Contemporary Fiction, Review

Chapel Springs Survival by Ane Mulligan

Chapel Springs Survival by Ane MulliganWith the success of her Operation Marriage Revival, life is good for Claire Bennett. That is until the mayor’s brother blabs a secret: Claire’s nineteen-year-old son, Wes, has married a Brazilian mail order bride one who is eight years older than him. When Claire tries to welcome her new daughter-in-law, she’s ridiculed, rebuffed, and rejected. Loving this girl is like hugging a prickly cactus. Will Claire and her family survive her son’s marriage?

Lydia Smith is happily living alone and running her spa then the widow on the hill becomes a blushing bride. Along with her new marriage, she has a dream to expand her business by adding guest rooms. Things are going according to plan. That is, until her groom’s adult son moves in on everything. Will her dream survive her stepson?

From the first sighting of a country music star in Claire’s gallery, The Painted Loon, to the visit of a Hollywood diva, Chapel Springs is inundated with stargazers, causing lifelong residents to flee the area. When her best friends, Patsy and Nathan, put their house on the market, Claire is forced to do something or lose the closest thing to a sister she s got. With her son’s future at stake and the town looking to her to solve their problems, it’s Claire who needs a guardian angel.

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My Thoughts

Oh, Claire! I thought your shenanigans in Chapel Springs Revival were a hoot but you’ve raised the bar to a hoot and a half here in book 2. Clairey-girl, you make my mama look tame and that’s no small feat! (Hi, Mom! You’d really like this book. I love you!)

Have you ever had a plan that worked better than you ever imagined possible? That might seem like a good situation but for the folks in Chapel Springs the tourism explosion threatens to swallow the little community they love. Claire takes the bull by the horns and tenaciously strives to solve every problem she encounters. Her naivety is both endearing and hilarious. More than once I wanted to warn her of an impending debacle or shake someone who failed to warn her!

Business is booming for our newest friend Lydia but the honeymoon is over when her stepson shows up and moves in!  Lydia responds with grace and generosity while I wanted to kick that boy to the curb. Claire’s youngest son is causing her grief in the form of a surprise daughter-in-law from Brazil! My mommy-heart hurt for Claire during the many miscommunications surrounding that whole situation.

I highly recommend this series to all ages! I’ll be reading and reviewing book 3 Home to Chapel Springs soon.

I requested the opportunity to read and review this book through The Book Club Network. The opinions expressed are my own.

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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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2 thoughts on “Chapel Springs Survival by Ane Mulligan”

    1. My pleasure! Thank you for dropping by, Ane!
      That Kenny really burns my biscuits! I hope you straighten him out in book 3. 😉


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