This book was mildly reminiscent of Confessions of a Justified Sinner, and also of another book I couldn't quite put my finger on. I found it interesting and sort of fun to read, and also a pretty good caricature of what life as a pastor could be like in rural Scotland. Every parish has some of these same characters--the detractors, the supporters, the "heathen" friends. And, I suspect, every pastor has a bit of Gideon on them, and a bit of Lorna too. It just happens.
I wasn't always completely on top of the time changes in the "manuscript" as he wrote of 11 years ago, a couple of years ago, and last month in a rather interchangeable way. I caught on eventually but a couple of times was caught off guard. I found myself wanting to know what happened to him after the "Testament" ended, but of course will never know. ;-) This kind of book always makes me forget it's not real for a little while and then I finish and think "oh, right, it was a novel, not a real manuscript by a real CoS minister. duh."