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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
This book was an interesting and quaint read. It is clear that the author is from the UK, which at times posed a challenge as to what she was talking about. Though that was part of the fun of reading the book! Regardless of the differences in language, this was a sweet story of a timid young curate at his first post. There are many loveable, and not-so-loveable, characters in the story that add to the many layers of the plot.
It is interesting that the story doesnt wrap up clean, but instead lures you into the next in the Dunbridge Chronicles series to see what the Fisher.
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