Book Description from Amazon.com: Maura Sullivan never intended to set foot in Granger, Ohio, again. But when circumstances force her to return, she must face all the disappointments she tried so hard to leave behind: a husband who ignored her, a congregation she couldn’t please, and a God who took away everything she ever loved.
Nick Shepherd thought he had put the past behind him, until the day his estranged wife walked back into town. Intending only to help Maura through her crisis of faith, Nick finds his feelings for her never died. Now, he must admit the mistakes he made, how he hurt his wife, and find a way to give and receive forgiveness.
As God works in both of their lives, Nick and Maura start to believe they can repair their broken relationship and reunite as man and wife. But Maura has one more secret to tell Nick before they can move forward. It’s what ultimately drove her to leave him six years earlier, and the one thing that can destroy the fragile trust they’ve built.
My Thoughts: First, let me say this is the FIRST book I've read on my new Kindle. Yes, that's right; I bought a Kindle. I swore I never would, that I love BOOKS too much, that no one tells you to CLOSE YOUR BOOK FOR TAKEOFF or even "in preparation for landing." But here's the thing about a Kindle: FREE DOWNLOADS. So, I bit.
First book to read ... The Pastor's Wife by Jennifer AlLee.
First thought: the cover. The cover is what draws us and this cover really drew me. Love the colors. Love the title. Love the flower petal ... the color of the flower petal ... love the church building as the "i" in "Wife." Blue clouds. Rolling green hills. Love, love, love. Whoever came up with this ... good job!
Inside: If I had to guess, this was a first stab at writing a novel. Maybe not the first STAB ... but the first one published. That is not a bad thing! I can just tell. The story is not that complex, but it's entertaining. The characters are not three-dimensional, but more like two and a half, which is better than one! Or even two!
Dialogue is completely--and I do mean completely--believable. I can hear these people. Um, characters.
What I like about first time novels that get published is this: typically, you don't have to think a lot while reading. Yes, they are a tad predictable (although this one had a little surprise for even me and I can usually figure these things out). But they are FUN reads. They are, "Let's go sit on the beach, soak up some sun, and just not think so hard" books.
With summer knocking at our windows and doors, this is a perfect book (pubbed about two years ago) to download into your Kindle (or Nook, etc.), look for at your favorite book website, etc. Kick back. Try not to sweat too much. Slather on the sunscreen. And enjoy Jennifer AlLee's first novel (I think).
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