When the newly ordained Episcopal priest Rev. Calvin Harper arrives in Victory, West Virginia, to be the pastor at an ailing parish, he has no idea how much he still has to learn about being a priest. Thankfully, Ruby Redding takes the young man under her wing and teaches him everything she has learned throughout her long, storied life. Seminary never taught Calvin that the only true way to be a witness to God’s presence in this world is to remain in relationships with people no matter what life throws at them. His studies never taught him that detachment is the bane of ministry. He never learned that deep grief comes only from deep love. But in his first year in Victory, Calvin learns all this and more from Ruby, a woman so full of God’s light that it can’t help but spill onto the people around her.
I really wanted to love this book, but unfortunately it didn't happen. I found it to move so slowly, and I couldn't seem to connect with the characters.
The story flips between the years when Calvin was a priest in Victory, West Viriginia and then many years later when he has moved to another location. One chapter is about when he first arrived in the small town, meeting and getting to know everyone in Victory. The alternate chapters are letters from Ruby, filling in stories of what is happening since he left.
Some of Ruby's letters/stories are sweet and even inspirational, but sadly this book just didn't work for me.
Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.