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The Preacher's Wife

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  340 ratings  ·  36 reviews
There was nothing remotely romantic about widowed father Samuel Hart's marriage proposal. Yet Josie Randolph said yes. The Lord had finally blessed the lonely widow with the family she'd always dreamed of. And she was deeply in love with the handsome preacher, whose high ideals inspired everyone. Surely during their long journey across the western plains to his new post he ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Too repetitive for my taste.
Lisa Kay
4 1/4 stars, considering the type of book it is (short, quick read).

It has been three years since Josie’s husband left her a widow. The interim preacher, Samuel Hart, is newly widowed and has three young daughters. Sam is on his way west and thinks it a good idea if he has a help-mate and wife along. Josie believes she deserves a family. Sam proposes to Josie and they head to Colorado to a new life.

This is a very heartwarming read and not ‘preachy’ or pushy in the least. The characters’ Christia
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore a good marriage-of-convenience story and I think Cheryl St. John did an exceptional job with this one! When two people are thrown together for the benefit of each other and fall in love in the process is the sweetest romance in my mind. I also love when a widow or widower get a second chance at love where it's least expected, as was the case of both Josie & Sam. So this one ticked a lot of boxes for me!

Wed for the welfare of his three young girls and for Josie to leave behind painful me
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
In contrast to the horrendous back-of-the book description and general negative past experiences with all so-called "historical romance" genre novels, this one was pretty well done. Pleasant surprise, indeed! :) The historical part is rather accurate, minus the usual amount of happy (and unrealistic) perfect timing. Lol. It was pretty good, overall, and I'd say well written. ...more
This was an amazing book! I just love reading Cheryl St.John's books,I enjoy hearing about the everyday lives of people way back when. I also took a lot away from this book, little reminders that help strengthen my faith and help me remember the important things :o)
The two characters, Josie & Sam were very likable & struggled with believable problems & inner turmoil. I have read & loved many of Cheryl's books and as always, she wraps them up with a sigh worthy ending :o)
Dorothy Roller
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good read one that grabs you from the first couple of pages and takes you to the end. It is hard to put down.
This author creates amazing characters and plots that you just don’t want the story to end.
This is a one I highly recommend and one you will enjoy.
Ms. St John is one of those authors who can teach other people to be authors as she is just that good.
This is a historical story of pain, loss, loneliness, learning to see God’s path for you by the circumstances and how to de
Sashi Grayndler
This was on my bookshelf but I don't recall buying it... anyway,a light and easy read for the beach. I enjoy stories where people live out their Christian faith in a real way, and in this book, the characters go through a trauma, and then have to wrestle with not having answers, or wondering why God allowed it to happen. yes, it's a love story but also goes deeper than that with tough family relationships, grief, loneliness, guilt, trauma, hurt and rejection. ...more
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first love-inspired book I've ever read. I'm not a Christian, so these typs of books don't appeal to me.

However, with that being said, I think Ms. St. John did a good job with the plot to the point I was able to forget at times it was a love-inspired novel. And also forget the fact that there are no love scenes in these types of books. In fact, the most I saw in this book were a few kisses shared between the hero and heroine. As I said though, the story was captivating enough that I
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
It was a good story. It reminded me of Hallmark movies. You know how it is girl falls in love with a boy and waits as the boy falls in love with her and they live happily ever after. It is nice to read one of these books every once in awhile.
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
This was a very touching, emotional, heartfelt read. I really enjoyed it.
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a good clean romance. It is more of a Christian romance, but I don't feel it was "preachy" at all. ...more
Susan Shearer
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful! A real keeper!
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A simple, heartwarming, sweet story of love, loss, family, and faith. A nice read for an afternoon home.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a sweet story and enjoyable, but I have one big gripe: There is zero reference to the couple consummating their marriage. They kiss a couple times ... then suddenly [spoiler alert] Josie is pregnant. What the what? With it being a Christian romance, I wasn't expecting an explicit description. But the awkward wedding night is a staple of every marriage of convenience story, and completely omitting it just seems weird. You can't tell me that a guy who's still mourning the love of his life ...more
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful and quick read!! I love when a book features Christian characters in a mature and intelligent way and not in a preachy or pedantic way. This book did a good job. I’m also always down for a good PG romance :)
Jerry Jares
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Josie Randolph is trapped. Every Sunday, she must walk to her husband's grave with her mother-in-law, who berates Josie for having no child before her husband died. It has been the same for three long years -- and it will continue as long as the old woman lives.

Josie meets some of her emotional needs by volunteering at the parsonage. The pastor was injured while working on his roof and Josie fixes meals and helps around the parsonage. The lonely pastor has been widowed for many years and realize
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith-fiction
Travel along the rough roads of the West. Recently widowed Samuel Hart stops by Josie Randolph's home town to help with much needed church business. Josie falls in love with his grieving daughters and seeks to help them with their grief. Samuel proposes to Josie before moving on to his new congregation in Colorado. Josie eagerly accepts and follows her much desired family. Troubles crop up as the new family moves further westward, yet God is faithful and continues to watch over the Hart family.

Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I totally love this story from beginning to end! Bth Samuel Hart and Josie Randolph have experienced loss through their spouses. Josie never really felt loved, and her mother-in-law is keeping her mourning alive by making her go to visit her late husband's grave every Sunday after church. She is happy when the interim minister arrives to preach, but saddened to learned that his wife died on the way West. She takes the preacher's three motherless children under her wing and helps them deal.

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i would actually give this one 4.5 stars. This heartwarming story will keep you interested from beginning to end. I loved the main characters, Sam and Josie, and the way they grow and change during the course of the story. Enduring hardship is difficult, and Cheryl St. John demonstrates a great understanding of the different ways a person might react. My only hesitation in giving this five stars is because the affections of the main characters seemed to change without much explanation. Part of ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This story had wonderful characters that you just can't help fall for! The H/h plus their kids were adorable. The thing I've noticed most about CSJ's characters are that they are all very pragmatic. Granted, these books are set in the midwest at a time where pragmatism was the creed, but it wouldn't be so terrible if their passionate side was also highlighted. In fact, the whole book keeps with the practicality of its characters. It was really hard to find the love in this one but it is still en ...more
I liked these characters and how they strove to be good people--the best people they could be, My only complaint is that the heroine became pregnant and I didn't know they'd had sex. She did share--once--that they shared a marital bed, but I wasn't sure that meant they'd been intimate.

All the characters changed a lot--in good ways, because they were trying to benefit. I wish there had been an epilogue just to have one last look into the happy family.

Michelle Robinson
This is quite possibly the most well written Christian Romantic fiction that I ever read. St. John incorporated Elizabeth's deeply held religious beliefs without being preachy or overly pious. The characters felt real and likable. There is something predictable that happens but it does not detract from the fact that this is a thoroughly enjoyable read.. ...more
A bit preachy for my taste. It was a good story line though...
Really enjoyed this book. It had a great and believable story. Good characters and well written. Worth reading!
Christine US
Nov 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Just a simple, sweet Christian fiction story.
Ti-Leigh Telford
Cheryl St. John is a wonderful romance author who always delivers a nice sweet romance. This one is an inspirational one and wasn't the least bit sappy or overdone. ...more
Charlene Raddon
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
It took me awhile to really get into, but once I did it was a very good book.
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story! I love every word of it!
Sabrina Lucero
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
a really good book and had me hook from the very first page hope I can find more books like this
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