by Sheri Wille

November 2004
ISBN: 1-58749-478-7
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David Long is finished. He’s represented his last client. Stood in his last courtroom. God is leading him in a new direction. Weary of defending the guilty, David thinks he is more than ready to obey. As it turns out, David is not ready to step immediately into the shoes of preacher. Keeping zeal at bay and learning patience as he goes is not exactly what he had in mind the day he answered The Call. Nonetheless, after immersing himself in the Word, David knew he’d made the correct decision.

A new man is coming to Mortonville, Illinois and single to boot. Why is this of any consequence? Apparently, Hattie Fairchild’s friends think it just what she needs. Hattie disagrees. She saw first hand what marriage could bring to a woman and it is definitely not for her. Because her attendance at church came from a sense of duty as well as the opportunity to play her music, Hattie will be seeing the new preacher often. It is important that he not realize the truth behind her presence. Hattie doesn’t know what she would do were her music taken away. Intrusions were not welcome in this life she worked so hard to build. What Hattie needs is not the attentions of Reverend Long, but rather the opposite. If he’ll mind his business, she’ll mind hers. Other than Sundays there should be no reason for further contact between them.

Of all the parishioners it is Hattie Fairchild who intrigues him the most. It seems no one in Mortonville truly knows her. Some called her strange. David didn’t agree. He looked forward to encounters with the evasive Miss Fairchild. Requiring her tailoring expertise is the perfect way to make those encounters happen.

Author Sherry Derr-Wille gives us a poignant tale of one woman’s journey from guarded skepticism to faith and forgiveness and the man who helps her see that she is worthy of being loved. The characters, with their all-too-human flaws are enjoyable and exasperating at the same time. Hattie’s Preacher will stir the most hardened of hearts leaving it to believe in the power of love.

Reviewed in December 2004 by Rho.

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