Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Love, Charleston Book Review and Giveaway!

Love, Charleston is the story of three related women going through different situations.  Anne is looking for love, Della is tired of her love and Lish is losing her love.  It all begins when widower, Roy Summerall moves to Charleston to become the new priest at St. Michael's, but he's not sure if he can meet the needs of his new parishioners.  Things start to look up when he meets Anne, a beautiful bell ringer.  Della is married to an unemployed artist and even though she dearly loves her little girl, she's anxious to give her a better life.  Lish is a successful doctor along with her husband.  After delivering her third child, she sinks into a serious depression and not even her sister or cousin can convince her husband how sick Lish is.  What happens to these three women in the beautiful city of Charleston?  Only God could orchestrate the outcome of their situations.  Let Beth Webb Hart show you the conclusion.

My interest ebbed and flowed with this book.  Overall, it was somewhat depressing and the characters seemed inconsistent.  Each chapter came from the perspective of a different character.  Roy's story was boring, but I really liked how he was connected to the other three women from his past.  I was not impressed with Della's outlook of "the grass is greener on the the other side."  I also was not sure why Lish's condition was never stated until I read it in the reading group questions guide.  And I couldn't figure out why Anne seemed like a confident woman, but in her first meeting with Roy she was a total basket case.  But after I read the acknowledgments , I know that a lot of research went into this book and I applaud the author for her dedicated work.

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