Review of Casting the Net from The Dunbridge Chronicles by Pam Rhodes
I so enjoy reviewing some of the books from Kregel Publications that are written around England's life and culture. Casting the Net my recent read from Kregel and one that I have really enjoyed.
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Casting the Net is the second in The Dunbridge Chronicles. I didn't read the first- Fisher of Men- but I was able to jump into the action pretty quickly and keep up. It helps that there is a nice character list at the front of the book. The books center around Neil Fisher, a young curate in a small community.
In this installment, Neil has just been ordained as a minister and is serving in St. Stephens, an old established church in the small Dunbridge community. He is assisting a woman vicar who has been in the church for quite a while. Casting the Net follows Neil through his adventures- and misadventures- as a young curate. He struggles in his love life and sometimes struggles to deal with the strong characters in his church. The story is not so much of a build and climax as it is a rambling look at Neil's life in this small English country town and church.
I really enjoyed Casting the Net. Neil is a great main character and is an interesting person to get to know. The style of the book is one of story telling, and I feel as if I am sitting and listening to some great stories. There are some things I don't agree with doctrinally- and this is a book marketed as Christian fiction. But I was okay with these issues because the whole point of Neil's story- in my opinion- is that life isn't neat and tidy with easy explanations, even for a minister. Instead people are messy and imperfect. And life tumbles on around us as we seek God's will and feel His sustaining hand.
I did truly enjoy this one, and I'd love to look for the first book in the series. We're also left hanging a bit in Casting the Net, so I'll be on the lookout for the third book also!
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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