Cullen offers an insider’s look into the imperfect Christian life of a pastor’s wife, and the strain it can place on a marriage. Alternating points of view add to the depth and action and reinforce how the characters are connected.
Candace and Aaron Green are the “first family” of Greenleaf, Atlanta’s megachurch. Candace is the dutiful pastor’s wife, but life bcomes challenging after her husband is injured and a possible scandal threatens the church. Ruthie and her husband, Jerry, move from New York City so he can be pastor at Greenleaf. Ruthie misses her family and finds it difficult to be married to a man who is also married to God. Ginger is married to Candace’s son, Timothy, also a preacher. He spends the majority of his time on the mission field, leaving her with their two children. Ginger has a secret past, which leads to a new opportunity. (PLUME, Apr., 368 pp., $16.00)
Leslie L. McKee