Monday, May 20, 2013

Pastor's Wives by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen Book Review & Blog Tour + Win an iPad Mini

*Disclosure- I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher via Litfuse. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are 100% my own. 

About PastorsWives

What's it like when the man you married is already married to God? asks PastorsWives, 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 PastorsWivesfollows 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 Time magazine, Pastors'Wives is a dramatic portrayal of the private lives ofpastorswives, caught between the demands of faith, marriage, duty, and love.

My thoughts:

I was interested in reading this book because I thought it had a different premise and wanted to get inside the heads and lives of pastors' wives. I should mention that this book is not written by a faith based author (although the author herself seems likely to be a Christian) or published by a Christian publishing company so there is a tiny bit of language and is not as squeaky clean as a Christian novel would be, but then I think some of that is the point. That pastors' wives aren't perfect and have many of their own struggles. I know that and it is good for us to realize that they are just normal people with husband's who have an extraordinary calling which makes their calling to be married to these men pretty extraordinary. That said, I felt that all of the main characters had too much conflict going on, I know that almost everyone questions their choices and their spouses choices and maybe even their marriage sometime, but almost all of the women in the book (one in particular to me) seem to be pretty selfish in their thoughts and some of their actions. I thought it was a good story with a good subject, but felt that maybe there was a lot of conflict for conflict's sake. I would have liked an equal amount of conflict and happiness. I was happy that the book was written from each woman's perspective  it was nice to get several different views of several different characters.

About Lisa: Lisa Takeuchi Cullen was a longtime staff writer for TIME magazine. She now develops TV pilots for production companies and recently sold her first pilot for "The Ordained" to CBS. Born in Japan, Cullen lives in New Jersey with family.

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen is celebrating the release of her debut novel, Pastors' Wives, with an iPad Mini Giveaway and connecting with readers on Facebook on May 23rd!


One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A $25 iTunes gift card
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 22nd. Winner will be announced at the "Pastors' Wives" Author Chat Party on May 23rd. Connect with Lisa for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Lisa will also be giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Pastors' Wives and join Lisa on the evening of May 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 23rd!

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