REVIEW: Marrying Minister Right by Annie Jones
Dear Ms Jones,
First off, kudos to whoever chose the title of the book. It’s cute, inspired and totally fits the subject matter of the story.
Heather Waters has made a life for herself running a Christian charity after that disastrous day ten years ago when she discovered two things. One that her father wasn’t her real father. And two that the man she was going to marry didn’t love her enough to commit to their relationship. It didn’t help her pride any to find out the first truth from the information dug up by the private investigator hired by her fiance’s family. Or to learn the truth about John Parker when he didn’t show up for the ceremony.
Sure that their mutual best friend, Michael Garrison, had known all along yet let her walk down the church aisle without trying to stop her, she hurled some harsh accusations at him, along with her bouquet, and stormed out of town. But the town needs her help after suffering a devastating tornado. Home is home and the pull is strong so Heather answers the call. Will she and Michael, who’s now a minister there, to be able to work together as well as help Michael’s troubled teenage niece? Or are some things too late to be overcome?
I know this is part of a group effort series and I’m not sure how much, if any, of the plot or outlines you were given and had to follow but some things just don’t make too much sense. Heather obviously doesn’t live that far from the town of High Plains so why has she never once been in contact with seemingly anyone from home in those ten years? No other friends or chuch contacts have taken the time or made the effort to call her or see her? No one who could assure her that the town doesn’t see her in the negative light she sees herself? When she does return, she appears to get a nice welcome and it didn’t seem like people disliked her while she was growing up.
And if Michael loved her so much then, why didn’t he try and contact her? I know he was supposed to be young and a little unsure of himself but then these three people were best friends and Michael still loves Heather as much now as he apparently did then so again, why no effort to set her straight?
What’s happened to John Parker? His family is/was so prominent in town but there’s no mention of him or them living there now. Almost
no mention of them in relation to the town at all until the very end. I kept expecting him to pop up when Heather first goes back to town. With the book being so short, I can see why you left him out, for the most part, of physically being in the story but some mention that he’d moved away would have helped. However, I do like that story focuses on Heather and Michael.
Big Misunderstandings are everywhere. Heather thinks certain things about Michael and he hasn’t a clue that she does. I can somewhat see misunderstandings ten years ago, when Heather was initially so hurt. But now…they talk about Avery. They talk about the town. Why not talk about themselves? Guess it just must take time to work up the courage in the face of being together for the first time in ten years.
I liked Michael’s niece Avery and feel that her occasional sulks and anger make sense in a teenager, in her eyes, torn from her home and sent to this hick town for the summer. But her issues seemed to me to be resolved almost too quickly though this might be due to page count demands.
After thinking about it a little, I guess the real reason Heather was so mad at Michael is because she felt more for him all along than she thought so it’s natural that his “betrayal” would be the one that cut her most and stuck with her all these years. She’s almost forgotten John and his reappearence makes no impact on her but it’s Michael who can move her to tears of laughter and pain.
Michael seems like a down to earth guy who’s still maybe growing in experience as a minister. Perhaps the issues with his niece will help him become a better counselor and youth minister. And maybe finally learning that he needs to speak up when he thinks it necessary will keep him from having too many more misunderstandings with Heather. I guess deep down, most of us have our moments of personal cluelessness despite being able to readily give advice to others about what they should do.
I know I commented on “Somebody’s Hero” about the speed of the relationship but here it felt right to me. These two already know each other and now that they’ve finally worked out what happened ten years ago, and seem to have their communication channels open, I think they’re going to be just fine.
A series, with each book written by a different author, can be a mixed bag. Here I didn’t feel too much like I’d been dropped into the middle of the action with no clue as to people or places or relations. While I wish you’d had a slightly longer page count to fill out more details, overall it was time well spent in reading “Marrying Minister Right.” B-