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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Clergy Affair by Jennifer Johnson

The Clergy Affair by Jennifer Johnson
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Full (312 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Reverend Deborah Reynolds wasn't expecting to fall for-or over-Sam Perry, one of the groomsmen at the wedding she was officiating. But when Sam answered her door early the next morning and greeted the biggest gossip in town, Deborah found herself in hot water with her congregation. She never imagined soon after she would be flying cross country with Sam and broadening her horizons by visiting a nudist beach, learning the paths of ants, and falling in love. But there were still her life and vocation at home to consider. Ministers don't believe in Prince Charming, don't wear brightly-colored lipstick, and certainly don't steal kisses in the church pantry!

Can Sam Perry convince the Reverend that even a woman of the cloth can have happily ever after?

Jennifer Johnson takes a small town mentality, a female minister, Deborah Reynolds, a hunk of a groomsman, Sam Perry,and mixes them up with ‘the-mother-of-the-bride-from-hell’, false accusations, desires raging almost beyond control, and a long-distance love affair, and what do you get?

A very funny, heart-warming story that is a keeper.

When you are a minster of a small and close-knit community, it doesn’t take long for news to spread. Whether the ‘news’ is true or false doesn’t hinder the aped at which it travels; so when Deborah finds herself up in front of the Church Committee because of the over-eager gossip of her neighbour, she is not only fighting to keep the only job she has ever wanted to do, but she is fighting her unfamiliar female desires for a man she’s known for less than a week.

“‘It’ comes in threes” – that’s the saying, and so it is for Deborah. More innuendo and allegations threaten her relationship with her best friend. The Committee members decree that Deborah take a weeks paid leave, allowing time and space to work their magic. And the magic happens in a way the church members could not conceive.

Sam Perry flies in to take Deborah back to his home in Vancouver. While she is there Deborah discovers a new side to herself and learns to enjoy her femininity. It comes at a price, however, and she soon has some major decisions to make.

Ms. Johnson writes with flair and compassion. Her humour reminds me of the hugely popular English TV sit-com that ran from 1994 to 2006, The Vicar of Dibley, starring Dawn French.

I can recommend this book if you are looking for a compassionate, humorous and thoroughly enjoyable read.