-Debora M. Coty, award-winning author of 11 inspirational books including Mom NEEDS Chocolate
Emma Gladstone loves God, her Baptist church, and yes, even her husband Earl. With wit, charm, and hair-raising moments, her homespun attitude and plain talk narrates four short stories examining the realities of life in Forbye, Florida, in the 1950s.
In the story "The Church Social," Emma finally discovers the ultimate recipe that will surely earn her notice in the Forbye Telegraph's "Talk of the Town" column. However, her pursuit is jeopardized when her arch enemy, Nelly Dalton, is accused of thwarting Mrs. Gladstone's effort.
After the preacher's sudden death, in "The Pulpit Committee," Emma conspires to find a way for her husband, Earl, to serve on the pulpit committee. Only after a shocking revelation about the baptismal pond does she get her wish; the search, in all its strangeness, ensues.
In "God Will Clear a Path," the town is on edge after a black man was spotted at the preacher's house. Tensions rise as church members find themselves caught in a power struggle between the preacher and the richest man in Forbye.
Romance isn't the only thing brewing, in "Emma and Earl, a Love Story." Friendship, true love, and a crossword puzzle championship all hang in the balance.
Being from a small rural area in South Florida and growing up Southern Baptist myself, I had some things in common with, Emma Bernadette Baumgaertner Gladstone, the main character in Ron Hosea's debut short story series. The book is a leisurely, refreshing read in which Emma narrates us thru some of the most personal times of her life. Laugh out loud funny, touching and thought provoking she takes us back to a much simpler time when television was vilified, party lines spread the word as effectively as chain emails and church socials were a major part of local news. With her wry sense of humor, brutal honesty and strong faith, Emma takes us along to meet her beloved husband Earl, her friends and enemies, as well as fellow members of The First Baptist Church of Forbye. We can all take something away from Emma's perspective. Make sure you take this visit to Forbye. You may just want to stay awhile.
I loved this book! I had a hard time putting it down . Emma kept me in stitches as she experienced one thing after another. I could just picture her being in a church during the '50s! Her run-ins with Nelly were hilarious, especially in the Church Social. Earl's being part of the pulpit committee was hilarious as Emma went with him to hear prospective preachers. I couldn't stop laughing when she caught him at the baptismal pond. This is a "must read" book.
Sometimes we as Christians have to laugh at ourselves. Emma's story is heart warming. She's a fiesty gal and sometimes a little irrevent. But that's what makes her human. We all have our faults but God forgives. I loved it.