Book Review: The Congregation

Hi pals. I know I haven’t blogged in forever, but I think I’ll start posting the book reviews that I put in GoodReads. If you follow me on Facebook, you know this hasn’t been the best year so mom really hasn’t had the time or energy to help me blog, but at least this will help keep my blog active. One of these days, things will get better and I’ll have fun stuff to blog again. I miss my adventures, and so do the stuffies.

Anyway, back to the book. Here’s a description of ‘The Congregation’ from GoodReads:

“A bustling mining town in 1970s England awaits the arrival of their new vicar. People are not sure what to expect as the rather aloof Reverend Matthews descends upon his unfamiliar parish, but nevertheless he is welcomed with open arms and gathered into the flock.

However, on discovering a journal left by his predecessor, the clergyman soon begins to wonder what secrets lie behind the seemingly innocent lives of his congregation. The unexpected arrival of the Bishop causes the vicar to question his own past and a cloud descends upon his religious beliefs, causing chaos to both himself and the townsfolk residing just a stone’s throw away.

Written in an upbeat style, with dark humour and quirky characters, this novel is best savoured by the fire with a pot of tea.”

The book definitely lives up to that description. Here’s my review:

The CongregationThe Congregation by A.J. Griffiths-Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I would have given the book 5 stars, but it ended rather abruptly and unsatisfactorily. I loved it right up until the last few pages.

If you like the tv series, Midsomer Murders, you’ll like this book. It’s not a murder mystery, but it has the same kind of quirky characters that Midsomer had in the early seasons. The characters are multi-dimensional and well developed. You find yourself caring about the characters and how their lives go.

That’s it for now. Happy reading!