Sunday, February 12, 2017

Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Grace and the Preacher: A Novel by [Vogel Sawyer, Kim]

From the publisher:
At the age of twenty-four, 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 a past and a label he’s desperate to escape. 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 their sentence is complete, but the plan for vengeance has only just begun. Branded a coward and running for his life, a chance encounter could provide Theo 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?

This book has an interesting premise and idea but I felt it was too slow.  It took forever to have Theo and Grace meet and when they did I just felt such a lack of connection to the story.  The side story with Bess, I felt was distracting from Grace and Theo.  I liked Earl's character development and saw how it was necessary to have his own point-of-view for the story.  

The setting is interesting and the story is fine I just felt a little lack of the draw I usually feel to a book.

I received this book free from the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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