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The Preacher's Promise

(Home to Milford College #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  61 reviews
1866 – Oberlin, Ohio

Devastated by her father’s death days after her triumphant graduation from Oberlin College, Amanda Stewart is all alone in the world. Her father’s unscrupulous business partner offers her an indecent proposal to earn a living. Instead, to fulfill a promise she made to her father, she resolves to start a school to educate and uplift their race. Sorting t
Paperback, 251 pages
Published July 27th 2014 by Liliaceae Publishers
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Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy
The Preacher's Promise is a very sweet story that takes place following the Civil War. During this time African Americans in the South are finding themselves with new freedoms and opportunities that they have never had before; however, they are still living under the prejudice of the South. This is the case in the town of Milford. The town has sent a missive to the North requesting a teacher (their first) for the new school house that is being built. Unbeknownst to them, the man who they've reac ...more
Victoria Bylin
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Some historical romances use history as wallpaper, meaning the story itself is more a reflection of modern times than the historical framework. Other historical romances bring history to life in a way that addresses the past, speaks to the present, and challenges us to think about the future. The Preacher's Promise falls firmly into the second camp. In short, I loved every word.

About the history . . . this story leaps off the page. You can see it, hear it, and feel it in your marrow. The author
Michelle Styles
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you are interested in American history at all, you will enjoy this book as it opens a window into an oft-overlook aspect of history -- the African American experience in Georgia during Reconstruction.
Although the relationship between Amanda, the college educated Northerner who grew up believing she was free and Virgil, the former slave who had to work for his freedom but then in doing so failed to save the woman he loved is an important element of this story, this story is more about Virgil'
Jaclyn Loschiavo
I DO NOT read inspies generally, but I couldn’t turn down the chance to read a romance set in Reconstruction era Georgia. There’s TONS of Jesus in this, but it felt very authentic to the time and characters, which is not always the case in historical inspirationals. Plus, I really think the religiosity helped keep the book light in a time period that could have definitely turned depressing (given how Revonstruction turned out for Freedmen). This was a nice, short read for me to pick up in betwee ...more
Jul 01, 2018 added it
I don't usually read inspirational novels, but I met the author a couple years ago at an RT, and that beautiful cover stuck with me, so I bought the book. Also, I do try to read outside my subgene in romance.

This is a lovely, hopeful, gorgeously written story set in a time and with history I really know nothing about because the US school system is crap at teaching anything but white history, especially in the north.

I was very grateful that I read it.
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Good Read

This book captured my interest and I couldn't put the book down. The Love between Amanda & Virgil was rare and a sweet message of how love happens unexpectedly. I can't wait to read the next part of the series.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Enemies to lovers... but I would have liked more love?
Feb 12, 2021 marked it as to-read
Black author and a Christian romance? I have never read a Christian romance by a Black author, so I'm really intrigued by this. ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The Preacher's Promise" is a very entertaining tale set in Reconstruction Era Georgia. With some interesting characters, this is another book which I found hard to put down once I started. I look forward to reading the other books in the series. ...more
Sally Kilpatrick
Warning: once you start this book it will not let you go.

I had taken it with me somewhere and left it in a bag which I found while cleaning my room. Mind you, I'm supposed to be reading RITA books, but I opened this one up and got hooked. It's one of those books where you'll tell yourself you'll just read another few pages and then look up 50 pages later and realize you're late for an appointment.

Amanda Stewart (daughter of the protagonists from The Lawyer's Luck) is now an orphan with two optio
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Preacher's Promise is set in Reconstruction Era Georgia and it paints a familiar picture of the gentile south, shaped by recently abolished slavery. Amanda Stewart, free woman and recent graduate of Oberlin college, has recently lost her father and simultaneously discovered that she has been left destitute. She could've done any number of things at this point, things that could have put her in danger, but she immediately took on a job as a teacher. I loved Amanda. Huguley did an amazing job of g ...more
Parker Cole
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book definitely lived up to its promise from the excerpt. I absolutely loved it. The complexities of the characters, the conflict of the Reconstruction era, the clash against tradition and new ways, come together to build a story filled with multi-layered stories.

Amanda is the Northern free woman who needs to escape her father's law partner. When she comes to Milford, she's independent, free, educated, and blazing with her view of things.

Virgil is slave turned freeman and also the Mayor of M
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I do not normally read anything in the romance category, but this book was so much MORE! There were great spiritual truths hidden within these pages like little golden treasures. I found myself looking for the nuggets! These characters were richly developed, warm and genuine. They were people with flaws, but a desire to serve a great and mighty God who values us in our brokenness. This book is very well written, creative, and holds a persons interests. There were very real thr ...more
The Preacher's Promise (Home to Milford College Book 1)

The story of lawyer Lawrence Stewart's only child, a daughter named Amanda (Mandy) and Virgil Smithson, the town mayor, smithy, and preacher 🚹. It tells about their first meeting when she arrived in Milford, GA. Their courtship kept me chuckling. Now, Virgil is a hardworking southerner. Quite antiquainted in his thinking. Miss Amanda was an Oberlin college gratuate, outspoken young 🚺 dealing with the ole ways of the folks living in Milford
Shiloh Saddler
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
I like to read a sweet historical romance once in a while and don't even mind if it has a Christian bent. I was drawn to this book first by the beautiful cover and then by the intriguing premise. I couldn't get into this story though because it was too preachy. I tried really hard but had to put it down. When I read for pleasure I don't want to feel like I'm sitting in church. It distracted from the story.

However, if you are into STRONG Christian romances then you might like this one.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm not really a romance reader or a Christian romance reader specifically because Christian romance can be way too predictable. This book did not follow that "someone has to get saved by the end" plot line and I was grateful. I do love historical fiction. This book was very well written and kept my interest from start to finish. Thank you Piper for introducing me to reconstruction era Georgia. ...more
Liz Mc2
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up. Well-drawn characters and setting. I liked the romantic and other relationships and the effective shifts between hero/heroine point of view. The writing style didn't entirely work for me. ...more
Laura Trentham
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved how the author weaves in parts of history that aren't common knowledge with a beautiful love story.
Katherine Coble
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a terrific book. It's a great story with characters who are truly interesting. ...more
Mar 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for wholesome historical fiction story that could be enjoyed by the entire family, I can say that I surprisingly found “The Preacher’s Promise” to be a well-written and encompassing story set during a time of great difficulty and struggles. However, the author weaves in elements of light-hearted humor making the characters feel alive and hopeful for their futures. The story is written by Piper Huguley, who is a newer author to Audible, and it is wonderfully narrated by Shamaan ...more
Brian's Book Blog
Mar 23, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Complex and Excellent

4.25 out of 5 stars

Not normally my cup of tea - I still enjoy a good romance and a good historical book. Historical Romance isn't always something I reach for - but having already genuinely enjoyed another book from the combination of Huguley and Shamaan Casey (The Lawyers Luck) - I knew I had to check this one out. I realize before starting it was that this is the second book I've read in this series - the first one being the novella listed above.

I went into this one with a
Aug 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I don’t tend to read a lot of (any?) Christian romance but this intrigued me.

This book is set after the American Civil War in the South. Our heroine heads to the south to help teach former slaves how to read and write. There she falls in love with our hero, a charismatic preacher and former slave.

The premise itself was great as I don't think I’ve ever read any romance set after the war. I especially liked how the time and place mattered to the romance. Amanda was born in the North and had neve
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
When Amanda's father dies days after her Oberlin graduation, she accepts a schoolteacher position extended to him in Reconstruction-era Georgia. Romance with the preacher/mayor ensues. Amanda grew up free in Ohio while Virgil grew up enslaved and purchased his own freedom, and these differences in experiences and trauma/lack-there-of really had them butting heads and struggling to understand each other. Add to this that his former enslaver is the one who gave them her plantation land for their n ...more
Leigh Kramer
This book was so unexpected! For one thing, I thought it was historical romance and it turned out to be inspirational romance, which is probably the only romance genre I don’t like. BUT. It takes place in Reconstruction Era Georgia and this setting was FASCINATING. All the more so because the heroine is from Ohio and learning the ways of the South and because the plantation mistress is still heavily involved in the lives of her former slaves and sees herself as a Good Person. As if that’s not en ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel is just the right mix of romance, inspiration, and history. Shortly after Amanda Stewart’s graduation from Oberlin College in Ohio, her father dies, leaving her an orphan. According to her father’s law partner, there is no inheritance. Amanda finds correspondence indicating that her father had planned to start a school in Reconstruction Georgia and to go there to teach formerly enslaved children. Amanda goes in his place. There she meets the Virgil Smithson, Milford’s mayor and blacks ...more
Jun 21, 2020 rated it liked it
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Staci Black
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With only their faith in Gods plan.

Although laws changed the hearts and minds of man took much more. For an educated woman left mourning and penniless the letter seemed a miracle. It was for many more than just her. Yet their trials were not passed. The importance of understanding the weight carried by brave souls like these... Knowledge of history empowers the youth of future generations.
Claire Hill
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Preacher’s Promise melds rich faith, heartfelt romance, and history together in a deeply compelling narrative. I loved this book—it completely swept me away. Mandy and Virgil’s journey and struggles grip you tight and don’t let go. It’s inherently hopeful and I’m so excited to read the next book in the series—highly recommend!!!
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Although set during the harshness of the American Reconstruction era, this is a sweet romance. The tale of an unlikely relationship is woven through the tale of a community of formerly enslaved people forging new lives. This is the first book in a series and I'm anxious to see what happens next to these wonderful characters. ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great period piece. The love story was well done and believable.

It's not always part of the story or it's done in a crude manner. It made me think about what education or lack of, can mean to a person's life.
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