Contemporary Fiction, Review

Chapel Springs Revival by Ane Mulligan

Chapel Springs Revival by Ane MulliganEverybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire Bennett and Patsy Kowalski. It’s impossible not to, what with Claire’s zany antics and Patsy’s self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds.

During an early morning discussion at Dees ‘n’ Doughs bakery with their ladies group, all Chapel Springs entrepreneurs, attention is drawn to the slackened tourist trade. With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to address the town’s revitalization in hopes of drawing back the tourists. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is their marriages.

With their marriages as much in need of restoration as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs —and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic.

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My Thoughts

Quirky fun and laugh out loud shenanigans keep the mood light as two best friends vow to fix up their town and their marriages. In the charming little lakeside village of Chapel Springs, Claire Bennett is known for being accident prone and outspoken and her best friend Patsy Kowalski is always there for her. Amidst all her blunders, I can tell Claire’s heart is  in the right place. She’s a few notches more outrageous than my mother but the similarities are definitely there. Never a dull moment!

Amidst all her blunders, I can tell Claire’s heart is  in the right place. She’s a few notches more outrageous than my mother but the similarities are definitely there. Never a dull moment! Patsy is more my speed. She’s quiet, loyal, and ready to lend a hand or defend a friend. Patsy tends to worry too much and I am guilty of that one! Chapel Springs has that small town charm but there’s also the rarely talked about small town politics. Ane Mulligan hit the nail on the head with the

Chapel Springs has that small town charm but there’s also the rarely talked about small town politics, very entertaining! I’m already diving into Chapel Springs Survival and I can’t wait to see what Claire comes up with next.


About the Author

“I’ve been a voracious reader ever since my mother instilled within me her own love of reading at an early age. Together we would escape together into worlds otherwise unknown. A new love entered my life when I saw Mary Martin in PETER PAN. Struck with a fever from which I never recovered, I submerged myself in drama through high school and college, but, alas, Broadway never found my phone number.

“While a large, floppy straw hat is my favorite, I’ve worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that’s a fancy name for a lobbyist), business manager, creative arts director and writer. My lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for my Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast).

“I wrote and published my first script in 1996 and to date have over 4-dozen scripts in print and numerous articles on various aspects of Christian drama and the craft of writing. In Jan of 2003, having quit my job with my husband’s encouragement, I began to write full time. I reside in Sugar Hill, Georgia with my artist husband, our chef son, and a dog of Biblical proportion.”

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