Sunday, November 28, 2010

Maggie Rose

Maggie Rose
by: Sharlene MacLaren

Back of the Book:
Maggie Rose, the spunky, friendly, twenty-year-old middle daughter of Michigan resident Jacob Kane, feels compelled to leave her beloved hometown of Sandy Shores to pursue what she feels in her heart are God's plans for her life -- in New York City.

Maggie Rose adjusts to her new life at Sheltering Arms Refuge, an orphanage that also transports homeless children to towns across the United States to match them with compatible families. Most of the children have painful pasts that make Maggie aghast, but she marvels at their resiliency. As she gets to know each child, her heart blossoms with new depths of love and compassion.

When a newspaper reporter comes to stay at the orphanage in order to gather research for an article, Maggie is struck by his handsome face -- and concerned by his lack of faith. She can't deny their mutual affections, though. Will she win the struggle to maintain her focus on God and remain attuned to His guidance?

My Thoughts:
This book was very well written. Being the second in the series, she gives you just enough information about the people in the first book, while making it a book of its own. Something that was refreshing to me was that while there was definitely a great love-story woven through the pages, the focus is on following God's call for your life. Maggie Rose left the comforts of home in the early 1900's for New York City to work in an orphanage, something considered rather surprising to many people in that day. Her heart was very tender to what God had for her life and she put that above all else. Sharlene also places a large focus on faith. Saving faith and sustaining faith. We all face difficult situations in our life and we all have a choice to make when we do. We either trust God to take care of us or turn our back to Him and try to take care of things on our own. This book gives a good lesson in the necessity of trusting God.

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