Review: The Bishop’s Daughter

bishop-daughterTitle:   The Bishop’s Daughter

Author:  Tiffany L. Warren

# of Pages:  286

Published:  January 2009

ISBN:  978-0446195140

Rating:  4/5

Darrin Bainbridge, an aspiring journalist, is living the single life on mom and dad’s dollar – nice apartment, new girlfriend every few months,  tons of nice clothes and other luxuries.  One day, while his girlfriend is watching the highly popular Bishop Kumal Prentiss on TV, Darrin is inspired to do an expose on Bishop Prentiss and his Freedom of Life Church.  So he travels down to Atlanta and becomes Freedom of Life’s newest member.  Enter Emoni Prentiss, the Bishop’s oldest and most responsible daughter.  She is taken with Darrin almost immediately upon meeting him, though something about him tells her she is playing with fire.  As Darrin gets closer and closer to the “truth” about Bishop Prentiss, he finds himself becoming more and more enamored with this church and its kind, wonderful people – and with Emoni.  For Darrin to use what he’s learned about the Bishop against him,  he will have to risk losing all of the new friendships he’s made, the Bishop’s respect, as well as put Emoni and her entire family’s reputation on the line.

The Bishop’s Daughter is a fun, quick read that I truly enjoyed.  Warren alternates the chapters between Darrin and Emoni’s perspectives, which could be a positive or negative aspect to the book, depending on how you look at it.  On the one hand, the reader knows that both Darrin and Emoni are interested in one another, so there’s really no “mystery” as far as their relationship is concerned.  But on the other hand, the reader really gets to know and love both characters, and the dual perspective helps attain a more well-rounded understanding of both characters’ backgrounds and feelings.  I personally loved the alternating viewpoints – I think it added much more to the story than if it had been written from just Darrin’s point of view or just Emoni’s point of view.

Darrin and Emoni are both multi-dimensional,  interesting characters and I enjoyed reading about both of them.  Warren also did a decent job developing some of the minor characters, including the Bishop as well as Dorcas, a woman that Emoni sort of has to compete with for Darrin’s affection.  The story moved along quite well – it was perfect for a long, lazy rainy day of reading… it would  also make a fantastic “beach read” because the plot is pretty light and easy to get into.  I really enjoyed The Bishop’s Daughter and would recommend it.

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