Preacher on the Run: A Novel of the Regulator Uprising by Jayna Baas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book! I don’t usually think about books except when I’m reading them – unless they’re really good – and I kept thinking about this story throughout the day! (Always a good sign.)
There were so many good things. Robert was such a great character: strong, brave, steady, yet also flawed in so many ways. He tried to do the right thing, but he failed many times. Maggie was also great; I would have loved to see more of her! I really enjoyed the family dynamic between Rob, Maggie, and Susanna – so often, a romance is the only relationship that’s explored in books, but seeing a happy family was so sweet. (And Susanna’s scenes were well-done. She actually seemed like a kid!) The side characters were also really interesting, and at this point I am begging for a book about Mitchell! He had some of Rob’s steady courage, but he was also a little wilder, a little rougher, and more humorous. I loved his close relationship with the Lord and how he prayed out loud as if he were just talking to a friend. And he’s a circuit-riding preacher. (All kinds of adventures waiting right there! See, I am begging…) Alec’s character arc was also great to watch – he had some secrets hidden there!
I really enjoyed the plot of this book. I haven’t read that many books set in the Revolutionary War era, but if they were all like this, I would be reading all of them! There was always something pushing the plot forward and made me want to keep reading. And the ending … let’s just say, Rob, you’re the man.
Unlike so many “Christian” books of this day and age, Preacher on the Run had wonderful, strong morals. Rob’s struggle to trust God was peppered throughout the book, and he didn’t just have a snap moment when everything was perfect, and he had perfect faith. He failed multiple times, just as all Christians do as they struggle with trusting the Lord or any other part of the Christian life. I especially enjoyed the focus on freedom and the characters’ willingness to fight for what they believed. If there were more pastors like Robert Boothe and churches like his today, I think the country would be in a far better place than it is right now! Although they were willing to fight for what they believed in, they longed for peace and did all they could to keep from taking lives. The Gospel was scattered throughout the book, and I loved all of the Scripture references in day-to-day conversation!
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a Baptist myself, I especially loved reading about Baptists standing up for truth and freedom. I can’t wait to read Jayna Baas’s next book! If you enjoy historical fiction with strong Christian themes, you won’t be disappointed!
Thanks to the author for a free copy in exchange for an honest review!