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Posted November 20, 2012
“I continue to be a sad burden for Birdie Mac Dowell.” So begins Jane Myers Perrine’s second installment of her Butternut Creek series. Adam Jordan, pastor of the Christian Church in Butternut Creek, writes this line in his journal. His self-deprecating sense of humor makes him an easy character to care about. Adam arrived at the church as a young, inexperienced pastor. In this book, his growth in his calling and personal maturity is evident. He is able to handle difficult situations that come up with his congregation…but he still quakes a bit inside when summoned by the Widows in order to hear their latest edict regarding his duty to marry. And there are many more of these matrimonial summits now that the Widows have a perfect candidate for his bride, Gussie Milton. Adam is really attracted to Gussie. Seems like a slam dunk-except his every effort to gain her attention is a total non-starter. What Adam doesn’t realize is that Gussie has serious personal issues that are keeping her from having a relationship with a man…even though she is also attracted to Adam. The Widows’ frustration at Adam’s inability to get a date with Gussie is fun to watch. They push, then they fall back and try not to interfere…but trying not to interfere is foreign to their natures. And, of course, Adam is not about to tell them about Gussie’s problems once he does find out so he has to continue to take their harassment with his usual good grace. Jane does a wonderful job is building all of the relationships between the characters in this book, particularly the relationship between Adam and Gussie. She also excels at showing Gussie’s struggle to overcome her past and the baggage it has left her with. Jane also continues to develop her entire cast of characters – Adam, Gussie, the Widows (now there are four), Hector and Janey (the brother and sister Adam guardians), Willow and Sam and their two incorrigible little boys…I could go on. There is a large cast in this series but I feel like I know each and every one of them. And I care about them. This is yet another touching and warmhearted story of community and love in its many forms. I highly recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.