Once again, the Widows of Butternut Creek are determined to find a bride for Pastor Adam. This time, their candidate is as gun shy as the pastor! A traumatic experience as a college freshman has left Gussie Milton "once bitten, twice shy." Although she'd like a relationship, she's frightened, so she's thrown herself into caring for her aging parents, her photography business, and her church.
In the eyes of Miss Birdie and her friend Mercedes, aka "the Widows," Gussie would make their young pastor the perfect wife. And though the attraction proves mutual, first Gussie's past and then the pastor's hopes for the future threaten to keep them apart. Can the Widows' meddling be the catalyst that changes the couple's lives forever?
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No, I would not. This was not a well-written story and the narrator made it even worse.
This book seems to want to be like the Mitford series. Small town preacher (with an unruly dog) takes in kids who need a home. There are quirky small town residents and a slowly evolving love story. The characters are not well developed. I don't believe that anyone would act the way they act or talk the way they talk. The book's formula was: introduce a problem and then solve it so quickly a person could get whiplash while listening. Throw in a few silly, slapstick events (i.e. the Christmas tree scene) and call it good.
No idea. I am sure that the best narrator in the world cannot save a flimsily written book.
Irritation. I could NOT wait to finish it. And when I did, I felt a great sense of relief.
I cannot recommend this book.
Small Town Charm and Friendly Neighbors
This book would rate about an 8 out of 10 for me. I really liked it a lot and it held my interest all the way through the book.
I listened to these books because I was hoping to find some more stories like "At Home in Midford" by Jan Karon. I have listened to all of that series and I miss the people so much.
I love the scene when Gussie finally became angry about what happened in her past and threw a fit in public.
When Gussie called Adam after she had her breakdown and told him she needed him I was so relieved.
I could keep reading more and more books about this town. It is wonderful.
- Joyce K. Retherford