Rebuffing the Bishop
By Kathleen
Aug 13, 2007 - 8:15:44 AM

Rebecca has moved home to support her mother in her struggle with cancer and radiation treatments.   A party would be fun for her mom, and she escorts her parents to a house party in their small town.   Her ex, Greg is there since it is a birthday party for his pregnant wife.   Greg’s presence puts Rebecca’s hormones into overdrive, and she ends up drinking too much bubbly.   She stumbles up the stairs while he is coming down.   Face-to-face, she falls and melts into his arms.   Moments later, they consummate their desires in a spare bedroom.   Filled with guilt, Rebecca is horrified at her lack of restraint.   Greg’s father, Lester, is looking for them because Greg’s wife is about to blow out her birthday candles.   Lester walks in on them while they are making love.   From the moment Lester sees Rebecca in the nude, he is obsessed.

At first, Lester attempts to calm his burning desires by going to church, lighting candles, and going to confession.   The priest reminds him of his thirty-year marriage.   Instead of taking the priest’s advice, he re-invents Catholic doctrine, making it self-serving.   In his mind he is saving Rebecca from sin by taking her for himself.   Lester thinks the Lord must know his marriage to his wife, Beth, is stale, and she’s fat.   He jump-starts his mid-life crisis with a decision to divorce Mary so that he can be with Rebecca.   Lester is a house painter and arrives to paint Rebecca’s parents’ home, excited that she still lives there.   When Lester professes his love to Rebecca, her situation goes from bad to worse.

Greg is desperate to speak with her, and she accepts his lunch invitation in order to talk things over.   Rebecca tells him she blames herself for the domino effect of father and son, but Greg brushes off the depth of the problem.  He boasts of his plan to divorce his wife after their baby is born.   Will Rebecca see Greg’s shallowness before it’s too late?   If Lester becomes dangerous, can his wife, Mary, find help for him?  


In REBUFFING THE BISHOP Christina Macone-Greene brings attention to the delicate subject of rejection.   Any woman who has loved and lost wonders why her man chose another woman.   The discarded woman might play out a reunion in her mind.   I felt frustrated over the immaturity of Greg and Lester when they both wanted to get into her pants.  As Rebecca’s situation went from bad to worse, I raced through the pages eager to see how it all turned out.  Macone-Greene has a sharp eye for foibles, friskiness and the frailties of present-day divorce problems.   Her writing is sharp and funny about the risks people will take for love.  

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