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

Theophil Garrison grew up under the loving influence of his saintly grandmother, but was roped into his cousins’ train-robbing plan. When they fail and are apprehended, Theo fled the scene, evading jail time. Now an angry cousin is out to avenge Theo’s duplicity, and he’s on the run. He encounters a fatally ill traveler — a minister.

Seeing a way to keep hidden, Theo trades identities with the man, dons his fine black suit, carries a Bible and prays that he’ll be accepted as Rufus Dille.

Once in Fairland, if Theo’s true identity is uncovered, what will be left of the world he has built for himself, Grace, and those in the town who have come to love and accept him?

Kim Vogel Sawyer has penned another winner in her newest release, Grace and the Preacher.

Sawyer does an amazing job of creating complex and believable characters.Grace and the Preacher, by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Grace is a sweet and relatable character who is so positive and hopeful. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her.

Theo’s character was an interesting mix. On one hand, I didn’t completely approve of his actions, but on the other, I could empathize with him and understand his motivations.

The secondary characters were wonderfully detailed, as well.

Grace and the Preacher has the perfect blend of tension and slower-paced scenes, balanced perfectly to keep you reading to the very end. There also is a great mix of historical details sprinkled throughout the novel.

Sawyer’s writing is top notch and I really enjoyed delving into this memorable story.

It is a wonderful tale of redemption, forgiveness and hope.

About Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of 15 novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers.

Kim Vogel Sawyer


Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and Inspirational Readers Choice Award.

Sawyer is active in her church, where she leads women’s fellowship, and participates in both voice and bell choirs.

In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting and calligraphy.

Sawyer and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren.

She invites you to visit her website at for more information.