I liked the way the story of the woman who first copies the psalm is wrapped around the rest of the narrative and that each strand of the story is linked with a different verse, although the formula wore a bit thin towards the end. 

I also enjoyed the way the chapters were set in different locations, but as a British reader was irritated by some of the ‘facts’ in the Europe-based segments. It’s hard to imagine someone walking from the centre of London to a field on the ‘edge of town’ and I don’t hear many people using the word ‘Chunnel’ any more.

This aside, The Shepherd's Song is a grace-filled, faith-building story. It may not be great literature, but it would make an ideal holiday read. CN