I'm going to use the plot summary from the back again, because I'm afraid the dialect in this book has rather brought out the deep south accent from inside me and I'm liable to sound awfully country trying to sum up this book.
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?
Well, this book most definitely falls under the category of 5 stars!
1: I love stories that have the older people falling in love too. Especially when it's a fellow who's raising daughter or niece on his own, and he starts to fall for the woman that the girl views in a motherly sort of way! It's sweet to see romance at that age too.
2: This is a story with a redemptive/growing story for almost all of the characters, including one plot twist that I wasn't expecting when the story began. I'm all for a storyline that'll throw me! At one point I let out this strained squeak, and for a couple of chapters, I couldn't sit still, so much anticipation was building up!
3: You have to love Theo's struggling attempts to become the preacher. It's humorous and sweet and sad all at the same time. This story will role you through your emotions. You find a connection with the characters, and I wasn't ready to leave the story when it was over! Side Note: How did such a spiteful man come to be Deacon?
4: People in stories who aren't family but are totally sweet and all like "Call me Aunt Bess" make me want to cry with joy. Family isn't just blood.
5: Even though Granny Iva died when Theo was just 7, the things she taught him still stuck with him, proving that training up a child in the way he should go really does work. I loved all the different spiritual aspects to this story. It was a great read and you should definitely add this one to your TBR list as well.
I know my review didn't hardly do the story justice, but I totally recommend this book!
Also, look at this pretty cover!