Wednesday, February 17, 2010
CFBA Blog Tour - The Pastor's Wife by Jennifer AlLee
The Pastor's Wife by Jennifer AlLee, is the second debut novel I've read this month, both from Abingdon. Fiction publishing is a new venture for this publisher, and they are doing so with a huge bang. I am anxiously waiting to read more of their new line as they come out.
The Pastor's Wife is a romance, but not a typical one. Boy has already met and married girl, but that was six years earlier. As newlyweds they were immediately thrust into husband Nick's call to pastor a church in a small Ohio town. Wife, Maura, had no idea what was expected of a pastor's wife. As a new Christian, she hadn't grown up in the church to even observe a pastor's wife as a role model. Yikes, adjusting to married life is difficult enough, but toss a new pastorate position for the husband who wants to give his new job as much energy as he can, and you have a cauldron of boiling conflict.
The story begins six years after Maura ran for the hills, or rather to California to escape and try to "find herself." But, there was one tiny fly in that bubbling pot. The divorce had never been finalized. Enter a matchmaker who, through her will, makes it necessary for Maura to return to Ohio to claim her inheritance.
I won't tell you more because I would give away too much. Suffice it to say, that you will enjoy this entertaining read. AlLee has a way of writing the very serious subject of divorce and reconciliation in a way that doesn't turn the tale into a soap-opera-like drama. With a touch of humor, and a whole lot of internal growth for Maura and Nick, both in Spirit and in character, you will enjoy this book.
If you would like to read the first Chapter of The Pastor's Wife , go HERE
You can buy it at Amazon or at your favorite brick and mortar Christian bookstore.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jennifer AlLee was born in Hollywood, California and for the first 10 years of her life lived over a mortuary one block from Hollywood and Vine. An avid reader and writer, she completed her first novel in high school. That manuscript is now safely tucked away, never again to see the light of day. Her first inspirational romance, The Love of His Brother, was released in November 2007 by Five Star Publisher.
Besides being a writer, she is a wife and mom. Living in Las Vegas, Nevada, her husband and teenage son have learned how to enjoy the fabulous buffets there without severely impacting their waistlines. God is good!