The New Rector, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The first Turnham Malpas novel from bestselling author Rebecca Shaw.When Peter Harris arrives in Turnham Malpas as the new rector, he finds the village people welcoming but set in their ways.

Yet despite his own weaknesses, and the sadness of his childless wife, he comforts and advises his new parishioners, growing more and more involved with the rural way of life.Then the whole village is rocked by spiteful trick that goes terribly wrong, and a gruesome murder that points to a killer in its midst.

Now, more than ever, Peter's pastoral role is crucial - and yet he is wrestling with his own private hell that may still wreck his own life.


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In the village of Turham Malpas in Great Britain, there is a buzz in the air. After years of having an elderly, staid minister, there is a new, young rector in town. As the book progresses, the reader is introduced to the people of Turham Malpas, their stories, their histories, and become invested in their futures. There’s romance, drama, suspense, intrigue, etc, etc. I absolutely love this book (and the series that go with it). I read it for the first time when I was traveling Europe and it was the first English novel my poor hands had managed to find in weeks, and I was indescribably enthused . . . and this excellent first impression has never died. I don’t think I could read the whole series back to back without getting tired of it, but I love to pick one up every now and then. The look into the life of a little British village (and all the drama it contains) is just plain fun. It is filled with quirky characters, well-rounded imperfect main figures, the good, the bad, the mysterious. Yay.

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This is the first in a brilliant series of books set in the village of Turnham Malpas. They are great for curling up and reading. You become totally absorbed in village life, and get to know each of the characters. Once you have read one you have to read them all, and I am now, impatiently, awaiting the next one in the series which isn't out until next year!

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I picked this up because I wanted I see what was being written about a clergy person - and I was hooked.This is a series of gentle stories. Nothing earth shattering, but compelling to read on never the less. Some real characters with real life dilemmas, sorrows and joys.I'm not always convinced by The Rector, but it's interesting to read.I've read the rest of the series if that's recommendation enough!

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