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Publication Date: 2011
The ministry makes no concessions for ministers' wives, Poppy Fraser thinks, when her husband of 20 years decides to chuck his fast-paced, high-paying career and answer the call from God. Poppy is unprepared for the demands the church makes on her time and, since she doesn't get paid as her husband does, isn't sure this is the life she wants. Add the fact that the town of Mount Oak is a tourist stop, with each church attempting to outdo the others, and Poppy is ready to pull her hair out. Gradually, she begins to meet with Mildred LaRue, the wife of a former pastor from another church, to gain advice. Their meetings expand to include most of the other ministers' wives in the area in a support group that crosses denominational lines. With their help, Poppy finally faces the failings in her marriage and her devotion to the Lord and becomes strong enough to help others when an unexpected death occurs. Samson (Fields of Gold) departs from historical romance to focus light on an aspect of ministry usually kept in the dark. Recommended for fans of Lynn Hinton's Friendship Cake (LJ 6/1/00). Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
A Thousand Acres meets Friendship Cake in this engaging novel by Christian romance writer Samson. Readers in search of a fast-paced plot will want to look elsewhere, but those interested in a complex, compelling protagonist will enjoy this book. Narrator Poppy Fraser leads readers through the novel's two plot lines. The central story concerns Poppy's best friend, Chris, whose son tragically dies in a college hazing stunt. Poppy, a pastor's wife, begins to meet regularly with other local "church ladies" to pray for Chris and her family. The second story line concerns Poppy's own family: although she is a devout Christian, Poppy struggles with her role as a pastor's wife, and with her eldest daughter, who has rejected Jesus and Mom in favor of multiple body-piercings and premarital sex. Furthermore, in a startling plot twist for evangelical fiction, Poppy also wrestles with the guilt of an affair she had several years before. She works to hold her own strained family together, even as she tries to help her best friend's family heal. Samson's fans will love the feisty, honest Poppy; she's down to earth, occasionally sarcastic and always tempted by sweets and expensive coffee. She loves her kids, but doesn't romanticize parenthood. The book is distinguished by Samson's polished prose, especially her striking metaphors and similes ("the darkened sky still hovers over me like a Reformer's cloak"). Samson combines finely grained family drama with quirky Christian women's domestic fiction. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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