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Grace and the Preacher

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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 saintl
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by WaterBrook (first published March 2017)
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Kim Vogel Sawyer has definitely become a favorite author of mine. I love the colorful characters, strong Christian message, and the quiet romance.

Grace is a delightful character. I love how well the cover portrays her, with the green dress and even the letter on the desk. And her Preacher...well, this book is best enjoyed with knowing very little about the plot, and watching it unfold bit by bit, so I'm really not going to say much about the Preacher.

Theophil, Mrs. Kirby, Uncle Philemon, Earl,
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Such a sweet and heartwarming story. Reading this novel was like eating chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes...comfort food.

Grace is well beyond the marrying age at 24 and yearns to be married. The new preacher is sure to be her ticket to marital bliss.

Theo is an honorable man on the run from his adopted brothers after their release from prison.

Beautifully written and enjoyable. Another satisfying novel from the talented Kim Vogel Sawyer.
Grace and the Preacher is just an all-around sweet story. I admit that when I first realized that deception plays a big role in the plot, I wasn't looking forward to reading it as much as I had been. That is probably my least favorite plot device, as I never feel like I can root for the character that is lying or perpetuating the lie. However, I'm glad I gave it a chance because I ended up enjoying it. Though it's not a new favorite, I'm glad that I read it.

Other than the device mentioned above,
Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer was ... precious. Utterly precious. It tugged at my heart and nearly brought tears to my eyes. Because I saw some of myself in Grace Cristler, and I was able to go on a heartfelt journey with her.

Telling the story of Grace, a retiring pastor's niece, and Theo, a man masquerading as her preacher, this novel unfolds with beauty, laughter, love, and heart-searching. Lessons are learned, adventures gone on. Two romances blossom, which were so sweet to watch
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-a-copy, kansas
Kim Vogel Sawyer consistently puts out amazing books! I love her style. Wholesome, uplifting and inspiring!
Amanda Tero
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed almost every aspect of this book. Sure, parts of it made me go, "No! Ohhhh no!" because I predicted what was happening, but of course, I didn't want the characters to make such unwise choices. But I even enjoyed that, from a writers' point of view.

I'd say it wasn't fully predictable. It's hard to discern that, as I study plot and so guess from the writer's brain, not just as a reader.

I loved all of the characters. I identified with Grace and the way she viewed/processed things. Theo an
Andrea Cox
The narrator, Stephanie Cozart, did a wonderful job of entertaining me in the audio version of this book I already knew I loved from having read the paperback when it came out. A couple of the characters sounded like teenagers rather than twentysomethings, but she brought a different accent and/or voice to each role and remained consistent throughout, which is crucial to my taste in audio book narrators. I would love to get some more books read by Ms. Cozart.

As for the story itself, this is my s
Kate Willis
I picked this book up at the used bookstore because I had credit there and wanted to try a book by this author. It ended up being one of the best books I’ve ever taken a chance on. <3

The book is FULL of great characters. It’s a slow story, slow as in rich, not boring. It has a total of two sweet, God-honoring romances in it. But those aren’t the main reasons why I love it.

God brought this book to me on the heels of two others that dealt with the idea of romance not being the end-all-be-all. I
Andrea Cox
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
by Andrea Renee Cox

What an amazing story. It's going to be hard to narrow down my thoughts and not give anything away, but here goes...

The themes of this story really captured me more than anything else, though there was a ton more to love about this book. From vanity, greed, and fear, to trust, serving Jesus, Good Samaritan, and putting God first, this novel was filled to the gills with lessons that were thoughtfully woven into each an every detail. None of them seemed over the top or preachy t
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweet and touching romance develops in the midst of deceit. My tummy was in knots trying to figure a way for things to work out. I thought it might be hard to connect with the hero given his desperate con, but that's just what it is -- desperation and Sawyer does a wonderful job of appealing to a reader's tender heart where Theo is concerned. I totally got the way he fell into the con and what made it so hard for him to get out. And since he's totally not what the town expects in a new preache ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This book came highly recommended to me by several friends, so I decided to check it out.

What I liked:
1. Wow was this book clean. I have rarely read a romance that was this clean. No kissing, no lust, nothing. I was so happy about that.
2. The message was clear, and not preachy at all. This is geared towards Christians (AKA, no gospel message), and I loved it. I appreciated the themes, and how they were put into the book.
3. Theo. I loved him. I have rarely read shy and sweet main guys, so he
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a sweet story! A tale of romance, mistaken identity, and days gone by! Glad I picked this up at my local library!
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
4 stars.
Read for my Library Readathon (i.e. the readathon I'm doing randomly by myself. :))

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Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Time Frame: 1882
Location: Fairland, Kansas
Main Characters:
Grace Cristler, in love, through letters, with the reverend who was called to pastor there
Theophil Garrison: aka Reverend Rufus Dille Escaping retribution from cousins assumes reverend's identity
Reverend Cristler: Grace's uncle, now retired from Fairland Church
Bess Kirby: Owner of boarding house, godly, wise woman
Earl Boyd: Theo's cousin who went to prison for a train heist

This book surprised me.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grace and the Preacher is set in Fairland, Kansas, during late 1882. The town awaits the arrival of the new preacher, Reverend Dille, Grace Cristler's pen pal. The two had been writing letters to one another for months. Theophil Garrison find himself on the run from his cousin. The cousin that talked Theo into a train robbery that failed. The cousin was arrested and Theo was able to flee before capture. While Theo was on the run, he finds fatally ill Reverend Dille and traded identities with him ...more
Title: Grace and the Preacher
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: WaterBrook
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Grace and the Preacher" by Kim Vogel Sawyer

My View....

A little predictable read but still a good one that will keep your attention till the very end. The characters [Grace, Theo, Bess, Philemon & Earl] were all indeed interesting being very well developed, defined, portrayed and believable giving the reader quite a good read. I loved how one of the characters were right on th
Pam Burke
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Thank you, God, for givin' me Grace!"

I know I sound like a broken record, but I just can't help it! Whenever I see the name Kim Vogel Sawyer on a book, I know it's going to be great. And I was certainly not disappointed with Grace and the Preacher.

As always, Kim has given us characters that literally leap off the page with life. I felt the heart and soul of Grace, Theo, Uncle Philemon, and others as I walked through their stories with them. Innocent mistakes and deliberate deceit led to adventu
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As always Kim has written a wonderful story!!! She has managed to bring her characters to life and I enjoyed getting to know their thoughts and feelings. I also made new friends like I do in every book and I looooove history. I love the setting for the story. Missouri is a beautiful state in every way. I have visited Missouri a few times. I could've kicked Rufus's butt! At the first sign of pain he should've went to the doctor. Men are so stubborn sometimes!!! I know, my husband is stubborn at t ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Grace and the Preacher was a sweet story. Grace was naive about so many things. It added to her sweetness and made sense based on her upbringing. It was hard to watch her anticipate the way things “should” work out as she waited for the preacher to arrive. This made the emotional journey she eventually had to work through a bit harder, but more satisfying.

I felt for Theo and the fear that he carried about his cousins’ retributions. I could understand his reasoning in the deception he carried out
Haley S
If you read my review of Guide Me Home, you will know that I did not enjoy that book. And I said that I hope her other books are better. Well, It Starts with a Book recommended it to me so I decided to give it a try. To read her review, click here. You should pop over to that blog and see what reviews have been posted lately!

Anyway, so I started reading it. I gave Kim a new, clean slate. I would not judge this book by Guide Me Home. I have to say that I like this one a lot better than Guide Me H
Grace Cristler, niece of the present pastor of Fairland, Kansas, has been writing to Rufus Dille, the new pastor who is coming from back East to take over the church so her uncle can retire. She has fallen in love with the man she imagines from his letters. But will the man that arrives meet her expectations or be someone else entirely?

Sawyer seems to always do an excellent job with her books, but this one was really complex as she told the story of two main characters as well as including a dou
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
GRACE AND THE PREACHER is an older book by acclaimed author Kim Vogel Sawyer but I'm a bit behind reading. The premise is good - Theo is on the run from a cousin who is out to kill him. So he pretends to be the much anticipated new pastor in Fairland, Kansas, Reverend Rufus Dille. But Theo isn't too bright and didn't think things through - if he impersonates a preacher, he'll actually have to preach, pray, and shepherd a flock... How did that slip past him?? And what to do but continue the decep ...more
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This story was a too slow for me. I would have liked it more if there had been more action or of it had been shorter. It did have an inspirational message, which I liked but was expected, and the story was predictable. I enjoyed watching the characters learn from their mistakes, though.
Vikki Vaught
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the characters and the plot, glad I found it. I listened to the audio and the narrator is excellent. Happy reading!
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
3.5 stars

I liked this overall, but I never really warmed to either of the main characters. I found myself liking the secondary characters more - Uncle Phil, Bess, and so on. I didn’t like Theo’s deception, and Grace came off as desperate. I also didn’t like that most of their interactions happened outside the book and were referenced later. Those would have demonstrated how much they had in common, but since it was told and not shown, I had a hard time supporting them as a couple.

I thought the
Lisa Johnson
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: Grace & The Preacher
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Pages: 352
Year: 2017
Publisher: WaterBrook
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
Romance, history, fiction and in a sense a couple of unusual characters…what a story! The female character is Grace who is postmistress and being pressured to settle for less than what her heart desires. Theo, with a past he regrets and can’t seem to get far enough away from, feels as though it’s right on his heels! Well, in one sense, it is as those who went to jail are ben
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Things I liked: I really loved Philemon and Aunt Bess's relationship! it was just so cute. And Theo....He was so sweet! And ya'll...his sermons were kinda funny. Poor fellow had not a clue abt preaching. I also appreciated how Theo he made everything right after he lied. The romance was so pure and sweet! Which was shocking because most well know authors have more romance then I prefer! And the ending....was just so happy.
Things I disliked: Grace....not to be cruel or anything ..she just wasn't
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grace and the Preacher is another great read by Kim Vogel Sawyer. Grace Cristler and Rev. Rufus Dille corresponded before his arrival to assume the pastoral position her Uncle Philemon Cristler had held for over 30 years. Throw in some unexpected circumstances as Rev. Dille traveled from Kentucky to Kansas and the deceit with Theophil Garrison kept the pages turning to see what was going to transpire. A story filled with new beginnings, forgiveness and a beautiful illustration of God's amazing g ...more
Susan Barton
Grace Cristler is a young woman who works as a postmistress in Fairland, Kansas. Grace lives with her uncle, the town preacher who is set to retire. Grace is tasked with corresponding with the new preacher, Rufus Dille, and a relationship blossoms through their letters.

Theo Garrison learns that his three cousins are about to get out of prison. Theo knows he must flee before they come back and take their revenge out on him for not providing their escape during a robbery.

This is the second book
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since I've read a novel by this wonderful author and when I was given the chance to, I jumped at it! I'm so glad I did as this was one story that captured me from the get-go. First of all, being set in the year 1882, it's my favorite time period to read. Historical novels hold a special place in my heart and this was certainly no exception. This story mainly takes place in a small town called Fairland, Kansas where we meet our first characters Grace Cristler & her uncle P ...more
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Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer told her kindergarten teacher that someday people would check out her book in the library. The little-girl dream came true in 2006 with the release of Waiting for Summer's Return. Kim's titles now exceed 1.5 million copies and are available in six different languages. A former elementary school teacher, she now enjoys a full-time writing and speak ...more