If You Follow Me : By the Author of 'Fisher of Men' Paperback
by Pam Rhodes
Part of the The Dunbridge Chronicles series
In the parish of Dunbridge the news is out: Claire and Neil are engaged! And yet, before the celebrations have really begun, Ben, the father of Claire's son, appears back on the scene...It quickly becomes clear that young Sam is not the only person Ben wants to win back.
As Neil reels in the face of Claire's confusion at spending time with her first love, Wendy always seems to be there to provide support and comfort.
Little does he know of Wendy's involvement in Ben's reappearance...However, Neil has little chance to ponder his love life as the whole weight of running the church and parish descends upon his inexperienced shoulders. Neil's time as a curate in Dunbridge is coming swiftly to an end.
Where should he go next, and who will go with him?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Lion Hudson Plc
- Publication Date: 19/09/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781782640790
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Review by ecataldi
Fans of BBC shows (Vicar of Dibley, Hetty Wainthrop, etc) and quaint country life should most definitely pick up this series! Inspirational fiction isn't usually known for its tongue in cheek humor or awkward hilarity, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that this had both. Author, Pam Rhodes, does an excellent job of bringing the Dunbridge parish to life and making its good humored and overworked curate supremely lovable. Neil, the curate, and the Church's gardener (a nonbeliever of all things!), Claire, are engaged to be wed. All is well with the world until, Claire's son's father unexpectedly comes back onto the scene. Between his busy work schedule and Claire's former flame, Neil is all a flutter. But there is no rest for the wicked! Parish life is demanding, there is a local talent show, dissent between the flower ladies, a young mother fleeing from her abusive husband and much more to be dealt with. It's laugh out loud funny, and surprisingly sentimental at times. If more inspirational fiction were like this, realistic, humorous, and honest, it would definitely attract a larger following. I received this book for free from Kregel Publishing in return for my honest, unbiased review.
Review by Barbara31542
Coming from a family of ministers and church workers, I really appreciated Pam Rhodes insight into a Minister's life. This book was delightful to read and her skill at character building was wonderful. From jealously within the church family to the personal decisions Neil Fisher had to make, the story painted a great picture of a Curate's life. Well Done!Thank you for sharing this with me.
Review by Maydacat
In this charming tale of parish life in Dunbridge, Neil’s time there is coming to a close. He has some hard decisions to make. Deeply in love with Claire, she nevertheless seems like an unlikely choice to be a pastor’s wife. Not yet embracing the faith which means everything to Neil, she is still drawn to him. But is that enough to join their lives together forever? Just when things seem to be falling in place, a sly move by Wendy brings Ben – the father of Clair’s son Sam – back into her life. Wendy has secret ulterior motives – she wants Neil for herself! Ahh, there is never a dull moment in this quiet village. Author Pam Rhodes writes an engaging tale and this series just keeps getting better. With real-life characters placed in a lovely setting, this story is entertaining as well as captivating. As Neil moves on to a new chapter in his life, we readers will have trouble waiting for the next installment to see where it takes him.
Review by KateBaxter
This third book in Pam Rhodes', The Dunbridge Chronicles, is a delightful and heart-warming story of a young curate of a British village parish, the care of which now falls squarely on his shoulders. With the sudden departure of former rector, Reverend Margaret Prowse, young Reverend Neil Fisher struggles internally with his own lack of confidence to shepherd a flock full of varied and sometimes difficult characters. But to all counts, he handles every challenge deftly and his instincts are spot on. As young Neil approaches the end of his curacy, he is staring at a crossroads - certainly regarding his career and, quite possibly, his own heart. Fans eagerly await the next installment in the lives of Reverend Neil Fisher and of all those he holds dear.I am grateful to Library Thing Early Reviewers, author, Pam Rhodes, publisher, Lion Fiction and distributor, Kregel Publications for providing me with a free copy of this book. Synopsis:In the parish of Dunbridge, the news is out--Claire and Neil are engaged! And yet, almost before the celebrations have begun, Ben, the father of Claire's son, appears back on the scene--keen to pick up where he and Claire left off.As Neil reels in the face of Claire's confusion, Wendy always seems to be there to provide support and comfort. Little does he know of Wendy's involvement in Ben's reappearance . . .However, Neil has little chance to ponder his love life as the whole weight of running the church and parish descends upon his inexperienced shoulders. His mother, Iris, who has never hesitated to share her opinions, has just moved to be near him and Neil's time as a curate in Dunbridge is coming swiftly to an end. Where should he go next, and just who will go with him?
Review by vintagebeckie
The Reverend Neil Fisher, curate in training, returns in the third book in Pam Rhodes Dunbridge Chronicles series, If You Follow Me. A little older and wiser, Neil is scrambling to take care of parish business after the departure of the rector. Facing both serious challenges and hilarious situations, Neil comes through in this satisfying end of the series.Neil Fisher’s life is very busy. Filled with funerals, weddings, christenings, dual church services and a host of other church duties, Neil’s greatest challenges come when faced with the very real people in his congregation. If You Follow Me is a view of a small English village church not unlike Jan Karon’s Mitford series. However, there is more of an edge to Rhodes’ book. Neil must minister to people facing grief, loss and lack of hope. A young woman and her children are burned out of their home. A couple married for over 60 years face the ultimate loss of their lives. And a young man’s attempted suicide has a profound effect on his parents. But Rhodes does interject a lot of hilarity as well. You won’t want to miss the wedding complete with The Battle Hymn of The Republic as a congregational sing.One thing to note is that If You Follow Me is British Christian fiction. The standards for that designation in England are different than here in the U.S. You will find some profanity and a more liberal view of inclusiveness of the church. The one thing that struck me the most was that Neil is engaged to a non-believer — and no one has a problem with that. (Well at least no one that matters.) I found it interesting that his own Bishop and his former rector find that his coming marriage to one who is not a Christian won’t really pose any problems for his ministry.Despite the above exceptions, I generally liked If You Follow Me. You can read my reviews of books 1 and 2 by clicking on the following titles: Fisher of Men and Casting The Net.Audience: Adults.(Thanks to Lion Hudson and Kregel for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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