May 24 2006
Dear Ms. Pattillo,
I noticed the review for this book while I was watching DVDs of Dawn
French’s British comedy about a female vicar in the Church of England working in a small country village. Some of the obstacles that French faces are also ones that crop up in this book. The heroine, Betsy Blessing, faces opposition from church members because she’s a woman and feels that she’s being passed over for promotions to higher positions for the same reason. Unlike French’s series, Betsy is also having to wrestle with the idea that maybe she’s not cut out to be a pastor. Maybe she should turn in that application to law school. It’s also finally dawned on her that her long standing friendship with a fellow minister in the area might be something she wants to pursue as a romance.
You have a lovely, gentle sense of humor, know the topic and never use Betsy to preach at the reader. I enjoy how you let Betsy’s faith guide her actions and thoughts. This is a fun mixing of Chick Lit crossed with Inspirational Lit. I tend to like first person stories and this one is well done. And as I said, I would tell readers not to worry too much if they aren’t religious people since you don’t try to grind any axes or preach from any soapboxes. I did get tired of Betsy putting off telling David her feelings and that’s why I graded the book down a little. I’m glad to see that there will be a sequel soon and I look forward to reading more about Betsy. B+ for you.