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    Grace and the Preacher
    Kim Vogel Sawyer
    WaterBrook / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Grace & the Preacher
    July 28, 2019
    Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    GRACE AND THE PREACHER is an older book by acclaimed author Kim Vogel Sawyer but I'm a bit behind reading. The premise is good - Theo is on the run from a cousin who is out to kill him. So he pretends to be the much anticipated new pastor in Fairland, Kansas, Reverend Rufus Dille. But Theo isn't too bright and didn't think things through - if he impersonates a preacher, he'll actually have to preach, pray, and shepherd a flock... How did that slip past him?? And what to do but continue the deception and hope no one notices he doesn't have a clue?

    Grace wrote to Rufus and is half in love with the man before he arrives, but something about "Rufus" doesn't seem to fit with the man she wrote. She is the perfect pastor's wife though, having been raised by a pastor (in everyone's opinion, including her own) so of course the single pastor will marry her...

    A historical, hero and heroine don't actually meet until approximately 100 pages into the book. We do become well acquainted with Grace and Theo and a slew of quirky towns people who bring life to the story. I especially liked the US Mail carrier. :)

    Fans of Kim Vogel Sawyer or historical fiction will want to rush right out and grab a copy of GRACE AND THE PREACHER if they haven't already. A fun historical romance.

    I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
  2. Fhlady
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical Romance and Inspiration
    July 25, 2019
    Fhlady
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Grace Cristler, niece of the present pastor of Fairland, Kansas, has been writing to Rufus Dille, the new pastor who is coming from back East to take over the church so her uncle can retire. She has fallen in love with the man she imagines from his letters. But will the man that arrives meet her expectations or be someone else entirely?

    Sawyer seems to always do an excellent job with her books, but this one was really complex as she told the story of two main characters as well as including a double romance. She balanced and blended the two stories beautifully. Grace's yearning for romance and Theo's desire for love, family and a place to belong intertwined throughout. She combined redemption, adventure, romance, and humor to create a story that captured my imagination from start to finish. She left the characters with hope for a bright future, and her readers hoping for more books about these wonderful characters and the town of Fairland.
  3. TheCompulsiveReader7
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A sweet story of God's grace
    June 13, 2019
    TheCompulsiveReader7
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Grace and the Preacher: A Novel - eBook.
    I'm so glad to have found Kim Vogel Sawyer's books. They really are a gentle balm to my soul.

    This story focuses on how easily we get caught up in what we want to the point that we neglect to check with God if it's what He wants. Then we wonder why we're still discontented or unhappy.

    While I admit that I didn't find the town's acceptance of Theo as a preacher to be very credible, I still enjoyed the story & loved the message.

    There may be some room to argue that the story drags in places, but I find Sawyer's writing to be "savory", & so I generally find the build up to be part of my contemplation of its framework.

    Clean romance level: sweet kisses

    Religion: generic Christianity with Scripture quotes, but fits the characters & the story, not preachy
  4. flourish
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Grace and the Preacher
    August 23, 2018
    flourish
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is an outstanding book. It illustrates God's principals throughout the story. The plot is excellent. A MUST READ.
  5. Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet romance set in 1882
    May 24, 2018
    Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Set in 1882, this book provides accurate details of the time period, and fulfills my desire for a captivating, clean historical fiction/romance novel. Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my favorite authors and this book reaffirmed my love of her writing. The main characters,

    Theo, and Grace, are young and searching for their purpose, love, safety, and acceptance. Deceit gets in their way and creates a number of dilemmas for them. Theo impersonates the dead minister and his lack of finesse, Biblical knowledge, and duties of a minister leave the community questioning his abilities and training.

    This book was a captivating, sweet novel. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. This book would be appropriate for teenage readers as well as adults as it is clean romance.

    My rating for this book is 5 ***** stars.

    I received digital copy of this book from netgalley and Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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