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The Pastor's Wife [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer AlLee

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Maura Sullivan never intended
to set foot in Granger, Ohio, again. But when circumstances force her to return, she
must face all the disappointments she tried so hard to leave behind: a husband who
ignored her, a congregation she couldn’t please, and a God who took away everything
she ever loved.

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Nick
Shepherd thought he had put the past behind him, until the day his estranged wife
walked back into town. Intending only to help Maura through her crisis of faith,
Nick finds his feelings for her never died. Now, he must admit the mistakes he made,
how he hurt his wife, and find a way to give and receive forgiveness.


 

<p style="margin:
0pt; text-align: justify;">As God works in both of their lives, Nick and Maura
start to believe they can repair their broken relationship and reunite as man and
wife. But Maura has one more secret to tell Nick before they can move forward. It’s
what ultimately drove her to leave him six years earlier, and the one thing that can
destroy the fragile trust they’ve built.


Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 972 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426702256
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (March 1 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHNIHA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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117 of 121 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tender, Thought-provoking Book Feb. 19 2010
By Carla Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In her second novel, Jennifer AlLee explores a topic not often addressed: a pastor who puts his congregation's needs ahead of those of his wife. Nick and Maura marry young, excited at the prospects of their first church, but neither are prepared for the demands it will make on their relationship. A separation ensues. Now, six years later, Maura moves back to the small Ohio community when she inherits an old theater with the stipulation that she must live with her husband for six months while remodeling the theater. It's a dance of propriety as the two face the opinionated congregation and explore the plan God has for their future.

The story is tender and woven with grace. Jennifer raises many questions about the relationship of a pastor with his congregation and his family. Does God call a man or a couple? What roles are appropriate for the wife of a pastor? It gave me a new perspective in what it must be like to live the "fish bowl" life. A thought-provoking, but gentle book from a lovely author.
43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story! I enjoyed it. Feb. 7 2010
By Michelle Sutton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed The Pastor's Wife. It was a powerful story of healing and restoration, and of dealing with things the very things the heroine had tried to avoid. I totally understood her pain and found her inner dialog to be appropriate and believable. Without giving away any spoilers, there was one thing that kept it from being a five star book in my estimation. But if I tell you exactly what that is it will spoil the story. I can say it has to do with someone's response to news that I found to be a bit over-the-top to where it bugged me as opposed to inspiring me. Other than that issue I found this to be a very powerful and healing story. I even got a bit teary eyed when the head of the board at the church softened toward the heroine. The plot continually moved forward and had no slow spots. The tension kept building and in so many ways was a very beautiful portrayal of how love for your spouse is supposed to last a lifetime. Obviously, that is not always the case and sometimes for very valid reasons. The message in this story was excellent and I highly recommend it.
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Pastor's Wife Feb. 2 2010
By C. Kendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When Maura Sullivan married Nick Shepherd, a new pastor, she had no idea what she would be competing with. After being married only a few months and feeling far too neglected, Maura leaves Nick and the small Ohio town where she felt like she never quite fit in. Now, six years later, she has returned to the people and place she abandoned because her name and Nick's name are listed in a will. All she can think about is taking care of business and getting back out of town again, but God has other plans for Maura and Nick.

When I first read the description for this book I did not think I was going to like Maura because she abandoned her husband and his congregation. But, as I read the story and learned more about Maura, I was able to understand her pain and what she went through. The Pastor's Wife is a fairly short book and is easy to read, but it is filled with a lot of deep spiritual relevance. Healing and forgiveness are the main themes throughout this story and Maura and Nick both have a lot of healing to do and they both need to forgive each other. I was delighted with this book and really enjoyed watching the changes that went on, not just between Maura and Nick, but also with the townspeople and the congregation. There are many Godly lessons to be learned in this short and sweet story that I liked very much.
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars farfetched premise, predictable ending May 23 2011
By Cairo 4 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book was well written and an easy read, but there were too many problems with the plot. The conditions of living together in the parsonage for 6 months in order to receive an inheritance was just not believable and set the stage for a predictable "easy reconciliation."

I also had a hard time believing that a woman would leave her new husband on such short notice, without a single conversation, and then neither the husband or wife would contact the other in any way for the next 6 years.

It was an entertaining read, but I spent much of the book thinking, "you've got to be kidding me."
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An unbelieveable plot. June 7 2011
By Diana M. Hockley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had high hopes of this novel, which were unfortunately not fulfilled.

The premise of the young paster's wife being out of her depth coping with a husband who should have had a good swift kick up the crotch, a strange community and being pushed into parrish work, is okay as it stands. However, for me this plot had me gnashing my teeth with frustration.

The news that she has to spent six months living with him in order to achieve her inheritance and he, a sizable donation to the church is okay - just - but for the parrish council to be interfering and sucking their teeth over the two living in the parsonage together is ridiculous. It's none of their business! After all, the couple could be reconcilingfor all they know.

The story begins with the wife landing in the lift (elevator) and coming face to face with the husband, to whom she has not spoken for six years. Being as they were only married five months before she left without a word, this is not plausible. Any woman worth her salt would have announced with greast drama that she was leaving and why.

It takes six years for the husband to realise his past neglects, where it seems to me he would have thought about it sometime during the time they were separated and at least gone after her to talk. This twit accepts the word of her father after one phone call! Maybe she was right to stay away for six years. Then there is the fact that the wife leaves him without at least confronting him over his neglect, suffering her misfortune alone. The least she might have done is bounced some crockery off his head. Now that she is back in the town her lack of recrimination, for me is a glaring ommission. The forgiveness too "forgiving," and her reaction not natural.

A disappointing read all round.

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