Monday, October 28, 2013

The Preacher's Wife {Brides of Assurance, Book 1} by Brandi Boddie

Book Description:  Can this small-town girl trade her tarnished past for a respectable life?
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?

My Thoughts:  Rowe Winford arrives in Claywalk, Kansas, via Richmond, Virginia, in the year of 1870... he is to be the new minister.  Boy!Oh!Boy!  What has he gotten himself into!?!?  What a town! 
 "A man yelled at her . . . thou art the scourge of this fine land, with your harlot's garments.  He shook his fist.  'I'm not harlot.  I'm just a saloon and dancehall girl."  Marissa is just plain tired of the whole town thinking she is a harlot when she is simply trying to make a living.
Marissa doesn't know what compelled her to go to church?  But she finds herself at church, listening to the new minister.  She listens and feels that she has honored his request to attend the service.  Guessing that will be the end of that!
Marissa longs to escape from the saloon but she needs to pay off her mother's debt.  Meeting Rowe and talking to him brings Marissa into a "new light."  And not just because Rowe is a minister but because he treats her with respect.
This was an enthralling read.  At first, it seems that this story is fairly predictable but oh.not.true.  The Preacher's Wife is a lovely read about forgiveness and mercy.  And love!
*This book was provided for review by Realm/Charisma*
  • Series: Brides of Assurance (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Realms (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616388439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616388430

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