Casting the Net by Pam Rhodes

Title:  Casting the Net (The Dunbridge Chronicles #2)
Author:  Pam Rhodes
Pages:  254
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Lion Fiction
Neil Fisher is just finishing his first year of training as a vicar under the tutelage of Margaret Prowse.  His love life is a main topic of discussion with most seeing Wendy Lambert as an ideal wife for him.  He likes Wendy and can see she would be an asset as a vicar’s wife, but isn’t sure he loves her.  He has feelings for Claire, the gardener at the church, as well.  Claire, however, isn’t a Christian.  Should he even begin a romantic relationship with her then?  He learns that some Christians are not really what they claim.
He is kept very busy planning social events at the church, sometimes between or with other churches nearby, weddings, funerals, services for those who can’t make it to church and visits to the elderly to name some of the things Neil does every week.  Neil takes his responsibilities seriously and wonders if he will ever get over his nervousness and innate shyness to blossom as a church leader.  He views his main task as bringing others into a relationship with Christ, whether he talks to people about Him or shows Him through Neil’s actions.  No matter the background or the current family/personal/social situation, Neil doesn’t judge and shows compassion and caring to those in need.
This is a very enjoyable read about the everyday life of a vicar in the small town of Dunbridge.  Neil encounters and must deal with a variety of situations, including his mentor’s apparent loss of faith in this installment of the series.  This causes him to wonder if this might happen to him after seeing such a strong Christian say they have no faith anymore after a tragic event.  He is faced with life here on this earth and the good and bad that come with it.  I really admire Neil’s knowing his purpose in life and being centered and focused on God.  He tries his best to show Christ to those he encounters.  This is an entertaining series and I’m looking forward to the next book titled, If You Follow Me.
My rating is 4 stars.
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