“I remembered the disappointment I had felt about Tennessee and the fear I had experienced worrying about being stung by bugs. I looked at Grace. Who knew I would be bitten so hard?”
Serving as a missionary in Thelma's Way, Tennessee, is an unforgettable, colorful, and bewildering experience for Trust Williams. (The bugs are the least of his problems.) But as Trust settles in, he begins to love this ratty bunch of misfits. In particular, he's smitten by a mysterious redhead named Grace. His mission mishaps and later courtship will leave readers in stitches. In the end, Trust discovers that despite religion, location, or upbringing, love bites whom it pleases.
I was disappointed when I read the previous reviews. All books don't have to be realistic. Some can be down right funny, and this is one of them. I haven't read Bitten, but I own a copy of the Trust Williams Series, and all of the other Robert Farrell Smith books for that matter. They are a great outlet when you just need something to cheer you up, or a good laugh. Sure, you can't really bake someone into a giant loaf of bread, but it's pretty funny to try to imagine the things the characters in Thelma's way try to do. I love this book!!!
I generally love LDS fiction but this one just didn't do anything for me. It wasn't a "can't put it down" read for me. I kept thinking if I just read a few more chapters I would start to enjoy it and relate to the characters but it never really happened. It wasn't a bad book, but there's much better available.
This book was clever and downright funny. Another reviewer called it "unrealistic" and not a good portrayal of southerners. That is true. However, it's not supposed to be! It is a hilarious work of fiction and part of the book's amazing charm is the absurdity of the characters and how they find themselves in the most unbelievable of predicaments. I laughed until I cried at some parts and then passed the book along to my mother who also enjoyed it immensely. Maybe we just have a good sense of humor.
This book was not exactly what I expected, but it was still a thoroughly enjoyable read. When I first started reading it, I didn't seem to get much involved in the characters and plot. But once I got a few chapters in, I was hooked -- In the end, I felt the story was worth the time and effort to read.
While I thought that the general story line was good, there was just too much about this book that did not seem realistic enough. So many of the things that happened just seemed so unreal. I served my mission in the south and feel that the portrayal of the southern people was way off. If you want to read it I would recommend checking to see if the Library has it, or if a friend has it...definitely not one to keep in your home library.
This is a phenomenal book--but in truth, it's a repackaging into one book of Smith's laugh-out-loud 'Trust Williams' trilogy, which has been out of print and impossible to find. The first portion of 'Bitten' which was originally published as 'Trust in Thelma's Way' is so funny that readers will want to have someone beside them as they read it so that they can share Farrell's witty dialogue and situations. The rest of the story builds to a satisfying conclusion. All in all, a great read!
I thought this book was AMAZING!!! It is such an inspirational story and I would recommend it to any dating-age young woman!