Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Review: Immaculate Deception by Courtney J. Webb

Sexy Craig Connery has just finished two years in a British prison for a crime he didn't commit. And he can't wait to reunite with his family and assume his old life: a ladies man and petty thief.

But as he makes his way home, Craig becomes the sole witness to a horrific single-car accident. Killed is the driver-whose uncanny resemblance to Craig presents an opportunity to change his life forever. In one rash decision, Craig takes the man's identification. No longer Craig Connery, he becomes James Kempster. Father James Kempster.

Now, this decidedly unreligious man must make it as a man of God. His first mission? Running a nursing home in regional Australia!

What follows is an uproarious and high-stakes farce of biblical proportions as Craig dissembles his way through a life he knows nothing about. Along the way, he'll gain entree into a world whose secrets rival his own-and discover the shocking truth about the church, the elderly and himself.

At once comical, quirky and deeply touching, Immaculate Deception is a novel of unconventional faith and the power of personal discovery.

Received from the publisher for review.

The book was rather coarse at points, which is understandable since the main character is an ex-con, yet it was still quite humorous. I also found it a bit on the long side, but the length was needed to fully explore all the situations presented.

Craig may not have been entirely likeable, but he was amusing, and most likely quite accurately portrayed. I really liked Elsie. She was just perfect and made you smile. She even had a bit of sly Miss Marple in her!

This one gets three stars. While it wasn't my favorite book of all time, it was still amusing. The only thing that brought it down from a four star rating was the ongoing coarseness which just wore on me after a while.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


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