A Place Called Hope by Philip Gulley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After a few years of absence from his Home to Harmony series, Philip Gulley has returned with a new saga in Quaker minister Sam Gardner's life. Filling in for an ailing Unitarian minister, Sam unintentionally married Chris and Kelly, a gay couple. News soon gets out around the town of Harmony about Sam's heathen tendencies, sending Dale Hinshaw and the other elders of the Harmony Friends Meeting into a tizzy, threatening Sam's pastor-ship and livelihood. To top it off, his wife has decided it's time to go back to work, his oldest son is mid-way through his first year of college and his youngest is about to graduate and join the army, much to his chagrin. He hasn't had a raise in years and the bills are piling up. It's more than Sam can bear and he's feeling a bit worn out. He may have lost Harmony, but there is always Hope.
I missed this series and am so glad Gulley has renewed it. It is as funny as it is poignant. The characters and their antics will have you laughing out loud. The message is simple: tolerance. Accept people for who they are and know there are friends in the world who will not fail you.
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