Neil Fisher is the new curate for St. Stephen's Church in Dunbridge, England. A 25-year-old bachelor, Neil is faced with all of the challenges and lessons of a new curate. Please see the book description for an in-depth synopsis of the book.
Fisher of Men is a charming story of coming of age for Neil as he transitions from student to curate, and proceeds in discovering life with its joys and disappointments. The characters throughout the book are delightful and varied, eccentric and annoying. Poignant and amusing, the story portrays humanness, wit, sensitivity and compassion. The cast of characters is eclectic. The setting is quite stunning, with descriptive elements that enhance the plot. Relationships play a very significant role in the lives of the parishioners of St. Stephen's Church. I enjoyed this easy read, but was disappointed at the abrupt ending to the book. This is not a stand alone novel, but the first in a series of books that need to be read as such. I enjoyed Neil's journey from curate to his threshold to the priesthood.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network's Book Fun For Readers Only group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
This is a delightful story of St. Stephens' Parish in the town of Dunbridge, population 6 000. Neil Fisher, afraid of public speaking, is on his way for an interview with Reverend Margaret Prowse to see if he might be the man for the job as curate, and for him to see what he thinks.
The fun begins as we are introduced to Margaret and her interesting ways, along with her dear hubby Frank and their less than friendly cat, Archie. Something comes up, as it often does when one is a minister and Margaret is off. Neil goes to check out the church which like the congregation he will soon meet, comes with its own quirks. You will have to read the book to find out the unbelievable events that follow, and the reaction by Margaret and Frank.
A slew of fun, interesting and quirky characters make this a comical, yet so real read. You will laugh, you will cry, you may even shake your head in disbelief, but as the sister of a pastor/minister, trust me, life in a small town holds much more fun and entertaining situations than one might believe.
But that is just the beginning. There is also the overbearing mom, and women of romantic interest, so there is a little something for everyone.
I would definitely recommend this book. If you have not previously been a fan of books from the UK, or 'English' books, I would encourage you to press on through a couple of chapters and you will be hooked. It would have been nice to have had some of the terms explained at the back of the book, but not essential to the story. This is the first of three in The Dunbridge Chronicles, and I can't wait to read the second, which is already published and the third which is due out soon.
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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.
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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