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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478153652
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- Publisher: Still Waters Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (December 11, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 11, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B008MP38DG
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Something, though, made me discard my own prejudices, and after a few pages, I was happily lost in a world with complex and engaging characters and spiritual premises that were revealing and inspiring.
The author handles her large cast deftly and gives each character a strongly individual voice. When I finished the book, I didn't want to say good-bye to them and went on to the next in the series.
I understand that there will be two more books in the series, and I look forward to reading them.
I disagree with the commenter who thinks that because a reviewer said Cheryl Shireman is "a cool lady" that the reviewer knows the author personally. I hadn't even heard of Shireman before reading this book, and I think she is a cool lady, too. I can tell from her writing.
I, too, abhor 'cliff hangers', that is, books that leave you up in the air at the end, supposedly forcing the reader to buy the next book to see what happens. This book doesn't really do that. The focus of this novel is Cooper Moon's church, and the book ends with that. What it does not do is tie up the threads of everybody else in town. The author could have done so, of course, but it would have either cut those stories short or evolved into an extremely long book. The stories of others, I'm sure, will play out in subsequent novels. I'm looking forward to readying those.
And then Cooper has an epiphany. He discovers he believes in God, and that God is telling him to build a church. He has no idea where to build it or how to pay for it, but he knows that he’s supposed to build a church.
"Cooper Moon: The Calling" by Cheryl Shireman is Cooper Moon’s story. And it’s a surprise. It’s the kind of novel you might expect to find set in the Deep South, like "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café" by Fannie Flagg or "Crazy in Alabama" by Mark Childress. Instead, it’s set in Michigan. Who knew people in Michigan could be as crazy as people in the Deep South? (I can ask that question; I was born and raised in the Deep South.)
Shireman keeps us guessing throughout the entire story. Will Cooper build his church? Will he finish it before an irate husband burns it down? And what about the irate wives, none of whom are pleased with Cooper’s new direction? Or the pastor of the big church in town who doesn’t like the idea of competition?
Carefully and almost joyfully the author weaves these stories together with several others, including the town’s police officer whose wife desperately wants a baby and instead has to deal with her mother-in-law slipping into dementia, and his brother who’s in serious training for a reality TV show, and Sally Moon herself becoming entrepreneurial, and characters (female) trying to dissuade Cooper – some rather strenuously – from his new calling.
This is one rollicking novel, and you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen next. But there is a sequel – "Cooper Moon: The Temptation" – and Shireman is working on a third novel in the series.
When I started reading it, I wasn’t quite sure where this story was going to go. But I held on. And I’m glad I did.
The Deep South arrives in Michigan!
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Ms Shireman introduces a full cast of players - and the reader is advised to keep track of who's who as there are quite a few...I nearly lost track! However, each character is rounded and complete and what you'd expect to find in this 'hick' town.(Forgive me I'm a Brit and I may have the term wrong, but that's how I understand it!)
Saying all that, readers familiar with the small town atmosphere will recognize every character although perhaps by other names. Cooper Moon is the main protagonist. He is a womaniser, drinker and a 'read cad', until he 'sees' the light and decided he has to build his own church although he is penniless.
The plot is pretty straightforward and moves along at a good pace. The language is speech as you would expect in a small town. The novel is an easy read and I believe the majority of readers will want to go on to book 2 about Timberlake. Recommended read
This book is titled The Calling, and Cooper Moon's calling to build a church is clearly the main calling in the story, but TJ also has a calling. Like Cooper, his calling is one which everyone around him finds ridiculous. He is laughed at or ignored until the day when he goes to Denver and - but I mustn't write any spoilers. The callings of TJ and Cooper interact and their relationship, as it grows, is one of the main strengths of the book.
Other people have their own callings. Melody, to have a child. Sally, to have a house and later a business. And Perry as well. Perry realises as he sits at Cooper's half-built church in the moonlight that he has abandoned his original calling. For a brief space he wants to recover it - but then he begins to let it go again. Sally, also, as she walks towards Cooper's church through the woods, feels a different calling from the more material ones she's held unto for so long. But she, too, lets it go. One of the things I want to find out in the second book is if either of these two will respond more fully to the call they have heard, and will put aside their material aims.
One of the joys of Cooper Moon:The Calling is the host of characters. With her usual deft touch Cheryl Shireman brings them all to life.Sally, Libby, Lucy - Cooper's women. TJ, a very vivid character, and his family, Jake, Melody, Clara. Violet and Frank, Perry and Beulah - the list seems endless. Each one is woven effortlessly into the main theme of the book and contributes their share to the action.
But it is Cooper Moon himself - charming, thriftless to begin with, but willing to listen when God calls him, and changing in a truly believable way as the book progresses - whom we, like his many women, can't help falling in love with. Cooper is a seriously great achievement as a living, unforgettable character. Cheryl Shireman has begun a series which deserves to be widely read and to survive as one of the classics of this century. I have no hesitation in recommending it to everyone and anyone. Start reading it - you'll be very glad you did.