Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer


Grace and the Preacher is a novel written by Kim Vogel Sawyer. Grace Cristler’s uncle is retiring from his pastoral position and he has picked a new pastor to replace him. Grace has been exchanging letters with Reverend Rufus Dille. Grace and Rufus have developed feeling for each other through their letters. Rufus has given Grace and her uncle a date that he will arrive in town. The date has arrived and Rufus has not arrived.

Ten years earlier Theo Garrison was suppose to bring horses for his cousins to get away from a robbery and he did not. They were sent to prison and vowed to come after him when they were released. He has just found out they are coming home. He decides to leave town and go back to where he lived with his Grandmother. One day while he comes across a Rufus in distress and takes him to a doctor. Rufus dies and leaves all his belonging to Theo. And asked that Theo takes the news of his death to Grace.

While on his way to see Grace, Theo stops at a bridge to cross a river and is not allowed to pass that night. When he wakes up the next morning he finds the wagon and horses given to him are missing along with most of his belongs. He arrives in Fairland while the town is giving Grace’s uncle a party. It is the day before Rufus is suppose to start his new position. Theo is not really given the chance to give the information of Rufus’s death and end up taking on Rufus’s name and position.

When Theo’s brother is looking for Theo, he comes across a person selling items and finds Theo’s grandmother’s Bible and finds out where Theo is.

This is a good Christian Historical Fiction story set in 1882. It has action, suspense and romance. The story is easy to read and quick moving. I likes how the author used Theo’s memories of his Grandmother and the importance of her Bible to help Theo return to Faith. As well as how the people his brother met along his search for Theo to soften his heart. Just as Grace is thinking love will never come her way, she find love in Rufus. When she finds out the truth, she finds it hard to forgive Theo and once again wonders if love will be in her future. I enjoy reading stories based in the pioneer days and any one who likes reading about this time will enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books. I have freely written an honest review.

352 pages

ISBN: 9780307731418

Publisher: WaterBrook

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