Can this small-town girl trade her tarnished past for a respectable life?
During the hot, windy summer of 1870 in the burgeoning prairie town of Assurance, Kansas, Marissa Pierce is fed up with her abusive boss. She longs to start a new life and is growing weary of convincing townsfolk that she is most certainly not a prostitute.
Civil War veteran and preacher Rowe Winford arrives in town intent on leaving the tragic memories of his deceased family behind. Although Rowe has no plans to fall in love anytime soon, the plans of God rarely match those of man.
Faced with adversity and rejection from the town and Rowe’s family, can Marissa overcome her past, renew her faith, and experience the life of love that God has planned for her?
About the Author
Brandi Boddie holds a juris doctorate from Howard University School of Law and a BA in political science from Youngstown State University. Her love of writing and research has led her to work that includes case management for the Office of the Attorney General in Washington DC and teaching assignments for elementary and secondary students. When she is not working on a story, Brandi enjoys hiking, fencing, and swing dancing. She lives in Colorado with her family, which includes a cocker spaniel who aspires to be a food critic.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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. _________________ The Booketeria provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
1870, Assurance, Kansas Due to a dept owed by her mother Marissa Pierce was forced to take on after her mother's untimely death. This dept is paid by working in a saloon as a waitress and dancer. The owner of the saloon has other plans for Marissa and has become abusive toward her. Marissa was raised in this very town by her grandparents so she is a familiar face in the town but is judged by her and her mother's occupation and are labeled as prostitutes among the town's people. In pertaining to Marissa this was far from the truth but people are quick to judge. When the new preacher, Rowe Winfred moves to town he finds himself drawn to Marissa. He could see in her eyes the pain and broken soul within her. He was compeled to learn more about this young woman. When she tries to escape from her abusive boss Rowe is there to make sure she is not forced to return to her life as an indentured slave. The author has touched on a subject that still exists for many women left alone without a family or husband to protect and support women from abuse and human trafficking. The story shows how we must have faith and put our trust in God. I was moved by the elder couple that stuck their reputation on the line to help and house Marissa during her time of need. You will find HOPE along with retribution, trials, tribulation and LOVE in this story. God has a plan if we only we let him take the lead. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Realms/Charisma House/Booketeria for an honest review.