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Thursday, July 19, 2018


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.

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!)

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I really enjoyed reading this book and getting to know all the characters. The town sounds quirky but I think I would love to live there. It's a forgotten town that has seen better days. When Hugh and Melanie move to the town, I don't think they were prepared for what was to come. The blizzard alone would have me rethinking my brilliant idea to move Road's End, Virginia. The name is interesting and makes me think of a road that leads to nowhere.

I laughed at the neighbor's chickens that had a mind of their own. They could leap from tall buildings in a single bound or something like that as Hugh said. The poor chickens just wanted to explore and perhaps make new friends. I found the historic church to be quite intriguing. The congregation is down and the committee is trying to raise funds, but no one has any great ideas. I wonder why the town consisted of senior citizens? Where did all the young people go to?

Hugh finds himself as the new pastor of the in dire straights church. That sure happened fast as he wonders how he got into this mess. I'm sure his wife will be thrilled with the news. Now what great idea will he come up with to raise money for the church? I have a feeling he and the town are in for a few surprises.

When something horrible happens to the church the town comes together to help solve the mystery. The characters are so fun to get to know. I will say my favorite character is Emma. She is a recluse that the town has forgotten. When Hugh takes the time to get to know her, he discovers her painful childhood. Emma was so real to me, that I wanted to sit and visit with her everyday. Emma becomes a very integral part of the story and I found her part in the story to be impressive.

The story has some funny moments and the characters are very easy to like. I loved how there were times when Hugh and the ladies would pray for guidance. It's a story filled with intrigue, forgiveness, family and redemption. The ending is very emotional and very surprising. This book has really been a journey for me as it has reminded me that God forgives and he never leaves you. I can't wait to read more books from this very talented author.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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