Friday, February 19, 2010

Review/Giveaway: The Pastor's Wife

A WINNING READINGS GIVEAWAY!

Title: The Pastor's Wife
Author: Jennifer AlLee
Genre: Christian fiction
How to enter: Leave a comment on THIS post right here! If you're a subscriber or a follower, leave a second comment for a second entry.
Entry deadline: March 10, 2010
Restrictions: Open internationally!

That's right, enter right here for this giveaway. This is my review copy, so it has been gently read.

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This week, the


Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Pastor's Wife
Abingdon Press (February 2010)
by

Jennifer AlLee

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer AlLee was born in Hollywood, California and for the first 10 years of her life lived over a mortuary one block from Hollywood and Vine. An avid reader and writer, she completed her first novel in high school. That manuscript is now safely tucked away, never again to see the light of day. Her first inspirational romance, The Love of His Brother, was released in November 2007 by Five Star Publisher.

Besides being a writer, she is a wife and mom. Living in Las Vegas, Nevada, her husband and teenage son have learned how to enjoy the fabulous buffets there without severely impacting their waistlines. God is good!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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 three years earlier, and the one thing that can destroy the fragile trust they've built.

If you would like to read the first Chapter of The Pastor's Wife , go HERE

My Review

This storyline starts with a classic scenario: An elderly lady includes what seem to be match-making stipulations in her will that require two people to spend time together in order to receive their inheritance. It's a classic because it works - romance is always fun when it starts from a very unlikely point.

This book highlights the challenge all married couples face, but even more so those who are involved in ministry: Where does the spouse fit in the lineup of priorities? We know it should be spouse and family before work, but even when the work is God's work? Isn't God first? Ideally, wouldn't the spouse be fully supportive of God's work? Sometimes it's hard to draw the lines clearly.

I appreciated how the author allowed each of the spouses some of the responsibility for their separation and enstrangement. There are always two sides to every story, and both sides are shown here.

An easy read and a sweet romance with a Christian message and a wakeup call to all those involved involved in ministry.

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