At the age of twenty-three, postmistress Grace Cristler has all but given up hope of finding a husband among the narrowing group of eligible men in her town of Fairland, Kansas. But when her uncle decides to retire from the pulpit, Grace is responsible for corresponding with the new preacher set to take his place. She can’t deny the affection growing in her heart for Reverend Rufus Dille—a man she deeply admires but has only met through his letters.
Theophil Garrison is on the run from his past. Ten years ago his outlaw cousins convinced him to take part in a train robbery, but Theo fled the scene, leaving his cousins to face imprisonment. Now they’ve finished their sentences, but the plan for vengeance has just begun. Branded a coward and running for his life, Theo has aa chance encounter that could provide him with the escape he needs.
But the young man’s desperate con might come at an enormous price for the tenderhearted Grace—and the entire town. Will Grace’s undeserved affection and God’s mercy make something beautiful from the ashes of Theo’s past?
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
In Grace and the Preacher, I found a story that was at parts fun, sometimes thought provoking, but all around a great book. The characters in this novel endeared themselves to me and I enjoyed watching this story unfold.
Theo and Grace both have many lessons to learn in this book. While the plot was entertaining, the messages in this book dive a bit deeper. And both the plot and messages converge to create this unexpected story of how God can transform lives.
This is one of those books that upon finishing, I could not wait to share it and recommend it. If you are looking for a great historical fiction novel… something that might be a lighter read but still have some depth to it, grab a copy of this one. I do not think you will be disappointed.
“There are lessons everywhere in life. One must only keep her eyes, ears, and heart open to receive them.”
-Bess Kirby, Grace and the Preacher
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