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Emma Browning runs a boardinghouse for some wild characters but her prudent, orderly nature keeps them in line. Coming into this position after a wild, unhappy past, Emma has one ever-present problem, her drunken, alcoholic father who brooks no sermons or advice to change his embarrassing behavior. But that's about to change - or is it?
For Little Hickman, Kentucky has a new pastor, Jonathan Atkins, a man who sees possibilities in everyone around him and whose infectious, Godly nature just might be the force to change a few minds, hearts and souls in this staid, typical Southern town. He certainly has met his match in Emma, for sure.
Notably known for her stubborn, independent nature, Emma's propensity for work and a few quiet evening hours of reading a good book is turned upside down by Jonathan's brief but disquieting comments, gentle attitude and humorous outlook. Add to that some secretive letters to Emma from Grace Giles, a woman Emma has never seen or known and an upsetting, destructive town event; and the scene has been set for some unpredictable reactions, gossip and outcomes!
For Jonathan and Emma have more similar backgrounds than either had imagined and events conspire to show that with God anything is possible, indeed even probable!
Sharlene MacLaren knows how to fashion a credible, interesting story with dynamic characters who lead readers to mutual thoughts and feelings. The setting and characters may be distant from one's own but the questions, considerations and conclusions are universal ones that are bound to touch any open reader on a deeper spiritual level!
Nicely crafted, interesting story, Ms. MacLaren! Courting Emma is a terrific read!