The first novel in a charming new series, award-winning author Jane Myers Perrine's The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek is an amusing, warmhearted look at a small town's reception of its newly ordained minister. The mission of committee members Miss Birdie and Mercedes is to educate Adam Jordan on how things should be done in town. But soon the ladies decide on a new goal - to find him a wife.
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Would that it were possible!
I feel very mixed about this book. On one level the characters just didn't feel real or well developed in a believable way. The story line was filled with quick fixes and pat answers to all the troubles in the small VERY closely knit community in the story. The people were quirky-- in helpful but not always kind ways. On the other hand I was drawn in and wanted to see how the book ended. To me, in the end, it was just a string of meddlesome and often edgy interaction. With a strong dash of judgmental--I know what is best for everyone kind of tone. In life I think it would be surprising to find such an involved and connected community. I'm not sure it would be a place that I would like to be part of-- if it was probable or even possible.
I would love to visit this town !
I love audio books because the characters come to life and feel like real friends. I don't have much luck when reading because it makes me sleepy so I listen to books when I go for my daily walk and when I'm in my car.
I really enjoyed the part where the kids first meet Sam, the soldier who lost a leg in the war. He was so good with them even though he was suffering.
Chris made me feel as if I was right there in the room the whole time in every situation.
New Young Minister Welcomed to Small Town Community
I can't wait to read more about this town. I miss all of the characters when I complete a book.
- Joyce K. Retherford