Friday, January 22, 2010
Jennifer AlLee's The Pastor's Wife ~ Reviewed
The Pastor's Wife
By Jennifer AlLee
Published by Abingdon Press
Maura Sullivan thought she knew what she was getting into when she married soon-to-be pastor Nick Shepherd. But when "the other woman" in her marriage turned out to be her husband's congregation, she ran.
Six years later, she's back in the small community of Granger, Ohio, for the reading of a will that names both her and Nick as beneficiaries.
Now Maura must face the husband and the congregation she left behind.
Delightful and real, the congregation had a few impossible-to-please curmudgeons I recognized as members of a church I once attended. As Maura faces the disappointments that originally drove her away from Granger, she still holds one secret locked away in her heart.
The unfolding of this story and its characters is like peeling away the layers of an onion. The deeper we went, the more their flaws became apparent. At one point, I wondered if they would manage to repair this marriage at all. Well written, I thoroughly enjoyed AlLee's debut novel, The Pastor's Wife.
Reviewed by: Ane Mulligan, editor Novel Journey