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Review by allbooked+ -- Can I Be Frank? by Rob Wyatt

Post by allbooked+ » 20 May 2019, 13:42

[Following is a volunteer review of "Can I Be Frank?" by Rob Wyatt.]
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In Can I Be Frank by Rob Wyatt, we find ourselves following the daily life of a somewhat misfit priest that has been sent from England to Florida to run his first parish. You get a glimpse of how happy England is to send Father Francis away to America when the Monsignor, upon hearing the news of the impending transfer, drops to his knees, throws up his hands and cries, “God Bless America!” Trouble seems to follow Father Francis and moving to America does not change this. It does provide for a fun story though!

When Father Francis arrives at his new parish, he is told to keep a low profile and not make waves. As you can imagine, things transpire in the opposite direction! As you begin to think that the book is just going to be about the humorous situations that the priest finds himself in, a mystery pops up to add a bit of intrigue to the storyline. I thought the characters throughout were developed well and relatable. You come to know the good guys from the bad guys easily enough.

The author, Rob Wyatt, is from England and is currently living in America. This gives him a unique perspective regarding the use of British English versus American English. I enjoyed the words that Father Francis used when talking or thinking, and how they came across to his new American acquaintances. Words such as Kerb (curb), wardrobe (closet), biscuit (cookies) and chemist (pharmacist) reminded us that he was in a strange land even though there were no major language barriers to be overcome. I especially enjoyed the saying ‘telling porkies’ when someone was not being honest!

This is a light read that had me laughing, cringing, rolling my eyes, and wanting to find out what was coming next. Each chapter begins with a quote of scripture that perfectly fits the story ahead – and can often make you laugh at the connection! This book is for anyone that would like a humorous read, especially if you enjoy books with a Catholic flavor to them. You don’t, however, need to be Catholic to enjoy this as it does not lecture you about religion, it just happens to be the setting for the story. If you are easily offended when religion is joked about, you might want to skip this book. There was really nothing that I disliked about this book.

I did find some editing and grammar mistakes scattered throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would not mind reading the next book in the series, but I am not finding that I want to rush out and do so. Because of this, and the minor editing mistakes, I am rating this book a 3 out of 4. This is an enjoyable and fun read but not a spectacular one.

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Post by Letora » 09 Jun 2019, 14:47

Now, normally I do not want to read books that have religion in them. There have been rare occasions like Lamb because of the humor. This one might just be another one to try. Thank you for reviewing!
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Post by allbooked+ » 09 Jun 2019, 16:28

Letora wrote:
09 Jun 2019, 14:47
Now, normally I do not want to read books that have religion in them. There have been rare occasions like Lamb because of the humor. This one might just be another one to try. Thank you for reviewing!
It is a light read that I hope you get a chance to check out! Thanks for stopping by!

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Post by Wyland » 10 Jun 2019, 01:45

I like this easy read about Father Francis and the differences in language he finds in America. Nice review.

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Post by allbooked+ » 10 Jun 2019, 15:21

Wyland wrote:
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I like this easy read about Father Francis and the differences in language he finds in America. Nice review.
Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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Post by Ezebubep5 » 15 Jun 2019, 00:08

i like this easy read about father Francis and the differences in language he finds in America.

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Post by allbooked+ » 15 Jun 2019, 16:34

Ezebubep5 wrote:
15 Jun 2019, 00:08
i like this easy read about father Francis and the differences in language he finds in America.
The language difference does add a fun element! Thanks for your comment!

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Post by Agnes098 » 16 Jun 2019, 02:20

I'd like to have a good laugh, sounds interesting. Unfortunately the catholic flavour is what will keep me away. Great review.

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Post by Prisallen » 16 Jun 2019, 03:16

Sometimes I need a light, humorous book to read, and this one may be just what I want. Thank you for a wonderful review!

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Post by allbooked+ » 16 Jun 2019, 13:52

Agnes098 wrote:
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I'd like to have a good laugh, sounds interesting. Unfortunately the catholic flavour is what will keep me away. Great review.
Thank you for stopping by!

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Post by allbooked+ » 16 Jun 2019, 13:53

Prisallen wrote:
16 Jun 2019, 03:16
Sometimes I need a light, humorous book to read, and this one may be just what I want. Thank you for a wonderful review!
I consider this a 'beach read' - something that is fun but takes little thought! lol Thanks for stopping by!

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Post by Amanda Deck » 17 Jun 2019, 21:52

Letora wrote:
09 Jun 2019, 14:47
Now, normally I do not want to read books that have religion in them. There have been rare occasions like Lamb because of the humor. This one might just be another one to try. Thank you for reviewing!
Are you referring to a book by Christopher Moore? I just read one by him called Fluke and found Lamb on my son's bookshelf. Fluke definitely made me want to read another ridiculously funny book by that guy.

I'm glad to know Can I Be Frank is a humorous, light read; sometimes that fits my mood perfectly so I'd like to read it. And allbooked, you say it's not necessary to be Catholic to understand it, so that helps too.

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Post by allbooked+ » 18 Jun 2019, 01:32

Amanda Deck wrote:
17 Jun 2019, 21:52
Letora wrote:
09 Jun 2019, 14:47
Now, normally I do not want to read books that have religion in them. There have been rare occasions like Lamb because of the humor. This one might just be another one to try. Thank you for reviewing!
Are you referring to a book by Christopher Moore? I just read one by him called Fluke and found Lamb on my son's bookshelf. Fluke definitely made me want to read another ridiculously funny book by that guy.

I'm glad to know Can I Be Frank is a humorous, light read; sometimes that fits my mood perfectly so I'd like to read it. And allbooked, you say it's not necessary to be Catholic to understand it, so that helps too.
I think I would enjoy Fluke! Thanks for sharing your comments.

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