11-23-2014 - Sensual writing

The Baptists


Anna Westover had no idea at seventeen, still grief-stricken from the loss of her grandmother, and back living with her horrible family, that Victor Spofford, a young charismatic Baptist preacher, would be the wrong choice, the worst choice. On her grandmother’s insistence, she’d refused to even date the boy she’d always loved, simply because he wasn’t Baptist.

Her wedding was a dream; her new life as a preacher's wife a wondrous challenge. Then Victor changed ... or was it that he finally revealed his true nature? No one would believe that he abused her. He never hit — at least not intentionally. And as the preacher’s wife, in whom could she confide?

To others, he was gorgeous, enlightened, dynamic. He knew the right words to give comfort or guidance. He brought scores of sinners to the Lord with his woeful childhood tales. He was always sorry later, and she wanted to believe him. But then he loses his job and she reveals his lies. Desperate for comfort, she turns to her childhood love. Then the violence escalates and she must take a stand. Read an excerpt.