CHURCH FOLK is a charming first novel by Michele Andrea Bowen. According to her foreword, she needed the strength and guidance of quite a few people to make CHURCH FOLK a reality. Perhaps her most realized mentor was God, who takes front and center importance in the story of Essie Lee and Theophilus Simmons, a young, vibrant couple like any other newly committed couple. The only difference here is that Theophilus is a would-be reverend and their romance and wedded bliss is played out against a background of church communities, loyalties, dramas and loves.
There are many people who could come between Essie and her man but none more threatening than the evil-minded Glodean, a