1. Grace and the Preacher
    Kim Vogel Sawyer
    WaterBrook Press / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. ptgk
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Grace and the Preacher.
    May 1, 2017
    ptgk
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Only have read a little so far I think its a simple story which I will be disappointed in as I like a little action.
  2. Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Little Slow...Yet Sweet
    March 29, 2017
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Grace and the Preacher was a sweet story. Grace was naive about so many things. It added to her sweetness and made sense based on her upbringing. It was hard to watch her anticipate the way things "should" work out as she waited for the preacher to arrive. This made the emotional journey she eventually had to work through a bit harder, but more satisfying.

    I felt for Theo and the fear that he carried about his cousins' retributions. I could understand his reasoning in the deception he carried out. Part of me was frustrated with him and the other part of me empathized with him.

    It was a bit hard for me to connect with the characters. I was interested to see how everything played out, yet not overly invested in the outcome. The pacing of the story was slow for me, yet that pacing also worked well to illustrate the way things moved during that time period. Information was not quickly transmitted, journeys took time, and letters through the postal service were highly anticipated.

    I thought that this was a sweet story, with a twist. The reader must in one part feel compassion for the deceiver and compassion for the deceived, as well. Overall, I thought it was well done, just a little slower moving than I usually enjoy.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
  3. Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    March 25, 2017
    Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer, 2017

    The townspeople are certain the young preacher's call to Fairland will fulfill postmistress Grace Cristler's longing of a home and hearth.

    Grace's Uncle Philemon is retiring as the long-time minister of Fairland Gospel Church in this small Kansas prairie town in 1882. Grace and Reverend Rufus Dille have been corresponding and become endearing to each other across the miles. The young preacher's arrival is looked toward with anticipation.

    Mrs. Kirby has opened her home as a boardinghouse with shelter and warmth of heart. Her Sammy-Cat has become a good inspector of character. He welcomes the new preacher, assuring his placement with confidence.

    I loved the background story of each character, seeing their importance in their interaction with each other. Full of surprises, events in life can build or deteriorate the direction of a life. Theo Garrison and his cousin, Earl Boyd, find obstacles in their lives overcome with good when they are welcomely received by others. How we treat others does matter.

    A Sunday afternoon picnic refreshes and brings thought and delightful certainty of care and direction. Mrs. Kirby, lovingly referred to as Aunt Bess, sets an example of hospitality and care for others that Grace is watchful of and hopes to become at ease with too. She begins to invite those at the boardinghouse home for meals she prepares. Her Uncle Philemon finds he enjoys the back and forth meal sharing as much as Grace. A new addition to their lives.

    I liked the strength of the story and how reading the Bible changed the outlook of the people without external prompting. Putting God first cleared their decision-making for right living, knowing what they were to do. Offenses failed when not responded to in-kind.

    This is an excellent story. Happenings caused heart reflection to be sorted out. This is a story for all times. God's grace and redemption; acceptance and love.

    ***Thank you, Blogging for Books, for having a print copy sent from the publisher. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
  4. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    it's good
    March 23, 2017
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Romance, history, fiction and in a sense a couple of unusual characterswhat a story! The female character is Grace who is postmistress and being pressured to settle for less than what her heart desires. Theo, with a past he regrets and cant seem to get far enough away from, feels as though its right on his heels! Well, in one sense, it is as those who went to jail are bent on making him pay as they brand him a coward for failing to do one thing.

    I have read a variety of Kims books and for the most part enjoyed them a lot; this one seemed to move a little slow at the beginning. The dragging out of the meeting between Grace and Theo caused me to lose interest at first. I knew they were the focus of the novel, but there was no suspense to keep me in the pages like her other novels.

    I love historical fiction with a little romance but also with some action, adventure, mystery and/or just something to make the story pop off the page. Unfortunately, for me, this one just didnt pop. I will still read other Kim Vogel Sawyer books because her novels always have a strong theme of faith throughout the story. I hope that the next novel the author presents has more action, adventure or mystery that helps me stay up to finish the book long into the night!

    So, read the book as it does progress after some chapters. It might not seem slow at first to you like it did for me. While we wait to see what she presents next, read her other stories as they were very enjoyable!

  5. Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Grace and the Preacher
    March 23, 2017
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Grace and the Preacher is set in Fairland, Kansas, during late 1882. The town awaits the arrival of the new preacher, Reverend Dille, Grace Cristler's pen pal. The two had been writing letters to one another for months. Theophil Garrison find himself on the run from his cousin. The cousin that talked Theo into a train robbery that failed. The cousin was arrested and Theo was able to flee before capture. While Theo was on the run, he finds fatally ill Reverend Dille and traded identities with him. Will Theo be able to pass himself off as Fairland's new preacher?

    Like all of the other books written by Kim Vogel Sawyer, Grace and the Preacher is full of faith and inspiration. There are scenes that just give me the giggles and others that warms my heart. There is, also, some action and adventure. I really like Theo and Grace and enjoy them together, making me root for them until the end.

    I highly recommend this sweet, inspiring and fun story. This is a definite must read.

    5 plus stars

    I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review of my own opinion.
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