{Review} Preacher Man by Laurie Larsen


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{Review} Preacher Man by Laurie LarsenPreacher Man by Laurie Larsen
Publisher: Random Moon Books on January 29, 2014
Genre(s): Christian/Faith-based, Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 238

Our Rating

4.5 Stars

Regan Samuels is newly single and doing her best to raise her teenaged son in the city. She gives the adult dating world a go, but finds she'd rather trade in her stiletto heels for fuzzy slippers. Will she ever find love again, and if so, after the disaster of her first marriage, would she know what to do with true love if it ever found her?

Josh Gregory is a pastor who longs for the loving family that his parents never provided. Because he grew up in a broken home, he's always been ultra-careful about the women he dates. Besides, in his profession, a carefree dating relationship is a bit of an oxymoron. When he wins a date with Regan at a Charity Auction, he never expects to fall in love with her. After all, she's not really preacher's wife material.

But God has a different idea.

ReasonsToReadRegan Samuels is a newly divorced, single mother struggling to get back on her feet and make a new life for herself and her teenaged son Luke.  When her friend convinces her to take part in a charity auction, Singles for Sale, her self-esteem takes another hit as she attracts the attention of only one bidder.  Convinced he only bid because he felt sorry for her, she still agrees to the date, never expecting it to change her life.

Josh Gregory is a pastor, wholly dedicated to his faith and looking for the right woman to share his life.  But Regan’s lack of religion convinces her that she’s not the one, and despite how well everything else seems to be going for them, she lets him go.  After all, she doesn’t want to be another mistake for another man she can’t make happy.

But Josh knows there’s something special between them, and Regan finds herself back in his sights, considering taking that leap again.  Preacher Man is the heartwarming story of a man with all the faith in the world, and a woman who’s lost faith in even herself.

div TheVerdictI have a tough time with Christian books, since all too often they’re preachy, with characters whose minuscule flaws are easily overcome, and whose choices are always right.  But lately, I seem to be having some good luck, and Preacher Man is one of the rare few books that tells a story about realistic, imperfect, struggling people existing far outside the perfectly charmed church world.

Regan’s situation is all too common, deserted by a cheating husband, left for a younger woman, and stuck trying to provide some stability to an increasingly moody teenaged son.  Her confidence has taken a beating, and even though she’s spent her whole life building a home and a future, she’s having to start over again, this time without a partner to lean on.

Josh is absolutely amazing.  A motorcycle preacher, he’s no holier than thou man with a collar.  He’s kind and genuine, and he sees something in Regan that she thinks she’s lost.  His faith keeps him in line as she pulls herself together and takes a chance with him.

Religion aside (though admittedly, it’s a big part of the story), Preacher Man could easily be the story of any of thousands of women, somewhat lost and trying to figure out what comes next.  The difference here is that Regan finds a good man — or rather a good man bid on her — and his kindness and faith make her transition into the next chapter of her life so much better.


About Laurie Larsen

Since as far back as I can remember, I’ve been a writer. As a child, I wrote stories featuring my favorite characters at the time: horses. I created plays and nagged my neighborhood friends into acting, while I produced and directed, and presented them to our parents. I constantly kept a journal, a way to document my life’s events, and also try to make sense of the world around me. As a student at Blackburn College, I majored in English, and accepted my first job as an assistant editor at a small magazine publishing company.

Somewhere along the way, though, life got in the way. The salary that the magazine paid me to do the work I loved was minimal. Insulting, even. I needed to finance the basics of life – a home, a car, food. So I left the magazine, and embarked on a very different kind of career with a large insurance company. I got lots of opportunities — I paid health insurance claims, I taught the computer to insurance agents, I supervised customer service representatives in the billing department. I love my career and all the complex challenges I encounter there. During the course of my duties, I wrote memos and evaluations, but nothing that satisfied that creative urge within me to express myself.

When my life was at its busiest, juggling the responsibilities of marriage, homeownership, motherhood, and a full time career, I decided to resurrect my dream. I began writing – only in dribs and drabs, because that’s all I had time for. I looked forward to running up to my “office” (actually, my guest bedroom) every day, so I could spend my allotted one hour (the most I could convince my kids to leave me to myself) and write. The result was my first published book: Whispers of the Heart.

I was absolutely thrilled when Publishamerica, the first publisher I sent the manuscript to, loved it and wanted to publish it. Since then, I’ve been hooked. Since I began Whispers in 1998, I’ve consistently had a project underway. I now have six books published, and three more completed manuscripts which I’m shopping around, hoping to find a publisher who believes in them as much as I do. Along the way, I’ve won a couple awards, done many booksignings and appearances and met a lot of great people, both readers and writers.

Life is still busy. I’m currently a manager in the Information Technology field. My day job is a fast-paced, stress-filled environment. My husband and I are the proud parents of two sons. Seventeen and twenty, my oldest is in college and my younger is in high school. Although parenting changes the older they get, it’s still the most rewarding part of my life helping my boys grow and mature into their own lives.


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