Thursday, January 21, 2010

Book: A Lady Like Sarah

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

A Lady Like Sarah
Thomas Nelson; Original edition (December 22, 2009)
Margaret Brownley


Thrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this, except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, "Maybe God's calling you to write fiction."

It turns out God was and Margaret did. She now has more than 20 novels to her credit. In addition, she's written many Christian articles and a non-fiction book. Still, it took a lot of prodding from God before Margaret tried her hand at writing inspirational fiction which led to her Rocky Creek series. "I love writing about characters at different stages of faith," she says of the new direction her writing career has taken, "and I'm here to stay."

Happily married to her real-life hero, Margaret and her husband live in Southern California.


Sarah Prescott has never known a respectable life; just a hardscrabble childhood and brothers who taught her to shoot straight.

Justin Wells left Boston in disgrace, heading out alone on the dusty trail to Texas. But when the once-respected clergyman encounters a feisty redhead in handcuffs with a dying US Marshall at her side, their journey takes a dramatic turn.

His high society expectations and Sarah's outlaw habits clash from the start. With a price on her head and a sweet orphan in tow, Justin and Sarah make the difficult journey toward Rocky Creek. There justice will be meted out hopefully with a portion of grace.


This book was a decent historical fiction read. I like the way it seemed more realistic in what it was like to live back then, not glossing over the little daily things like not having a bath for days!
It's one of those books where you pretty much know that the guy and girl end up together, but you can't figure out how until the end. I like that kind of book.

However, two things about it really bugged me. First, I hate it when the cover description gives away a detail of the story that doesn't happen until half way through the book. Then I spend that long just waiting for it to happen and looking for it. Cover blurbs should be introductions, not give away half the story!

Second, there was one thing that one of the main characters did towards the end of the story that just so completely doesn't fit with the character of the person that it just messed up the story for me. If you can suspend reality for a bit and just let it be a story where someone's doing something out of love... perhaps, but when the character successfully avoids this area every other time, and the book is kind of focused on that... just pretty much ruined it. I hate it when that happens.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Lady Like Sarah, go HERE


  1. Ha! This could be me. I was putting out a monthly newsletter for our church and our Bishop told me I should be writing books.


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