Friday, January 27, 2017
Review: Grace and the Preacher by:Kim Vogel Sawyer
About the Book:
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?
It's hard to not look desperate after a woman reaches a certain age. Grace Cristler knows this feeling all too well. She is 24 years old and still has not found a man suitable enough. She has just about given up on the whole idea of love and marriage. I felt sorry for Grace from the beginning. She has growing affections for the new Reverend then as if her life wasn't difficult enough already she runs into a con man that wants to take her along for the ride.
Kim Vogel Sawyer writes poignant novels that are rich and thoroughly researched. She is able to create a character out of thin air or further develop a character that is already established. She can create a great fascinating read that involves many things going on at once. Grace and the Preacher was full of action and romance.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. all opinions are my own.