Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Lesson in Hope

Welcome, Fellow Readers!  My featured author today is Philip Gulley.  He writes engaging Christian novels.  Some of his novels are Home to Harmony, Just Shy of Harmony, Front Porch Tales, The Christmas Scrapbook, and Almost Friends.  His books are reminiscent of Jan Karon and Virginia Smith.  You can find a complete list of his books at  Philip Gulley is also on Facebook.

A Lesson in Hope by Philip Gulley is a Christian novel and is the second book in the Hope Friend Meeting series.  Sam Gardner is a Quaker pastor for Hope Friends Meeting.  Sam has only had the job for four months, when Olive Charles, their oldest member, passes away at age 98.  Olive leaves Hope Friends Meeting $800,000, a 1979 Ford Granada, her home and its contents.  This could be a blessing for the group.  Unfortunately, things are never easy when money is involved (and a group of people).  Everyone has an idea on how the money should be spent.  Then Olive Charles’ niece, Regina Charles arrives in town.  Regina has decided to contest the will.  As she is leaving their meeting house, Regina “trips” on the church’s sidewalk and sues them for damages (what a coincidence).  Then, Sam finds out that his parents are moving to town.  Actually, just down the street.  Sam’s patience is really going to be tested during the coming weeks.  

A Lesson in Hope is an entertaining novel.  The book is nicely written and easy to read.  I especially liked the quirky characters.  The tone of the humor was just right in this book (and I rarely say that).  We get to read about the life of a pastor in a small town.  A pastor’s life is not his own and that is especially true for Sam Gardner.  I give A Lesson in Hope 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).  I appreciated the theme that there is always a little hope.  A Lesson in Hope is part of a series, but it can be read alone (easily).  I look forward to reading the other books in this series and other novels by Philip Gulley.  

Thank you so much for visiting.  I have to go finish working on a special gift for my mother.  I have had difficulty finding time to work on it.  My mother is in snoop mode (she wants to find out what she is getting for Christmas).  I am currently reading My Valentine by Tracie Peterson. May all of you have a special evening.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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