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I can’t believe I’ve never read a Marie Bostwick novel until now. I really enjoyed her writing.
This story is heartwarming—I laughed and I cried. I even took notes! I haven’t done that in forever. There were so many nuggets of wisdom in this book like “trading hostages” and “Just-in-Time Inventory.”
Celia is up against a lot right up until the end, but isn’t real life like that at times? I love books with main characters who are writers. Celia is an advice columnist who gives the best advice but doesn’t apply it to herself. Most of the time Celia doesn’t get what she wants but is able to roll with the punches and there are quite a few jabs, so to speak. A sense of community is at the heart of this novel and is so beautifully written. Most of the book takes place in Charleston. It’s the perfect setting for a book about family, friendship and belonging. There were even a few twists I didn’t see coming. If you’re looking for a book with all the feels—I highly recommend reading this. You won’t be disappointed.
Like the ramshackle disaster of a Charleston home she inherits, Celia Fairchild needs to do a lot of work on herself. What she doesn't fully know as her life starts to fall apart is that she has it pretty good, with considerable upside. After losing her job and her means of survival, she "restores" heself in a few short months, even with obstacles and dashed dreams littering her path.
This is a refreshing and uplifing nnovel about friendhsip, kindness and family, the one you're born to and the one you create. It's also about recognizing and capitalizing on second chances. While it may seem like "women's fiction" -- a category the author derides--- this novel is equally relevant for men, especially those who like to venture beyond violence and mayhem that is typically directed at them. Some, myself included, may find themselves even tearing up from time to time.
The Restoration of Celia Fairchild cold have turned sappy, but just as it veers slightly in that direction, Bostwick reels it in. Appealing and fully realized characters -- even dogs -- add to the mix. This warm, wise and funny novel is a winner!
There are so many things I love about The Restoration of Celia Fairchild! The book is a heartwarming story about family secrets, and friends who become family. The author’s characters are an eclectic group who you will fall in love with. Her beloved Aunt Calpurnia has passed, and the family home is left to Celia. However, the beautiful house she remembered from her past is now the neighborhood eye sore! The property is littered and overgrown. The inside is a hoarder’s paradise. Poor Celia is overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. After careful consideration, Celia decides she will stay and restore the home back to its original glory. Little did she know that the restoration of the house would lead to the much needed restoration of her life. Under Celia’s roof you will find a mixed bag of neighbors, an old school friend, ex-cons, feuding brothers, and a dear friend who is a chef from NYC. All of these delightful characters draw you in and will make you laugh out loud. This book will grab your attention and your heart in the first chapter. I would highly recommend it!
Loved the entire book and would have given it 5 stars had it not been for a flashback story that ostensibly occurred 25 years ago in Celia's past. It was ok until she was recounting a devastating truth from her past and said that she and her aunt had gone to Disney World and the only ride she didn't go on was the Pirates of the Caribbean. That was wrong on so many levels: There is no Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World Orlando, secondly, the first Pirate movie didn't come out until 2003 and 25 years ago would have made the present timeline of the story 2030 or there about in order to allow Disney to capitalize on the popularity of the Pirates franchise and build the ride. Don't know why the publishers didn't pick up on that. After having just said all of that, I really did like the book, and I don't usually like books written in the first person. For me, the Disney story was the only thing detracting from an otherwise excellent book.
This book is uplifting and thought provoking even though it appears to be light and fluffy. I had some difficulty with the rather lengthy description of Charleston, and almost gave it up...BUT so glad I stayed with it. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Marie has a real gift with bringing her characters to life. I just felt like there were some phrases that could have been omitted and still have a strong novel (examples include sticking her tongue out, and leaning into Polly's forehead to have private conversation). I'm not finding fault with either of these but it felt like unnecessary fillers? Overall, I loved this book and give it 5 stars for being sound and wholesome, because it also contained some deeper thoughts.
Marie has another hit in The Restoration of Celia Fairchild. This is a wonderful story about creating a family and connecting to our community. I enjoyed getting to know all the characters in this story and you will want to live in her Charleson neighborhood just to have Celia as a neighbor. Plan some time and sit to read this one.
I did something I rarely do anymore, I paid full price for this KINDLE book after reading the first 3 - 4 pages of the sample. I loved this woman, loved her best friend, and the family she made for herself. I lived in Charleston sc for 25 years and know the neighborhood and shops the author sets her story in and I’m here to tell you, she nailed it. I felt like I was home again. Charleston is truly a beautiful city and old Charlestonians with their warm and slow as molasses way of talking, their deep love of family, eccentricity, and history is all incorporated beautifully here in this deeply moving book on becoming your best self.
Gentle, caring and empathetic are words that define Celia Fairchild. Unfortunately she does not recognize these traits in herself. As Celia unknowingly walks the road of self discovery, she gathers friends like flowers. This very engaging read touched me in ways most other books have not succeeded. Any book by Ms Bostwick is always a must read for me.
I have read every book by Marie Bostwick and this one, by far is her best. The characters are colorful, the story line is unique and unpredictable. I really didn’t want the story to end and this book leaves me wanting a sequel. Wonderful and worth the read!!