Summer on Sunset Ridge

Summer on Sunset Ridge

by Sharlene MacLaren


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Brought up on a Quaker farm near Philadelphia at the brink of the Civil War, plainspoken Rebecca Albright is expected to be charitable, peace-loving, and submissive. But she is feeling anything but. A feisty abolitionist, Rebecca is determined to aid the Underground Railroad no matter the cost, until her path collides with slave-catcher Sheriff Clay Dalton who's grimly fighting battles of his own. When tensions between the North and South escalate, the two find themselves propelled on a journey to discover just who God has called them to be—and whether friendship needs a common enemy.

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ISBN-13: 9781629117966
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Series: Forever Freedom Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 611,584
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sharlene MacLaren’s novels include the beloved Little Hickman Creek series (Loving Liza Jane; Sarah, My Beloved; and Courting Emma); and the acclaimed historical trilogies The Daughters of Jacob Kane (Hannah Grace, Maggie Rose, and Abbie Ann), River of Hope (Livvie’s Song, Ellie’s Haven, and Sofia’s Secret), and Tennessee Dreams (Heart of Mercy, Threads of Joy, and Gift of Grace). Sharlene MacLaren lives with her husband, Cecil, in Spring Lake, Michigan.

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Summer on Sunset Ridge 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Summer on Sunset Ridge captured my attention from the opening paragraph. This is the first book I’ve read by Sharlene MacLaren, but I will definitely be reading more of her books. The realism of MacLaren’s writing had me right there, whether I was in the home of the Quaker Albright’s family, traveling after dark to assist with the Underground Railroad or with the struggles of Sheriff Clay Dayton. The authenticity of the Quaker faith and the history of an abolitionist during 1855 brought this story to life. I didn’t want to stop reading till the end, except life stopped me at times, only to pick the book back up over lunch time and every other possible time till I knew what was happening. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me engaged page after page. Will Rebecca Albright be able to follow her heart or will she give in to an arranged marriage? How did Sheriff Dayton become involved with the Albright family, when he was a slave catcher? The characters are true to life during the setting of this beautiful story with their own issues. They are filled with loyalty, resilience, faith, determination, and some that will discover a true love instead of going along with what was expected. The scriptural promises, prayers, love and faith of the Albright family gave depth and admiration to their lives. Sharlene MacLaren has a way with words that are powerful, emotional, and engaging that brought this amazing story to life. I received a complimentary copy of Summer on Sunset Ridge from Whitaker Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review but have shared my honest thoughts. I look forward to reading Their Daring Hearts, book two of the Forever Series by Sharlene MacLaren.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
Summer on Sunset Ridge by Sharlene Maclaren was a very enjoyable read. It is set just before the Civil War. Rebecca Dalton is a Quaker young lady and abolitionist who is determined to do her part to aid the Underground Railroad. Her parents have arranged a marriage that she is not agreeable to, but Quaker children are not supposed to buck their parents’ authority so she's trying very hard to accept the arranged marriage. One night, Rebecca sneaks out of the house and follows her father as he goes to help some runaway slaves on their road to freedom. What happens next will change the lives of Rebecca and her family forever. I received a copy of this book from Whitaker House and TBCN in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Summer on Sunset Ridge by Sharlene MacLaren is book one in the Forever Freedom Series. This is the first novel of hers that I have read, but it certainly will not be the last. This novel is set near Philadelphia at the beginning of the Civil War. The central family lives on a Quaker farm and is involved in aiding the Underground Railroad. Plainspoken Rebecca Albright, whose parents have dutifully arranged a suitable marriage to a man that they deem to be a good provider—one in whom Rebecca has no interest or regard, is determined to aid the Underground Railroad movement. Sheriff Clay Dalton, whose life is also rather conflicted concerning his understood engagement to a spoiled, wealthy young woman who has directed the whole courtship with little thought to their vast differences, suspects that he may not be making the correct choice. Clay’s pursuit of an escaped slave who killed a man, an injury and amnesia, a prolonged recovery, and a mutual attraction between a sheriff with possible ties to the South and perhaps commitment to a woman there and a pretty, young Quaker woman whose beliefs and determination to help in the Underground Railroad presents an engaging and entertaining story. I recommend this book that I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review. This Christian romance will not disappoint.
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Albright, lives on her Quaker family’s farm near Philadelphia during a tumultuous time as the Civil War is brewing. Through circumstances she created her father demands that she nurse the man who he shot back to health. When the man becomes conscious they discover he has amnesia. The family’s only course of action is to help him recover, gain his strength, and hopefully regain his memory so he can return from wherever he came from. Rebecca is quite reluctant and wants nothing to do with him accept to dress his wounds and feed him. She struggles with how her faith fits in with the slavery issue, how she as a woman can assist in the Underground Railroad, and also, keep from involving her emotions with this unknown man under her care. Does God have plans for her? It seems He does but she will need to trust him on Sunset Ridge. I really enjoyed this novel by Sharlene MacLaren! I received a copy from the The Book Club Network and the author. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Twenty-one year old Rebecca is being forced into a marriage with an ugly man she does not love by her parents who truly believe it is for her good since she is so old and there are no other Quaker prospects around! I enjoyed learning about the Quakers' beliefs and their part in the Underground Railroad. Summer on Sunset Ridge was an entertaining book with great characters. I would recommend this book to others and look forward to more books in the Forever Freedom Series. I received my copy of Summer on Sunset Ridge through This is my honest opinion.
Maryar39 More than 1 year ago
"Summer on Sunset Ridge," by Sharlene MacLaren, is historical fiction. The story takes place in Pennsylvania, in 1855. This is the first book in the "Forever Freedom" series. This book is clean and easy to understand and read. You will learn a few historical facts while you read, and you will meet some amazing folks that desired to help slaves. The main character, Rebecca, lives at home with her Quaker family. She is an obedient young woman who follows the rules, does what she is told, helps her siblings and parents, and has a rock solid faith. She thinks slavery is wrong and has a strong desire to help with the underground railroad. Main character, Clay, lives in Maryland. He is a town sheriff and he is hot on the trail of a runaway slave that shot his master. Clay knows the slave might have been provoked by his nasty owner, but the law is the law. When Clay and Rebecca's paths cross, well, lets just say, they meet with a bang! As Rebecca cares for Clay's injuries she comes to care for him. This leads to all sorts of complications. Will she obey her parents? Will he come to know and love God? Can he stop chasing slaves? Read Summer on Sunset Ridge to find out! I received this book from "The Book Club Network" and the author in exchange for my honest review.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Sharlene MacLaren. I have read reviews and seen posts on social media about her work and I've just been dying to read one of her books. Yay! I finally got the opportunity to be amazed. Just as Sharlene finds Quakers fascinating, I do as well. They are such an interesting group of people. Rebecca and Clay just drew me in....following them along the Underground Railroad. This book has danger, romance, religion, farming, law enforcement, history, Underground Railroad, adventure, and more. Who could resist the promise of all that in one novel? Readers will begin to read this book and not want to put it down. Grab a comfy pillow, a soft blanket, a cup of coffee or tea, and Summer on Sunset Ridge for the perfect time of enjoyment. I rated this novel 5 stars but I would have rated it 10 if that were allowed. I received a free copy of this book. A favorable review was not required.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Summer on Sunset Ridge is a good piece of historical fiction. A story that is full of faith, love and so much more. This is my first book that I have read by Sharlene. I am looking forward to reading more of her books in the future. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4 stars.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Summer on Sunset Ridge by Sharlene MacLaren. What a wonderful book that while fiction was realistic enough to immerse me in the Quaker culture just before the time of the Civil War. My favorite way to learn about history and I wasn’t disappointed! Wonderful character development, great storyline and enough suspense and romance to keep me turning the pages through to the end! I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from The Book Club Network.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
This story is set just before the Civil War. It shows how one family, even one person, can make a difference in someones life. Even though I don't know much about the Quakers, I felt that they were portrayed as true Christians and that they strive to live their lives as such. The book, although Christian in nature, was not a preachy sort of book. It does not cram beliefs down your throat as some books do but shows God's love in a most positive manner This book is very well written. The characters are very well developed and you feel like you actually know them. The book draws you in from the very beginning and kept me fully interested to the very end. In fact, I hated for it to end. The editing, one of the things that can make or break a book for me, was well done. Not perfect, as the last error I remember is a missing word, a noticeably missing word. But, in general, the editing was far superior to many of the books I have read. If you enjoy historical fiction you will surely enjoy this book. I reviewed this book of my own free will. It was given to me through
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
MacLaren has long been a must-read author for me. With eloquent strokes of her pen (or keyboard  ), the people of picturesque Sunset Ridge come alive, revealing a community that is far from ordinary. My time spent there was one of learning and wonder and blessing. Summer on Sunset Ridge is brilliantly written and filled with wonderful truths from the Word of God. It turned into a companion devotional for me and sparked my desire to create a prayer journal featuring quotes from the book, thereby confirming my word for 2017 -- PRAY! I highly recommend this inspiring and satisfying novel! I was provided an ARC of this book from the publisher, Whitaker House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. No compensation has been received.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Summer on Sunset Ridge was an enjoyable read that took many twists and turns throughout. Rebecca Albright lives with her large Quaker family on their farm and her father participates in the Underground Railroad. With a heart and a passion to help the slaves reach freedom, Rebecca wants to aid her father in his nighttime excursions. Enter Sheriff Clay Dalton who is pursuing a runaway slave, wanted for murder, and only wants to bring him back for justice and hopefully a fair trial. As Rebecca and Clay meet at a crossroads one evening, their worlds become irrevocably intertwined. I really enjoyed this story of forgiveness and hope. For a little bit of this story I was aggravated at some of the characters and their actions that stemmed from their losses. I felt a real stress at how some of the decisions were being made and I was tempted to peak at the end. Rebecca especially needed to stand up for her rights as a person and I did not like her fiancé at all. Her explosive first meeting with Clay changes the course of both their lives forever, showing them that there is more to life than just settling. This was a romantic read with some well-placed stolen kisses. I liked reading about the Quakers and seeing them as a family, a community, and their very important role in history in regards to the Underground Railroad. I hope the author continues this family’s story. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views expressed are my own.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
When you find yourself wanting to pray for a character in distress, you know you are reading a good book! The characters were likable, and their personal growth was heartwarming. Rebecca implicitly trusts God and her parents for guidance as she lives her life and considers her future. Clay is drawn to the faith that is lived out by each family member. The plot contained many surprises. The book also was easily readable. Many of the characters were Quakers, and used the formal pronouns thee, thy, and thou, but that did not impede the flow of the dialogue. Fans of historical fiction and romance will enjoy this pre-Civil War story. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Whitaker House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I love when an author writes a great book with Quakers in it. This was a wonderful story. I love reading about the Civil War and the quakers part in it. I loved Rebecca and Clay. Rebecca learns many lessons in growing up. Clay learns many also. They are great together. I hope there might be more books located in Sunset Ridge. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion which I gave of my own free will.
Chautona More than 1 year ago
Sharlene MacLaren took several popular story lines, runaway slaves, the Underground Railroad, amnesia, love triangles, the fear of spinsterhood, and somehow wove them into a new story that kept my attention the whole way. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure it would. However, to my surprise, I found myself rooting for characters, cringing at others, and kind of hoping that she tells the stories of the rest of the Albright family. Okay, not "kind of". Totally. What I loved: The characters: MacLaren wrote intriguing, complex characters who are just as lovable and flawed as we all hope to find in good fiction. Rebecca is a lovely blend of submissive daughter and independent young woman, and considering her faith, her independence isn’t really out of character for the time. I really enjoyed the turmoil she felt in reconciling fealty to her parents, honesty about her feelings, and doing what is right even when your heart cries for wrong. Not once did the author skim over the serious temptations facing the characters, yet not once did she gloss over the seriousness of being tempted to do wrong. Each family member holds a distinct and consistent personality—engaging. I want to know what happens to Levi, Lydia, and Frannie. I loved to see Rebecca’s father grow as a person, and while her mother did grow as well, that change is the only one I found a bit forced. Then again, she does have that sort of personality that would take a long time to come around, but once she did, she’d embrace it wholeheartedly. I think. The setting: A Quaker farm isn’t that different from an Amish farm, but something about it felt quite different. I can’t decide if it’s because of the period (1855) or if the author fought to show that Quakerism is not the same as Amish. Additionally, showing town life in Pennsylvania during that era gave the story variety and realism that I found refreshing. MacLaren wrote her book with an eye to detail but without excessive description that drags down the pacing. What disappointed: It helped not knowing much about Quakers. For all I know, the author has every fact exactly correct—or wrong! I don’t know. I do know that several times, however, I was jerked from my reading by occasional modern phrasing both in speech patterns and in certain things mentioned. It was all minor—things that many people wouldn’t know. But when Rebecca pulled out a “skirt and blouse” I cringed. I loved the deep, rich, faith-building sections of the book—until they turned preachy. It was the weakest part of the book for me. Instead of natural conversation, as soon as faith was brought into it, we got a miniature history lesson about the Quakers and/or a sermon. Many people, again, won’t have problems with it, but it became weary to read—not because Scripture is burdensome, but because it isn’t! And I felt like the author made it so. I think the author tried to avoid “info dump” sections to share the history of the Quakers and their faith by weaving it into conversation. And it’s a brilliant way to do it. I just found it a bit too “dumpy” to unload it in large chunks of monologue during what was supposed to be dialogue. My rating? I use a five-star rating system. Loved it (5), Liked it (4), Okay (3), Didn’t Like It (2), Hated It (1). This one was difficult. A lot of this book fell into “loved it.” I really just loved the characters and their realness. However, the preachiness and the very modern feel to some of the terms (the faith sections and clichés,
cdscotton More than 1 year ago
I do not know much about the Quakers or the time where this story takes place. I mostly read Regency historical romance so it was exciting to read a book taking place in a different time. Summer on Sunset Ridge is set in the mid-1850s in Pennsylvania. Summer on Sunset Ridge is the first book I’ve read by Sharlene MacLaren, and I’m happy to say it won’t be my last. Her characters drew me straight into the book, and the lovely descriptions of setting and everyday life among the Quakers is interesting while also informative. Rebecca is the heroine, and she’s wonderful. At twenty-one, she’s technically an adult, though unmarried and still living at home. Rebecca is kind and helpful, and she also feels God calling her to help with the Underground Railroad, which her father already does. Rebecca’s struggles with honoring her parents as she is torn between duty and a growing love for the hero, Clay, and unsure of how to know which of her own dreams and thoughts are part of God’s plan. Clay, the hero, is a sheriff who loses his memory during a scuffle trying to catch an escaped slave. He stays with Rebecca’s family while he recuperates, and begins to fall in love with Rebecca. Clay’s a great hero and a wonderful complement to Rebecca. Because of his amnesia, he is unsure of who or what he is and so becomes uncertain of the path he’d been following before. Watching him realize his previous life held little appeal is an encouraging journey for all of us who struggle with what we’ve done in our pasts. Ms. MacLaren has researched thoroughly and I was fully immersed in the setting and lives of these characters. All of the characters are people with concerns and desires of their own, but the focus doesn’t waver from Clay and Rebecca’s story. Each of the other characters complement the story without being cardboard. I enjoyed reading about the Quakers, a group I have never studied before. I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a pre-Civil War romance with excellently researched historical detail, compelling characters who drive the story rather than the story driving them, and give the book 4/5 stars. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through CelebrateLit. All opinions are my own.**
annelr More than 1 year ago
Summer on Sunset Ridge by Sharlene MacLaren is first in her new series, Forever Freedom. And what a first! A wonderfully crafted historical romance that certainly whets the reader's appetite for the next story in the series. Set in the pre-Civil War years, the story tells of a Quaker family and the Underground Railroad. When the slave-catcher sheriff arrives on the scene, things rapidly change for the Albright family, especially Becca. Will life ever be the same? Does Rebecca have to follow through with her arranged marriage just because it is 'perfectly proper, practical, and workable'? What about the value of love in a relationship? Is leaving Sunset Ridge the answer that God would have for Rebecca? Faith and family values, nighttime adventures to aid fleeing and frightened slaves blend well with the history of this time period and the culture of this religious group to bring a fascinating and inspiring book. The characters are believable and lovable. With a family of eight children and several other less significant characters, there is a lot of room for diverse personalities and situations that elicit a variety of emotions. Beneath the drama of the Albright's story, the author has a strong message of faith in God. Her use of scripture throughout the book gives solid confirmation that God is alive and at work in the lives of those who know His Word. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from the author via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
Set in 1855 Pennsylvania, amidst Civil War tension, we meet a feisty abolitionist Quaker young woman, determined to aid the Underground Railroad and an amnesiac slave catcher sheriff. The Quaker family take in the injured sheriff, not knowing he is a slave catcher. Sheriff Clay Dalton has no idea who he is nor what he does for a living, but he is growing more and more attached to this gentle family. Rebecca Albright is 21 and getting more and more past the normal marrying age. Her parents want her to marry a man she has no love for, but she wants to be an obedient daughter. Still, she seeks God's will, especially when her feelings for the injured sheriff in her family's care seem to be blossoming. Can Becca manage to discern the voice and will of God, or will she give in and do what is expected of her? Will Clay Dalton trust God or will he continue in the life he had before losing his memory? Sharlene MacLaren has written a very interesting book set in a very trying and dangerous time. Is it right for a Christian to be totally obedient to the law, even when it is a bad law? She reminds us that we need to listen for that small, still voice of God, leading us in the path He has chosen for our lives. We will never be happy outside the will of God. *I was given a preview copy of this book by the publisher. My review is my honest opinion.