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The Maverick Preacher (The Women of Swan's Nest, Book 1) (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical #25) [Paperback]

By Victoria Bylin (Author)
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Item description for The Maverick Preacher (The Women of Swan's Nest, Book 1) (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical #25) by Victoria Bylin...

Once upon a time, he was one of Boston's most righteous ministers. Now Joshua Blue is a guilt-stricken man scouring the West to find the sister he drove away with his pride. When the trail leads him to Denver, a beautiful boardinghouse owner might be the key to unlocking past secrets.. By sheer determination, Adelaide Clark has raised her young son alone. When Joshua arrives at her door, Adie fears he'll tear her family apart. As she gets to know the charming preacher, however, she sees he's come to make amends for past wrongs. Soon his strong faith sparks Adie's long-buried hope for a future with a God-sent partner at her side..

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Steeple Hill
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.58" Width: 4.3" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   0.29 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2009
Publisher   Steeple Hill
Series  Love Inspired Historical  
ISBN  0373828055  
ISBN13  9780373828050  

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More About Victoria Bylin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances acclaimed for their true-to-life characters and stories. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards, and the Reviewers' Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit her website at to find out more.

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Fallen Preacher meets Strong Woman of Faith  Feb 26, 2010
Vicki Bylin's characters are real, flawed and vulnerable. Her heroes are men who've fallen and understand weakness can wreak havoc in your life. They're men who've strived to rise above their frailties to become worthy of the women they love. And her heroines are strong in spirit and faith. They work hard and fall in love hard - usually against their better judgment.

God's plan is woven into every story Vicki writes. You know her characters are God-fearing people. It's just that we're all human and stumble along our daily walk and Vicki's characters are the same way. There are no perfect people. Only God's perfect love and He uses it to nudge her characters along.

In The Maverick Preacher, the hero is Joshua Blue. Once one of Boston's most righteous preachers, Joshua drove his own sister away when she committed what appeared to him as an unpardonable sin. He called her a Jezebel among other names and threw her out of his moral mansion. Leaving his hypocrisy behind, she fled west carrying only the baby in her womb and some jewelry.

A few days later while working on a sermon about the woman at the well, Joshua underwent a revelation. His sister had gone to him for support and he'd been the one to cast the first stone. And the last one, too. Driven by guilt, he resigns from the big Boston church and follows his sister's trail. Trials face him along the way proving no matter how low you think you've fallen, there's still room to drop. Along the way he hears about a boarding house for troubled women in Denver and decides to check it out.

Late one night, Adelaide Clark hears a thump at her door and wonders if it's another battered woman. She opens it to find a man lying on the stoop. Gaunt and desperate, the man, Joshua, convinces her to let him board with them. Against her own rules, she agrees. It doesn't take long for her to wish she'd turned him away when he starts questioning her about his sister and the child she would have had by now.

Thank goodness neither his, nor his sister's names mean anything to Adie. She truthfully tells him she never met his sister. Yet, his story is startlingly similar to the woman Adie befriended back in Kansas. The woman who - before she died - made Adie promise to raise her son as her own and never give him over to her pious, powerful brother. No one in Denver knows the child isn't hers and she'll do anything to keep it that way.

If you find a copy of The Maverick Preacher, I know it will give you a satisfying read. I bawled like a baby while I read it. Her books just hit that emotional chord in me.
Excellent!!!  Oct 4, 2009
I loved this book. Victoria Bylin is an excellent writer.
If you like Christian western romances don't miss this one. It is a page-turner!!!
"Best Western" author!  Mar 16, 2009
After reading my first Victoria Bylin book, The Bounty Hunter's Bride, I knew I'd found an author whose books I would always be eager to read. The Maverick Preacher made me taste the dust and feel the emotions from the first page. One of Ms.Bylin's greatest gifts is her ability to portray a hero who is a real man in need of healing, who has flaws--yet who somehow emerges heroic, and worthy. Great secondary characters (love the Swan's Nest concept), and a vulnerable yet strong heroine. Steeple Hill is fortunate indeed to have this author in their 'stable.'

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