Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Review: Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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Title: Grace and the Preacher

Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer

Series: Standalone

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult


The Kansas community of Fairland anticipates the arrival of their new minister and in recent months, late in 1882, postmistress Grace Cristler has communicated with Reverend Dille via letters, answering his questions about the little town, and developing affection for the man who pens thoughtful missives.

Theophil Garrison grew up under the loving influence of his saintly grandmother, but was roped into his cousins’ train-robbing plan. When they fail and are apprehended, Theo fled the scene, evading jail time. Now an angry cousin is out to avenge Theo's duplicity, and he’s on the run. He encounters a fatally ill traveler - a minister. Seeing a way to keep hidden, Theo trades identities with the man, dons his fine black suit, carries a Bible, and prays that he'll be accepted as Rufus Dille.

Once in Fairland, if Theo's true identity is uncovered, what will be left of the world he has built for himself, Grace, and those in the town who have come to love and accept him?

**5 stars**

Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer was ... precious. Utterly precious. It tugged at my heart and nearly brought tears to my eyes. Because I saw some of myself in Grace Cristler, and I was able to go on a heartfelt journey with her.

Telling the story of Grace, a retiring pastor's niece, and Theo, a man masquerading as her preacher, this novel unfolds with beauty, laughter, love, and heart-searching. Lessons are learned, adventures gone on. Two romances blossom, which were so sweet to watch come about. These characters are quite lovable. Kim Vogel Sawyer's latest novels have just delighted me! Grace and the Preacher may have started a little slow, but you're soon wrapped up in the story and keeping wanting to return to its pages. The faith theme was so amazing. From Theo's blundering sermons to Grace's seeking of God. It was real and dug beneath the surface. Some of it spoke to heart issues that I've been working at. Reassured me of God's grace, and love, and ability to fulfill. It was beautiful.

I quite liked Theo. And Grace. Bess and Philemon were both so nice too. And I even came to enjoy Earl's part of the story. So much grace and redemption packed into this 336-page novel. And the ending was priceless. Perfection. ^_^

If you like Janette Oke type historical novels, with a rich faith theme, lovely characters, and meaningful romance, be sure to give Grace and the Preacher a try. This one is a keeper! *winks and huggles book*

I received a copy of Grace and the Preacher from

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