TPCR: Chapter 11 and Chapter 12, Part 1

So Lucas takes Max to church.  What happens at church?  What’s the sermon about?  Does Lucas have any thoughts about his personal crisis of faith, sitting there listening to it?  Does he continue to think about the parallels between Joseph’s life and his own?

Who knows?  Your guess is as good as mine!

Seriously, we jump from “we’re going to church” to “church is over now,” with nary a word about what actually happened there.  Though I’m sure it was deep and meaningful.

Really, this is just odd.  We just got done with a church service and there is no mention of how it affected our hero, who “hadn’t stepped through the doors of Clayton Christian Church since his father’s funeral.”

Oh, well.  Max finds Erin, who didn’t know that Lucas had come to church, since she was in the infant nursery.  Lucas notices that Erin looks tired, but she doesn’t tell him about the fire.  They chat about kid logistics for a minute, and I honestly am not even sure what they decide, and I care even less.


Later, Lucas and Max show up at the “surprise” welcome home party for him.  The adults congregate in the kitchen while the kids watch TV, and talk immediately turns to the fire at Erin’s cafe.  Turns out that it is merely the latest in a line of minor but annoying inconveniences that the Rocky Mountain Heirs have suffered since moving back.  Sheriff Cousin’s badge and gun were stolen.

“Someone wanted him to look bad.”

Well, they kinda succeeded.  The sheriff couldn’t keep track of his own badge and gun?  What, did Mustache Twirler sneak in and take them while Sheriff Cousin was in the shower or something?

The cowboys that Cousin Cordon Bleu now cooks for were food poisoned, and the teenage bride’s wedding dress was shredded.  The Good Guy side of the family all believe the Bad Side of the family are behind everything, and trying to run at least one of them out of town.  Lucas, of course, immediately assumes (though he keeps it to himself) that they’re trying to hurt Erin to get to him, though why hurting Erin’s business would cause Lucas to leave town is anybody’s guess.

(As well, and again, this pretty much blows the whole we’ve-managed-to-keep-our-high-school-romance-a-secret thing right out of the water.)

Just then, Erin comes to pick up Macy to take her to see the horse.  I guess this is the logistical thing they were talking about earlier, but how is it giving Macy a great Christmas to take her away from a party to go see a foal?  I mean, why not wait for a time when there’s not a party?  The foal will still be there tomorrow, yanno?

Lucas confronts her about not telling him about the fire, and Erin responds that “it didn’t concern you.”


Considering how often he puts his foot in his mouth, Lucas takes Erin’s comment in stride.  As she leaves and he heads back in to the party, he reflects that it isn’t technically his concern, though he is concerned anyway.  Which is rather sweet.

And the party just keeps getting more awesome by the second: his Mom calls and asks for Lucas to come over to talk to her.  I’m actually a bit surprised that she isn’t at the party, since it is for Lucas and all, and it appears she has been trying to be civil and “normal” with him.  But whatever.

Our first real glimpse of Lucas and Mei’s mom, next time!


Posted on December 14, 2016, in The Prodigal's Christmas Reunion. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. It is pretty weird in a Christian book for the main character to go to church for the first time in years, and then the story just doesn’t even bother mentioning anything about the service or how Lucas felt about it. I’m assuming since Lucas is the main character of this book that he’s going to convert by the end of it, yet the author didn’t even show us how going to church affected him? It’s weird that an author of this kind of fiction didn’t think that was important enough to include in the story.

  2. Dear diary, went to church for the first time since the funeral. This time, no flies, no spontaneous combustion. Pity about the rats but it could have been worse.

  3. I’ve noticed the glaring lack of specifics about what’s said at church in other Steeple Hill books. Maybe it’s a publisher thing– the more specific you get, the more you risk offending readers from different flavors of Christianity, so be as bland as possible to appeal to the broadest section of Christians?

    Which is so… bland. If the creator of the universe promised to impart the meaning of life on a mysterious scroll, and then I unrolled the scroll and it said, “No hanky panky” I’d be disappointed how mundane the meaning of life was.

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