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About Grace and the Preacher

At the age of twenty-three, postmistress Grace Cristler has all but given up hope of finding a husband among the narrowing group of eligible men in her town of Fairland, Kansas. But when her uncle decides to retire from the pulpit, Grace is responsible for corresponding with the new preacher set to take his place. She can’t deny the affection growing in her heart for Reverend Rufus Dille—a man she deeply admires but has only met through his letters.
 
Theophil Garrison is on the run from his past. Ten years ago his outlaw cousins convinced him to take part in a train robbery, but Theo fled the scene, leaving his cousins to face imprisonment. Now they’ve finished their sentences, but the plan for vengeance has just begun. Branded a coward and running for his life, Theo has aa chance encounter that could provide him with the escape he needs. 
 
But the young man’s desperate con might come at an enormous price for the tenderhearted Grace—and the entire town. Will Grace’s undeserved affection and God’s mercy make something beautiful from the ashes of Theo’s past?

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Praise for
Kim Vogel Sawyer

“Kim Vogel Sawyer paints characters with exquisite detail emotionally and physically, then sets them in a story that transports the reader into a world equally as appealing as the people who live there. A captivating read, leaving you wanting more.”
—Lauraine Snelling, author of To Everything a Season, Wake the Dawn, and Heaven Sent Rain

“The Great Depression was an era that required much grit and a great will to survive. Kim Vogel Sawyer has captured that spirit with characters full of determination, rich in heart, and strong in a sense of compassion. Room for Hope is not merely a nice novel or a touching story. It is a story of our heritage, a story of what it takes to live a life of mercy and love for the least of these. It is a story of reliance on God during the darkest of days. It is a look into our past to see that, truly, we are not all that different from our grandparents. It is our story.”
—Susie Finkbeiner, author of A Cup of Dust: A Novel of the Dust Bowl

“When Mercy Rains is a beautiful testimony to the power of forgiveness. With three generations of characters to fall in love with, Kim Vogel Sawyer’s new novel kept me turning pages—and discovering surprises—to the very end. I especially enjoyed the Kansas setting and the restoration of a homestead that was a beautiful reflection of the restoration of hearts and minds.”
—Deborah Raney, author of The Face of the Earth and the Chicory Inn Novels series

“A compelling cast of authentic characters, heart-wrenching mistakes and responses, and love, redemption, and restoration make When Mercy Rains by Kim Vogel Sawyer a must-read masterpiece.”
—Mona Hodgson, author of The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series, The Quilted Heart omnibus, and Prairie Song

“Quite simply, I loved this story from page one until the end. Kim has created a story that lovingly depicts the people, land, and culture of Appalachia. Guide Me Home is a tale of love and hope and faith that will hold your heart long after you reach the end.”
—Laurie Alice Eakes, author of The Mountain Midwife, 2016 Rita Finalist

“Kim Vogel Sawyer’s historical novels always delve deep into the characters’ hearts. Room for Hope is a beautiful story with an unusual twist. Yes, I cried… A definite page-turner, this story kept my attention to the very end.”
—Susan Page Davis, author of Captive Trail and The Outlaw Takes a Bride

About Kim Vogel Sawyer

With over 40 titles on library shelves and more than 1.5 million copies of her books in print worldwide, Kim Vogel Sawyer enjoys a full-time writing and speaking ministry. Empty-nesters, Kim and her retired military husband, Don, are active in their church’s music ministry. Additionally, Kim helps lead women’s fellowship and enjoys teaching at writing conferences and spiritual retreats. When she isn't writing, Kim enjoys quilting, traveling, and spoiling her granddarlings.

Product Details

352 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Mar 21, 2017

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

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At the age of twenty-four, postmistress Grace Cristler has all but given up hope of finding a husband among the narrowing group of eligible men in her town of Fairland, Kansas. But when her uncle decides to retire from the pulpit, Grace is responsible for corresponding with the new preacher set to take his place. She can’t deny the affection growing in her heart for Reverend Rufus Dille—a man she deeply admires, but has only met through his letters. Theophil Garrison is on the run from a past and a label he’s desperate to escape. Ten years ago, his outlaw cousins convinced him to take part in a train robbery, but Theo fled the scene, leaving his cousins to face imprisonment. Now their sentence is complete, but the plan for vengeance has only just begun. Branded a coward and running for his life, a chance encounter could provide Theo with the escape he needs. But the young man’s desperate con might come at an enormous price for the tenderhearted Grace—and the entire town. Will Grace’s undeserved affection and God’s mercy make something beautiful from the ashes of Theo’s past?  

Press Release

Can Love Built on a Lie Survive the Truth?
 
“Sawyer knows how to tug on heartstrings as she brings readers into the rural Midwest of 1882 and the despondent life of Theophil Garrison. [She] weaves a charming, unpredictable story of deception, redemption, and hope that will claim readers’ hearts from beginning to end.”
-Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Grace and the Preacher (WaterBrook, March 21, 2017) is the latest stand alone historical novel from best-selling author Kim Vogel Sawyer.
 
Ten years after abandoning his cousins’ attempt to rob a train, Theophil Garrison is informed they have been released from prison. While on the run, he encounters the very ill Reverand Rufus Dille. Despire Theophil’s best efforts, the minister passes away, leaving Theo with explicit instructions to take his belongings to his now-still-unfilled position in Fairland, Kansas. Theo trades identities with the man and heads to Fairland, praying his cousins don’t find him.
 
Grace Cristler is the strong-willed, beloved young postmistress in Fairland. At the age of twenty-three, she had all but given up hope of finding a husband among the narrowing group of eligible men. But when her uncle decides to retire from the pulpit, Grace is responsible for corresponding with the new preacher set to take his place. She can’t deny the affection growing in her heart for Reverend Rufus Dille as they exchange letters – his thoughtful missives and eloquent words stir an admiration, despite never meeting him in person.
 
Mistaken identity leads to romance, hope, and second chances in this inspirational historical novel from the beloved, award-winning Kim Vogel Sawyer.

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By ann Saylor

I enjoyed reading Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer this week. The characters were unique and well-developed.  Several themes were woven throughout the book including: deceit vs. honestythe connectedness of small town communitiesthe impact of loving role models that invest in other people's livesthe power of the gospel and the Bible to change peoplegiven family vs. a family that embraces you and molds youI would recommend the book to...

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By Teisha Barnette

A few months ago, I received a book by Kim Vogel Sawyer.  While I am an avid reader, I had never read one of her books.Grace and the Preacher was intriguing to me since I am married to a pastor.  Grace, the niece of the retiring town pastor, finds herself in a long distance friendship (hopefully courtship) with the new parishioner before his arrival to town.  In an unexpected twist, she finds a new friend in Theo, who has a crazy story of his...

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By Beverly Jones

What a beautiful story! Grace and the Preacher tells of an unexpected love story between young Grace and "Rufus" otherwise known as Theophil. The examples of forgiveness that are experienced in this book are more than enough to inspire you in your own life. This book has a wonderful plot and is a definite page-turner that captures your attention from the very beginning. I did not want the story to end and I hope the love story continues in a...

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By Hannah Peasha

Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer is such a sweet story. I loved both main characters, Grace and Theo, with Kim's style of writing you get to dig a little deeper into each of these characters thought and I love the connection I feel towards them because of it. I also loved Aunt Bess, her spunky attitude and wisdom made me wish she was my own aunt. Grace and the Preacher is a great story of grace, forgiveness, and calling. I suggest...

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By Brittany McEuen

Grace and the Preacher was a sweet story. Grace was naive about so many things. It added to her sweetness and made sense based on her upbringing. It was hard to watch her anticipate the way things "should" work out as she waited for the preacher to arrive. This made the emotional journey she eventually had to work through a bit harder, but more satisfying.I felt for Theo and the fear that he carried about his cousins' retributions. I could...

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