Preacher Man

Preacher Man

by Laurie Larsen

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A beautiful, heartwarming Christian love story, guaranteed to make you feel good. Winner of the 2010 EPIC Award for best Spiritual Romance.

Regan Samuels is newly single and doing her best to raise her teenaged son in the city. She gives the adult dating world a go, but finds she'd rather trade in her stiletto heels for fuzzy slippers. Will she ever find love again, and if so, after the disaster of her first marriage, would she know what to do with true love if it ever found her?

Josh Gregory is a pastor who longs for the loving family that his parents never provided. Because he grew up in a broken home, he's always been ultra-careful about the women he dates. Besides, in his profession, a carefree dating relationship is a bit of an oxymoron. When he wins a date with Regan at a Charity Auction, he never expects to fall in love with her. After all, she's not really preacher's wife material.

But God has a different idea.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148153108
Publisher: Laurie Larsen
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 118,187
File size: 382 KB

About the Author

Laurie Larsen lives with her husband and two sons amidst the scenic cornfields of central Illinois. Her sons being the athletic creatures they are, she can bet that she’s dragged her lawn chair to every dusty baseball diamond within an hour’s radius; shivered through as many football games as she can handle, and cheered through many a basketball game across the state. Along the way, she’s taste tested every concession stand’s offering of popcorn, hot dogs and an unusual concoction called “Walking Taco.”

As if life in Illinois isn’t exciting enough, Laurie spends her evenings in front of the computer, writing novels about love, families and relationships—everyday situations, with just a twist of worst-case scenario.

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Preacher Man 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching, upbeat, this book offers us all a glimpse of hope. A good life is always within your grasp, and Laurie illustrates this quite nicely. A perfect romance story for a rainy day, or any day.
Penny Leidecker 9 months ago
Preacher Man is a beautifully written, inspirational story about Josh and Regan. Josh is a minister and wins the winning bid, at a charity auction, for a date with Regan. Regan figures it’s a one-time date, but Josh really likes her. The more she thinks about it, the more she likes the idea of dating Josh. Regan has a secret that ultimately makes her calls things off with Josh. I won’t leave any spoilers, but I will say that you will enjoy this inspiring story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
judyg54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My rating on this book doesn't have so much to do with how the book was written, because I thought the story line was interesting and the characters seemed real. Regan Samuels is a newly divorced Mom with a teenage son struggling to work through the change in her life at this time. She finds herself at a Charity Auction as one of the prizes on bidding on a date. Josh Gregory is a pastor who "bids" and wins a date with Regan. Regan has no religious interest or background but dating Josh has opened a whole new world to her.I don't want to get long and involved in my review, so let's just say I had a hard time with the whole dating a non-believer, especially as a Pastor. This just wasn't a story I agreed with completely even though the author did a good job of writing it. I thought one of the best parts of the book was when Regan was talking to a group of young people and she said, "Do you ever feel like it's all up to you? That everything in your life is yours alone to figure out, to work through?. . . . God doesn't force his way, uninvited, into our day-to-day lives. He waits until we're ready for Him. . . . If we have our heads in the sand - like I have, most my life - and don't know that we're ready for Him, He sends us something else - a person, a situation - which makes us realize that we need to rely on Him.." And that is what God did for Regan in this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wholesome, not sappy.
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
Laurie Larsen created an intensely emotional book, as well as, filling the story-line with laughter. From the first page I was hooked as Larsen sent a frightened, insecure, and awkward Regan out on the auction stage. What a funny scene she created in the beginning of the story. The conversations Regan has with herself are hilarious as well as, heart breaking. At times I didn't know whether to laugh, cry, or do both at the same time. Larsen's writing is vivid, crisp, fresh, and clear, as she leads us through this wonderful love story; a love story with many layers. She had no need of fluff or sex to full the pages; the story-line held me enthralled as I become involved in the characters lives. Larsen's characters are well-developed and full-bodied with pacing which never slowed. With an original intriguing and believable plot, I found myself reading Preacher Man straight through. A story-line full of hurt, disappointment, guilt, and introspection by the characters, Laurie Larsen included sweet clean romance. The intrigue of Regan's secret's addictive. She held the secret close to her chest and did not reveal until the last possible moment. Larsen's scenes transitions smoothly from scene to scene and her writing flowed well. Laurie Larsen created a character truly in need of God's love, grace, and forgiveness, in Roger, the ex-husband. He's opinionated, belittling, selfish, obnoxious, and a bully. His belittlement and bullying of Regan's heart wrenching. No wonder the son, Luke, had coping issues with their divorce and his present life situation. I felt so sorry for Regan. Seeing the light bulb come on when her friend, worldly Liz, imparted her words of wisdom, amazed and awed me; Josh had tried to tell her the same thing. Regan, with all her insecurities, guilt, and haunted past is a wonderful character. I could relate to Regan's struggles with her teenage son; she questioned her decisions and delicately walked the parent tightrope. I loved watching Regan mature; Larsen led her gracefully to full realization with Luke, Josh and God. I especially loved Josh's character. A good man dedicated to God, and serving through his ministry. Through Josh, Laurie Larsen skillfully explained even Christians have problems, hurts, and insecurities. She demonstrates belief in God, acceptance, and forgiveness, does not free us from the trials and troubles we will face. However, it gives us the resources to face them with grace and make good choices; knowing our Heavenly Father is an ever-present helper in times of trouble. This message's implied throughout the story. I do not want you to think this is a pushy, preachy book, with nothing but scripture and advice, as it is not. Larsen with great skill weaved the messages of forgiveness, God's grace, and free choice, into this wonderful uplifting story. The scenes in the last 4 chapters are awesome, but please, do not cheat and read the ending first; it will spoil the story for you. I found Preacher Man an awesome inspiring inspirational romance which I highly recommend. I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend. I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review with an honest inspirational romance review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. A romance story that keeps you in suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, a romance story to be proud to be reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good christian story
IvyD More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Reviewed by IvyD for Miss Ivy's Book Nook Regan Samuels is a divorced single mom to Luke, her teenage son.  Her divorce is fairly recent and fresh in her mind so she has no interest in dating when her best friend convinces her to be part of a “singles” auction for charity; Josh Gregory is the winning bidder.   Despite her attraction to him when Josh reveals he’s a youth minister it throws Regan for a serious loop.  Josh is all about his faith and Regan has none. PREACHER MAN is a sweet Christian romance read.  Josh rides a motorcycle, easily relates to the teens he ministers to, and is a gentleman to the core. He relies on his faith and God to show him the way in all things, including his relationship with Regan. Regan believes the only one she can rely on is herself.  Two disparate people who fall in love but their differences might prove too much for Regan to move beyond.   There was an incident between Regan and Josh that gave me pause. Regan tells Josh that she lost her faith at ten while in confession and that her parents never encouraged etc..her to have faith.  For Regan to make it to the point of confession required serious parental involvement as there are several steps before confession and parents must be involved for those requirements to be met.  Josh’s expression, when she tells him this, wasn’t what I would hope for from a minister.  It struck me as judgmental of the faiths that utilize the sacrament of confession and bothered me, especially when he’s so forgiving otherwise and elsewhere. PREACHER MAN does has a lovely message about letting go and relying on and trusting in God to see you through.  I can totally get behind that.  If you’re looking for romance that’s Godcentric, PREACHER MAN should be on your list.
ysar More than 1 year ago
Regan Samuels is a newly divorced, single mother struggling to get back on her feet and make a new life for herself and her teenaged son Luke. When her friend convinces her to take part in a charity auction, Singles for Sale, her self-esteem takes another hit as she attracts the attention of only one bidder. Convinced he only bid because he felt sorry for her, she still agrees to the date, never expecting it to change her life. Josh Gregory is a pastor, wholly dedicated to his faith and looking for the right woman to share his life. But Regan’s lack of religion convinces her that she’s not the one, and despite how well everything else seems to be going for them, she lets him go. After all, she doesn’t want to be another mistake for another man she can’t make happy. But Josh knows there’s something special between them, and Regan finds herself back in his sights, considering taking that leap again. Preacher Man is the heartwarming story of a man with all the faith in the world, and a woman who’s lost faith in even herself. The Verdict... I have a tough time with Christian books, since all too often they’re preachy, with characters whose minuscule flaws are easily overcome, and whose choices are always right. But lately, I seem to be having some good luck, and Preacher Man is one of the rare few books that tells a story about realistic, imperfect, struggling people existing far outside the perfectly charmed church world. Regan’s situation is all too common, deserted by a cheating husband, left for a younger woman, and stuck trying to provide some stability to an increasingly moody teenaged son. Her confidence has taken a beating, and even though she’s spent her whole life building a home and a future, she’s having to start over again, this time without a partner to lean on. Josh is absolutely amazing. A motorcycle preacher, he’s no holier than thou man with a collar. He’s kind and genuine, and he sees something in Regan that she thinks she’s lost. His faith keeps him in line as she pulls herself together and takes a chance with him. Religion aside (though admittedly, it’s a big part of the story), Preacher Man could easily be the story of any of thousands of women, somewhat lost and trying to figure out what comes next. The difference here is that Regan finds a good man — or rather a good man bid on her — and his kindness and faith make her transition into the next chapter of her life so much better. ***FicCentral received this book from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review. Even so, we're far too opinionated to let a freebie influence our thoughts or the contents of the reviews we post here.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Preacher Man by Laurie Larsen is an adorable romance that shows us our plans are not always His plans. Regan is a homebody. Give her a book to review and she's happy as a clam. The last thing she wants is a guy in her life. Josh knows exactly what he wants, and he doesn't think Regan is it. As they get to know each other, they find it hard to deny their attraction. They are drawn to each other. Regan thinks she isn't good enough to be a preacher's wife. She's not even a Christian. Josh falls more and more every time he sees her, but struggles with her lack of belief. This story was a quick and entertaining read, and I enjoyed every minute of it. This is how God works sometimes, and to a non-Christian reader, I think it might spark their curiosity to learn more. Preacher Man by Laurie Larsen was kindly provided to me by Reading Addiction Blog Tours for review. The opinions are my own.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
What a phenomenal novel.  I can’t stop thinking about this one!  And I definitely couldn’t put it down. Larsen makes you laugh at the all out realism of the situations the characters find themselves in.  I found myself thinking ‘I’d so have done that’ and giggling over it more than once.  This is one of those novels that subtly changes the way you think about certain rides while taking you on a sweet and sometimes spicy journey of a lifetime.  Larsen is one of those rare authors who can bring the good kind of tears to your eyes while telling a story.   I found myself really feeling for the main character from the first chapter.  Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t feel sorry for her, rather I felt right alongside her.  Her life wasn’t the easiest or smoothest but she made the best of it without living in an ongoing pity party.  The rest of the cast was realistic and approachable as well.  They also aren’t static characters.   Overall, this was a fantastic novel that I couldn’t put down.  Larsen infuses it with both emotion and a subtle intensity that won’t let you go.  This may have been my first foray into this author’s work, but it definitely will not be my last.   Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
pageprincess_50 More than 1 year ago
BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN **************************************************** Category /Genre: Inspirational Romance Received from: Laurie Larsen (in exchange for an honest review) Tour by: Reading Addiction Book Tours Recommended for: 14+ Grammar/editing: B – a few small errors This is a stand-alone, contemporary, Christian romance novel. Be still and listen. That still, small voice isn’t just your subconscious. Often it is God telling you what you need to know. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of single-mom meets hot, handsome, preacher man. I loved that Josh was ready to find “the one,” and counted on God to lead the way. Regan was so unsure of herself, it was easy to relate to her. At the end of the story, there are questions to be used for your book club. Some of the questions are especially good for church-based book clubs to contemplate. I was compelled to find Ms. Larsen on Facebook and “like” her author page. I would definitely like to read more of her life and love stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago