by Ginger Kolbaba, Christy Scannell

March 2007
ISBN: 1-58229-632-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Howard Books
Trade Paperback

Jennifer is trying to get pregnant. After several years of marriage and five years of fertility treatments, she’s lost her faith in God. Why do some women have so much when she has so little? Her husband is refusing to go in to have his sperm count taken, insisting there is nothing wrong with him. Is the problem all with Jennifer?

Mimi is not used to losing. When she ran for the PTA, she expected to win, especially since the only other person running for president has ran every year—and lost. Mimi is crushed when she learns she’s lost the election. How can she possibly hold her head up in public? Who hates her enough that they wouldn’t vote her in?

Felicia is a lawyer; her three-year-old has biting issues and has been kicked out of day care. Her husband is encouraging her to quit her job and be a stay at home mom. But Felicia is desperate for success.

Lisa’s marriage is in trouble. She’s convinced her husband doesn’t love her anymore. And then there’s Kitty—the proud pastor’s wife of the largest, most established church in their town. Kitty is practically perfect in every way—or is she?

Desperate Pastors’ Wives is an up-close and personal look at the lives of four different pastors’ wives. Their lives aren’t a bed of roses, and a lot of time pastors’ wives feel they don’t have anyone else to talk to. So these women meet in another town, forty miles away, every month to talk with each other and share their burdens.

While I can relate to the needs of these pastor’s wives, being a PW (pastor’s wife) myself, the book is not the best written book I’ve ever read. The writing is passive, and we don’t get deep enough in any of the character’s thoughts, motives, and actions, to really care about what they are going through. They are understandable though. I personal know pastors’ wives that struggle with each of the issues addressed in this book, so the premise is definitely realistic. The faith message is expertly woven in. Desperate Pastors’ Wives will appeal to any woman needs to feel she’s not in this race alone.

Reviewed in March 2007 by Laura.