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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. However, those traits don't always come naturally to the feisty abolitionist. Spirited and spunky, Rebecca's chief ambition is to aid the Underground Railroad no matter the cost - until her path collides with 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. However, those traits don't always come naturally to the feisty abolitionist. Spirited and spunky, Rebecca's chief ambition is 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 to determine whether their newfound friendship can stand up to a myriad of conflicts.


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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. However, those traits don't always come naturally to the feisty abolitionist. Spirited and spunky, Rebecca's chief ambition is to aid the Underground Railroad no matter the cost - until her path collides with 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. However, those traits don't always come naturally to the feisty abolitionist. Spirited and spunky, Rebecca's chief ambition is 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 to determine whether their newfound friendship can stand up to a myriad of conflicts.

30 review for Summer on Sunset Ridge

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    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 he 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    Summer on Sunset Ridge looks at one of my very favorite parts of American history – the Underground Railroad. And while the Underground Railroad isn’t featured in the story as much as I had hoped, it does spotlight a rarely studied aspect… the Quakers and their involvement. In fact, the runaway slaves and their quest for freedom really just provide the framework for the story, but it’s solid enough that it still appealed to the history geek in me. Rebecca and Clay have instant chemistry … well… a Summer on Sunset Ridge looks at one of my very favorite parts of American history – the Underground Railroad. And while the Underground Railroad isn’t featured in the story as much as I had hoped, it does spotlight a rarely studied aspect… the Quakers and their involvement. In fact, the runaway slaves and their quest for freedom really just provide the framework for the story, but it’s solid enough that it still appealed to the history geek in me. Rebecca and Clay have instant chemistry … well… after we get past the fact that they meet while he’s holding her at gunpoint lol. But the road to a happily ever after for them is full of complications. For starters, Clay doesn’t remember who he is – or whose he is – and the fact that he might be married is enough for Becca to take drastic measures when she realizes she’s falling in love with him. The romantic tension between them though? Whew. Keep a fan handy! Lots of emotions play out on these pages. You’ll smile at Rebecca’s family, but you’ll want to purse whomp a few characters too. The plight of the slaves – escaped or still in bondage – definitely tugs at the heart, and there are other scenes which may have you swallowing back a few tears. And I can’t forget to mention the kisses, laced with emotion and longing and love. Bottom Line: Summer on Sunset Ridge by Sharlene MacLaren is sweet and layered and romantic, but most of all it points to Jesus as the source of true Peace and Freedom. The “plainspeak” gets a bit tedious as the story goes on, but it’s easy to overlook that minor issue because the characters feel like friends and their development is thoughtful and dimensional. Particularly Clay, as we watch him decided what to do/how to spend this chance he’s been given to start over, to begin a new life. The parallels to his transformation and the slaves’ path to freedom is subtly but poignantly drawn. I am looking forward to more of this series, especially if Levi (definitely my favorite secondary character) is featured in one of the next books! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.) See my full review at Reading Is My SuperPower

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gail Davis

    Summer on Sunset Ridge by Sharlene MacLaren is an engrossing book. With the introduction of the characters in the first few chapters, you get a feel of who will be the hero and heroine and that they will get together, hopefully, but are not sure how that will come to pass. The book’s storyline is different than others I have read previously. Being set in the “free” north of America during the slavery days, you would expect to hear about the Underground Railroad, which indeed occurs. You would exp Summer on Sunset Ridge by Sharlene MacLaren is an engrossing book. With the introduction of the characters in the first few chapters, you get a feel of who will be the hero and heroine and that they will get together, hopefully, but are not sure how that will come to pass. The book’s storyline is different than others I have read previously. Being set in the “free” north of America during the slavery days, you would expect to hear about the Underground Railroad, which indeed occurs. You would expect to learn of slave catchers, which happens. You would also expect to hear about disagreements regarding the enslavement of people, which happens mildly. In this genre of book though, you rarely hear about Quakers and their hand in the Underground Railroad. To hear of their involvement in the endeavor to help fleeing slaves find freedom is unusual though it shouldn’t be. Considering the pacifist stand of Quakers, it should be expected to learn of their involvement, but is so often unspoken. That is one of the things that make this book interesting – hearing about Quakers and their assisting runaway slaves to freedom even though a law existed against this. The other thing that makes this story interesting is watching the slave catcher - a sheriff - change. He is confronted with the reality of slavery, consider it, and change. This sheriff, also, is confronted for the first time with the grace of God and his need for Jesus Christ as his Savior. What will win within the man? Who will the man be after this encounter with the Quaker family, God, and the slaves? Only by reading the story will you know the answer. Only by reading the story will you find out how the hero and heroine meet and finalize their relationship. You be challenged and changed by the love of Jesus through this story. Join Sharlene to learn about the role of Quakers on the Underground Railroad. Find out what happens to the sheriff and how his life and the life of this Quaker family will change. I give this book 5 stars!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Rebecca Albright lives the simple, plainspoken life of a Quaker, but she is openly passionate about family, faith, and freedom, persuading her to seek involvement with her father's efforts to aid and equip runaway slaves along the Pennsylvania Underground Railroad. One fateful evening, that determination introduced her entire family to Sherriff Clay Dalton, a supposed slave catcher, who suffers a severe head injury in his attempts to intercept two young men on the run. Instructed by her father t Rebecca Albright lives the simple, plainspoken life of a Quaker, but she is openly passionate about family, faith, and freedom, persuading her to seek involvement with her father's efforts to aid and equip runaway slaves along the Pennsylvania Underground Railroad. One fateful evening, that determination introduced her entire family to Sherriff Clay Dalton, a supposed slave catcher, who suffers a severe head injury in his attempts to intercept two young men on the run. Instructed by her father to nurse the confused patient back to health, Rebecca experiences a certain measure of adventure rather than her orderly, predictable summer. Clay Dalton cannot remember a thing about who he is, where he came from, or whether or not he is even married. He sincerely hopes that he is not married, as attraction to his beautiful nurse increases daily, not to mention the fact that Rebecca's parents have arranged a marriage to a local farmer whom it is obvious that she does not love. Living among and growing to love the entire Albright family, Clay is not only drawn to Rebecca, but to the God they serve so selflessly, making Clay have second thoughts about whether or not he can even be the same man when his memory returns. Sharlene MacLaren has written a lovely story, drawing from her father's own Quaker roots and exemplifying the power of personal testimony. It was a pleasure to receive an advance copy of this book. The opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anne Rightler

    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 thro 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Burdette

    I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the Author and what a great read! Having lived in the Ellicott City, MD area and knowing the areas mentioned was so enthralling! Sharlene captures the reader's attention early in the story and I know I was completely taken into the whole story. Sharlene makes the reader feel like they are completely part of the story. So real and life like you can't put the book down! I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a great read....as well as any of her ot I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the Author and what a great read! Having lived in the Ellicott City, MD area and knowing the areas mentioned was so enthralling! Sharlene captures the reader's attention early in the story and I know I was completely taken into the whole story. Sharlene makes the reader feel like they are completely part of the story. So real and life like you can't put the book down! I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a great read....as well as any of her other books. Wonderful writing and great detail to time period of the story's setting. Hope all enjoy it as much as I did!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I received this book from Celebrate Lit and the author for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own and a favorable review was not required. Book Description: Brought up on a Quaker farm near Philadelphia at the brink of the Civil War, plainspoken Rebecca Albright is charitable, peace-loving, submissive—and a feisty abolitionist. Determined to aid the Underground Railroad no matter what the cost, her path collides with that of formidable slav I received this book from Celebrate Lit and the author for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own and a favorable review was not required. Book Description: Brought up on a Quaker farm near Philadelphia at the brink of the Civil War, plainspoken Rebecca Albright is charitable, peace-loving, submissive—and a feisty abolitionist. Determined to aid the Underground Railroad no matter what the cost, her path collides with that of formidable slave-catcher Clay Dalton. When Rebecca is assigned to nurse Clay back to health following a near-fatal gunshot wound, her uneasiness around him and the questions surrounding his mysterious past complicate their strained but developing relationship. Sherriff Clay Dalton is grimly fighting several battles of his own as he stays on at the Albright farm to work off his debt to the family that has saved his life and taken him in. He is torn between his past commitments in the South and his unlikely present among this quiet Quaker community in the North. Almost against his will, he begins to ponder the impossible idea of a future with Rebecca.… When tensions between North and South escalate, Rebecca and Clay find themselves propelled on a journey to discover just who God has called them to be, and they soon realize that each holds a key to the other’s answer. My Thoughts: Summer on Sunset Ridge is the first book in Sharlene Maclaren's latest series, Forever Freedom and it is great. This is the first book by Sharlene Maclaren I have had the pleasure of reading and I am glad I did. As a huge fan of Christian Historical Fiction and Amish Fiction this book drew me in just by the description. Sharlene Maclaren writes with authority about our world in 1855, Civil War and its effects on everyone in the U.S., Quaker life style, and the Underground Railroad. I love reading about the history of our world especially the Civil War. I learned more about it in this book, the historical facts are fascinating. I also learned about the Quakers faith and how they helped in the Civil War, something I didn't know anything about. I enjoyed Sharlene Maclaren's style of writing. I really felt like I was there, part of the story and her characters are very well written. I found myself enjoying Rebecca Albright the most. Her faith and her dedication to the Underground Railroad is inspiring. I found myself unable to put this book down, from start to finish, it held on to me. I cannot wait to read the other books in this series, definitely on my must read list. I also found a new to me author and that is what I love. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction, you will not be disappointed. I give this book 4 STARS.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Summer On Sunset Ridge by Sharlene MacLaren is a Christian historical romance and I loved it. Set in 1855, America is divided over the question of slavery. The South upholds this abhorrent practice whilst the North kicks against it, with pockets of people helping escaped slaves. Men are all created equal and should never be divided by colour. "It is not right for human beings to be treated as personal property just because of their skin colour." Sharlene MacLaren shows just how awful this practic Summer On Sunset Ridge by Sharlene MacLaren is a Christian historical romance and I loved it. Set in 1855, America is divided over the question of slavery. The South upholds this abhorrent practice whilst the North kicks against it, with pockets of people helping escaped slaves. Men are all created equal and should never be divided by colour. "It is not right for human beings to be treated as personal property just because of their skin colour." Sharlene MacLaren shows just how awful this practice is. There are some uncomfortable moments in the novel. Sharlene MacLaren does not sugar coat the attitudes of the South who were uncaring at best and brutal at worst. The novel has God at its heart. It is focussed on a devout Quaker community. Characters pray to God for guidance and listen for His answers. "She climbed to a high spot on Sunset Ridge... and listened for God's voice." They realise that God's plans for their lives are the best. They include God in every aspect of their lives. This links in to the theme of trust. "Our job is to trust Him in all circumstances." Being a Christian does not mean a trouble free life but it does mean that in times of difficulty God walks alongside us, sustaining us. When we cannot see the way ahead, we need to step out into the darkness and trust God who holds us in His hands. Families are important - blood family and God's family. Sharlene MacLaren shows how it is important to obey your earthly parents but if their will is in opposition to God's plan then it is to Him we must submit. There is the topic of arranged marriages within the novel. Parents make matches based on prospects and not love. Love is the most important quality within a marriage. Understandably parents want the best for their children but when their focus is on stuff and not God, their focus is wrong. Our happiness is never tied up in stuff. There is the theme of new creations. When we say yes to Jesus we are washed clean. Our past is forgiven and forgotten. There is no guilt or condemnation in Christ Jesus. We receive a free gift of grace. It is available for all. No one is excluded so we must not exclude ourselves. "I'm not sure I'm good enough." The good news is that grace is free. We could never earn it and we do not deserve it but grace is freely given to all. I really enjoyed Summer On Sunset Ridge. It was my first book by Sharlene MacLaren but will not be my last. I loved the way Sharlene MacLaren used the authentic Quaker language which helped the reader to feel immersed in the community. There were some great life lessons about the heart of God to be learnt too. A smashing novel. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    MacLaren has centered her Christian historical romance around the Quaker faith. That is a welcome change from the saturated Amish genre. Rebecca's parents, Quaker farmers, have found a husband for her. The only problem is, she has absolutely no feelings for him. When she crosses paths with sheriff Clay pursuing escaped slaves, her life changes a great deal. She knows she could never marry except for love. MacLaren has crafted the typical romance plot well. There are lots of obstacles to a possible MacLaren has centered her Christian historical romance around the Quaker faith. That is a welcome change from the saturated Amish genre. Rebecca's parents, Quaker farmers, have found a husband for her. The only problem is, she has absolutely no feelings for him. When she crosses paths with sheriff Clay pursuing escaped slaves, her life changes a great deal. She knows she could never marry except for love. MacLaren has crafted the typical romance plot well. There are lots of obstacles to a possible romance between Rebecca and Clay. Wounded, he has had a blow to the head and is suffering from amnesia. When he mumbles a woman's name, Rebecca is sure he is married. She's engaged and if that was not trouble enough, Clay is not a Quaker. It looks hopeless. I like novels where I learn something while I am being entertained. I learned a bit about the Quakers and some about the underground railroad and how slaves were helped to move along as they escaped to the north. There are some good issues to think about from this novel. One is arranged marriages, something many in the world experience. Does one learn to love the other, do the feelings come, or is one doomed to a loveless marriage? There is a great salvation message in this novel. It fits right in as it comes through the experiences of one of the characters. I recommend this novel for those who enjoy a good historical romance with a strong Christian message. I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    A.M. Heath

    My Thoughts: From the beginning, I connected with Rebecca and Clay and was soon swept up in their story. I found the later half of the story a bit too predictable and the loose ends wrapped up a little too conveniently for my tastes. But I greatly appreciated the message MacLaren weaved into her story about how God works out all things for good. This theme kept coming up again and again and it was truly well done. I also liked how she brought to life the Quaker beliefs while not compromising any My Thoughts: From the beginning, I connected with Rebecca and Clay and was soon swept up in their story. I found the later half of the story a bit too predictable and the loose ends wrapped up a little too conveniently for my tastes. But I greatly appreciated the message MacLaren weaved into her story about how God works out all things for good. This theme kept coming up again and again and it was truly well done. I also liked how she brought to life the Quaker beliefs while not compromising anything. I had read a Quaker-based story some months back and found the message unbalanced. I applaud MacLaren on how she always brought the focus back to Christ, explaining that the Quaker beliefs were a lifestyle and not necessary for becoming a child of God. Overall this was a good story and I'm interested in seeing what happens next in the series. Rating and Recommendation: I'm giving it 4 stars and recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction or Quaker-based stories. ~I received a copy from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to give a favorable review. All thoughts are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cheri Swalwell

    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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christina Scotton

    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 interest 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.**

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jalynn Patterson

    About the Book: 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. However, those traits don't always come naturally to the feisty abolitionist. Spirited and spunky, Rebecca's chief ambition is 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 an About the Book: 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. However, those traits don't always come naturally to the feisty abolitionist. Spirited and spunky, Rebecca's chief ambition is 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 to determine whether their newfound friendship can stand up to a myriad of conflicts. My Review: The Quakers had much to be admired for. Their humble, quiet spirit is something that in this day and time would be considered weak. But as I age, I start to go the more quiet way a lot more often. But in the story, Summer on Sunset Ridge, we meet Rebecca Albright and she is anything but quiet. She is very much against slavery and all it stands for and she isn't afraid to admit it. With the help of her family they go about trying to do all they can to help the slaves to freedom. But one fateful night they are met with some opposition but not how you might think. The known slave catcher Sheriff Clay Dalton gets injured trying to hunt down two slaves and the strong abolitionist Rebecca has to nurse him back to health. This book makes for a very interesting read. It ends totally different than what I expected and its a quick read, as well. **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    It's been awhile since I read a book with Quakers as the main characters, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy reading them. Rebecca's character really grabbed my attention. While trying to be true to her Quaker roots, and her parents choice for a husband and his differing opinions about slaves, she still fought for her ability to help slaves escape. I found this to be so admirable, and was able to connect easily with her as I feel that I would have felt the same way if living in that time perio It's been awhile since I read a book with Quakers as the main characters, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy reading them. Rebecca's character really grabbed my attention. While trying to be true to her Quaker roots, and her parents choice for a husband and his differing opinions about slaves, she still fought for her ability to help slaves escape. I found this to be so admirable, and was able to connect easily with her as I feel that I would have felt the same way if living in that time period. I enjoyed the love triangle between Rebecca, Clay and Gerald. The author had a subtle way about writing the scenes for Clay and Rebecca. It wasn't an obvious attraction, but rather little things here and there that happened over time to develop feelings for each other. I like a gradual lead into a relationship, whether it is right or wrong. It gives you more time to analyze how the characters are together and allows you to make an educated decision about who you would choose as your favorite! Even though there were a lot of "thees", I found this to be an easy read. I couldn't wait to see if and when Clay would get his memory back and how it would impact the story, as well as Rebecca's journey and if she would follow her heart! I found this story difficult to stay away from! I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/2jTsyKN Summer on Sunset Ridge begins a promising new series entitled Forever Freedom, set during the years just prior to the Civil War. Sharlene MacLaren crafts a spirited narrative filled with interesting historical detail and strong spiritual themes that add richness to the story. Rebecca Albright is an engaging character and I especially enjoyed her family, which included many siblings. Rebecca is kind, compassionate, and has a burning desire to he Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/2jTsyKN Summer on Sunset Ridge begins a promising new series entitled Forever Freedom, set during the years just prior to the Civil War. Sharlene MacLaren crafts a spirited narrative filled with interesting historical detail and strong spiritual themes that add richness to the story. Rebecca Albright is an engaging character and I especially enjoyed her family, which included many siblings. Rebecca is kind, compassionate, and has a burning desire to help with the Underground railroad, which forms a backdrop for the story. The initial meeting between Rebecca and Clay, a sheriff searching for a run-away slave, doesn’t bode well for their future – and this makes for great storytelling. The chemistry between these two is great. The historical detail about the Quaker faith and the Underground railroad was an integral part of the story, pulling me right into the setting – although the Underground railroad didn’t play as big a part as I had expected. I thought spiritual themes were relevant for us today, such as when man’s laws and God’s laws conflict with each other. And I loved how Clay’s temporary memory loss provided the foundation for him to make life decisions that he might not have made otherwise. I enjoyed Summer on Sunset Ridge and look forward to future books in the series. Recommended. I was provided a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ibjoy1953

    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK Twenty one year old Quaker young woman Rebecca Albright has a determination to work with the Underground Railroad to help slaves to their freedom. Sneaking out and following her dad one night ends with a sheriff with amnesia staying in their home and Rebecca taking care of him. But where is her from? And what was he doing out at night in their neighborhood? Author Sharlene MacLaren writes a fantastic heartwarming story that will keep you entertained for hours. Rebecca was MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK Twenty one year old Quaker young woman Rebecca Albright has a determination to work with the Underground Railroad to help slaves to their freedom. Sneaking out and following her dad one night ends with a sheriff with amnesia staying in their home and Rebecca taking care of him. But where is her from? And what was he doing out at night in their neighborhood? Author Sharlene MacLaren writes a fantastic heartwarming story that will keep you entertained for hours. Rebecca was a bit feisty, and she sure didn’t want what her parents has planned for her life. Marrying a man she doesn’t love is just not in her plans. She wants to at least marry for love, and marry a man with the same goals and loves that she has, and that is helping slaves find the freedom they deserve. I really enjoyed getting to know Rebecca and her family. I always appreciate stories about helping bring slaves to freedom, even though it is so very dangerous. And you will even find a bit of humor in the mist of this serious story. Overall, this is a most entertaining and wonderful read, one I highly recommend. I received this book from Celebration Lit Blog Tours to read and review. 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 55.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    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 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 Bookfun.org.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Paavola

    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 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 received a copy from the The Book Club Network and the author. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    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, 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This is the first book I have read by Sharlene. I have wanted to read her work for some time as I have heard great things about her writing. I have to say I was not disappointed. She has created a captivating story that drew me in from the first page and just kept building on layer after layer. Rebecca and Clay’s first encounter is an interesting one and not how I imagined it at all. I couldn’t wait to see how Sharlene made these two unlikely characters fall in love. I loved Rebecca’s heart for fre This is the first book I have read by Sharlene. I have wanted to read her work for some time as I have heard great things about her writing. I have to say I was not disappointed. She has created a captivating story that drew me in from the first page and just kept building on layer after layer. Rebecca and Clay’s first encounter is an interesting one and not how I imagined it at all. I couldn’t wait to see how Sharlene made these two unlikely characters fall in love. I loved Rebecca’s heart for freeing slaves and wanting to be involved in the Underground Railroad, even taking risks she know she shouldn’t. I also was anxious to see how Clay’s heart might shift when it came to slavery. With all of these layers it’s no wonder this is such an interesting read. A copy of this book was given to me though the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Scott

    Summer on Sunset Ridge is the newest book for Sharlene MacLaren. This story takes place on the brink of the Civil War. Rebecca Albright is determined to aid the Underground Railroad, her path collides with Clay Dalton who is a slave-catcher and Rebecca's task is to nurse him back to health after he receives a near-fatal gunshot wound. As these two grow closer together, Clay ponders a future with Rebecca. God has them on a journey to discover what it is He has in store for them. Summer on Sunset R Summer on Sunset Ridge is the newest book for Sharlene MacLaren. This story takes place on the brink of the Civil War. Rebecca Albright is determined to aid the Underground Railroad, her path collides with Clay Dalton who is a slave-catcher and Rebecca's task is to nurse him back to health after he receives a near-fatal gunshot wound. As these two grow closer together, Clay ponders a future with Rebecca. God has them on a journey to discover what it is He has in store for them. Summer on Sunset Ridge is the first book in Ms. MacLaren's Freedom Series and has been one of the best books that I have read so far this year. If you love Historical Christian Romance, you will love this book. Great story, great setting, holds your attention. Can't wait for Book 2. I received a copy of this book for free. A favorable review was not required, all opinions expressed are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Connie Carpenter

    This was the first book that I had read by this author. I was very impressed with the way the words flowed off the page. She has a way of captivating the readers and drawing them into the story early on. The characters are very well developed. I learned a lot about Quaker life because of this story. I loved reading a bit about the Underground Railroad - the Civil War era is my most favorite time in American History (For those of you that don't know - I actually have my MA in History with a conce This was the first book that I had read by this author. I was very impressed with the way the words flowed off the page. She has a way of captivating the readers and drawing them into the story early on. The characters are very well developed. I learned a lot about Quaker life because of this story. I loved reading a bit about the Underground Railroad - the Civil War era is my most favorite time in American History (For those of you that don't know - I actually have my MA in History with a concentration in Military History). I was fascinated to read about the Quaker's involvement in it. I really liked this book - and am glad to have found a new author. I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    Impressive writing and research in this first book of the Forever Freedom Series. It was so interesting to read about the role Quakers played in the Underground Railroad. The characters are identifiable and prick your heart and conscience. The way Rebecca Albright meets sheriff Clay Dalton is very unusual and leads to an interesting love story. Two people with opposite backgrounds drawn together by circumstances and what becomes a common cause. I highly recommend this book, especially if you lov Impressive writing and research in this first book of the Forever Freedom Series. It was so interesting to read about the role Quakers played in the Underground Railroad. The characters are identifiable and prick your heart and conscience. The way Rebecca Albright meets sheriff Clay Dalton is very unusual and leads to an interesting love story. Two people with opposite backgrounds drawn together by circumstances and what becomes a common cause. I highly recommend this book, especially if you love historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy from the author and CelebrateLit. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Dodson

    What a great book! This is my first time reading a book by Sharlene and I am excited to read something else by her. This is also my first time reading a book with the main characters being Quaker. I really enjoyed that part of the story. The characters were very likeable and were written very well. I enjoyed the setting and the time period. This was a very interesting and entertaining book to read. I received this book from celebrate lit for free. A positive review was not required All opinions What a great book! This is my first time reading a book by Sharlene and I am excited to read something else by her. This is also my first time reading a book with the main characters being Quaker. I really enjoyed that part of the story. The characters were very likeable and were written very well. I enjoyed the setting and the time period. This was a very interesting and entertaining book to read. I received this book from celebrate lit for free. A positive review was not required All opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joy Melville

    Sharene MacLaren is one of my fave authors. She's given great historical info in a romantic story - without boring the reader who doesn't care for as much history in a novel - a great blend. I'm also impressed by the Quaker heroine and her family - GREAT CHARACTERIZATIONS - and what good Romance novel doesn't have a STRONG, MANLY HERO - MacLaren has done it again - forming pics of her characters in my mind and running their story like a movie reel. Loved the family note behind this story as well - Sharene MacLaren is one of my fave authors. She's given great historical info in a romantic story - without boring the reader who doesn't care for as much history in a novel - a great blend. I'm also impressed by the Quaker heroine and her family - GREAT CHARACTERIZATIONS - and what good Romance novel doesn't have a STRONG, MANLY HERO - MacLaren has done it again - forming pics of her characters in my mind and running their story like a movie reel. Loved the family note behind this story as well - NO SPOILERS! I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charity

    I found this book to be a much different style than I normally expect from Sharlene MacLaren. I love her historical novels and while this one is historical, it is also about Quakers. But don't get me wrong, that doesn't mean I didn't love it any less! This is a story that pulls you in from the beginning, a tale of courage and strength, of passion and fight. If you don't care for stories about the Civil War, this one is probably not for you. But while I am not a big fan of them, my interest was k I found this book to be a much different style than I normally expect from Sharlene MacLaren. I love her historical novels and while this one is historical, it is also about Quakers. But don't get me wrong, that doesn't mean I didn't love it any less! This is a story that pulls you in from the beginning, a tale of courage and strength, of passion and fight. If you don't care for stories about the Civil War, this one is probably not for you. But while I am not a big fan of them, my interest was kept throughout the whole book. An intriguing story, rich in detail and history!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bree

    This book will quickly become one of your favorite books on the shelf. I certainly didn't imagine feeling so invested into this book, as I hadn't read any other books by Sharlene. However, I am still invested in these characters and look forward to the rest of this series. I can only imagine how well written the rest of the books will be. I was provided a copy of this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. Review on the Blog January 29,2017: https://bibliophile.reviews/book-revi... This book will quickly become one of your favorite books on the shelf. I certainly didn't imagine feeling so invested into this book, as I hadn't read any other books by Sharlene. However, I am still invested in these characters and look forward to the rest of this series. I can only imagine how well written the rest of the books will be. I was provided a copy of this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. Review on the Blog January 29,2017: https://bibliophile.reviews/book-revi...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Winfield

    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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Baranski

    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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    I did like the setting of the book as I love to read about times just before and during the war. The tension is high among the people . The Civil War is on everyone's mind and I loved that it was focused on the Quakers. It seems like there are not many books about the Quakers, but the author did an amazing job of giving facts that helped me understand their lifestyle. I did have a bit of a problem with the thees and thous but it was only my ignorance of how people talked during that time period. I did like the setting of the book as I love to read about times just before and during the war. The tension is high among the people . The Civil War is on everyone's mind and I loved that it was focused on the Quakers. It seems like there are not many books about the Quakers, but the author did an amazing job of giving facts that helped me understand their lifestyle. I did have a bit of a problem with the thees and thous but it was only my ignorance of how people talked during that time period. I liked that the author held true to the time period and made the story more interesting. I find as I read historical fiction, I always get some very intriguing facts that make me want to research the subject more. The characters were so good and I loved how each one played an important part in the story. Rebecca was my favorite. I loved her determination and heart she had for the Underground Railroad. I really enjoyed learning more about it and it really opened my eyes to the plight of those who were desperate for freedom. Rebecca's parents have made arrangements for her to marry. I had to stop for a minute and think about that. Could you marry someone you didn't love or know? The Bible says to " honor your mother and father" so what will Rebecca do? When Rebecca meets Clay she is definitely smitten. What is she to do since she is engaged? Rebecca has many decisions to make and also realizes that Clay is not a Quaker. I can't imagine the turmoil someone goes through to try to do the right thing while having feelings that may go against their religion. The author weaves a beautiful story that shows us how making Godly choices can sometimes be hard, but are always rewarding. I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network. The review is my own opinion.

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