The Haunted Rectory

The Haunted Rectory

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Bend Oaks is a small town with a big problem - every new priest who comes to town flees the rectory in the night, and no one will say why. But this doesn't stop the St. Francis Xavier Church Hookers from continuing their decades-old tradition of meeting in the rectory to hook their colorful rugs. This tight-knit band of faithful women is startled by the arrival of Father Rich Melo, sent by the archdiocese to live in St. Francis Xavier's 'haunted' rectory. Father Rich brings skepticism to his mission in Bend Oaks, but he also carries with him the terrible memory of an earlier encounter with demonic forces.
Publisher: New York : Image Books/Doubleday, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385512022
0385512023
Branch Call Number: FIC Vale
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 21 cm

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Aug 09, 2018

I loved the tongue-in-cheek "Church hookers". These ladies are a feisty and strong group. The author's characterizations are great - you will recognize other church ladies, neighbors, relatives and even friends. Everyone knows the senior citizen traveling the world with exotic trips like helping biologists in the Amazon -- or at least I was blessed with that as a child. As a feisty New Yorker, I particularly loved that character. The overworked and harassed lady dealing with the perpetual out-of-town spouse and his kids dumped by his ex-wife? Yup. The lady with the great supportive husband and teenagers feeling out their space in the world? Yes, we all know that. The paranormal activity is almost incidental to the story of friends helping friends and dealing with teenagers and terrible spouses. I can see why people who had read her previous books were probably shocked at this one but having started with this one, I really enjoyed it. It will suck you in and you won't want to put it down. I'm just sorry that the backlash from her usual readers caused her to not finish what was obviously planned as a series of books. I was looking forward to more adventures from Father Rich and/or the Church Hookers.

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jasmine81
Dec 11, 2017

This is like an awful B movie. I enjoyed Katherine Valentine's small town series but this book is so unlike the other books it doesn't seem like the same author. Think a bad copy of Harry Potter at its darkest, Dan Brown at his most graphically gross, the Exorcist---really, really bad content and writing. The women in the book are a group of rug makers who call themselves hookers--get it? So degrading to women and such a non-joke. I feel insulted as a Christian that this book has been written, with all the terrible ideas about Christianity that it portrays. And it was the first of a series? No wonder the library only has this one. Avoid this book!

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