Sunday, November 30, 2008

The McKaslin Clan series by Jillian Hart

I’ve had 2 requests (one from Kelly here, and one on my eharlequin blog) for more information about the Love Inspired series by Jillian Hart: The McKaslin Clan.

On Jillian Hart’s website at http://www.jillianhart.net/mckaslin.html you can see the complete series with book covers and blurbs but here’s a break down for you:

Series One - The original McKaslin sisters with the setting of Manhattan, Montana

1 – Jul 02 – His Hometown Girl – Karen
2 – Mar 04 – The Sweetest Gift – Kirby
3 – May 04 – Heart and Soul – Michelle
4 – Jul 04 – Almost heaven – Kendra
5 – Oct 04 – Holiday Homecoming – Kristin

I liked this series because although these sisters had their own lives and troubles, they put a high priority on family time and regularly got together for a girl’s only night out for a rousing game of Monopoly and catching up. Add that to the author’s ability to convey heart-wrenching emotion and I was eager to read the next series.
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Series Two - Paternal cousins to the original sisters, also set in Manhattan, Montana where the family runs their own diner:

1 – Apr 05 – Sweet Blessings – Amy
2 – Sep 05 – Heaven’s Touch – Ben
3 – Dec 05 – Blessed Vows – Rachel
4 – Feb 06 – A Handful of Heaven – Paige

In this series, Sweet Blessings was hard to put down. I loved the loner hero who appeared out of the rain whenever the heroine needed assistance. Then, Books 2 and 3 had heroes in uniform with Heaven’s Touch having one of the funniest scenes I’ve ever read. A Handful of Heaven was different - it was the first time I’d encountered a hero and heroine aged over 40.
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Series Three – More cousins to the original McKaslin sisters, this series includes siblings Katherine, Ava, Aubrey, Lauren, Danielle, Rebecca, Spence and their honorary cousin Kelly. This family owns a Christian bookstore in Bozeman, Montana. A bonus book based on Kelly’s roommate is the last in this series.

1 - Oct 06 – A Soldier for Christmas LI 367 –- Kelly
2 – Feb 07 - Precious Blessings LI 383 – Katherine
3 – Mar 07 - Every Kind of Heaven LI 387 – Ava
4 – Jun 07 - Everyday Blessings LI 400 – Aubrey
5 – Jul 07 - A McKaslin Homecoming LI 403 – Lauren
6 – Jun 08 - Her Wedding Wish LI 447 – Danielle
7 – Aug 08 - Her Perfect Man – LI 455 – Rebecca
8 – Nov 08 - His Holiday Heart – LI 467 – Spencer
9 – Mar 09 – A Soldier for Keeps – LI 483 – Kelly’s roommate Lexie

I'm almost through this series although I couldn't find a copy of Everyday Blessings. I just finished reading Book 7 in this series and I can't wait to read Spencer's story in His Holiday Heart. Big brother Spencer is one of those guys who took care of his family when required and has grown into a morose loner. As I read through the sister's stories, I kept thinking it's just gotta be Spence's turn next but nope, not yet. Finally, it arrived in the mail this past week and I'm reading it next. I am so enjoying this series although I did find a bit of repetition in the way the girls fall in love, but it seems to be a 'thing' with this family.
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Series Four – More cousins to the original sisters: Brianna, Brandilyn, Colbie, Brooke, Luke and Hunter set in Bozeman, Montana and the small fictional town of Prospect.
No further info avail at this time.
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Jillian Hart is also the author of Historical Inspirational books based on the McKaslin clan:

Historical McKaslin Series One: Brothers Thad, Aiden and Finn set in Angel Falls, Montana Territory:

1 – Jan 08 – Homespun Bride – Thad see my review
2 – Jul 08 – High Country Bride – Aiden see my review
3 - ???

I loved High Country Bride and added it to my 2008 Top 10 list. I don’t know when Finn’s book will be out.

If you look at Jillian Hart’s website (top of page), you’ll see she has a couple anthologies coming out in 2009 which also include McKaslin clan stories.

3 comments:

  1. WOW!!! That's a lot of family she has there. I'm absolutely fascinated by the whole thing. I will have to pick one up and take a gander.

    Thanks, Anita.

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  2. Psst. Anita, drop me an email...

    kellymarstad@gmail.com

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  3. Ah - okay, email on the way.

    BTW - I have most of these books listed. You want me to send them to you?

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