to girl during government and civics classes. “Psst,” someone would whisper from two rows over, always when the teacher’s back was turned, “pass me the next page.”
In the early 2000s, Shar felt God’s call upon her heart to take her writing pleasures a step further, and in 2006, she signed a contract for her first faith-based novel, Through Every Storm, thereby launching her writing career. With eighteen published novels now gracing store shelves and being sold online, she daily gives God all the glory. She dedicated her last novel, Their Daring Hearts, to Jesus.
Shar has done numerous countrywide book signings and made several television appearances and radio interviews. She loves speaking for community organizations, libraries, church groups, and women’s conferences. In her church, she is active in women’s ministries, regularly facilitating Bible studies and other events. She and her husband, Cecil, live in Spring Lake, Michigan, with their beautiful white collie, Peyton, and their ragdoll cat, Blue.

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Gift of Grace (Tennessee Dreams V3) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
PattiJoM More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed all of Sharlene MacLaren's books, but must say that GIFT OF GRACE is my very favorite. The story kept me turning pages and staying up very late at night reading. Never dull and with a faith message that touched me deeply. The characters came alive for me - - even the secondary characters. I highly recommend GIFT OF GRACE, and look forward to more books by Sharlene MacLaren! FIVE STARS!!!
dkd_readerofmost 7 months ago
This was a great book. The characters are very well written and you cannot help but fall in love with them.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Sharlene MacLaren in her new book, “Gift of Grace” Book Three in the Tennessee Dreams series published by Whitaker House takes us into the life of Grace Fontaine. From the back cover: It was a leap of faith for Grace Fontaine to bid farewell to her beloved fiance, Jess Travis, and send him on a four-month stint on the transatlantic luxury liner The Lone Star. But the trip from Boston to London and back again would increase his salary fivefold and would bring the couple that much closer to realizing their dream of marrying and starting a family. When Grace learns that the ship was captured by pirates, her hope deflates–and it eviscerates entirely at the news that the pirate ship was destroyed, with no survivors reported. Two years later, Grace receives word from a doctor in Paris, Tennessee, that her wealthy great-aunt, Iris Brockwell, is on her deathbed and requires round-the-clock care. Grace volunteers, figuring there is nothing left for her in Boston. It isn’t long after her arrival in Paris that she meets a charming, driven lawyer named Conrad Hall, who wastes no time sweeping her off her feet and soon proposes marriage. Given his promises to love, protect, and care for her and her great-aunt, how can Grace refuse? Weeks before the wedding, an unexpected guest shows up and threatens to throw a wrench in the plans. Will Grace go through with her marriage to Conrad? Or will an unforeseen turn of events change her mind? There is a lot going on in this book. Grace and Jess are going to be married. Jess has an opportunity to boost his salary but he has to take a transatlantic trip. The ship is plundered by pirates and sunk no one is reported alive. What do you do now? Grace moves on in life. Grace moves to Paris, TN to comfort her sick Aunt Iris. That is where she meets Conrad. From here the story takes on a life of its own. Here is the question: while most of the events that occur are surprises to Grace were any of them a surprise to God? If not then is it possible that He was using these events to help Grace to grow and flourish? And then on top of everything there is the romance–not just any kind of romance but a real, gentle romance that only springs from God. Ms. MacLaren does an outstanding job with all the characters especially Grace and Jess and we really get behind them to succeed. I am so looking forward to the next book from this highly talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Whitaker House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”