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.
Anyone who knows me, especially people who I meet from Canada, always hear about one of my very favorite TV show, a Canadian comedy gem called “Corner Gas”. It’s kind of like Seinfeld in Mayberry. The humor has a lot of word play, a bit sarcastic, lots of wit and the characters are caricatures of various types of people, depending on who they are. Misstep has very similar humor and was an absolute delight to read (and I don’t throw words like “delight” around that much ?)
Misstep was a treat. Recently, a good portion of my reading has been quest fantasy, or dealing with heavy issues. Not too many had a lot of humor in them. Not to mention life always has a lot of serious things to deal with. So, in the long run, I really needed some good “medicine”, as in “a merry heart does good like medicine”. I needed my mind to be “merried” ?.
Humor is a great gift from God, a gift for those who see, hear or read it, and also a gift within the one executing it. Not everyone has the gift of executing good humor. There’s timing and tone, along with how the words and/or visuals are structured and performed. The humor in Missstep was great, very witty and fun, kept me giggling throughout the story. The character development was excellent, I felt like I was getting to know these people and feel for them. If I knew them in real life, I think I would love them all, even the cranky ones.
There wasn’t all giggles in the story. There was some real heavy issues about guilt related to the past, but there was also redemption. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read this great little story and look forward to “visiting” Roads End again.
Finally, I was completely knocked off balance by the ending. I often see what may happen, and often am right about how the story will end, but the ending came COMPLETELY out of left field!! (Without giving too much away, my surprise was the revelation of a certain person’s past.) Excellent Job, Deborah!!
(I received this book as a gift, with no obligation for a positive review or any other compensation other than a really great read.)
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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