Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. The Booketeria provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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I liked The Preacher’s Wife from its beginning, finding it to be an easy story to get into.
Author Brandi Boddie brings out a well-crafted heroine in Marissa Pierce, a woman with dangerous challenges to face, painful memories, but also a backbone. She’s got an intelligent head on her shoulders and says what she thinks without the haughty attitude or acidic tongue that strong female characters can resort to. Facing a small town that views her as a prostitute, an abusive boss who’s constantly after her, and an uncertain future, Marissa gives a human picture of what it’s like not to be a weakling but to still come to the place of admitting one’s weakness and reaching out for help.
I appreciated the humanness of Rowe Winford as well, that being a man determined to follow his calling from God doesn’t make him a man out of touch with society or his own passions, with “perfect” answers for everything.
However, Rowe’s character does fall apart a little to me in his timing, the timing he chooses for romantically pursuing Marissa. It seems strange that a reverend would so readily and openly court a woman who would admit she doesn’t share his faith and would say out of her own mouth, “We’d be unequally yoked.” It’s also strange that, if leading people to Christ is a major priority of Rowe’s, he would have no response when someone finally confesses to him, “I gave my life to Christ,” that Rowe wouldn’t smile, thank God, or even say anything about the confession, instead dwelling on thoughts about a town crook who’s been thrown in jail.
Yet, the author wraps up a good story with a nice lead-in for the next novel in the series, A Windswept Promise, which I plan on reading when it releases.
My review of A Windswept Promise, second in the Brides of Assurance series.