20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2001
Father Under Fire is a hilarious book about life in a 1950's Roman Catholic Parish in England. The characters are warm and easy to love. The stories are very descriptive and vivid. You will feel as though you are there in the rectory of the parish of St. Jude.
After I read the first story I could not put the book down. I cannot wait to read the other books in the series. It is truly one of my favorite books.
I wish the book would be brought back into print. It is truly a shame to have this wonderful book overlooked.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
. . .to Neil Boyd's "Bless Me, Father" series.
In this volume, we are treated to a new character, the cigar smoking, horse-playing (yet truly and tenderly devout) Fr. Abe. So in addition to the adventures and misadventures of Fr. Neil, Fr. Duddleswell, Mrs. Pring, and company, when Fr. Abe comes to stay -- look out (for your funny bone!)
Like "Father in a Fix", not all the anecdotes related here are funny. Some are moving, and a few are downright tragic. Through it all, the humanity of "Fr. Neil"'s early days as a priest shine through.
A very enjoyable read.
on June 23, 2015
Less funny than the first book in the series (although the section on the confessions taken from the children is worth the price in laughs alone) but still as nostalgic, poignant and inspiring as ever. Do yourself a favor and read at least one in the series, regardless of your religion, or lack thereof. The generosity, compassion and sheer humanity of these little skits are true little treasures.