Monday, June 10, 2013

Pastors' Wives by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

What’s it like when the man you married is already married to God? asksPastors’ Wives, an often surprising yet always emotionally true first novel set in a world most of us know only from the outside.

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen’s debut novel 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 fictional 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’ll stop at nothing to protect her church and her superstar husband. Ginger, married to Candace’s son, struggles to play dutiful wife and mother while burying her calamitous past. All their roads collide in one chaotic event that exposes their true selves. Inspired by Cullen’s reporting as a staff writer for Timemagazine, Pastors’ Wives is a dramatic portrayal of the private lives of pastors’ wives, caught between the demands of faith, marriage, duty, and love.

Although this book is a work of fiction, I absolutely loved it! I always see all of these shows about Pastors and I have always wondered how a pastor’s wife dealt with everything and what their lives were like. Once I had read what the book was supposed to be about; I was really excited to start this book. 

From the very beginning I felt like I was in the story itself; like I was witnessing everything first hand. I thought some of the characters were really funny and some were a little heartbreaking. I really love how Lisa Takeuchi Cullen wrote this book; I think it is a very easy read and I love how the author is able to draw the reader into the story. 

I think this would be a wonderful book for a women’s reading group or for anyone in general. I was a little sad that I had gotten to the end of the book; I would like to see the 3 wives in the story be featured in a series of books by this author (I know I would read the series if there was one.) Overall as a story and plot I give this book an “A+.”

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Tiffany

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