Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Book Review: "Pastors' Wives" by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

Pastors' Wives Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
Published: April 30, 2013
ISBN-10: 0452298822
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: LitFuse Publicity Group
Recommended for readers looking for a lighter read

Pastors' Wives follows three women whose lives converge and intertwine at a Southern evangelical megachurch.  Ruthie follows her Wall Street husband from New York to Magnolia, a suburb of Atlanta, when he hears a calling to serve at a megachurch called Greenleaf.  Reeling from the death of her mother, Ruthie suffers a crisis of faith--in God, in her marriage, and in herself.  Candace is Greenleaf's "First Lady," a force of nature who will stop at nothing to protect her church and her husband.  Ginger, married to Candace's son, struggles to play dutiful wife and mother while burying her calamitous past.  When their lives collide during a fateful event that threatens the survival o fall that is precious to them, each will ask herself: what is the price of loving a man of God?

My thoughts:
This book worried me.  Honestly, I was sure it was going to be one huge cliche.  Three women, all wives of pastors, seem to fill the standard roles: the questioning wife, the powerful wife, the wife with a past.  I could tell where this one was going.

Well, I was wrong.  Instead, Pastors' Wives is a well-written tale of women, defined by their husbands, trying to find their own way in the world.   Ruthie seems to be the main character, and the only one to speak in first person.  Of the three, I find her the most human and, in some ways, the most entertaining.  Ginger is clearly the Magdalene of the bunch, but Cullen skillfully draws her so that she doesn't fall into the "prostitute with a heart of gold" cliche.  Candice, at first glance, appears to be a villain.  However, of the three, she is the most faceted character.  Whether or not you like her doesn't matter--you will respect her.

Yes, this is a lighter book. But, if that is what you are looking for (as I was!) it will be a satisfying and entertaining read.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a story with real women going through real struggles.

This review is part of a blog tour by LitFuse Publicity Group.  I received a copy of the book to read and review.  All opinions are mine and mine alone and I received no other compensation for this review.

b>Lisa Takeuchi Cullen is celebrating the release of her debut novel, Pastors' Wives, with an iPad Mini Giveaway and connecting with readers on Facebook on May 23rd!


One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A $25 iTunes gift card
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 22nd. Winner will be announced at the "Pastors' Wives" Author Chat Party on May 23rd. Connect with Lisa for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Lisa will also be giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Pastors' Wives and join Lisa on the evening of May 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 23rd!

Pastors' Wives
by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

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