4 out of 4 stars
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Can I Be Frank is a laugh-filled lighthearted sermon full of misunderstandings and life lessons. Father Frank is a Catholic priest new to his vocation, that is given a parish across the pond from his home in England that lands him in hot, humid Florida. He soon discovers how confusing the 'real' world is where you have to shop for your own clothes, where hangovers and pizza-burnt tongue are definitely things, and where your parishioners are not always what they seem. Frank finds himself attracting unwanted attention from one particular parishioner while managing to alienate the Big Man that practically owns the town and this parish. With no money coming in to the Church, bills to pay, a whole flock of people to support and a car he doesn't want and is afraid to drive it's lucky that Father Frank collects an odd-ball circle of friends who help him through it all.
This book, written by Rob Wyatt, is an hilarious look into the life of a parish priest that is like no priest I ever met growing up in the Catholic Church. Most of this story occurs outside of Mass though, so maybe priests really are as normal as Frank is. Father Frank sometimes drinks American beer until he passes out drunk; he gets so nervous before delivering a sermon that he spends most of his time in the toilet; and, like most men, his eyes are drawn to a pretty face or a lovely pair of legs. And, although a priest, he is also a regular man who feels jealousy and fear, loneliness and frustration. Frank, being the humble priest that he is, quickly asks for forgiveness for these transgressions. He even struggles to pray sometimes. He too becomes unsure about his life and his faith; however, in this book the Lord works in mysterious ways and always shows Frank the way back to the Church.
I truly enjoyed Can I Be Frank. It is written with lots of humor and situations that you can't believe he gets himself into. Frank seems very naive about how the world really works, which makes him very likable and endearing. I enjoyed when Father William would quote scripture as a response to Father Frank; so Father Frank starts studying the Bible so he can out-quote him. There are a number of quotes out of Scripture in this book as part of the dialogue, but even if you are not familiar with the Bible at all, you would still be able to follow the dialogue. There are also many references to Catholic services, Mass, parts of the Church itself and items used for the priest. If you are not familiar with the Catholic Church or the Catholic Mass then I would suggest having a dictionary handy. But, again, it is nothing that takes away from the amazing story Mr. Wyatt presents us with.
I would give Can I Be Frank 4 out of 4 stars. The editing was beautifully done with no mistakes or typos that I noticed. I feel many adults would greatly enjoy this story and meeting these characters. These characters are human, relatable and super funny.
This book would appeal to those adults who enjoy comedic fiction and especially those readers who enjoy word play. Mr. Wyatt is clever with both his character's personalities and their witty, intelligent dialogue. He also takes you, the reader, on the journey along with Frank as he travels to a new country and has to learn to adapt. We are allowed to see Frank through his trials and tribulations to become more comfortable in his own skin, with his faith and with his new parish.
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