The Passion of Reverend Nash

"The Passion of Reverend Nash is one of those novels that's so wonderful you're afraid to recommend it because if your friends don't like it, you'll just pity them. Rachel Basch's story of a Congregational minister tested beyond her limits inspires that sort of devotion…Having violated every other taboo of polite conversation, serious novelists have finally dared to enter that most intimate realm of American life: spirituality. Indeed, the bedroom seems downright staid next to this delicate territory, but romance readers shouldn't be misled by the suggestive title of Basch's novel. She's using the word "passion" in its Gethsemane sense. The paperback won't feature a chisel-chested minister astride some swooning parishioner in a hoop skirt…Basch has a cool, witty voice that holds steady even when the scenes she describes convulse with grief. With Jordanna, she's created a character of giant sympathy, desperate love, and the small, ordinary failings that bring us all down. This is a novel that acknowledges the potential for joy even in the bleakest moments, but the author knows such freedom is hard won and that the deepest spiritual wisdom sometimes comes not from the pulpit but straight from the whirlwind.”

- Ron Charles The Christian Science Monitor

“With tortured unflinching clarity… Basch charts the redemptive
downfall of a small-town reverend...
A compelling, smart, no-holds-barred story committed equally to verisimilitude and compassion.”

- Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)

“In this extremely powerful and well-written meditation on faith in the modern world, Basch examines our responsibility to one another in times of trouble.”

- Library Journal
(starred review)