Fisher of MenPam Rhodes
The country church of St Stephen's in 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, h... Read More
As often occurs when a man of the cloth is single, his mission becomes sidetracked when his attention is first drawn to Ros, the 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.
Filled with both laughter and tears, Fisher of Men is the first book in author Pam Rhodes' series, The Dunbridge Chronicles.
Page Count: 256
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Apr 1, 2013
- UPC: 9781782640004
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 251
- Publish Date: Mar 14, 2013
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042000"
- ISBN: 1782640002
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- Fisher of Men by Nancee on 10/15/2014
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.
- Good Christian fiction by Karen Ketcham on 9/19/2014
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.
- Single Minister's Misadventures in Dunbridge by Becky on 9/1/2014
Hmmm... Slight problem as I got on to post my review. I saw that the second book in the series, Casting the Net, Book II of the Dunbridge Chronicles, is already out. I had to download that immediately, as Fisher of Men left me hanging, and now I'd rather be reading!! Guess I am hooked, and I didn't expect to be, since as an American I can find English tales a little hard to follow.
However, Pam Rhodes does a supremely good job of showing us that human nature is the same, no matter on which side of the pond you may be. Enter young, single new curate, Neil Fisher, to the village, and the female persuasion sits up and takes notice. Some of them shouldn't be noticing, which makes Neil uncomfortable. How to handle the "Glendas"? Some notice and plan the romance for him, in cahoots with his overbearing mother, who doesn't think Neil should be in this profession anyway. And some ladies just are themselves, neighbors, and friendly, but just very welcoming and comfortable.
Of course, Neil deals with more than just possible romantic liaisons. He learns to handle weddings, funerals, visits in which he gives the sacraments, becomes friends to the elderly, learns his parishioners' problems and strives to help them. (One funeral is quite memorable!!) Rhodes shows a lovable, if somewhat insecure, bumbling young man who grows into his curate position and into the hearts of the people of St. John's.By the end of the book, I felt a definite affinity for this young man and grieved when tragedy struck and was also dismayed when Rhodes finished the book without resolving affaires de coeur. So.. the need for book two, and hopefully we'll see some of the same secondary characters again, like Debs, Margaret, Graham, etc. Anyone who has had to go out into the world and start a job on their own and also has an interest in the Almighty would enjoy this book.
One take away quote in favor of belief in a God one cannot see:" Imagine you are driving a car on a dark night. You have your headlights on, so you can see everything you need to know in the arc of the light ahead of you... But if you can only believe what you see and prove, what about everything that lies in the darkness alongside and behind the car?...Doesn't your instinct tell you there's all sorts of life going on in the darkness, whether you can see it or prove it? That's how faith is for me. I instinctively know God is there...beyond my vision, but alongside me, carrying me, caring for me..."
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.