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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

KIM VOGEL SAWYER is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in seven different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband, Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.

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 Michelle Peterson

First of all, I love this author! She's been a favorite of mine for several years...and the legacy continues with "Grace and the Preacher". It's a fun, fast read that had me very antsy! lolI'm rarely surprised or caught off guard with plots in fiction books, but this story line got me! I LOVE that! Ha! I won't spoil it for anyone else, but this is definitely a fun read. I recommend this book as a good, clean story. I received my copy from...

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By Virginia Winfield

This author never disappoints me.  I love how Grace and Theo get together.  It was great getting to know Theo and Grace.  Many of these characters learn to trust in God again or for the first time.  I laughed and cried throughout this book.  This was a fun read.  I received a copy of this book from blogging for books for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

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By Ann Sanger

At 23 Grace feels like a spinster. Her uncle is retiring from the ministry and has sent for a young preacher who is exchanging letter with Grace. Can you fall in love with someone sight unseen? Well the town gossips have seen the change in Grace. But that is only half of the story. Theophil is dumped with his cousins after his grandmother dies. When they get out of jail, they are coming after him for not helping with the train robbery....

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By sandra Hays

Grace and the Preacher was a another exceptional book by Kim Vogel Sawyer. The sweet postmistress Grace puts her heart on the line when she corresponds with the prospective preacher.  The character of Theo may have made some misttakes in his life, but taking on the persona of  Reverend Rufus Dille may turn out to be answered pray.

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By Dana Kamstra

In Grace and the Preacher, I found a story that was at parts fun, sometimes thought provoking, but all around a great book. The characters in this novel endeared themselves to me and I enjoyed watching this story unfold.Theo and Grace both have many lessons to learn in this book. While the plot was entertaining, the messages in this book dive a bit deeper. And both the plot and messages converge to create this unexpected story of how God can...

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