Review: Grace and the Preacher




Synopsis:

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?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Grace and the Preacher by Kim Sawyer is a wonderful story about forgiveness. I was hooked. The story told of a man running from his past life that soon caught up with him. An offer as a preacher for a new town gave him a chance to leave and start new. But soon, the past came tumbling down his present life. A young woman writes to the new preacher. She soon grew attached to the man in the letters. Once he comes to her town, secrets come out and betrayal will take over…it will be up to both characters to face their situations and decide the results. 

Kim Sawyer’s writing is superb. The emotional attachment happens quickly. Each character faces real life issues that helped me relate easily to them. I could understand what they went through and why. Clean, intriguing, and well-written. Grace and the Preacher is a satisfying Christian historical tale. Love, sacrifice, and redemption can be found inside…I loved it. This is definitely a book that I recommend to all. 

Review: Promise Lodge

 

Synopsis:

“Hubbard writes Amish stories with style and grace.” —RT Book Reviews

It’s a better life, a fresh start–and a heaven-sent second chance. Founded by three Amish sisters determined to put misfortune behind them, Promise Lodge is a colony where faith’s abiding promise can be fulfilled–and love can make all things new…

Energetic widow Mattie Bender Schwartz is working day and night to get Promise Lodge going. She’s also hoping the change will help her son Noah’s heart, to heal, after his broken engagement. But his former fiancée, Deborah, is looking for a fresh start too. Filled with regret, and cast out by her dat for a reason she can’t yet reveal, Deborah can only pray Noah will forgive her foolishness.

Deborah is the last person Noah expected to show up at Promise Lodge. But with her cruel words still ringing in his head, he’s reluctant to accept her apology–even if the Old Order ways demand he try. If only he could obey Christ’s most important commandment: love one another. But one thing is certain–his mother, aunts, and their beloved Preacher Amos will do their best to help him get there.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard is perfect, sweet, and inspirational. I love reading this title. The story was everything I look for in a good Christian romance setting. The Amish are a great community to learn from, laugh with, and fall in love. They are also, the most hard working individuals too. The Amish characters are strong and courageous. Noah is the by far my favorite male character. He’s been hurt, yet he still strives hard to be successful in life and he’s irresistible…then there’s Deborah. She harshly turned Noah away…and now, life has somehow brought them both together again. But will it work?

Promise Lodge holds promise yet for two Amish young people. Time will only tell if they can learn to heal,  forgive, and move forward. Charlotte Hubbard’s talent is one to keep a watch for…her writing takes you places. Dreamy, sweet, lighthearted places that will take readers deep into a plot that will forever hold their hearts. Inspiring how obstacles arise and characters rise to meet them. No matter how hard the situations nor how confusing they may be…the good always succeed. I loved this romance novel. Overall, I highly recommend this beautifully told story, to readers everywhere.