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Mistaken identity leads to romance, laughter, and second chances in this inspirational historical romance.

The Kansas community of Fairland anticipates the arrival of their new minister. Over the past several months, late in 1882, postmistress Grace Cristler has communicated with Reverend Dille via letters, answering his questions about the little town and its members and developing an affection for the man who pens thoughtful missives.

Theophil Garrison grew up under the loving influence of his saintly grandmother, but when Theo's older cousins make plans to rob a train and involve him in the heist, he flees the scene. While the cousins are on the run and out to avenge Theo's duplicity, he comes across a fatally ill traveler - a minister. Seeing a way to evade his troubles, Theo trades identities with the man, dons his fine black suit, carries a Bible, and prays that he'll be accepted as Rufus Dille.

In a short time "ministering" in Fairland, Theo finds himself falling for Grace, stumbling through sermons, but becoming enmeshed in the triumphs and trials of the people in the community. When Theo's true identity is uncovered, what will be left of the wonderful world he has built for himself, Grace, and those in the town who have come to love and accept him?

©2017 Kim Vogel Sawyer (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Great Story

A well written story without being subjected to filthy language. I wish more authors would tell the story without the use of bad language. Always grateful to find a good author who writes like the great storytellers in the past!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful christian book

i enjoyed it very much...couldn't recommend it more...no illicit sex....just a clean read
..starts sad..but the ends happy. ..i like happy endings!!!😅

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Cozy escapism, great narration

This is a charming tale from what feels like a much simpler, more innocent era; the story is predictable but delightful to follow. The narrator reads with obvious affection for all the characters; by the end of the book I felt like they had all become old friends. The story is humorous and loving and has a satisfying redemption theme. The references to the Bible are not heavy-handed; the characters turn to God frequently for guidance, but I think you could thoroughly enjoy the story whether or not you are a Christian. If you are, you will no doubt find lots to relate to here. I appreciated the escape into frontier times; a wonderful break from our current political climate. A nice story with memorable characters.

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An enjoyable story. A tough narration. :-)

I enjoyed this story. Pretty much guessed the ending, but that's ok. So many stories have similar ideas, but this one was different! A nice change.
I would have enjoyed it more if the older men didn't sound like Granny from the Beverly Hillbilllies, the other men sounded like women, and the main male character didn't sound like an 11 year old boy. it was very hard to picture him as a rough, grown man.

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  • A. C.
  • Tucson, AZ
  • 06-18-17

Good story!

Love this author. Story is heart warming and touching. I was sure about the narration at first, but turned out just fine! I recommend highly

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Good story

I enjoyed the storyline. The woman reading is a great reader but made the voices sound childish. She would be a great children's story reader.

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loved the story! Bad voice choices from narrator

as always I love the stories from this author. However, the voice internation choice for the main male character by the narrator almost ruined the story for me. She chose a whiny nasal voice that sounded like it belonged to an old codger from a western movie, and not young good-looking male character. Every time she spoke his voice parts I could just picture a toothless old bearded man standing by a campfire talking in a nasal whiny voice.

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Voices

I enjoyed the story. I was sadly disappointed in the performance. Most disappointing was the “male” characters soundly painfully female and even childlike. Many of the female characters had deeper voices than the male characters.
My hope is that this criticism be taken constructively, so that perhaps, future narrations will be more believable.

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Interesting story

I really liked the story and it kept me entertained. The narrator had some really good voices, except for Theo. I kept thinking he was a 10 year old kid instead of the protagonist in a romance novel.

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Abrupt ending

The story was pretty predicable, but sweet and uplifting. I have enjoyed several of Kim Vogel Sawyer's book's but I am always disappointed in the abrupt endings. I wish the author would add an epilogue. Narrator was below average, but not terrible. The male voices sounded like children.