Happy Publication Day (a day late) to Marie Bostwick for The Restoration of Celia Fairchild. Another winner!
The Restoration of Celia Fairchild by Marie Bostwick, Sarah Naughton (Narrator)
Published March 2nd 2021 by HarperAudio, William Morrow Paperbacks
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’m going to start my review with this comment from the end of the Goodreads synopsis:
‘THE RESTORATION OF CELIA FAIRCHILD’ is an unforgettable novel of secrets revealed, laughter released, creativity rediscovered, and waves of wisdom by a writer Robyn Carr calls “my go-to author for feel-good novels.”
Celia Fairchild was an amazing character. She has had so many things go wrong in the last year, that I am surprised she was not at home in bed with a box of tissues. Celia knows she has to do something if she wants her dream of adopting a child to come to fruition, so after losing her job, she heads to Charleston, South Carolina to accept her inheritance from her recently deceased aunt. While she is there, her plans take a U-turn and so does her life.
I loved the characters in this book. They were so real, with the same problems, worries and flaws as we have. I loved that while making new friends and restoring old friendships, she does not lose touch with her best friend in New York. Their relationship was amazing, more like siblings, and provided me with a lot of smiles and laughs. Learning about the real Calpurnia, whose name Celia took for her advice column, was heartbreaking, but gave Celia a family. Celia had a lot of hurdles to get over. The house she remembered as a gorgeous Charleston home with a beautiful garden was a mess. Not only was it in bad need of repair, but inside it was a hoarder’s paradise. If she was going to fix up this house to make a home for herself and the possible baby she was going to adopt, it was going to take time, money and friends. This story made me laugh, cry and smile. It is a wonderful story of friendship, reconciliation, roots, resilience, family and new beginnings. This is a wonderful story about self-discovery that I definitely recommend. I loved it. Sarah Naughton’s narration was extremely well done. Her expression, voice, tone and pacing was perfect and added to my enjoyment of this story. I was gifted a copy of this audiobook from the publisher upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
Synopsis (From Goodreads): Celia Fairchild, known as advice columnist “Dear Calpurnia,” has insight into everybody’s problems – except her own. Still bruised by the end of a marriage she thought was her last chance to create a family, Celia receives an unexpected answer to a “Dear Birthmother” letter. Celia throws herself into proving she’s a perfect adoptive mother material – with a stable home and income – only to lose her job. Her one option: sell the Charleston house left to her by her recently departed, estranged Aunt Calpurnia.
Arriving in Charleston, Celia learns that Calpurnia had become a hoarder, the house is a wreck, and selling it will require a drastic, rapid makeover. The task of renovation seems overwhelming and risky. But with the help of new neighbors, old friends, and an unlikely sisterhood of strong, creative women who need her as much as she needs them, Celia knits together the truth about her estranged family – and about herself.
About the Author: When not curled up with a good book, Marie Bostwick can usually be found in her office, trying to write one. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eighteen uplifting works of historical and contemporary fiction, Marie’s books are beloved by readers across the globe.
Drawing on her lifelong love of quilting and her unshakable belief in the power of sisterhood, Marie’s popular Cobbled Court Quilt series has been embraced by quilters and non-sewers alike. Her standalone books have also found a passionate following among lovers of women’s fiction. Marie’s novel, The Second Sister” was adapted into the 2018 Hallmark Hall of Fame feature film “Christmas Everlasting”, starring Patti LaBelle. Marie’s novel, Hope on the Inside, was published in March 2019 and was chosen as a Reader’s Digest “Select Editions” book.
Marie’s latest endeavor is Fiercely Marie, a lifestyle blog that encourages women to live every minute and love every moment. Marie lives in Oregon with her husband and a beautiful but moderately spoiled Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.