Recently I received several books for review from Miriam at Hachette Book Group. I passed a few on to my book club friend, Elaine, who eats books for lunch! She quickly gobbled up The Bishop’s Daughter by Tiffany Warren, and here is her review.
The Bishop’s Daughter, by Tiffany Warren, tells the story of Emoni, who is the smart, albeit less pretty, daughter of a pastor (Bishop) of a “mega church” in Atlanta, and Darrin, the womanizing writer who leaves his wealthy family and a clingy girlfriend in Cleveland to go undercover to find a scandal within the church and write an article that will finally jump start his non-existent journalism career.
I was initially intrigued with this book because, like Darrin, I have always been a bit suspicious of wealthy pastors. I thought the conflict within Darrin, the writer who wants his first big story, and the Darrin who falls in love with the Bishop’s daughter would be interesting. However, Darrin almost immediately upon arrival sees that there no scandal to write about – the Bishop’s family lives frugally and the Bishop himself is a man of high morals.
Since Darrin cannot find scandal or abuse with the Bishop, the story quickly begins to focus on the love lives of Darrin and Emoni, which to me was a much less interesting theme. The personal lives of the Bishop’s family eventually present Darrin with some juicy gossip about which he considers writing, but we never really see a true conflict between career and love. The story evolves into one about the relationship between Emoni and Darrin, with some side stories about Emoni’s and Darrin’s respective families.
The novel is written with alternating first person view points of Emoni and Darrin, which has its pros and cons. The downside is that since we can hear both of their thoughts, we know they are instantly attracted to one another, so it is pretty predictable how the story will end. What I enjoyed the most was listening into Darrin’s thoughts, a “brotha” who “gets with” just about any woman he wants, until he is confronted with the pretty women in the congregation who don’t want to have sex until after marriage. All in all, Tiffany Warren’s writing style is easily enjoyed and this novel ends up as a light-hearted, “chick lit” read about love and family.
Blogger Bio: Elaine Legere is a stay-at-home mommy and part-time marketing consultant, after years of working for Disney, Palm (aka Palm Pilot), Los Angeles Times, and Details Magazine. She received her BA at UCLA in English Literature and an MBA from University of Colorado. She is an avid reader, loves movies, and all things outdoors.