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A Love to Behold

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Two years after the Civil War, Lydia Albright, 27, is an established teacher in Boston when she senses God’s call to leave the comfort and security of her job and go south. She accepts a position to teach in a school for former slaves in Charleston, South Carolina. A church there that's affiliated with the American Missionary Association offers support, along with room and ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Whitaker House
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Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a fan of the cover, but THIS BOOK IS SOOO GOOD *flails*
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful conclusion to The Forever Freedom Series. I loved all three books in this series and wanted to say this would also work as a stand-alone. Ms. MacLaren’s sense to detail and authentic speech patterns makes this book stand out in the historical aspect. It is a troubling time after the Civil War and Ku Klux men are stirring up trouble. This story tugs on your heartstrings. I love the strength that Lydia shows in the midst of being bullied into not teaching the former slaves. This b ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! A phenomenal and superb story! A Love to Behold is the absolute best one by Sharlene MacLaren thus far. This historical Christian romance is a sweeping story filled with authentic, vivid and picturesque scenes, the dialect of characters with their ethnicity, a strong faith message and history. This was a compelling book that I did not want to put down till I finished. The hero and heroine had strong faith but encountered difficult situations in Charleston, SC after the end of the Civil War. ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a thoroughly delightful book to read! A Love to Behold is about Lydia, a young lady who teaches at a school in Charleston for former slaves. Along the way, Lydia's life is threatened multiple times by the Ku Klux men. Normally, I don't find this type of story enjoyable, but A Love to Behold was excellently done. It was so engaging that I read it all in one sitting, which doesn't happen often in my experience. I can tell that Ms. Sharlene MacLaren did her research in the historical aspect of ...more
Connie Saunders
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an exceptional book and I wish that I could give it more than five stars! "A Love to Behold" is labeled as Christian historical fiction and it has facts that are as relevant today as they were in 1867 with its theme of racial bigotry and the attempts to label certain people as undeserving. The heroine of this story isn't a young girl just out of school; she is 27 and has already enjoyed a teaching career in Boston. Lydia Albright has been raised as a Quaker and she now feels God's call t ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you have been reading the Forever Freedom Series by Sharlene MacLaren from the beginning, you will be tremendously satisfied with the ending.

I love that even though each book is part of a series, they can easily be read alone without feeling lost. Case in point, somehow I missed book two and read book one and then book three!

A Love to Behold has all the elements you want in a historical romance - mystery, romance and danger. Lydia Albright is a spunky young lady who has nerves of steel. And
Maureen Timerman
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I enjoyed this read, a period of rebirth in our country after the Civil War, and we are in the deep south, South Carolina.
Now this is the third book in this series, and the first that I have read, but now I need to get my hands on the others.
The author has given us a young woman of Faith that has a lot of spunk, but has a heart for others. She has come from Philadelphia, by way of Boston, to help start a school for children of color. She has a desires to help those in need, and the tenacity to m
Becky Dempsey
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
"A Love to Behold" is the third book in the Forever Freedom series. Characters from the first two books are mentioned, but I don't think it is entirely necessary to have read them before reading this book. I found the book well written and felt it was easy to read. I liked Lydia and her spunk and determination to do what God had called her to do. I also liked Reese's quiet faith and resilience. I liked the amount of spiritual content it had and it felt natural and fit well into the story. It is ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A young lady from Philadelphia, PA arrrives in Charleston, SC with the calling to teach the children of former slaves. Whatever could go wrong? The civil war is over but animosity to change has NOT disappeared! Those that are unhappy with the freeing and teaching of the slaves are prepared to take action accordingly and thus the Klu Klux Klan is born. With innocent children caught in the middle, damages to church and school create fear and learning is hindered. Will the discontent ever be over?
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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