The First Ladies Club

The First Ladies Club

by J. B. Hawker


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Whether living in a rectory, manse or parsonage, life married to a small town minister calls for faith, hope, and charity; plus heaping helpings of tact and the skin of a rhinoceros.

New to this life in the small coastal town of Bannoch, Oregon, Naidenne Davidson turns for support to her fellow ministers' wives of The First Ladies Club.

The women share sympathy, friendship and tips on dealing with difficult church members, but when tall, shapely Naidenne catches the eye of an escaped killer, the Club goes beyond mere friendship.

Step into the quaint parlor of the drafty Bannoch Community Fellowship parsonage, nibble a Snickerdoodle, sip your tea from a chipped china cup and share the adventure.

A few scenes may be too intense for a traditional cozy, but never fear, Gentle Reader, evil is vanquished and good will prevail.

Part-time realtor and full-time pastor's wife, Naidenne Davidson, is too busy coping with life in a small town church parsonage to think about her beauty, let alone imagine what sort of jealousy, envy or desire she is inspiring in the hearts of those around her.

Distracted by efforts to fulfill her new duties as unpaid pastoral assistant, Naidenne is caught off guard and no match for the sociopathic killer who abducts her, bent on living out his basest desires.
After two suspicious deaths and three disappearances in the small seaside community, law enforcement officials concentrate their suspicions on Naidenne's husband, Scott.
Have the pressures of the pastorate driven Scott to do something terrible? Or are the authorities wasting precious time, with Naidenne's life hanging in the balance?

When even members of Scott's congregation begin to wonder about his guilt, can Naidenne's friends in the First Ladies Club, help? Can these women of diverse denominations, ethnicity, cultures and ages put aside their differences and work in harmony to find her?

Old friend, Bunny Elder Banks, arrives from Texas to join the search, but is it already too late?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502951151
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/02/2015
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

After twenty years serving small churches from Alaska to South Dakota as a pastor's wife, J.B. returned to her California roots to start over in mid-life as a single business woman, conference speaker and author.
J.B. has published many articles on faith and ministry.
Hollow, her first published fiction was a winner of the BRAG Medallion Award.
J.B. has three grown sons. Her oldest, the father of her three beautiful granddaughters, lives in northern Italy, the setting of the second book in the four book series featuring the on-going adventures of Bunny Elder.

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The First Ladies Club (The First Ladies Club Mysteries, #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MGMason More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this page turner that had me enthralled. Besides the plot twists which were expertly done, I really cared about most of the characters, and I appreciated the view into the lives of the wives of clergy in a small town. I highly recommend it.
LGHudson More than 1 year ago
This book was provided to me for a fair and honest review. I love to read. I mean it's serious business with me. I've been a bibliophile since I was taught to read. I read 2-4 books a week and lots of different genres. Recently I was perusing one of my many book sites and I discovered J.B. Hawker. I read about her book and downloaded it. I must say The First Ladies Club has been one of the best surprises I've had in quite a while!! I didn't want to put it down! I did finish it in 1.5 days. Hawker is an excellent storyteller. Her story was compelling, intriguing, hilarious, touching, mysterious, and teaches you a lot about family, friendship, loyalty, greed and forgiveness. Hawker has a wonderful list of characters including some with very unusual names. The First Ladies Club is made up of the wives of the Ministers in a small town in Oregon - all different denominations. As they meet, they share common ground of loving the Lord, loving their husbands and trying their best to serve their congregations. This book is filled with love, romance, murder, kidnapping, greed, breaking and entering, and learning what it means to know you have family and friends you can count on. One last thing, I can't wait to start the next book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had too simplistic a story line. If you want to read something that takes not much thought...then this book is for you. For me, it was not one I would recommend.