Strangest Town on Earth
Pastor Hugh Foster: His heart was in the right place, even if, in hindsight, it appeared he’d clearly taken leave of his senses.
It’s December in Road’s End, Virginia, a tiny town long forgotten by anyone but its residents, where Colonel Hugh Foster and his wife, Melanie, have chosen to live—for better or worse. The jury’s still out on that one!
Road’s End is comprised entirely of senior citizens whose kids have grown and left for greener pastures. Hugh, Melanie, and Bristol (one of the few sane people in town) are faced with a crumbling church in desperate need of repair and renovation, a dwindling congregation of opinionated, ornery senior citizens, and a camel—yes, a camel. And if that’s not enough, the trio and the rest of the Road’s End residents are soon mired in danger and intrigue when a group of gun-toting drug dealers arrive in town, bent on killing the church handyman, and conspiring to ruin the doggonedest record-breaking blizzard the town has ever seen.
Poor drug dealers.
Misstep, by Deborah Harper, is a cozy mystery. However, it is unlike any cozy mystery I have ever read!
I enjoyed getting to know the seniors of Roads End, Virginia. The city has continued to lose residents until the overwhelming majority are seniors, along with a peep of chickens-which are a set of characters in and of themselves!
I quickly became engrossed in the novel. I held my breath as things started hopping, but then, I was laughing so hard tears were running down my cheeks. I could not believe that in the midst of some dire circumstances, such laughable moments could occur. Nonetheless, they did!!
One of the most touching moments, once a few kinks were worked out, was the Nativity scene. The quietness and breathtaking beauty of a record-breaking blizzard added to the solemnity of the occasion.
The ingenuity of the townspeople, the kindness of the new pastor and his wife and the story behind the reclusive old maid made me wish I could live in Road’s End, or at least visit there.
I am looking forward to reading more stories about Road’s End and the delightfully quirky locals who live there.
I received this book from CelebrateLit. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
About the Author
Deborah Dee Harper writes from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and specializes in humorous, inspirational Christian books for both children and adults. Her novel, Misstep, is the first book in her Road’s End series for adults (although children are welcome to read them as well). She’s also written a children’s adventure series, Laramie on the Lam, that is inspirational, humorous, and full of fun. (Many of Laramie’s fans are adults!)
Her website is at www.deborahdeeharper.com.
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