INSPY Award Finalist
Maura Sullivan thought she knew what she was getting into when married soon-to-be pastor Nick Shepherd. But when "the other woman" in her marriage turned out to be her husband's congregation, she ran. Six years later, she's back in the small community of Granger, Ohio, for the reading of a will that names both her and Nick as beneficiaries. Now, Maura must face the husband—and the congregation—she left behind.
"This book is good. Period. I practically read it in one sitting and just loved the characters, setting and situation." —Janna from the Cornhusker Academy blog
"In this charming story of hurt and healing, of sin and redemption, Jennifer AlLee paints an eye-opening peek into parsonage life." —Delia Latham
"I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book... Imagine my delight when I found myself so deeply involved in it that I carried the book everywhere with me. This story completely entranced me. It drew me in with a compassion and interest that made me feel like these were people I know. The writing shows a keen insight and understanding of what people go through as they live their Christian walk every day." —Lori, Fiction Addict
"Embracing the sanctity of marriage as well as the concept of free will, this book would be a good read for most any woman, especially those who have sometimes felt that their marriage was not necessarily made in heaven." —Beth Anderson
"Delightful and real, the congregation had a few impossible-to-please curmudgeons I recognized as members of a church I once attended." —Ane Mulligan
"THE PASTOR'S WIFE is a real look at what it is like, sometimes, to be married to a pastor. Life in the fishbowl . . ." —Laura V. HiltonAbout the Author
Jennifer AlLee believes the most important thing a woman can do is discover her identity in God—a theme that carries throughout her stories. She has written skits, activity pages, and over one hundred contributions to Concordia Publishing House's popular My Devotions series. Her novels include The Love of His Brother (Five Star, 11/07), The Pastor's Wife, (Abingdon Press, 2/10), The Mother Road (Abingdon Press, 4/12), and the upcoming A Wild Goose Chase Christmas, book two in the Quilts of Love series (Abingdon Press, 11/12). She's an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Jennifer resides in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas with her husband and teenage son.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.53" Width: 5.53" Height: 0.62"
Weight: 0.54 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2010
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
Availability 0 units.
Reviews - What do our customers think?
|great book Apr 22, 2010|
|Very much enjoyed this book. Was a great insight to what might be expected of our Pastor's wives as well, how it really isn't easy to be the wife of a Pastor.|
|Wonderful debut book Mar 25, 2010|
|Delightful and real, the congregation had a few impossible-to-please curmudgeons I recognized as members of a church I once attended. As Maura faces the disappointments that originally drove her away from Granger, she still holds one secret locked away in her heart. |
The unfolding of this story and its characters is like peeling away the layers of an onion. The deeper we went, the more their flaws became apparent. At one point, I wondered if they would manage to repair this marriage at all. Well written, I thoroughly enjoyed AlLee's debut novel, The Pastor's Wife.
|Fast forward past Immature love Mar 14, 2010|
|It is an enjoyable book! While the storyline is not a new thought (someone leaves an estate with stipulations meant to bring people together) the plot has interesting twists and turns. The writing is done well making this a good read for pleasure. |
|Wanted a Little More Feb 21, 2010|
|The premise of this story is very interesting, and new to me in the world of Christian fiction. I have never read a novel that focused solely on a pastor of a church and how that role truly affects his family. However, I found myself wishing for more by the time I finished it, particularly more emotion between Nick and Maura. Perhaps if the book had been a little longer, I doubt this would've even been an issue for me.|
|A great read on Faith and hope when you feel all is lost Feb 20, 2010|
|A friend passes way.... a will is left mentioning both Nick and Maura.... and a stipulation in order for each of them to get an inheritance that they both desire. But is the stipulation too great? Maura has been gone from Granger, Ohio for three years. Three years is a long time and old wounds are still easily rubbed raw and unhealed.|
Maura arrives back in Granger having put her own faith on the back burner believing that God has done nothing but let her down time and time again. As Nick tried to help Maura through this faith crisis it looks as though their is hope for repairing their long damaged marriage as well - yet there is one secret that Maura has yet to share with Nick that may destroy what they are working so hard to repair.
It is a book about love, forgiveness, and letting go. I appreciated the real characters with real issues. Maura and Nick were real feeling characters and I enjoyed getting to know them with in the walls of their home and in the pages of this book. Watching my own Pastor (I am the Office Manager at our Church)and the hours he puts in really makes me appreciate all it must take to be a Pastor's Wife.
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