Preacher’s Wife by Sarah Christian

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Preacher’s Wife by Sarah Christian
Publisher: Salt of the Earth Press
Genre: Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (105 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Hiding from a man who wants him dead, Matthieu Whitney has finally made a peaceful life for himself as the pastor of Sweet Town. Much of that peace relies on passing as white, which proves agonizing as he finds himself driven to distraction by the beautiful and sharply intelligent Beulah Douglass. He knows from experience courting and secrets don’t mix.

Already struggling as a young mother alone, Beulah isn’t looking for trouble. Certainly not the kind of trouble that comes in the form of a tall, dark, and handsome pastor with haunting green eyes and a protective streak as wide as the Mississippi. After he’s injured rescuing her from an accident, she’s happy to help Matt, though it means trying to deny the growing connection between them. As danger mounts and their enemies grow, can Beulah have any hope of being the Preacher’s Wife?

In the shadow of wild Deadwood sits quiet Sweet Town. Established in the Dakota Gold Rush of the 1870s, Sweet Town is surrounded by gentle hills and fields of clover. It’s a place where anyone can start over and redemption is never out of reach.

Even though Beulah Douglass, a freed slave new to Sweet Town, felt like she was making a good start she wasn’t fully secure in her new environment. With Hiram Bell after her she is left with the feeling as if she is waiting out a storm instead of truly living. Pastor Matthieu Whitney has a past and a secret that he is hiding. Will his past life soon be exposed? Is Sweet Town a place where anyone can find redemption and start anew?

Pastor Whitney saves Beulah from being stepped on by a horse. Indebted to him, she sees to it that he gets proper treatment along with feeling obligated to care for him while he recovers from his injury. During his recovery time they learn a lot about each other which sets up the foundation for other parts of the book to unfold.

This is a sweet read that I enjoyed. It’s proof that a book can be entertaining and it doesn’t have to contain adult language and context. The plot is well laid out and easy to follow. When I started reading the book I didn’t realize that it is book 5 in a series. Thankfully the author gave enough background that I wasn’t lost. Reading this book and the host of wonderful characters and their lives in this small town made me want to read the previous books in the series.

The characters are strong and proud. Bridget O’Cuinn is a red headed Irish immigrant. At the onset of the book, she is opening a small laundry business. Beulah is a freed slave who works along with Bridget at the laundry service. Beulah’s heritage is evident by looking at her coiled and curled hair. She was held captive and her son was conceived from that unholy cruelty and her display of being proud and brave helps Pastor Whitney speak his truth to the congregation.

Though life isn’t perfect the citizens of Sweet Town show examples of the good and the bad; it also shows it takes the unity of a village to conquer out bad. And in that village you have those that will take a stand to help protect along side you.

Decisions must be made in order to protect Beulah and her son Jonah. Though this is the old west and Hiram Bell was tracking Beulah, as well as Beau Jennings looking to expose Pastor Whitney there wasn’t a lot of action.

It’s a feel good read that shows that even though the world may be surrounded by hatred, and unkindness makes us afraid, we have the power of forgiveness and we are blessed to give that to ourselves and others. This is one I would recommend to a reader that not only is looking for a happy ending but a clean read where the characters leave you with a positive message.

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