Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Grace and the Preacher - A Book Review

When Theo Garrison was 15 years old his outlaw cousins tried to get him to help them with a train robbery.  Instead, Theo fled the scene and because of him his cousins were caught and thrown in jail.  Ten years have passed and his cousins are getting out early for good behavior.  The last words his cousin spoke to him were words of revenge.  Now Theo is on the run and looking for a way to hide from his cousins.  A chance encounter opens up an opportunity for him to hide.

Grace Cristler is twenty-four and has all but given up on finding a husband.  Living in an area where there are no eligible men has not helped her situation.  Grace's uncle has decided to retire as preacher of the small town of Fairland, Kansas.  Grace has been writing letters to Reverend Rufus Dille, the man who will be taking her uncles place.  Grace cannot deny her growing feelings for him, even though she has never seen him.

Will Theo's dishonesty come with a price?  Will Grace be able to forgive Theo of his deceit?  More importantly will Theo allow God to save him from his past and give him a brighter future?

This is such a beautiful written story.  I have come to expect nothing less from one of Kim Vogel Sawyer's Novels.  She is my absolute favorite author and with each book I read written by her I am reminded why. There is always a rich faith and in this book it is Theo's memories of his grandma that helps him come to the Lord.  What a great reminder that if we plant seeds along the way, God can use them to help a person in the future.  We may never see the fruits of our labor, but Gods can use the words we say and the example we live to reach others even after we are gone.

I am a big history buff and I love the historical setting.  I loved the fact that Theo was from Bowling Green, Missouri.  Being a Missouri girl myself, I always love reading a book that is set in my home state. With just a few weeks of winter left, what better time to grab a book and spend a couple days reading!

***Thanks to blogging for books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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