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Preacher on the Run: A Novel of the Regulator Uprising

Jayna Baas

Preacher on the Run: A Novel of the Regulator Uprising by Jayna Baas is Christian historical fiction centered on the Regulator Rebellion of the Revolutionary War Era. The over 310-page novel includes 50 chapters plus a prologue and epilogue. Additional pages include a North Carolina Piedmont Area map from 1771, background information, scripture references, and a bibliography.

I used this book as a read-aloud with my 10-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son. Though it did not fit in with our studies this year, I was drawn to the book because a young author wrote it, and I wanted to take the time to discover the story with my children. It was age appropriate for a 14-year-old though the plot was a little ambitious for a ten-year-old. I will assign the book to my 16-year-old son to read independently during his next school year when his studies cover the Revolutionary War. I also suspect my post-high school daughter would enjoy this book and make sure it is available for her.

Preacher on the Run is a unique book. Though historical fiction, the author constructed her story in two fresh and exceptional ways. First, the dialogue was more modern than expected of a 1700s setting, giving the characters a relatable connection to the present-day reader. Second, the main character Robert Boothe along with his wife Magdalen are nearly super-hero in the sense that they are aware something big is working against them. They seem to expect trouble, as well as the Lord's strength to handle that trouble. The result of the author's choices is a surprisingly entertaining read with quite a bit of clever humor, which was unexpected given the historical period. Nearly every day, I would catch my 14-year-old with a grin or laugh as I read. Even the title evokes a smile and intrigues.


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