One Was a Soldier

One Was a Soldier (Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #7)One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this series, but it had been a few years since I read the first five all in a batch just in time to read the 6th installment. I wanted to enter the new book with a good sense of the landscape, so I re-read “I Shall Not Want” before starting “One Was a Soldier.”

The new book gives us the Reverend Clare Fergusson back from a long deployment in Iraq as a helicopter pilot. Spencer-Fleming digs into the post-war experience of a number of residents of Millers Kill, New York, with a strong plot line about PTSD. I don’t want to spoil readers who are reading earlier books in the series, so I won’t say too much about the relationships Clare has except to say that what once was uncomfortable has become more acceptable.

I also think it’s good for a priest/pastor to be drawn as so human. It’s a mystery, not a documentary, so of course there are plenty of fanciful elements built into the premise. But I love Clare’s humanity and her mistakes and, in the end, her humility.

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  1. I just started this series as a result of the review by RevAbi on the RGBP site. I LOVED the first one (in spite of the sub plot) and have download the next on my kindle. In fact, I have read so much this summer, that I think I am going use each book as a springboard for my preaching this summer…..Thanks for this review. Love you!

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