The Preacher's Faith (Red River Romance Book 1) Kindle Edition
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By: Caryl McAdoo
This was my first book to read by Caryl McAdoo and I absolutely loved it. I will be reading more by this author. I love the way Caryl McAdoo prays that her story gives God Glory and she dedicates The Preacher’s Faith to Him and His Kingdom. You will find the two main characters , Faith and Asa , talk back and forth discussing scriptures from the Bible. You will also find that this is a good clean book to read. I was drawn into this story right from the start. Asa Davidson comes to Red River County, Texas to apply for pastor of a church. He really wants this position. Faith Johnson helps her dad , who is not well, on the ranch. Faith’s aunt thinks she needs to be married. She comes up with a plan for a husband for Faith. Asa goes to the ranch and ask Faith to marry him. What , Faith does not even know this handsome gentleman. They strike up a bargain for one month. . Asa really wants to get married . What is this bargain? Asa really wants a kiss from Faith. Will he get it? Would you marry someone you did not know? What if Asa does not get the pastor position for the church. I loved this book and can’t wait for book two .
I was given a copy of this book from the author for my honest review, which I have given.
by Caryl McAdoo
Faith Johnson does not have time for nonsense like courtship or dating. She has a sick father in her care, a ranch full of cattle to feed and horses to train. Enter Asa Davidson, orphaned ministerial candidate recently arrived at New Hope Baptist Church. Throw in meddling Aunt Iris who is bent on matchmaking and we have a story that crackles with the mishaps of life...and the hope of God-blessed love.
“The Preacher's Faith” is a character driven novella with the ability to keep the reader turning pages well past bedtime. I really love Caryl McAdoo's Texas voice singing melodically throughout this story. Her wit and humor makes me giggle at all the appropriate places. The Texas dialogue is easy to follow. The story sizzles with Christian faith and the question of right choices versus wrong ones. Absolutely love Asa the minister and Faith the rodeo belle...even the creep DeWayne is well drawn. This book is very appropriate for youth and young adults, even though some may bristle at the challenges Caryl McAdoo throws at modern cultural missteps. Seniors will also love this book because it holds to good solid Christian values and is easy on the eyes. I recommend “The Preacher's Faith” by Caryl McAdoo with all my heart. BTW, it's the first in the Red River Series and a prerequisite for truly enjoying the second book and April release, Sing a New Song...and that's my take on a lite, clean, romantic story.
First of all I found Asa, the preacher, to be overly stuffy and well perfect. I have worked with numerous Pastors over the years, from all denominations, and frankly not a single one constantly preaches as Asa seemed to do. It actually got on my nerves at times because at times his preaching really seemed to stretch common doctrine, but yet that stretching of the common doctrine also got me to thinking about some of the thoughts in a different way. It seemed that everything that happened also had to be brought back to the bible, and though I do like a biblical message in stories, this seemed too overboard to me.
Faith seems to be this overachiever who is willing to say anything to please other people and when she is pushed up against a wall with her words she is sneaky trying to get out of it. There doesn't seem to be anything that she can't do period, and thinks a little too highly of herself. But at the same time, her swearing got on my nerves. Ok maybe she didn't use a typical cuss word, but her use of Bless God (I lost count of how many times she used this phrase) in the situations she did use it seemed to be a replacement at times for swearing while other times it seemed as if maybe, just maybe, she was praising God. The times when it seemed as if she was praising God, the phrase wasn't so bad, but at times I found it offensive for it seemed like she was using God's name in vain.
At first it seemed as if Ms. McAdoo struggled with the first two-thirds of the book that everything seemed stilted and forced in my opinion. It really didn't seem to flow easily until the last third of the book. It is because of the last third of the book that I am giving the book 3 stars for it really bumped up the ranking from 2 stars. In that last third of the book things started to flow easier in the story line though Asa and Faith really didn't seem to ease up or flow any easier, the story line most certainly did. I do have to give Asa kudos for the stand that he takes at the end for he stands firm with what he believes. It takes a confident person in their faith to do what Asa did that is for sure.
As I said I struggled with reading this story but I was glad I did for I found myself unable to stop reading the last 30 pages that is for sure. Things come to conclusions in those last 30 pages for miracles happen in some pretty interesting ways.
I do hope that those who read this story enjoy it, for there should always be enjoyment when reading a book. Just because I may not have enjoyed a large part of the story I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it for everyone has different tastes. There has only been one book that I would discourage people from reading and this doesn't even come close to that level.
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