When Maura Sullivan married Nick Shepherd, a new pastor, she had no idea what she would be competing with. After being married only a few months and feeling far too neglected, Maura leaves Nick and the small Ohio town where she felt like she never quite fit in. Now, six years later, she has returned to the people and place she abandoned because her name and Nicks name are listed in a will. All she can think about is taking care of business and getting back out of town again, but God has other plans for Maura and Nick.When I first read the description for this book I did not think I was going to like Maura because she abandoned her husband and his congregation. But, as I read the story and learned more about Maura, I was able to understand her pain and what she went through. The Pastors Wife is a fairly short book and is easy to read, but it is filled with a lot of deep spiritual relevance. Healing and forgiveness are the main themes throughout this story and Maura and Nick both have a lot of healing to do and they both need to forgive each other. I was delighted with this book and really enjoyed watching the changes that went on, not just between Maura and Nick, but also with the townspeople and the congregation. There are many Godly lessons to be learned in this short and sweet story that I liked very much.
This delightful warm-hearted contemporary romance was a joy to read and an encouragement to my spirit. While a traditional romance in structure, this book breaks out of the mold by introducing us to a hero and heroine who are married, but have been separated for many years, allowing the author to take a hard look at the nature of love and romance from a Godly perspective. It was not all about tingles and emotions, although the attraction was apparent. Instead, the primary plot was about forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation. Add to that the complex roles and expectations placed upon a pastor and his spouse, and this novel stands out from the pack as unique.I was captivated to discover that Maura's inheritance was in fact an old theatre. I loved watching the transformation of the quaint building, as well as the inclusion of drama and the theatre world in this story. The theatre served to demonstrate how each of us must serve God in our own unique roles and gifts. Maura may have failed as a pastor's wife the first time around, but once released into her own calling, she was able to view the situation from a different perspective. This novel is not only an enjoyable read, it is an important book as well. Each of us should take time to ponder the roles of our pastor's and their spouses. We should give a moment to consider how we can better understand and support them. I applaud the author for shedding light on this significant subject.
I love the romance genre but sometimes feel the heroes and heroines of todays fiction have been dressed in Barbie and Ken clothes and live in Monopoly houses. Romance spiced with multicultural issues, tension, and edgy subjects reaches out from novel pages and grabs me tight. Romance like AlLees new novel, The Pastors Wife.Maura Sullivan, a California girl waitressing in Das restaurant, thought shed found all she ever wanted in pastoral student Nick Shepherd, who rescues her from a bully and in the process steals her heart. Nick and Maura say, I do, and move to Granger, Ohio, and the judgmental eyes of a small-town congregation. When Maura slips and falls in her pastors wife high-heels, Nick doesnt help her upin fact, he doesnt even realize shes on the floor. With guilt, hurt, and disappointment sitting in the passenger seat of her car, Maura says good-bye to Grangerwithout saying goodbye to Nick. An eccentric parishioner changes everything when the terms of her will summon Maura back to Granger, Nick, and the mutterings of more than a few local characters. Maura struggles to survive, but God offers her a chance to thrive. Can Mauraand Nicklet go of themselves and others expectations and let God unite the two in blissful matrimony? With wistful yet tightly woven prose, Jennifer Al Lee pulls back the drapes in Christian pastorages and lets us see the aching and very real humans who caretake our souls. You will laugh and cry your way through The Pastors Wife, an amazing book of romance, social issues, and faith.
I really enjoyed The Pastor's Wife. It was a powerful story of healing and restoration, and of dealing with things the very things the heroine had tried to avoid. I totally understood her pain and found her inner dialog to be appropriate and believable. Without giving away any spoilers, there was one thing that kept it from being a five star book in my estimation. But if I tell you exactly what that is it will spoil the story. I can say it has to do with someone's response to news that I found to be a bit over-the-top to where it bugged me as opposed to inspiring me. Other than that issue I found this to be a very powerful and healing story. I even got a bit teary eyed when the head of the board at the church softened toward the heroine. The plot continually moved forward and had no slow spots. The tension kept building and in so many ways was a very beautiful portrayal of how love for your spouse is supposed to last a lifetime. Obviously, that is not always the case and sometimes for very valid reasons. The message in this story was excellent and I highly recommend it.
Maura and Nick Sullivan were in love, madly in love newlyweds, bound for their first pastorate. Maura had no idea, what this would do to her marriage. How disappointed she was to find herself as the second choice to Nick's affections over the church, and church duties. After six months she could take no more, and she left.Six years pass, they are still married, but haven't seen each other in six years. Then sweet parishner dies, and her will brings a surprise. Miss Hattie included Maura in her will, and also a promise for a large donation to the church fund. There is a condition though, Maura and Nick must live together for six months, in order for Maura to collect her inheritance and the church to get their donation. Both Maura and Nick are dismayed, but seem willing to give it a shot. Follow this wonderful story and see if Miss Hattie's will matchmaking scheme will reunite the pastor with his wife. See Maura come to love a community she never knew before. Watch as they both make their way. A wonderfully written story. 213 pages $13.99 US 4 stars This book was provided for review purposes only. No cash or payment was received for this reveiw.