The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek
By Jane Myers Perrine
(FaithWords, Paperback, 9780892968954, 384pp.)
Publication Date: November 20, 2012
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Once again, the Widows of Butternut Creek are determined to find a bride for Pastor Adam. This time, their candidate is as gun shy as the pastor!
A traumatic experience as a college freshman has left Gussie Milton 'once bitten, twice shy.' Although she'd like a relationship, she's frightened, so she's thrown herself into caring for her aging parents, her photography business, and her church. In the eyes of Miss Birdie and her friend Mercedes, aka 'the Widows,' Gussie would make their young pastor the perfect wife. And though the attraction proves mutual, first Gussie's past and then the pastor's hopes for the future threaten to keep them apart. Can the Widows' meddling be the catalyst that changes the couple's lives forever?
A Missouri native, Jane Myers Perrine earned her B.A. from Kansas State University and her M.Ed. in Spanish from the University of Louisville. She was a finalist in the Regency category of the Golden Heart Awards, and her short pieces have appeared in the Houston Chronicle and Woman's World magazine. A high-school Spanish teacher as well as an ordained minister, she currently lives in Texas with her husband, who is the minister of a local Christian church.
"With small-town charm and the perfect amount of humor, Perrine's second novel set in Butternut Creek is sweet and engaging."
Fans of Jan Karon will feel right at home in Butternut Creek.
-San Francisco Book Review on The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek
"[G]entle, funny, romantic, and honest new series.... The veteran author and ordained minister has a sure eye for smalltown church drama, as well as the dynamics of life in a town where everyone knows your business. Perrine does a fine job blending small and large story lines, portraying details and dilemmas of regular folks, and offering spiritual messages from real life. This is a delightful first volume in what promises to be a wonderful series."
-Publishers Weekly on The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek
"I did not want to put this book down. The characters and Jane Myers Perrine's storytelling gift captured my heart on page one and held on to the satisfying end. This is truly a special story."
-Laurie Alice Eakes, award-winning author of A Flight of Fancy
"...will definitely appeal to fans of Jan Karon's "Mitford" series and other readers who enjoy homespun fiction about small-town life."
-Library Journal on The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek
"In the first book of a new series, Perrine visits a small town in Texas filled with quirky residents. Fun characters and a storyline that will hit close to home for a number of readers make this novel appealing to a wide variety of people."
-RT Book Reviews on The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek
"A warm, witty, wonderful book. I loved it, and you will, too.
-Susan Mallery, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, on The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek
"Heartwarming and hilarious, The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek offers a touching, small-town view of the ties that bind."
-Colleen Thompson, Award-winning author, on The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek
"Perrine has penned a charming, heartwarming story with endearing characters and a lovely small town. I adored Butternut Creek and its residents."
-Vicky Dreiling, author of How to Marry a Duke, on The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek
"Wow! Jane Myers Perrine has penned an amazing story with heart, hope, and humor. She created a setting with such unique and spunky characters that you can't help but fall in love with the people and the place. Grab a comfortable chair, and the book and get swept away to Butternut Creek, a quaint town where friendship, romance, and laughter are abundant. Perrine has a beautiful knack of storytelling and creating unforgettable characters that makes this series a must read."
-Christie Craig, author of Hotter in Texas, the humorous romantic suspense series released by Grand Central/Forever, on The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek
"The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek is a treasure from talented author Jane Perrine! She's created a charming community filled with all the delight and drama of small town life. The residents of Butternut Creek will draw you into their world making you thankful this is only the first installment in Jane's new series."
-Mae Nunn, author of A Texas Ranger's Family, 2010 Carol winner from American Christian Fiction Writers on The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek
"I couldn't resist. The Widows' scheming had me grinning, and I loved how all the quirky, lovable characters got my mind off my worries."
-Lorraine Sullivan, Associate Editor of First for Women on The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek