The Kansas community of Fairland anticipates the arrival of their new minister and in recent months, late in 1882, postmistress Grace Cristler has communicated with Reverend Dille via letters, answering his questions about the little town, and developing affection for the man who pens thoughtful missives.
Theophil Garrison grew up under the loving influence of his saintly grandmother, but was roped into his cousins’ train-robbing plan. When they fail and are apprehended, Theo fled the scene, evading jail time. Now an angry cousin is out to avenge Theo’s duplicity, and he’s on the run. He encounters a fatally ill traveler–a minister. Seeing a way to keep hidden, Theo trades identities with the man, dons his fine black suit, carries a Bible, and prays that he’ll be accepted as Rufus Dille.
Once in Fairland, if Theo’s true identity is uncovered, what will be left of the world he has built for himself, Grace, and those in the town who have come to love and accept him?
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A story of a man on the run who takes a dead man’s name.
A young woman who is nearly a spinster and loves a man she doesn’t know is dead.
Mmm, my second or third book from Kim Vogel Sawyer, and now I know that her books are worth it!
Grace and The Preacher had a few rough spots, like why was the pastor choosing who would take his place once he retired, which was unrealistic since from what little knowledge I have of the time period, churches, and pastors I don’t believe that pastors pick who succeed them.
For all the faults that Theo may or may not have I felt that he really did want to love Grace even when he told himself he was doing it to be more liked, have more power, and such.
Grace was a heroine I’m not sure how to feel about, her attitude could change so quickly, and I wish that she would have been more kind as the truth came out but honestly, I can’t say that I wouldn’t have responded the same way.
I will definitely pick up more of Mrs. Sawyer’s books.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
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