Their Daring Hearts by Sharlene MacLaren

About The Book

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Levi Albright rebelled against his Quaker roots to fight for abolition in the Union army in the first year of the Civil War. Two years later, 19-year-old destitute orphan Josephine Winters, with her chopped hair, boy’s clothes, and new name, “Snipp,” enlists in the Union army out of desperation.

Just over five feet tall and barely weighing as much as a newborn calf, Snipp seems to Levi to be barely old enough to hold “his” gun. But despite being teased by the regiment, Snipp quickly earns admiration for skill with a musket and unequaled bravery. When Levi explains one night that he is a Quaker leading a regiment, it leads to a late-night discussion of faith and a developing friendship.

But Snipp’s secret can only be hidden for so long. After an injury forces Josie to reveal her real identity, Levi is angered by her deception. Worse, Josie is marched out of the company without a chance to explain—or even say goodbye. Will their friendship survive? Or will the hatred saturating the war-torn nation affect even the heart of a peace-loving Quaker?

About the Author

Born and raised in western Michigan, Sharlene MacLaren graduated from Spring Arbor University then traveled nationally with a contemporary Christian vocal ensemble. She married Cecil, with whom she’d grown up in Spring Arbor, and the couple had two daughters. Shar embarked on a teaching career that would span over 30 years. As she contemplated retirement, Shar sought God’s guidance, praying for a vocation that would provide the kind of fulfillment and joy she experienced as a teacher and mother. A lifelong gifted story teller, she began to write Christian romance novels. Her first book, Through Every Storm, published in 2007, was met with critical acclaim and brisk sales. The rest, as they say, is history. Whitaker House’s bestselling fiction author, she’s subsequently published 18 books, mostly historical romances. Shar enjoys reading, singing in her church choir and worship team, traveling, and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She’s very interactive on Facebook and Twitter. For more:, Twitter @ sharzy_lu.

My Review

Sharlene MacLaren is the reason I read historical fiction. A few years ago, I accidentally put a book of hers on hold at our local library, not realizing it was historical fiction. She taught me that it's okay to venture outside of our comfort zone when it comes to reading new books. Now, I have several historical fiction authors I absolutely love, but I will never forget the initial reseaon I gave this genre a chance. 

Their Daring Hearts won't disappoint. The romance was a little slower to build than most of her books, but what can you expect when the hero thinks the heroine is a man? Josie's reasons for joining the military were noble (and flawed), which made you love the character from the moment she stepped onto the page. There's action, romance, and history in a combination that will whet your appetite for a few more of her books. 

She got my mind spinning with the what-if's of pretending to be the opposite gender. She added little details that I've never thought about. I give this book a 5+ star rating. 

I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 



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  1. Robin in NC

    CJ, your comment about the romance being a little slower to build made me laugh right out loud! I never even thought about that, so I can’t wait to see what else I haven’t thought about. 🙂

    1. momentsdippedinink

      It’s amazing how we each see different things when we read? It’s a great thing about having so many bloggers to review books!

    1. momentsdippedinink

      Always! Thank you for the opportunity to review your book!

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