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The Pastor's Wife [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer AlLee
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Book Description

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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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.


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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.

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About the Author

Jennifer AlLee believes the most important thing a woman can do is discover her identity in God – a theme that carries throughout her stories. She has written skits, activity pages, and over one hundred contributions to Concordia Publishing House’s popular My Devotions series. Her novels include The Love of His Brother (Five Star, 11/07), The Pastor’s Wife, (Abingdon Press, 2/10), The Mother Road (Abingdon Press, 4/12), and the upcoming A Wild Goose Chase Christmas, book two in the Quilts of Love series (Abingdon Press, 11/12). She’s an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Jennifer resides in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas with her husband and teenage son. Visit her website at

Product Details

  • 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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120 of 124 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tender, Thought-provoking Book February 19, 2010
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.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story! I enjoyed it. February 7, 2010
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.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Pastor's Wife February 2, 2010
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.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars farfetched premise, predictable ending May 23, 2011
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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."
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An unbelieveable plot. June 7, 2011
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read...
This was a good book, a little predictable at times with less than memorable characters, but it still held my interest.
Published 8 days ago by G. W. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!
I love Karen Kingsbury books, but while not-so-patiently waiting for her next book, found this one!! Same genre, and great author!! Very happy to have found this!!
Published 21 days ago by Susan Atkerson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Just not for me.
Published 23 days ago by Suzanna Bride
3.0 out of 5 stars Meandering down the road of life---may contain spoilers
I found this on my Kindle with no idea when I'd purchased it, but decided I'd give it a read. The opening chapter had a good hook and I was led in by the promise of lots of tension... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Women would love this book
Women would love this book. A fun story with a happy ending. We don' get too many happy ending lately.
Published 2 months ago by Meg Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars not a show stopper....
Felt like there were places where or author droned on a bit and just talked to make sure she was heard. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marilee
4.0 out of 5 stars Pastors wife
Good book but it ended to soon. The writer should have added more to the ending. I was a little disappointed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sport77
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful, enjoyable and relaxing
I read most of this book during my daily commute. The train ride went quicker and I found myself relaxed by the time I got off the train. Read more
Published 5 months ago by kelhock
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I enjoyed the book, though it was predictable.
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More About the Author

When Jennifer isn't spinning tales, she can be found reading, spending time with family and friends, and singing at the top her lungs to whatever happens to be playing on the radio. Her novels include The Love of His Brother (Five Star, 2/07), The Pastor's Wife (Abingdon Press, 2/10), The Mother Road (Abingdon Press, 4/12) and A Wild Goose Chase Christmas (Abingdon Press, 11/12). Diamond in the Rough, Vanishing Act, and Curtain Call make up the historical romance series co-written with Lisa Karon Richardson, and released by Whitaker House. Comfort and Joy, part of the Mistletoe Memories novella anthology, released 9/13 from Barbour House. Future novels from Abingdon Press are Last Family Standing (9/14) and Vinnie's Diner (4/15). Jennifer is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Christian Authors Network, and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.

Jennifer resides in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas with her family. Visit her website at

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