Fisher of Men (Eastern Shore Swingers Book 1) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Maura Harper

Fisher of MenFisher of Men by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been reading this series out of order and I’m so glad to finally get to Leah and Cap’s story. First of all, I read a “warning” somewhere that said “This is NOT a Christian Romance” – I appreciate whoever wrote that because in the first few pages, that’s exactly what I thought I was going to be reading. (I had not read the warning before hand) There is a very strong religious “tone” in this story that, at times, had me scratching my head about where it was trying to lead me.

This is a story of conflicts. Where do one’s beliefs come from and how much influence does the religion of our childhood gel with the religion of our adulthood. An interesting premise. As we follow the story from beginning to end, we see the MC allow herself to be pulled in different directions depending on who she is talking to. “I hate feeling like I am a bad Christian or a hypocrite, you know?”.

I have a hard time with the characters. Initially I didn’t like Leah very much. There was just something about her that rubbed me the wrong way. She was a lovely people pleaser who always put others needs before her own. She has an immaturity about her that belies her age. For someone who is so “worldly” in the ways a business runs she sure was innocent about the world. “…swingers? It seemed like a mythical construct to her like Santa Claus or Bigfoot, instead of the real thing. hahahaha Cap is a strong, domineering man that I felt was a little too strong handed and almost whiny.

While this was not my favorite book of the series, I appreciate the tale the author weaves. Perhaps if I had read this story ANY other time than October of 2018, I would have had a completely different reaction to it. Which is why I’ve rated it the way I did. The author does a fantastic job of telling a story that has meaning, depth and weight to it while setting up the rest of the series. Nice job!!

Review by @mauraharper

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