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Sanctuary

(Murrells Inlet Miracles #1)

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A brand new series of inspirational romance ... Murrells Inlet Miracles By the author of the Pawleys Island Paradise series ... same beachy setting, same heartwarming read.

Hardworking, successful lawyer Nora Ramsey, was at the height of her career. Now, she's questioning everything in Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina.

When she accepts her aunt's dilapidated estate as her inheritance, Nora iCarolina.

When

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Kindle Edition, 239 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Random Moon Books
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Kristi
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very sweet clean story! I enjoyed getting to know Shaw and Nora. I did skim through some of it, I'm not sure if I just lost interest or just wanted to hurry up and get through it. End the end it was as expected though and that's always nice.

Rating: G
Language: no profanity whatsoever! Love it!
Recommend: Yes
Jane Rayburn
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great, inspirational book. I loved the characters, I got caught up in their lives. Hard to put the book down. Very clean, christian reading.
Marilyn
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good

this book is one that lets you see how a being successful in your career doesn't always make you happy
C. Gonzales
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I enjoyed the characters immensely. I felt like the Romance was well balanced because of their respective personalities.

I liked that Laurie Larsen does not shy away from real topics. She takes the issues head on and brings them to life for the reader.

This is an emotional novel. There are ups and downs for these characters individually and as a couple. You will find yourself right in the rollercoaster of emotions with them.
Gwessie Tee
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Received as arc I volunteer an honest review, beautiful clean read so no naughtiness

Very charming and heartwarming book and sure to be the first of many that I read, I was swept into the story and found it difficult to put down. I never give spoilers I will say though that their HEA was very much deserved and well earned.

Thank you Laurie I am very eager to read more so will more than likely be collecting the others 😊
Joan
I knew this was 'inspirational' when I downloaded it. I usually try to steer clear of Christian romances because the author tends to cram God down the reader's throat/ The premise for this looked very interesting - an older couple instead of the usual successful 'early-thirties' so often encountered.

I found some parts of the story confusing.

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Nora visits Henry in prison - he is brought in to see her with his hands handcuffed behind his back????

then Nora and her sister go to t
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Gina Stamper
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This novel was different than I expected. It really walks the line between a few different genre’s but I really liked that factor. I loved the ultimate lesson we learn by reading this novel. It is an emotional journey and I believe that we learn things about the characters and ourselves along the way. I am a huge fan of Laurie Larsen and her writing style. The way she weaves her tales is really inspiring. You’re not just reading to escape, you’re reading to feel!
Bev Haynes
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story. Character driven.

So happy to find an inspirational romance that shares biblical insights that fit the story. This is not one of those quick reads that force the reader to buy another book only to be left hanging once again. This is a full satisfying read.

I'm not going into the details of the story. You can get that from the author's blurb, but I'm posting this to give you courage to download this book as you won't be disappointed.

Bev Haynes
Cynthia
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Terrific

This is a wonderful story about how with the power of prayer can help you make decisions easier. Nora inherits her aunt farm in Murrells Inlet and has to decide if she is going to keep it. She is a lawyer in Philadelphia, but the ranch makes her think about slowing down. Shaw in the local vet and use to help her aunt with her animals.
Mom
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookbub
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R.K. Emery
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing

The story really grabs the readers attention from the get-go. Laurie Larsen does a great job being descriptive and allowing the reader to feel like they are immersed in the story.

I was surprised at how fresh and how many surprises there were in this story. What a wonderful job of keeping the reader invested in the story and its characters!

Characterization is key in any novel and I felt like Nora was a great main character with real problems that the reader can relate to. She was easy to get b
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Linda Rainey
This a beautiful book about choices you make in life with
God's help.
I loved the book, the characters, and the storyline.
I look forward to the next book in the series.
Jackie Renee
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The adventures, the emotions, the didn’t-see-that-comings. Way to go, Ms. Larsen. Sanctuary is the perfect title for a truly lovely book.
Sandra
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This was my first read by Author, Laurie Larsen, and to be honest, I fell in love with the picture of the house on the cover because I love old, antique, character type of houses. I had mixed feelings about the story itself. Yes, I did enjoy reading it and it gave me a lot to think about and I like stories that make me think. I struggled with the decisions Nora had to make with relation to her inheritance and her employment - I would also find that to be very difficult, and I admired the various ...more
Amanda
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review-2017
Sanctuary is the first book in the Murrells Inlet series by author Laurie Larsen. Tagged as contemporary Christian romance, this would be a book I would only pick up when I'm in just the right mood. To be honest, it was reading about the author that made me more interested in reading this. An IT professional by day and romance novelist by night, Mrs. Larsen is proving a woman can wear two different suits and excel in both. It's fascinating to me and gives me an automatic respect for her.

Now ont
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Emeline Zindo
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An interesting story we should all read.
Nora Ramsey a successful , hardworking lawyer who had been on top of her career at the law firm in Philadelphia . Waking up one morning to the saddened death of her favourite aunt who had died a month ago leaving her an inheritance at Murrells Inlet where she met Shaw Flynn a local veterinarian who had helped her with a horse who had gotten lost whom she found interest in him being a God fearing man and she fall over heel over in love with him and hi
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Eve
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ibooks
I liked this book. I didn’t really go into it with high expectations; I just thought it was going just going to be a book full of religious mumbo jumbo - I was wrong. It did have a strong religious influence in it (duh, it is Christian Fiction) however, it wasn’t overwhelmingly so. As someone who isn’t religious, all of those aspects didn’t bother me. In fact, it gave me an insight into the mind of a Christian which was interesting.

Now, onto the actual book. I liked the premise; I th
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Anna
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A man’s challenged faith as he struggles with loneliness, guilt, unexpected love, and a secret that could destroy things before they can really begin.
A woman who must choose between a successful career and a surprise inheritance. Success isn’t always fulfilling when measured with a life that touches others and yourself in deeper ways.
Laurie Larsen has written a story that pulls at the heartstrings and draws you into the budding relationship between Shaw and Nora. It shares the struggles that
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Angela
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was written with the perfect blend of love, faith, hope and destiny! It's the first I've read from Laurie Larsen, and I honestly wasn't sure what to think because the book cover was too "romance novel" for me. But I absolutely loved, loved it and I snuggled in the recliner and blew right through it during my scheduled work hours. So, it's a quick read, too, which was the only downside. I was hoping Book 2 was a continuation of these 3 characters? Yes, I counted Patty as a main characte ...more
Timothy Hendricks
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. I gave it 4 stars wanted to give it 5 stars; but it didn't put enough inspiration into the book. There was just a short group of scriptures used and Nora started praying a little bit. But I don't see how her faith really grew and she seemed to be unsure of the decisions she should make as a result of all of that. From day to day she would change her mind and she seemed no more able to make a decision despite her prayers. There was nothing else that seemed to indica ...more
Teri
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OK this was an amazing read that had me knee deep in my own "Come to Jesus moment". An inheritance that changes everything. I do mean everything. Finding out God has a plan that means saying goodbye to one lifestyle and hello to another. There are so many things about this book that rang true in my life that I couldn't help but love this story and feel every drop of anxiety that went with the process. I love the sight from the others in Nora's life and the whole thing with Shaw. I love that her ...more
Josephine
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story

The author did a great job on an entertaining story and teaching, through the character, how easy it is to turn to God and ask him for guidance in issues. I’ll admit though, I started and quit awhile ago because it was different and harder to read about an older romance...not as interesting to me, and especially because the main character was the epitome of what I didn’t like...a career driven woman with no concern for any other purpose. I finally picked it up and restarted though
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Paula Shreckhise
Sanctuary by Laurie Larsen is the first in the series Murrells Inlet Miracles, about life in a beach town in South Carolina.

I enjoyed this book about a lawyer, Nora Ramsey, who inherits her aunt’s Victorian house and beachfront property. She has a decision to make: stay or sell? This book dealt with the real struggles Nora had to face. Keep her high powered job in Philadelphia or opt for a slower pace and something worthwhile in South Carolina? She had the help if her sister, Patty, and a new f
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Ella Craig
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
SANCTUARY is a contemporary, Christian romance.

This is an easy read with a nice pace although there are some issues raised, which may be uncomfortable for some readers.

Nora is a driven and successful lawyer, who sometimes acts as though she only has half a brain, but her character grows and develops, as she has to decide on whether to accept her new life or go back to the old one.

Shaw comes across as a devout and likeable man; living under the shadow of a dark
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Anne Campbell
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Because there are times in my life that I really wish I had a way to escape the hurry-hurry, fission-pressure workdays, I related to this book. I think it's worthy of five stars, don't you?

Nora is an attorney for a law office, one with a big problem--a bad problem that one of the partners isn't too sure she didn't have a hand in. The other partner--her mentor--is in jail, apparently for good reason. She's put on leave. Permanently?

Sometimes God has to literally shove us o
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Kathy
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good inspirational romance

I was very interested in this story from the beginning. I liked that Nora was forced to slow down and take a long look at her life and what she really wanted to do. I appreciated Shaw and the position he was in, wanting to go slow and wrestling with himself. I was a little annoyed that Nora put so much emphasis on Shaw lying to her when It was a lie of omission for heart-breaking reasons. Time apart did its work and they ended up together in the end. I would have like
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Kristen
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: upwork
At first I thought this was just another romance story to enjoy reading one afternoon. But it turned into so much more covering topics like God, trust, and forgiveness on a deeper level. Not just side topics grazed over like so many other novels.

The beginning of the story between Nora and Shaw is so sweet and romantic. Personally found the coming together of these two a bit unrealistic. But it is a romance novel and real couples meet cute are...well...less cute. As the story continues and the c
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Margaret Yelton
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read the book Sanctuary by Laurie Larsen, as a challenge book to help read some of my downloaded e-books that have been hanging out on my kindle for over six months that I have never read. I loved getting to know Shawn and Nora, this book was a clean and inspirational read, Nora had a high power job when she receives a unexpected inheritance. She faces some hard decisions, and unexpected turn in the weeks following this inheritance. The author weaves a truly inspiring story, and would certainl ...more
lisa butler
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Post vacation read

Living close to Philadelphia and just coming back from a vacation in Pawleys Island, this was such a fun book to read! While on vacation, I visited Murrells Inlet, the Marsh Walk, drove on route 17, saw alligators, and walked the beach. It was fun to revisit the area after my return. I also ride and care for horses and spend lots of time at a farm in the country. I enjoyed this Christian book immensely not only because of it's location and subject but also for it's positiv
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Medenna Walton
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend - I was deeply drawn into this story


As an older woman, I could strongly relate to Nora. Chasing a title, a career which consumes your entire life, leaving you empty and abandoned. Been there. I love the way her life shifts and the conclusion of the book. Laurie, you have become a favorite author. This is the first book of yours I have read and I look forward to more!
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“back into her office and handed her a glass of iced water.  The dizziness had passed but her stomach was threatening to roil.  “Thank you.”  She took a short sip, and it felt so good going down her throat that she finished the small glass in about five gulps.  “That’s better.” Tony dropped into the chair and rubbed his forehead.  “I have to be very careful how I handle this situation.  It’s a crisis of major proportions.  One misstep and this law firm could be history.” “I understand.  Heck, as co-partner, I agree with you.  But I have to hear it from you, Tony.  Do you believe in me?  Do you think I’m guilty of misconduct?” He studied her face and smacked his lips.  “I don’t want to, God knows I don’t.  I don’t want to believe Henry had any misconduct either.  But the FBI investigated him and arrested him.”  He huffed out a tight breath.  “I don’t know what to believe Nora, I really don’t.” “But they didn’t arrest me,” she said softly. “You’re right, they didn’t.”  He took one of his hands in the other and massaged it.  “I have to be honest, Nora.  I’m gaining some advice from law firm partners in the city on how I should handle this.  I’ve never been through this before.” “Yeah, me neither.  Okay, that’s probably a good approach.” “Why” 0 likes
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