• Love Me or Else

  • The True Story of a Devoted Pastor, a Fatal Jealousy, and the Murder That Rocked a Small Town
  • By: Colin McEvoy, Lynn Olanoff
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-31-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

Regular price: $17.49

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Publisher's Summary

On the outside, Mary Jane Fonder seemed like a kindly 66-year-old congregant of the Lutheran church in Springfield Township, PA. But inside, she longed for the church's handsome Pastor Gregory Shreaves, a former golf pro who sparked her most sinful thoughts.

When Mary Jane let her feelings be known, the Pastor gently pushed her away. But her obsession only grew stronger when she became convinced that he was romantically involved with a younger church member, a woman named Rhonda Smith.

Rhonda was doing volunteer work in the church office one day when she was shot to death in cold blood. The trail of evidence led police to Mary Jane, and soon other suspicions were raised: Was she also involved in the mysterious death of her own father 15 years earlier?

This is the shocking true story of love, worship, and murder in one American small town.

©2012 Colin McEvoy and Lynn Olanoff (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Linda
  • Yacolt, WA, United States
  • 08-21-18

Narration spoiled it.

Before listening to this book, I listened to another earlier book by the same author, different narrator--Fatal Jealousy narrated by Roger Wayne. It was good so I listened to this one. Pam Ward's narration came across as if being done by someone's snippy, gossipy old maid aunt. Not at all pleasant to listen to.

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  • DebraJ
  • United States
  • 10-18-18

pretty boring

This book just narrates why Mary Jane Fonder was convicted of the murder of Rhonda Smith. We lean very little about Mary Jane or her family. There is a YouTube video that covers the contents of this book. It would be easier for future readers to just watch that video.

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A good thinker...

I walked away from this book still wondering who done it. This was a good listen.

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  • JBT3
  • HACKETTSTOWN, NJ, United States
  • 09-07-18

Excellent!

Very interesting (though tragic) story done justice by both author and narrator. At points, it feels like it could almost be fiction yet is entirely true. Very well done!

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So good!

I really enjoyed this audio book. The story was well researched and although sad, the author was able to convey the funny quirky personality of the murderer. I am picky about narration and I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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