Fisher of Men, Dunbridge Chronicles Series #1   -     By: Pam Rhodes
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Fisher of Men, Dunbridge Chronicles Series #1

Monarch Books / 2013 / Paperback

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Neil Fisher's first trip to Dunbridge was not a success. Having inadvertently locked himself in St Stephen's Church for hours (and succumbing to the communion wine and wafers for dinner) it seemed miraculous they gave him the curate's job! On arrival in the small town of Dunbridge it quickly becomes clear that life is not going to be tranquil for the eligible new bachelor, as four formidable women are determined to make their presence felt. There is his mother, Iris, still questioning his choice of career; his rector, the no-nonsense Margaret, who is not one for taking prisoners; Claire, his new neighbour, whom he's already managed to offend. And then there is Wendy, the beautiful leading light of the church music group, who has her own plans for Neil. It can only end in trouble.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Monarch Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9781782640004
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Series: Dunbridge Chronicles

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The country church of St. Stephen's, Dunbridge, under the leadership of the formidable Rev. Margaret Prowse, is getting a new curate. The whole congregation is abuzz as the shy but earnest Neil Fisher arrives to take up his very first post.

Though intimidated by Margaret, he is determined to overcome his shyness and immediately sets out to meet the congregation. As often occurs when a man of the cloth is single, his mission becomes somewhat sidetracked when his attention is first drawn to Ros, the spiky single mum who looks after the vicarage garden, and then commandeered by Wendy, leader of the church music group, who is determined to bag herself a vicar for a husband. And if that isn't enough, he also has to contend with his opinionated mother, who strongly disapproves of her son's vocation.

Featuring a charming mix of colorful characters, Fisher of Men transports readers to the quaint village of Dunbridge where the quiet miracle of life is revealed.

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  1. tmurrell
    TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not my style
    September 26, 2014
    tmurrell
    TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Neil felt God calling him to be a priest, to minister to a body of believers. So he arrives in Dunbridge with hope and trepidation. What he finds is a family. He might not be quite the priest that he'd like to be. But his church family will love him through it. Some a bit more than others.

    This book is like reading from a pastor's diary. There are a ton of details to give the visual for the story. But I had a hard time picturing the setting. There are quite a few characters. The author has done a great job with the character development, but there were so many that I still felt lost. Because this was more of a slow moving narrative of the curate's life, the sub plots are numerous and varied. The main protagonist doesn't really have a plot, except for the mild romance that is thrown in. The story doesn't really end as much as it just stops. The curate is left with a major decision to make and the reader must read the next book before finding out what happens.

    I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Karen Ketcham
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Christian fiction
    September 19, 2014
    Karen Ketcham
    Fisher of Men (The Dunbridge Chronicles)

    Author Pam Rhodes



    This is the first book in The Dunbridge Chronicles. The setting is in the small English village of Dunbridge where Neil Fisher arrives as a 25 yr old new curate for St Stephens church. Neil has a lot to learn from the Reverend Margaret Prowse and the delightful cast of characters, which I thought were very well developed. Neil is a timid shy young man who is surrounded by domineering women starting with his mother who cannot be pleased and is very vocal about it. The parishioners of St Stephens take to Neil and they become the family he did not have as an only child. There is light hearted humor as well as deep devotion and searching by the parishioners and their stories all intertwine just as in any church. This book takes you through love lost, love hoped for, and a faith in God that is inspiring. I loved the missionary sisters and the bell ringers escapade. It shows the promises of God fulfilled in many different ways. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the rest of the chronicles.





    Thank you to the author and publisher for the copy of this book I received through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Johnette
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    quaint story
    September 17, 2014
    Johnette
    This is the first book I have read by Pam Rhodes. I've discovered that she is from the UK. I like the differences in language with words like , vicarage, parish, bangers and mash, mum etc.

    This book isn't the style I normally read, but it was a easy and lighthearted read.

    Neil Fisher is the man character in the story. A young man (25 yrs old) seeking to become the Reverend of his first church. He starts out visiting St. Stephens and locking himself in the church ( on accident of course) he didn't know what would happen. how would they give him a job after this?

    Being single of course opens the eyes of the single women in Dunbridge. So begins the story of Neil and the women in his life. His "Mum" is overbearing and not happy with his choice of work. Between the musical Wendy, his neighbor Claire, his rector and other women in town we see the good and bad unfold. Poor Neil definitely messes up and it seems to happen on front of the whole world. You know how everyone knows what happens ( good or bad)in a small town!

    You get to meet many great characters from

    The community( and the not so wonderful ones too) on visitations you learn of the food that he is stuffed with and stories about their past...like the loss of a child etc. Basically all that pastors go through, birth to death and all between.

    I feel the book ends in a way that you need to read the rest of the series. It really left you hanging..which would lead you to purchase more books. It reminds me a little of the At Home in Milford books I think Were by Jan Karon.

    I received this copy from BookFun.org in exchange for my honest opinion
  4. inspiremichelle
    Loureauville, LA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Strng characters
    September 15, 2014
    inspiremichelle
    Loureauville, LA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Fisher of Men, The Dunbridge Chronicles by Pam Rhodes

    A great fast paced read. I was able to read it completely in one afternoon. The characters are realistic with everyday problems like you and me. This book was funny but serious at times. I was upset with the ending, I felt like I was left hanging. It is a sweet Christian romance. The author Pam Rhodes did a fantastic job of creating unique larger than life characters. I thought the mom Iris, was a hoot and just needs a swift kick in the pants. Neil Fisher the new minister in town had a lot to learn and learned a lot. Music Minister Wendy was a little manipulative. Claire atheist neighbor did not know she was searching for Christ. A great line up of strong personalities that come together to make a great story.

    I would recommend this 4 star book to anyone searching for a light read. I want to give a high-five to the author Pam Rhodes and publisher Lion Fiction for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. The Book Club Network Inc. provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.
  5. grammy
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    ok read
    September 14, 2014
    grammy
    First, the good, the book was well written, very few errors in grammar or punctuation. Second, the character, mostly, were well described. That leads to some of what I didn't like about the book: Too much detail. The first four chapters were spent mostly setting up the story. I also didn't like the fact that there were so many sub-stories. It felt, at times, like reading someones diary, not a story. I also had a problem with the leader of the church starting to fall for an atheist nor the subtle condoning of a married man having feelings for someone else. Last, the story didn't have a conclusion. You must buy the next in the series. This is a very big negative form me. I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
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