The Distracted Preacher
by Thomas Hardy
From the master of Victorian tragedy, the surprisingly comic adventures of a man caught between romance and religion.
When young Mr. Stockdale arrives in a small village to fill in for the Methodist minister, he finds himself pining for his comely new landlady. But she leads a mysterious life, keeping odd hours and speaking in hushed tones. As his love for her grows, he’s soon at the center of a hilarious high-stakes adventure, complete with slapstick, hijinks, and a marauding band of cross-dressers. And he’s forced to choose: follow his heart or his higher purpose?
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- Melville House, September 2012
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