"Sweet… and heart-warming!"
—Dr. Bruce Kotowich
Director of Choirs, University of Windsor
In the Beginning, the first book in the Finley’s Tale series sets in motion the
journal of Finley Newcastle, a literate church mouse who writes his observations of
the people (and mice) who populate a small-town church. Keen to monitor, study, and
write about the parishioners and his fellow mice, including what others might think
of them, Finley is unaware that his account may prove comical to human readers.
Although English is Finley’s second language—his native tongue is Mouse—his
persistent recordings are fervent and heartfelt, never lackadaisical. At the end of
each entry, he records the treats and gourmet crumbs he and his wife Ruby enjoy.
In his itsy-bitsy handwriting, Finley’s ambition is to record one full liturgical
church year at Historic St. Peter’s. Most journal entries introduce new people,
mice, and situations, capturing a colourful rainbow of characters.
His favourite humans are Pastor Clement Osterhagen, his wife Aia, and their daughter
Gretchen who reside in the parsonage. They are merciful, quiet, quick to forgive,
prone to worry, adventuresome, big-hearted, and extra good-looking. Finley’s
observations lead him to conclude that they possess a strong faith in Jesus Christ.