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Summer on Sunset Ridge

(Forever Freedom #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  57 reviews
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 ...more
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Published January 10th 2017 by Whitaker House
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Susan Snodgrass
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Gail Davis
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Anne Rightler
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Kathy Burdette
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 well as any of her ot ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
A.M. Heath
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Cheri Swalwell
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Jalynn Patterson
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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 slave-catcher Sheriff Clay Dalton who's grimly fighting battles of his own. When tensions between the North an
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 ...more
Carole Jarvis
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

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
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Sharon Paavola
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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,
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Crystal Scott
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Connie Carpenter
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Rachel Dodson
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Joy Avery
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-authors
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 -
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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:
Virginia Winfield
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Cheryl Baranski
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Deana Dick
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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