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Since others have explained what this novel is about, I will tell a little of what it isn't about. First, there is nothing about the paranormal involved. There are no ghosts, witches or vampires. No fortune tellers or seers. It is getting a little difficult to find novels that doesn't include these. For the review (s) that said that it was too unbelievable --- well that is why the vampire novels are so popular now -- people want to read about the <unbelievable.>

I think that the characters that the author succeeded in wanted us to like, I did like, and the villains --- I didn't like at all. The novel kept me interested until the very end. It flowed smoothly, and was easy to read, follow along, and understand. I am not an editor, but didn't notice any errors, and in fact I think that it was very well written. Debating whether to give it 4 or 5 stars, I decided to go with my own feelings about the book and gave it 5.

Since I depend much on other reviews, I seldom get a book that I don't like, so you will find most of my reviews are rated pretty high. I was entertained throughout the reading, and looked forward to my bedtime habit of reading before turning off the light for the night. I don't think that you will be disappointment if you chose to buy this ebook.
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Annie McGregor is married to the love of her life. She's confident he feels the same way about her, but there's his job - as a pastor he's a husband and dad second as expected by certain unruly and truly annoying characters who attend his church. Chet and his cronies - I wondered if the author knew the same ones I did. I guess they're all over.

Annie's a good wife, mom, and Christian living through a personal crisis that's about to get worse - a lot worse. She takes a personal sabbatical and is terribly misunderstood by her mother, the press (oh yeah - mom is a media diva!), and Chet with his posse of the pious. I really did NOT like him. Not willing to explain anything to anyone, Annie heads for the hills - well, actually a mountain cabin - where she is confident she will find rest and renewal in her relationship with God. Instead, Annie discovers the greater purpose her retreat holds for two men. For one, there is eternal value. Two others come face to face with their eternal consequences.

The Runaway Pastor's Wife introduced me to characters I felt like I knew (both good and oh so annoying!), had me guessing, and ended with what I call an excellent "Goldilocks close" - it was just right.

What does a pastor's wife "with a past" do when it comes calling? When a man with murder on his mind arrives as well, who will be Annie's cavalry?
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I am a pastor's wife and the negative things the author writes about clergy family life are absolutely accurate. However, except for one brief paragraph toward the end of the book, she completely ignores the great love and joys that are also a huge part of this life. Her characters were ALL good or ALL bad with no believable mixes of characteristics. Her resolutions of the problems in the book are simply NOT mature. She paints God as a being that provides convenient miracles to get people out of stupid situations they put themselves into. NOT the God I know nor the one I would want to serve.
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This started out as a really good book. It was so interested in knowing how Annie "finds" herself. I surely understood why and how Annie got consumed with the duties of a pastor's wife and she lost herself somewhere along the way. Personally, I don't think that I can just up and leave my family (especially with small children) to "go and find myself". I felt Annie was a little selfish; she could at least talked to David, her husband, face to face to let him know how she was feeling. I believe that she took the coward's way out.

I clearly didn't understand why and what Michael was running from. I know whom he was running from, but this one man isn't God. Michael's decisions lead him to what he had become...can't say that I feel sorry for him.

Here's where it got a little unrealistic to me...when Max, Annie's and David's son, went to look for this mother. (I don't want to give a spoiler, so I can't anymore on that subject).

I thought that the whole purpose of the book was for Annie to get some quiet time to herself to think and pray, but it turned into her being the "hero" for Michael. That really threw me a curveball. Annie stopped focusing on herself and started focusing on Michael and now all of a sudden, she has the answer (so unreal)!

I felt the ending was very rushed. Everything "unfolded" in the last 20 pages of the book. It was all tied up into one neat package. I guess the author had to tie it up somehow. I didn't believe it for a second! The facts about Christine and Max and how that all came together was a little too much for me. We didn't even get to hear Christine's take on anything. I felt that the book ended abruptly.

This book had the potential for being 5 stars. I really give it 2.5 stars because I get the message, but the way the book was written was a little unrealistic and unbelievable.
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As a former Pastor's wife (just 4 months now) I found this book to be reassuring. As I read, I cried. As I read, I understood. As I read, I allowed my heart to hurt as well as to heal. The past 26 years, and especially the last 11 years, have been spent in the ministry. My husband did a fantastic job Pastoring our wonderful church, but how often the wife of the Pastor is given a job she did not ask for, is expected to be and to do tasks that the majority of the church is not 'required' to participate in. It is a position that I held for years and years and gave my heart, my time, my talents and my life to without thinking twice about it. But just as she began that road of heartache and questioning, I did as well. This book should be read by all Pastor's wives!! If you are just starting out, maybe it will help you to be better prepared for the deep heart-wrenching hurts that will come, and if you have been at it for years, it will help you to realize that you are not alone in your own personal needs that have been set aside for the good of the ministry. Another review mentioned that she didn't think she could up and leave her family like she did. Well, (and I hate to admit this) I had those thoughts when the hurts were too heavy to carry. Loved this book!!!!
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