Book Reviews: Chapel Springs Revival by Ane Mulligancategories: Book, Humorous, Contemporary, Marriage, Empty Nest, Romance, Recipes, Miscommunication, Faith, Women's Fiction
Ane Mulliganabout this book: Chapel Springs Revival is a romp through miscommunications in marriage. Claire Bennett and Patsy Kowalski have been best friends since kindergarten. They suffered acne together, got married, and raised their kids together. Now empty nesters, Claire is tired of being nothing more than towel-folder, a sheet-changer, a pancake-flipper. Patsy's husband displays sixteen of the twenty-one signs your husband is having an affair. With their marriages needing a new spark, they embark on Operation Marriage Revival. But that's not all that needs reviving. Shabby and tired looking, the village of Chapel Springs could use a makeover itself to draw back the tourists. Determined to restore warmth to their marriages and the town, the duo sets out on a mission of mishaps and mayhem.
• Chapel Springs Revival is delicious, and it has so many of the elements I love in a fun read: Quirky humor, a thread of faith and a nice injection of Southern charm.
• Oh, my! What laughter I had as I read this book!
• With deft humor that reminded me of Erma Bombeck, Ane Mulligan brings to life the characters and town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, and touches on issues many long-term marriages face.
• This was a fun read! I laughed and smiled and just plain shook my head at the situations Claire could get herself and best friend Patsy into.
• Mulligan excellently weaves a compelling romp through the southern woman's psyche. Her characters are believable and fun.
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a review by Katherine P. StillermanThe third in Ane Mulligan's Chapel Springs series, Chapel Springs Revival is a charming story about two friends who've grown up together in a fictional resort town in North Georgia, where they own a local business, the Painted Loon gallery. Claire Bennett is a potter known for her containers with animal themes. Patsy Hannah is a talented artist who works in oils and acrylics. At their early morning gathering with their empty-nester friends at Dees and Doughs bakery, they become inspired to launch a campaign to spruce up the downtown area.
Patsy confides in her best friend that she is unsure of her husband Nathan's fidelity and Claire admits that her husband Joel's waning interest may stem from her not marrying the man she was meant to marry in the first place. The plot to discover what's at the bottom of their marital dilemmas unfolds within the busy lives of these partners and the lovable, quirky characters with whom they work and socialize, as they plunge into the town beautification project, the coordination of a rehearsal dinner with Claire's son's prospective mother-in-law, and issues relating to Patsy's mother and her onset of dementia.
Claire's frequent mishaps, which provide the comic relief in the story, often verge on disaster--such as the time she almost burned the cooking school down when she dropped unthawed chicken wings into a pan of hot oil. But Patsy, who always keeps a level head, usually manages to rescue her friend and make things right.
The book makes for a light-hearted and entertaining. In my opinion, the town of Chapel Springs would make an ideal setting for a Hallmark television series, with Claire Bennett and Patsy Hannah playing the leading roles.
Loads of FunI absolutely loved the town and the characters Ane created and the humor in which she shared them with us. This book is loads of fun, and I look forward to visiting Chapel Springs again in sequels.
Fun bookI love this debut novel! Many times I laughed out loud at the antics Claire got herself into. She needs best friend Patsy to look after her. The town of Chapel Springs draws me and I look forward to the next book by Ane Mulligan. [by Ginger Aster]
Just a great Christian bookHumorous, Hilarious, A town that needs some sprucing up, and a wonderful way to go about it ... and what a wonderful result ... God bless you [by Chris Granville]
Southern ladiesI loved the antics of all the women is this book. There's just something in a book that has really genteel-raised women showing their quirky sides. Great, fun read all the way thru. Waiting for the sequel [by Debby Estlack]
Warm and cozyI love this book and wish I could live in Chapel Springs. This is the literary equivalent of being wrapped in a quilt in front of a roaring fire with a cup of tea and a brownie on a cold day. Your friends will thank you for your recommendation. [by Marty Snowden]
Hometown antics that will make you smileClaire can get in to situations that you can't help but feel bad for her and you will shake you head in disbelief. From an exploding meal to an oh so funny fishing trip, you won't be able to keep the smile off your face as you picture her misadventures! Check out Chapel Springs Revival and see if it doesn't make you chuckle. [by DK Stevens]
so can relateWhat a great debut novel, Ane has captured my attention from beginning to the end. I laughed so hard I cried at parts, I found myself able to relate to these characters as will most woman.
I can't wait to read more about Claire, Patsy and all their friends in Chapel Springs, Ga(I'd like to visit this quaint town).
I look forward to reading more by Ane Mulligan, I began reading Christian fiction back in 2003 and haven't regretted it at all. I think I may have found my next favorite author in women fiction and it is all in good taste. I grew up reading and enjoy it more than watching TV so give me a good book and a comfy chair and I get lost for hours. [by Tracy]
A true vision of married life..This book had me laughing from beginning to end. There were also some heartfelt parts where I simply fell in love with the characters. The whole story just seemed so "real"; I could really envision being friends with these women in a town just like Chapel Springs! I simply cannot wait to devour the next Ane Mulligan novel. [by Michele Creech]
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