During the hot, windy summer of 1870 in the burgeoning prairie town of Assurance, Kansas, Marissa Pierce is fed up with her abusive boss. She longs to start a new life and is growing weary of convincing townsfolk that she is most certainly not a prostitute.
Civil War veteran and preacher Rowe Winford arrives in town intent on leaving the tragic memories of his deceased family behind. Although Rowe has no plans to fall in love anytime soon, the plans of God rarely match those of man.
Faced with adversity and rejection from the town and Rowe’s family, can Marissa overcome her past, renew her faith, and experience the life of love that God has planned for her?
The year is 1870 and Marissa Pierce longs to start a new life far away from her abusive boss and tawdry workplace. She has to await the conclusion of her contract before she can escape, but things turn complicated when she realizes her employer has no intention of seeing her leave. Rowe Winford is the new preacher, his past losses causing him to run away from Virginia to the little town of Assurance. When he meets Marissa, he knows he must help her. He didn’t expect to fall in love with her, but he does. Can they face the adversities brought on by Marissa’s employer and the rejection of the townspeople and live the life they were meant to…together?
I’m a fan of historical romances so when I spotted this one from an author I hadn’t read from before I knew I had to try it out. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book had an engaging writing style, sweet romance, and intriguing historical setting. Albeit predictable, the story was still very compelling and kept me reading late into the night. I really liked the secondary characters, such as Dusty, Zachary, and Rebecca that kept the book lighter and really cute. The historical setting was interesting and so well described it allowed me to imagine the small town with perfect ease.
Then there were the things I didn’t enjoy quite so much about the book. First, nothing about this story particularly stood out or made this book different from any other historical romance I’ve read. That wouldn’t have really bothered me if not for the characters. As well as not being able to connect with any one of them, they also just weren’t particularly likable. I didn’t get any real emotion that went beyond the surface. Nonetheless I thought it was an incredibly sweet story about finding love in unexpected places— one that I enjoyed reading.
A story of love, trusting God, and living the life you were meant to, The Preacher’s Wife is a pleasant read that will keep you turning the pages. It may have not been my favorite per say, but it was still a book that I enjoyed reading and would recommend for those who like historical fiction and a sweet love story!
**I received this book from The Booketeria in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are completely my own.
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