Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chapel Springs Revival Book #Review by Ane Mulligan

ABOUT BOOK: Everybody 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. 

Claire, a pottery artist, stumbles through life with her foot in her mouth. When she became a Christian, she thought life and her marriage would be included in the new creation part. But her thighs are just as big and her husband, Joel, is as ornery as ever. She's become nothing more than a sheet-changer, a towel-folder, a pancake-flipper. Her life is humdrum and she's tired of being taken for granted. 

Patsy has plans for her empty nest, plans that include a cruise ship. However, her husband, Nathan, continues to work long hours, and he's not talking about slowing down. In fact, he's not talking much at all. She's asleep long before he comes home each night. At first she thought it was just because of tax season, but now she's not so sure. Something other than work seems to keep him late at the office every night. With the lines of communication closed, she'll have to find another way to reach him. 

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.

MY THOUGHTS-When I first picked up this book I wasn't sure what to expect. I had never heard of this author or this book but after reading it I was pleasantly surprised. It is a fun and entertaining book in which I found myself totally immersed. The characters are very funny and it was like a little town I would love to live in. Quaint and yet so sweet!

There are two women who are the main characters but there are a whole ton of secondary people, including the husbands. Boy these two are fun!! Claire and Patsy are best friends whose husbands are best friends. They talk about anything and everything together, as well as owning an art business together. They are the epitome of a small town friendship. I love how the women all have a morning coffee at the donut shop and chat about things in life. That is how they get the idea to spruce up Chapel Springs. But the revival doesn't just pertain to the town itself, but also to the people inside.

Patsy gets the idea her husband may be having an affair. There was something brought up here I didn't really care for but it was all done in fun and kind of humorous. One of my favorite parts is when Claire and Patsy go into the spa on a scouting trip. They are hilarious! It also bugged me that the one woman worries over her husband having an affair and yet the first time this handsome wealthy man comes to town, both married women about have a cat-fight over him. Believe me, everything turns out quite funny, but kind of irked me that they did this. Both women figure out what is going on with their husbands after a bit of worrying.

If you want a fun and amusing book to drop into, then this is one to pick up. Absolutely loved it!!

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

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