The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek: A Novel
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The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek: A Novel (Tales from Butternut Creek #1)

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Upon his arrival, Butternut Creek Christian Church's newly-minted minister is met by a welcome committee led by Miss Birdie and her friend Mercedes, a.k.a. "the Widows." Their first order of business, to educate him on how things should be done, quickly gives way to a campaign to find him a wife.

When their matchmaking efforts fizzle, the Widows turn to another new bachelo...more
Published April 3rd 2012 by FaithWords (first published April 1st 2012)
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This was my first time to read anything by Jane Myers Perrine and what a pleasure it was to take this trip to Butternut Creek. Being a PK and then being married to a Preacher (we just celebrated our 40th anniversary) I laughed when we were introduced to the "PILLAR" of the Church, Birdie MacDowell. Oh my, so many times we've encountered someone just like her! Always wanting to whip the new preacher into shape, that is the way she thinks he should be. But this story was such a delight to read, an...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
If you are looking for a book with quirky characters, ones who will soon have you laughing, then look no further than The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek! I found this first installment of the 3-part series to be absolutely hilarious, leaving me smiling one minute and laughing out loud the next. The character of Miss Birdie is priceless in her earnestness and her no-nonense attitude, and the interactions between Miss Birdie and the young pastor Adam were highly amusing, while providing for...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
THE WELCOME COMMITTEE OF BUTTERNUT CREEK by Jane Meyers Perrine is an interesting Christian Contemporary fiction set in small town Texas. It is Book #1 in the “Widows of Butternut Creek”.What a down to earth story with charming characters,faith,hope, and humor. Butternut Creek is a small town in Texas with quirky residents,a believable plot and characters who will not only seem real to life but who also capture your heart. A homespun story with small town people,Butternut Creek has its share of...more
Michelle Mcilvoy
I did not like this book nearly as much as I had hoped I would. I read it thinking it would be more similar to the "Home to Harmony" series of books which also portray a minister returning to a small town. Those books are full of quirky and lovable characters. I was hoping for the same magic with this book but it simply was not there. The characters were not all that quirky or funny and things moved way too fast in many ways. The reader was not introduced to enough characters to really get to kn...more
This was just a cozy, feel good kind of story. I have an 83 year old friend who reads large print books and she and I have started a mini-book club. I knew this book would be something she would enjoy. I do think I would like to move to Butternut Creek Texas. It sounds like a wonderful place to live with such an eclectic group of people calling Butternut Creek home.
Ann Olson
I love books that have a big cast of characters and things going on, rather than being centered on one story in one person's life. This had that to an extent- like it would have been nice if Willow had seemed to know anyone besides Sam, the way that Hector, Birdie, and Mercedes knew other people and did other things. I had a really hard time with most of the parts that centered on Sam- his relationship and conversations with Willow and his Dad were hard to take in as realistic, and his inner mon...more
Cute, but ended kind of abruptly. I'd be willing to read the next book in the series though.
No unmarried person is safe in Butternut Creek from the Widows.

Birdie and Mercedes (The Widows) enjoy finding new members for their church and new couples for their matchmaking skills.
Adam Jordan, 25, a newly appointed minister headed to Texas from Kentucky to the community of Butternut Creek, where everyone trusts everyone and a place where you can leave your doors unlocked. He has not come into town with much, but the overwhelming generousity of the community is welcome and he quickly finds hi...more
What a town! With many story lines this book is full and overflowing with characters. I enjoyed how the characters were all intertwined and the stories overlapped. I did not like the slow parts and felt there were parts in the story that were just too wordy!

The story takes place around a new minister who comes to town and the ladies of the church who decide to play matchmaker. The other stories are all well written as well as this one and you will find yourself drawn to the interesting story li...more
The novel, The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek, set in the small Texas town of Butternut Creek is a delightful novel with wonderful characters. First, there is Ada Joseph Jordan, a young bachelor minister just out of seminary, who comes to Butternut Creek and finds himself intimidated his very first day in town by Birdie MacDowell, an elderly widow member of his church. Birdie is blunt and feels led to fix all of Adams's shortcomings---especially being single. She and her friend, Mercedes,...more
When Reverend Adam Joseph Jordan comes to Butternut Creek for his first position as a pastor, little does he realize that his bachelorhood would be an invitation to “The Widows” to find the perfect match for him. They are kind-hearted, humorous, and relentless. One of them, Miss Birdie (who Adam calls The Pillar), also feels that she must train him in the ins and outs of the Butternut Creek Christian Church, as well as the community in general. Finally, they set their sights on another single ma...more
This is a new series, if you enjoyed the series by the following authors, Philip Gulley's Home to Harmony, Charlene Baumbich's Dearest Dorothy or Jan Karon's Mitford, then you will probably enjoy the Butternut Creek series. According to the back page of this title, there will be a second book out in November of this year (2012).

The author has taken several folks in this book and done major introductions, so I believe that they will continue in the series. We have "Birdie", a very strong, very vo...more
Kathy Roling
I'd give this book more stars! Someone compared this to a Mitford book
but to me it was so much better. The characters are those you'd meet in
your everyday life and they are so charming! (or not) No foul language,
nothing risque. No preachiness. A young divinity graduate is assigned to
a small church in Texas; he arrives to meet the stalwarts of the church. On
his first meeting with Miss Birdie, she is astounded to find him so youthful,
so tall,and above all, single! Miss Birdie and her friend Merced...more
I love novels set in small towns! I know I sound like a broken record, I'm sure I've mentioned a few times (or more...). This small town it right up my alley, interesting (and entertaining) characters: meddling old women, a lonely war vet, a couple of single moms, a young minister just to name a few.

The meddling old women, or the Widows, as they liked to be called, are the welcoming committee, the matchmakers, the all around organizers for all those little extras around town. Adam and Sam are th...more
I liked this book. It reminds me of Jan Karon and the Mitford Series with a Pastor of a church and meeting the people in his town and some who come to the church. Very interesting characters. Very interesting solutions to filling up the empty parsonage, since the new pastor is single. A little romance included as well. Looking forward to the next book in the series, THE MATCHMAKERS, which I think will include the new Pastor at the Butternut Creek church. The widows in the church form a formidabl...more
Oh! Just when I thought all the good books had been written and I had read them all. What an unlikely title . . . . but I want to live in Butternut Creek. A writer who gets it that sex is a PART of iife and not the whole of it, and also that it may be written about without all the details. Those who have done it already know and those who haven't need something (realistic) to look forward to.

Always a reader who disdains the unrealistic and the unlikely, this kind of 'perfect world' I can really...more
I love it when books make me laugh out loud, and this one did not disappoint. But, it was heartwarming, too. Having grown up in and around small Southern churches, the people and the circumstances in this novel hit close to home -- the lady at church who seems to do everything (and actually 'runs' the church behind the scenes); the naive young pastor fresh out of seminary; and the women in town who make it their goal in life to see people married off.

Read my complete review here: http://shoopett...more
I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I really enjoyed the characters in this book, who seemed very real to me. This is a clean book with a pastor as the central character, but the content is not religious at all. While I really enjoyed reading it and the plot moved along, I didn't find the end satisfying. I suppose you can't have a book feel realistic all the way through AND have everything wrap up into a tidy package at the end -- if it did, it would seem contrived, wouldn't it?

I'll cer...more
This book was a disappointment to me with rather mundane writing and considering the author is a pastor and a pastor's wife, a little of the writing was surprising in language. The book lacked creativity.
This book was very well written. Small town sagas are not my usual read, but it was well written, amusing, and I look forward to the next in the series.

I sell these books as "Christian". Sex in this book doesn't fall into what is considered Biblical guidelines. Sex is OK outside of marrage if you're old enough to be responsible for the consequences, and in another place if there is a commitment. Pretty much throughout the book, the main male character is either thinking or trying to get the main...more
Kim Faires
Light easy read. Cute story.
Carol N
I've just spent a delightful weekend, meeting the pillars of Butternut Creek Christian Church; the newly ordained young minister, Adam; the wounded Afghanistan vet, Sam and Willow, the young divorced mother of two boys. The author has created a novel filled with wonderful, warm characters add to that a love story and now you know why I was glad to gather my cup of tea, snuggle into my favorite chair and enter the town of Butternut Creek.
March 2014 Inspirational book group read.
3.5 to be exact. A pleasant book that doesn't break a lot of new ground. We read this for my church book club. It reminds me somewhat of Mitford, which is a good thing. At times a bit clichéd, at times pretty funny, it made some things too simple. But, I liked the idea of the young preacher in a town filled with nice but not perfect people. (The widows pulling out the Barry White CD's was my biggest laugh-out loud moment.)
Loved it. Had it read in just a couple of days and want to find more by the author, hopefully about the same characters!
Very sweet story. I fell in love with the townsfolk of Butternut Creek. Jane Myers Perrine creates a vivid picture of the characters so I was anxious to learn their outcome. The connection among most of the characters is a Christian church but there are by no means overwhelming viewpoints that would make the book less enjoyable for the reader who is not very religious.
Judith Mullett
Great Christian romance novel. Main character is a newly ordained young minister who is greeted by a two person group known as the Widows, who are determined to play matchmaker. Another story on a disabled Vet who is drinking his life away. Very believable characters, many good story lines and of course, good christian values.
This was my book club's selection for June and is the first in a series of three. It was a light, fun read with lots of humor but I thought pretty predictable. I plan to read the other 2 books in the series so I can take part in the club discussion. I know I'll enjoy them but most likely won't find many surprises.
Bj Levis
This is an excellent book! I recdeived the second book from goodreads first readers and wanted to read the first book first. I LOVE this book. I made contact with the author and she is a great person. Ends up she used to live in Louisville where I live and taught at U of L which I do. A must read for sure!!
A very enjoyable read. I liked being in Butternut Creek with Miss Birdie and Pasror Adam, Willow and Sam and all the others. I was so drawn into the story I felt like I actually knew these folks. I'm glad it's the beginning of a series because I can't wait to back to Butternut Creek again.
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A Missouri native, Jane Myers Perrine earned her B.A. from Kansas State University and her M.Ed. in Spanish from the University of Louisville. She was a finalist in the Regency category of the Golden Heart Awards, and her short pieces have appeared in the Houston Chronicle and Woman's World magazine. A high-school Spanish teacher as well as an ordained minister, she currently lives in Texas with h...more
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