Monday, October 1, 2012

A Preacher's Bride by Laurie Kingery

Her deepest secret—

When her little brother died, Faith Bennett lost her trust in God. She's keep this secret from the good people of Simpson Creek, yet she can't deceive Gil Chadwick. She'll be Gil's friend, but without a faith to match his, she can never be the handsome new preacher's bride.

Thought Gil cherishes Faith's friendship, he wants a wife. And in kind, upright Faith, he's convinced he's found her. The secret heartaches of his past fade as he watches her nurse his father. When danger finds her, he'll risk everything to save her. For where there's Faith, there's love…and the promise of a new beginning together.

Read an excerpt of the book:

I must be the most misnamed person in this whole town, maybe in the whole state of Texas, Faith Bennett thought, staring into the cool green water of Simpson Creek. Her parents had confidently given her that name, never guessing that by the time their daughter grew up, she would not believe in God.

They didn't suspect the fact now, either. It was a secret Faith shared with no one, not her parents, her neighbors, and certainly not her friends in the Simpson Creek Spinsters' Club, of which she was a loyal member. She couldn't imagine what any of them would say if they knew. Her parents wouldn't know what to do about such a declaration if Faith ever made it. Her mother, at least, would worry and fret about her, and she didn't want that. Her friends in the Spinsters' Club wouldn't shun her, she thought. But they might not be so comfortable around her any more, and they might wonder why, feeling as she did, she attended church every Sunday morning, just as they did.

A logical person would question why she enjoyed being in church. Attending church on Sunday mornings was just what one did in this small hill country town, she mused, and everywhere else in Texas and probably in most of the United States. Faith found tradition comforting--singing the familiar hymns and listening to Reverend Chadwick preach. Even though she'd long since stopped believing in the God the preacher spoke about, she always found something uplifting in the sermons, which reinforced her belief in goodness and treating her fellow man with fairness and love.
So she continued to come to church each Sunday morning, yet kept her secret—her name was Faith, but she didn't have any.

She only hoped that i and when she made a match through the Spinsters' Club or however else it came about, the man she came to love would not mind that the woman he loved was not a woman of faith. She figured it was possible to meet such a man--somewhere there had to be one who felt like she did, or if he was religious, wouldn't mind that she wasn't. The fact that she was a good, honest person was the most important thing, wasn't it?

It was probably time she reversed her steps and joined her parents inside the sanctuary a few yards away.

"Miss Faith?" someone said behind her, and she whirled around, shading her eyes against the sunlight that filtered underneath the trees.

It was Gil Chadwick, the son of the preacher, and a fresh-from-seminary minister himself. Gil was staying with his father and sharing in his pastoral duties in preparation for being called to a church of his own someday soon.

"Good morning, Reverend Gil," she said, smiling up at him. He had a scholarly-looking face, and wore spectacles when he read, but was saved from being too austere by a mischievous cowlick that often popped up at the back of his head despite his attempts to tame it. Any young lady, herself included, would be proud to be seen at the side of the handsome unmarried preacher. If only she and he—but no, she must not think of that. She was not a suitable match for a man of the cloth.

He pushed back a stray lock of chestnut-brown hair that had fallen low over his brow. "I'm glad I saw you coming down to the creek—I hope I'm not intruding on your prayers," he said.
Faith squelched the urge to laugh at the irony. "N-no, you weren't." She'd been thinking, certainly, but not praying. Instead of greeting her fellow worshipers before the worship service started, she'd felt the need for some quiet reflection. "It's just…so hot inside, this morning, even with this," she said, lifting the ivory-handled fan she had brought with her, "I thought I'd spend a few moments in the shade first. Just looking at the water makes me feel cooler."

"It is very warm for late April," he agreed running a finger beneath his stiff shirt collar. "Why, it's so hot a farmer told me this morning his hens are laying hard-boiled eggs." Humor twinkled in his hazel eyes.

She chuckled politely at the old joke, realizing he must feel the heat in his black frock coat and long-sleeved shirt almost much as ladies did in their layers of petticoats.

A silence broken only by the splash of some fish in the creek below stretched between them. She waited, but he seemed content just to gaze at her.

She heard the first few notes of "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus" waft toward them from an open window in the church. "Was there…was there something you wanted to say to me?" she prompted.

He blinked. "Oh yes, of course, Miss Faith. I was merely wondering if—" He took a deep breath, as if gathering himself for a great leap, and went on, "If you might like to join me after church for dinner at the hotel."

She stared at him. She could not say his asking her out was a total surprise. She'd thought he had his eye on her for awhile now. His invitation was both the fulfillment of a dream and the one thing she must not agree to, and she wanted to accept almost more than she wanted her next breath. But having dinner with him today would be the first step in a courtship, and for Gil's sake, she must not begin something she could not rightly continue.

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Laurie Kingery is a central Ohio author and veteran E.R. RN who has written twenty-two historical romances, first as Laurie Grant and now writing Christian historicals under her own name for Love Inspired Historicals. She won the Reader's Choice for short historicals in 1994 and was a finalist in the 2010 Carol Awards in short historicals by the American Christian Fiction Writers for THE OUTLAW'S LADY. Her website is Her current installment in the "Brides of Simpson Creek" series from Love Inspired Historicals is THE PREACHER'S BRIDE (Oct. 2012) with the next book in the series coming in May 2013 (title yet to be determined).

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Laurie is giving away a copy of The Preacher's BrideThe giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.  To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Teela said...

OH I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to read this book! (and hopefully will win it!) b/c: I'm a Preacher's kid, married to a preacher, and my sister (also a PK) is married to a preacher and the son of a preacher!!! And I would definitely pass this along to her to read after I reviewed it. Thanks for the chance to win, my fingers are crossed!!! (PS. there were 5 preachers in my wedding!!! PRAISE the LORD, only my dad (who did the ceremony) and my hubby who said I DO...were the only ones allowed to talk! teehee~~!

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a really good read! Thanks for the giveaway; it is so fun to get a book in the mail :)

Hope said...

Please enter me; I'd love to win! I've read the other Brides of Simpson Creek books, and am really looking forward to this one!

PriviesAndPrims said...

I love historical romances! Back in the day when women were respected a bit more. :)

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Liz R said...

I love these Love Inspired books! This one sounds really good!


apple blossom said...

love these books thanks for chance to win

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Judy said...

This book sounds so good. I would love to win it. There are a lot of Preacher's in my family!


Jo said...

This sounds so good and I really want to read it. Thank you for the opportunity!


cjajsmommy said...

It will be interesting to see how Faith's faith develops. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I would love to be able to win this book.
Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
Janet E.

Anonymous said...

WOW! This book sounds like it will be very good. Sometimes GOD works in mysterious ways. That is for sure. I loved hearing about Laurie's life. And, about Faith's life also. Hoping to win this book and finish the story. Maxie ( )

Amy R.S. said...

I love reading how all these women became brides. I have been enjoying this series. Please enter me. Thanks.

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Jes said...

So enjoy the LIH line of books! This one sounds interesting!

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Merry said...

A Preacher's Bride sounds like another awesome book by Laurie. Thanks for a chance to win it!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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