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About Grace and the Preacher

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?

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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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About Is the Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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?  

By Pamela Morrisson

"Grace and the Preacher" was such an enjoyable read with an abundance of memorable characters. Sweet Grace had fallen in love with Fairland's new preacher through his letters but when he finally arrived in town, he was not at all what she expected. Theophil Garrison had always tried to do the right thing but somehow nothing ever seemed to go his way. When he arrived in Fairland to deliver a difficult message, the acceptance he...

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By Sheila Jackson

When Theo Garrison was 15 years old his outlaw cousins tried to get him to help them with a train robbery.  Instead, Theo fled the scene and because of him his cousins were caught and thrown in jail.  Ten years have passed and his cousins are getting out early for good behavior.  The last words his cousin spoke to him were words of revenge.  Now Theo is on the run and looking for a way to hide from his cousins.  A chance encounter opens up an...

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By Arlena Dean

Title:  Grace and the PreacherAuthor:  Kim Vogel SawyerPublisher:  WaterBrookReviewed By:  Arlena DeanRating: FiveReview:"Grace and the Preacher" by Kim Vogel SawyerMy View....A little predictable read but still a good one that will keep your attention till the very end. The characters [Grace, Theo, Bess, Philemon & Earl] were all indeed interesting being very well developed, defined, portrayed and believable giving the reader quite a good...

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By Laura Mortimer

You know the story: the girl that follows the rules, receives her moment of true happiness, and lives happily ever after. That should have been Grace's story, as she's outwardly waited so patiently for her own marriage. The niece of a beloved small-town preacher, Grace longs for her own home and when she falls in love with the incoming preacher, everyone expects that the details will fall perfectly in place.Kim Vogel Sawyer masterfully weaves...

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By Michaela Weidinger

Ever the tender heart, twenty-four year old Grace Cristler has all but settled on the idea that she will never marry due to lack of eligible men in her small town. She focuses on her duties as postmistress and aiding her uncle in his pastoral duties to the town. But when her uncle decides to retire, Grace finds herself exchanging many a letter with the future, and much younger, preacher, Reverend Rufus Dille, coming to replace her uncle. With...

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