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The Preacher's Daughter Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2007

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Cheryl St.John is the author of forty+ Harlequin and Silhouette books. Her first book, RAIN SHADOW was nominated for RWA's RITA for Best First Book, by Romantic Times for Best Western Historical, and by Affaire de Coeur readers as Best American Historical Romance. Her books have earned two more RITA nods, and LAND OF DREAMS, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, and PRAIRIE WIFE each won Romantic Times' Reviewers Choice Awards.

Many of her Special Editions made Waldenbooks Top Ten and HH BIG SKY BRIDES anthology climbed to #35 on the NYT list.

In describing her stories of second chances and redemption, readers and reviewers use words like, "emotional punch, hometown feel, core values, believable characters and real life situations." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373294514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373294510
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,318,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Hebdige on August 6, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Following in the tradition of Cheryl St. John's previous novels, she brings forth another rare glimpse of Americana at its best with this tender love story of redemption and sweet gentle love set in early 19th century Kansas.

The character of Ben Channey was introduced to us in her previous novels, (THE DOCTOR'S WIFE, Harlequin Historical # 481 and THE LAWMAN'S BRIDE, Harlequin Historical #835).

Lorabeth Holdridge is the local preacher's daughter - who longs to be out of her home and spread her wings. Her father runs his household the way he preaches the scriptures - adhering to every word of the Bible and with a stern, firm hand. Lorabeth longs for so much more. She is stifled and yearns to be set free of her strict environment. She helps Dr. Channey's household and has been asked by Ellie, the doctor's wife who is about to deliver another child, to come and live permanently in their home so that Lorabeth can assist Ellie with upcoming baby and her additional 4 children. Her father agrees and Lorabeth is allowed to live in the doctor's household.

Ben is Ellie's older brother and the local veterinarian. Horrid events from the past make Ben keep to himself. He loves his sister's children, he is very protective of his younger brother Flynn and his sister and has learned to respect his brother in law and Dr Channey's parents. When he meets Lorabeth, he is immediately taken by her soft beauty and her candid sweetness. He inwardly craves her purity, naiveté and unspoiled, care free manner and he is unwillingly drawn to her like a moth to a flame.
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THE PREACHER'S DAUGHTER is a touching book that it ultimately about the healing power of love and forgiveness or others as well as oneself.

Lorabeth Holdridge is the preacher's daughter, and she has led a very strict and sheltered life. At 21, Lorabeth longs to live and have some freedom, but her father refused to allow her to attend University and the husband she prays for has not come along yet. However, Lorabeth has a job working for Ellie Chaney, the local doctor's wife, and her family. When she convinces her father to let her move in with the Chaney's as live-in help, Lorabeth is hoping it will be the change she needs since life in the large, loving Cheney household is a breath of fresh air to her.

Benjamin Chaney is the town's young veterinarian and Ellie's younger brother who was raised by her. He's more comfortable with animals than with people since he has closed off a part of himself due to childhood horrors and a tragic event in his past. When Ben meets Lorabeth, he is instantly intrigued with her since she's open and expressive and everything he longs to be but is not.

As the two get to know each other, it's not long before they fall in love, but Ben must deal with the serious issues of his past before he can be the man he wants to be for Lorabeth and they can have the happy ending they both want and deserve.

The character of Benjamin Cheney was introduced in two of Ms. St. John's previous books (THE DOCTOR'S WIFE, Harlequin Historical # 481 and THE LAWMAN'S BRIDE, Harlequin Historical #835), but it's not necessary to have read those two books first since important events are subtly "re-capped" to make this a stand-alone book.
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Lorabeth Holdridge starved for a life without censor or deprivation. She longed to experience freedom away from the strict confines of her home with Reverend Holdridge always stuffing the bible down her throat. She wanted freedom to go to go to the library to pick out more exciting reading material, take a walk at night, and if she ever had the chance she would love to take a trip on a train.

Benjamin Chaney was a veterinarian who led a horrible childhood. Even the dreams tragically awoke him from sleep every night. With a mother working as a prostitute, and no father in sight; Ben could only think he was anything but a decent man. Especially when he committed murder trying to save his eldest sister Ellie from being raped. All charges were dropped because the man was killed in self defense but still, the blood was on Ben's hands. He couldn't just forget about the past, Ben believed it molded him into the man he was today.

Eventually feelings began to blossom between Lorabeth and Benjamin. There was only one thing to do, get the Reverend to give his blessings on the marriage. The Reverend was a very strict man and Ben was quite sure he would refuse, to wed the couple. Could Ben win him over with the life he has made for himself? Would the truth behind Ben's past enough to make the Reverend refuse to give his daughter's hand?

I loved this story! I don't know how much more I can say. The book was a lengthy sort but the story line flowed effortlessly, and I finished it in two days. There were so many amusing parts that had me laughing out loud. The little girl Lillith's dialect was perfectly written. You will have to read to find out what a mammoth cloth is. I have to say this is my favorite Historical Western Romance so far. The sensory details of this story won my heart. I would catch myself holding my breath and smiling all throughout this book.I gladly award Ms. St. John 5 hearts for her remarkable tale of the old fashioned kind of love.
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