Casting the Net, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (8 ratings)


Neil returns from his ordination inspired by his vocation, and determined not to let his love life get in the way.

Some might think a man lucky to have two women declaring their love for him, but it's not that straightforward when you're a priest! Neil's second year as curate of St Stephen's, in the small town of Dunbridge, promises to be no quieter than the first.

There are joys to be celebrated, worries to be shared, and bereavements that shake the community to its core. And of course, there are the women who mean to take care of him - from his domineering mother, Iris, who appears to have moved in, and Wendy, who knows she'd make him the perfect wife, to Claire, who doesn't believe in God, but does believe in Neil...


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Neil Fisher has just had his ordination and is now serving as curate at St. Stephen's/St. Gabriels's parishes. He's a bit overwhelmed by his new duties but soon proves to be up to the task. His love life is another story as the two women in his life vie for his attention. He wants one and not the other, but many problems will soon be arising with his decision.

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This book continues the chronicles of Neil, a newly ordained curate at an Anglican church in the small village of Dunbridge. If you read "Fisher of Men," the first in the series, you will recognize some of the characters. Neil struggles with two women who vie for his attentions, his mother and her overbearing ways, and several crises of faith. This book in the series seemed to contain more sad notes and situations, rather than the lighter tone of humor found in "Fisher of Men". I still enjoyed it, and the ending is a surprise--definitely "to be continued." I am anxious to see how this all plays out in the third installment.

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I found the story of this book quite calming and mildly diverting, even if it was a little twee at times. There were moments when emotions could have been very heightened but I felt they were not. It was just too calm. Characters also seemed to have massive personality changes, particularly the curate's mother, without any real reason.I have to say I found the writing somewhat frustrating. The characters, especially at the beginning of the book, seemed to have to speak in discourses explaining who they were and what their history was instead of having it revealed through the text.

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In the mood for a quick book without much depth? This is one of those. The storyline was better than the story, it could've been much more. Saying that I did enjoy the book somewhat. The setting is perfect and the two women the priest is attracted to (one romantically, one for her abilities) are interesting characters. This is supposed to be Christian fiction though having an Angelican priest interested in a woman proclaiming to be athiest is certainly unusual for this genre. Throw in a mother who is hard to please and you've got an interesting read. (I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing, my opinion is my own)

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Neil has settled in at St. Stephan’s for his second year as curate. He is certainly more sure of himself, but is still under the guidance of Margaret, friend and rector. There are always projects underway, services to plan, and people to serve. Joys abound but sorrow also shows its face. While Neil has immersed himself in the day-to-day happenings of the parish, Wendy is plotting to endear herself to him, making sure he sees just how perfectly she fits into his life as curate. Unfortunately for Wendy, Neil is attracted to another, less perfect mate. But Wendy is not one to be thwarted in her quest, even if she has to resort to some subterfuge. Author Pam Rhodes has masterfully developed these characters and placed them in a delightful plot. She is spot-on when it came to describing the problems involved with pleasing members of the congregation who have decided that no matter what you do, the service is too contemporary/too old-fashioned and not meaningful/too serious, all at the same time. This delightful series is liberally sprinkled with humor and yet does not shy away from addressing more serious issues. A solid, 5-star novel of worth.

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