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Courting Emma (Little Hickman Creek #3)

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Twenty-eight-year-old Emma Browning has experienced a good deal of life in her young age. Proprietor of Emma s Boardinghouse, she is mother to an array of beefy, unkempt, often rowdy characters. Though many men would like to get to know the steely, hard-edged, yet surprisingly lovely proprietor, none has truly succeeded. That is, not until the town s new pastor, Jonathan A ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Whitaker Distribution (first published July 11th 2007)
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Janine
Apr 08, 2015 Janine rated it it was amazing
"Courting Emma" by Sharlene MacLaren is the final book of her Little Hickman Creek Series and WOW what a book and a great ending to the series.

The story at times seems frustrating slow for it wasn't going fast enough for me, but at the same time there was something always going on. There is a lot of hurt that needs to be healed and that is what is being worked on, is the softening of hearts and learning to change long time hurt feelings. How this is done is so perfect and frankly I thought, thou
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Jennifer Taylor
Mar 28, 2010 Jennifer Taylor rated it really liked it
Courting Emma is a moving story set in the late 1800's in a small town that touches on forgiveness and overcoming a painful past to live a future of promise. When you first meet Emma she appears hard and tough because she's had to be. Surviving a childhood of abuse and learning to make do on own, Emma doesn't trust others easily. So when Pastor Jonathon sets his sights on her, he has his work cut out for him in winning Emma's heart.

The characters have great depth and a reader can't help but care
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Trinity Rose
Aug 07, 2013 Trinity Rose rated it it was amazing
Courting Emma is book three in the Little Hickman Creek Series by Sharlene MacLaren. I really did enjoy this book. It was full of very nice surprises, twists and turns. I was intrigued by how Emma and the Pastor Jonathan became friends and how they see each other. I was also really involved in finding out what happened between Emma and her father. Also finding out Emma’s fathers background was an eye opener.
The love story between Emma and Jonathan was very sweet and enduring. Not really what I
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Deborah
Jun 26, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Emma Browning is the owner of the only boardinghouse in Little Hickman Creek, Kentucky, and has been the proprietor for ten years. She plays housekeeper to several rowdy, uncouth characters, but lets no one past the tough exterior of a hardened facade. After enduring years of endless abuse from her father, Ezra she has been careful to ward off anyone and anything that tries to get past the impenetrable armor that stands guard of her heart. Will she ever let anyone in?

A new boarder shows up at he
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Lacy Williams
Apr 08, 2008 Lacy Williams rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical lovers, gentle fiction
Shelves: great-reads

Boardinghouse owner Emma Browning may be an old maid, but she's no slouch. She runs the sharpest institution

in town, although her boarders might be a tad on the rough side. She's spent almost her entire lifetime trying

to overcome the stigmas associated with being the child of the town drunk.

That's why, when her new boarder tries to convince her that her dad needs a second chance, she balks.

Reverend Jonathan Atkins has been attracted to Emma since their schoolhouse days, but he's never let her
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Kendra
Jan 25, 2012 Kendra rated it really liked it
Twenty-eight-year-old Emma Browning has experienced a good deal of life in her young age. Proprietor of Emma's Boardinghouse, she is "mother" to an array of beefy, unkempt, often rowdy characters. Though many men would like to get to know the steely, hard-edged, yet surprisingly lovely proprietor, none has truly succeeded. That is, not until the town's new pastor, Jonathan Atkins, takes up residence in the boardinghouse, affecting not only her with his devout faith and strong convictions, but he ...more
Anita
Apr 09, 2010 Anita rated it liked it
Although this book takes a long time to get to the point with the love interest, it was still a nice easy read that kept me interested and wondering if they were ever going to figure it out.

Emma and Jon have grown up in the same town. Both are the products of alcoholic parents, except Jon has forgiven and moved on, becoming a Christian minister. Emma runs the town boarding house and begrudgingly gives Jon a room not wanting to be around a man who is christian, or who is so handsome.

Jon helps Em
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Carman
Feb 11, 2016 Carman rated it it was amazing
Very good! I loved it. This was a very good ending to this series, and I look forward to the next series from Sharlene.
Strawberry
Aug 21, 2015 Strawberry rated it liked it
This was probably my favorite of the three simple because the pastor blurts out that he's kissed Emma.
Nmesoma Ugochukwu
i totally love the book
Cara Grandle
Dec 23, 2014 Cara Grandle rated it it was amazing
Fun series. Worth the time.
Teresa
Jan 22, 2014 Teresa rated it really liked it
Though the stories and characters in all three books are good, I thought Courting Emma (third in the series) was best.
Kristen
Nov 02, 2008 Kristen rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
This is Sharlene's third book in the Little Hickman Creek novels. While it was clean and very Christian (meaning lots of Bible verses and save your soul type stuff) I thought it could have been 100 pages shorter and been just fine. A lot of repetition, and few surprises. But a quick, clean read.
Charlotte
This is the third in a series of Christian romances. I found the characters a little flat and some of the loose ends not tied up well. I found the conversions a little missing in substance, too. But, it was a pleasant, quick, clean read.
Denise
Mar 24, 2008 Denise rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yes!
This was my favorite in the series! Shar does a great job presenting Ezra's past and the future that can be built between Emma and Ezra. I can't wait for October, when her next book comes out!
Kali
Jan 21, 2009 Kali rated it really liked it
A clean, Christian story that was an easy read. Very predictable, but I still enjoyed it. To me it was similar to Love Comes Softly, but I enjoyed the story more than Love Comes Softly.
Claudia
Oct 05, 2008 Claudia rated it it was ok
I did a lot of skimming with this book. I finished the series because I wanted to find out what the story was behind the final character in book 1.
Mj
Oct 07, 2012 Mj rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this last book in the trilogy. A light but uplifting story that finished out the women in the Little Hickman Creek trilogy.
Katie W
This last book in the series was a little slow for me. It was a cute story, but seemed to take a really long time to develop.
Rebecca
Sep 07, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
In spite of this being one of MacLaren's earlier novels, its story of love, forgiveness and redemption in this book is timeless!
Michelle Kidwell
Feb 17, 2012 Michelle Kidwell rated it it was amazing
Loved watching the main character come to the Lord in this book, well written, I give this book five out of five stars!!!
Kendra
May 26, 2009 Kendra rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd book in the series. I really enjoyed this series and would love to pick up more of her books.
Amy
Feb 27, 2009 Amy added it
Once again this is another good clean romance. I loved it and this is the last in the series. I really this story.
Jennifer HOot
Mar 21, 2013 Jennifer HOot rated it it was amazing
It's was really interesting story that a girl forgiven her father for abusing her when she was little.
Lisa
Sep 02, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was a clean, sweet love story. Just right for summer time reading!
Bmbednar
Jul 27, 2011 Bmbednar rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put these books down until I finished all three!
Tara
Jul 27, 2008 Tara rated it really liked it
Great story so far! Can hardly put it down!
Mary Ellen
Jul 08, 2012 Mary Ellen rated it really liked it
A great chick lit book.
Mackenzie
Jul 28, 2014 Mackenzie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: related-books
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Shunammite
Feb 11, 2009 Shunammite rated it it was amazing
so far so good
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After 31 years of teaching second and fourth grades, Shar decided to say, "Bye-bye, Students!" and "Hello, Writing World!" and it's been an interesting, exciting, challenging, and inspiring adventure. One thing she knows for certain—God dropped a seed of passion for writing in her heart back in the summer of 2000, and He's been growing it ever since. She signed on with Whitaker House Publishers in ...more
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“Grace gave Emma's arm a gentle squeeze and curved her mouth into a thoughtful smile. "That's what God does for its, honey; He takes its just as we are, no matter how sinful or vile. Nothing we do will ever make its worthy of Him, but that's the good news. We don't have to be worthy. Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins when He died on the cross, so the worst is over. All that remains is for us to ask Him to forgive its and believe that He does. There's nothing more to it than that.” 0 likes
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