PREACHER ON HORSEBACK by Cecile Hulse Matschat
Kirkus Star


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A first novel by the author of Suwannee River, and a novel that shows a gifted creative quality and a sure hand of a craftsman. I liked it, immensely. It is the story of a circuit rider whose every instinct seems to be in contradiction to his calling, as interpreted by the people he serves. He and his lovely young bride, a girl fresh from a young girls' seminary and a sheltered home, set forth in a Conestoga wagon for northern New York state. From the start, his sense of the dramatic, his easily stirred passions, his imagination carry them into rough waters --and she proves, for a time, unequal to the challenge -- and a challenge it is. From York state to Michigan in the lumber belt -- facing poverty, disillusionment, hardship, they finally achieve some measure of mutual understanding and a mutual appreciation of what the wilderness offers them. A good yarn, adroitly told, with characters that are not stereotyped and with situations that are fresh. The period is Post-Civil War; the story has more substance than the usual costume piece. Sell to the Chad Banna and Artillery of Time market.

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1940
Publisher: Farrar & Rinehart