Book Review: “Sofia’s Secret” by Sharlene MacLaren

November 13, 2012 at 10:17 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Sharlene MacLaren in her new book, “Sofia’s Secret” Book Three in the River Of Hope series published by Whitaker House takes us into the life of Sofia Rogers.

From the back cover:  An independent young woman shouldering a heavy burden…

Ever since her parents died in a tragic train wreck, Sofia Rogers has worked a job, managed a household, and brought up her little brother, Andy–and all on her own, because she prizes her independence.  But that is not to say it’s been an easy road.  As if she didn’t have enough burdens to bear, through circumstances beyond her control, Sofia gets pregnant–and becomes an overnight pariah.  Worse than the whispers and stares of others is the bewilderment she feels, knowing she may not be able to provide for her baby.

An ambitious young doctor with lofty aspirations…

Dr. Elijah Trent moved to Wabash to take over the medical practice of his grandfather, “Doc” Trent, as he is affectionately called by the locals.  Moved by a sense of compassion, Eli maintains a hectic schedule, striving to meet all his patient’s needs.  Just when he feels as if he has bitten off more than he can chew, he meets Sofia Rogers–and his world is turned upside down by this enchanting yet perplexing young woman, who rejects any apparent acts of charity.

A troubling secret that demands discovery…

Even more frustrating, Sofie refuses to participate in an investigation that might bring her attacker to justice and thereby restore her reputation.  Never one to mind his own business, Eli gets involved, anyway–and a world of trouble ensues, from arson to death treats.  Nevertheless, Eli is determined to break down the wall of silence behind which Sofie hides her deep, dark secret, and to make her realize that trusting him–and her heavenly Father–is the only thing that make sense.

Honestly I didn’t know what to expect when I sat down to read “Sofia’s Secret”.  I guess I thought it was just going to be a typical romance drama.  Well was I wrong! Who knew so much could happen in a little town like Wabash, Indiana?  Sofie is raped but she won’t tell anyone who the attacker is.  When Dr. Eli gets involved the death threats and fire bombings begin.  Add in that Sofie is trying to raise her younger brother by herself as their parents died in a train accident.  And then on top of that there is the romance–not just any kind of romance but a real, gentle romance that only springs from God.  Ms. MacLaren does an outstanding job with all the characters and it is a sad thing when we get to the end of the book and we have to say goodbye to them.  Doubly sad because this is the last book in this series.  However the good news is there is sure to be more from the pen of this outstanding author,  Sharlene MacLaren.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Whitaker House.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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