Home to McCarron's Corner - Book Review

Home to McCarron's Corner

Author: Sharon K. Middleton
Genre: Romance - Historical
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Date Published: August 31, 2018
ISBN-10: 1684331064
ISBN-13: 9781684331062

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Book Review of :  Home to McCarron's Corner


Home to McCarron’s Corner, by Sharon k. Middleton, is a historical fiction/fantasy with a contemporary twist. In the contemporary setting, Lily Van Der Houghton is struggling with finding direction for her life. She is a newly licensed physician but without a direct calling, so she takes time off to hike in the mountains with a few medical tools in her backpack. She falls through a time warp into 1763, in Cherokee Indian Territory.

Told mostly in Lily’s voice, she is able to recall the society of the 2000s from her “Beyond” life but does not try to forecast or alter her present, 1700s life. When speaking to others in the 18th century she uses their speech mannerisms, but during self-talk, she often reverts to 21st-century speech and modern slang, “Belle and I were both clad in riding habits, which were the ‘go to’ casual attire for women in the1700s”. The reader will be amused by her modern language when it is slipped into conversation. In a humorous twist, she has a dog named Hairy Potter. The author also has characters speaking short phrases in Gaelic Irish with translations.

Lily’s new role as shaman-in-training and midwife to a tribe of Cherokee Indians, casts her into ancient prophecy. She is treated as special and taught native lore. She rapidly learns herbal remedies and medicinal plant compounds from the tribe’s elderly shaman by memorizing prayers, chants, stories, and formulas for medicine since the

Cherokee had no written language. Lily is able to use her medical knowledge to aid the tribe.

The author’s knowledge of Cherokee culture and of colonial history is apparent in her attention to the practical life and details of this time period. The reader is introduced to the Keeper of Secrets, the Four Cardinal Directions, and the Cords of Life.

Lily has trained as an OB-GYN so when birthing emergencies occur in the tribal setting, she is able to use her advanced knowledge to intervene. The author’s vast medical knowledge is evident in the plot and enhances the storyline with suspense.

Marc and Lily fall in love early in the story with their entanglement expanding the plot first to an antebellum plantation, then to Ireland. Again the authenticity of the historic culture of the 1700s is tied into current day information that Lily would have known. This is most evident in her role as a physician.

The settings and sub-plots are well researched and entertaining. The exploits of a modern time traveler, who can recall experiences from her “Before” life while living a life in the distant past, is intriguing. The reader may be reminded of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlanders.

This is the second novel in a series but is a good stand-alone read. The potential for a sequel will entice the reader to look for this author’s next book.

Reviewed by: carole W

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Beyond McCarron's Corner: Sassy's Story

A fascinating interview with Sharon K. Middleton about her latest book, "Beyond McCarron's Corner: Sassy's Story," a fictional tale about a woman who is transported back in time to the Revolutionary War era.

About Sharon K. Middleton


I am a fourth-generation Texan who grew up in San Antonio. My first relative was a boy who came to the Colonies in 1747 as a Scottish indentured servant at age 12. My great-grandmother immigrated from Mexico in the 1890s.

I am a semi-retired attorney with a family practice near Houston, Texas. I write, quilt, and raise and show Skye terriers. I love North Georgia and we hope to retire there next year. We finally bought our land overlooking the Cohutta Wilderness I love so much!

The McCarron's Daughter is not a typical romance. Fancy has been seriously abused both while growing up by her older brother by adoption, Tom Selk, and is later abused as a young woman during the Revolutionary War. War is never kind to women and children. Fancy must learn to love herself despite the abuse she has suffered and to allow herself to move beyond her youthful abuse to be able to find the love of her life. Although not a typical romance, the McCarron's Daughter won two awards for literary excellence, the Pencraft Award for Historical Romance in 2019, and the Texas Best Book Awards in Historical Romance in 2020. She finds her happy-ever-after in Diary of the Reluctant Duchess.

Path of the Guiding Light was released on 12-20. It is about Baylie Smith, the Cherokee woman who goes back in time to help fulfill part of the prophecy only to be sent back to the future to resolve a problem. Once returned to the future, she learns she is expecting a 'differently-abled child. Will she be able to return to the past and help her people avoid the Trail of Tears? Will she be reunited with Shadow Wolf, the love of her life? How will her 'differently abled' baby fit into the prophecy?

My next book, The McCarron'a Destiny, is about Charlie, who will be going back in time to assume his duties as Duke Ranscome. Didn't you wonder how on earth Fancy could be a Duchess? Charlie love with, Kelly Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American girl. Will she go back in time, too? What problems will a mixed-race couple face in Regency England? The McCarron's Destiny comes out 10-14, and Charlie's cover will be quite different from earlier covers!

I enjoy writing about children as they are growing up. This is the first book of the next generation as we move closer to helping the Cohutta Cherokees move westward to Oklahoma before the infamous Trail of Tears.

The next book deals with Elizabeth, who falls in love with Dr. Ari Hotep. After Elizabeth will come Sara, with an unexpected mystery. Check back to see what is coming next!

I hope you enjoy the books. If you do, be sure to leave positive feedback. You can reach me at sharonmiddleton359@gmail.com if you have ideas about future plots or other constructive suggestions.

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