Friday, May 3, 2013

Pastor's Wives

**This is not a Dew review, but this novel might be of interest to you, so I thought I'd share.**

Several years ago, then Time magazine reporter Lisa Takeuchi Cullen attended a religious retreat for a story assignment about pastors’ wives. Given her Catholic upbringing, she really had no idea of what to expect. What she found was that life as a pastor’s wife was much more complex than imagined.

 Inspired by her research, Cullen shares a revealing look at the lives of these remarkable women and the world of megachurches in her novel PASTORS’ WIVES (Plume Original / May 2013 / $16.00).

 Cullen’s debut is already receiving accolades like “a terrific first novel, fast-paced and fresh” from Laura Zigman, and “riveting, perceptive, funny” from Gretchen Rubin. PASTORS’ WIVES follows three women whose lives converge and intertwine at Greenleaf, a Southern evangelical megachurch.


New Yorker Ruthie Matters is surprised, yet supportive, when her Wall Street husband hears a calling to serve. Giving up cosmopolitan city life, the couple moves to idyllic Magnolia, a suburb of Atlanta.

 Reeling from the death of her mother, Ruthie suffers a crisis of faith—in God, in her marriage, and in herself. Candace Green is Greenleaf’s “First Lady,” a force of nature who’ll stop at nothing to protect her church and her charismatic husband.

Ginger is married to Candace’s son, Timothy, a preacher who is often called away for missionary travel. Ginger struggles to play dutiful wife and mother while burying her calamitous past.

When their lives collide during a fateful event that threatens the survival of all that is precious to them, each will ask herself: what is the price of loving a man of God?