Today I am reviewing Chapel Springs Survival, the second book in the Chapel Springs series by Ane Mulligan.
Here is a brief synopsis:
A mail-order bride, a town overrun with tourists, and illegal art ~ How on earth will Claire and Chapel Springs survive?
With 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.
Chapel Springs is like coming home to the place you wish you were from…
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This book will touch your heart — and your soul — with the humor, love, and patience Claire brings to Chapel Springs. I was caught up in the story from the first sentence . . . and my emotions were engaged until the very end, when the tears began to flow once again — happy tears this time.
Claire and Patsy, our favorite characters, are back. And just when you thought things were getting better — they get worse! What can they do to help?
Don’t worry . . . Claire has lots of ideas. Unfortunately, they tend to backfire at times.
There’s something special about Chapel Springs, and the residents we’ve come to love. Ane Mulligan has created characters that are so true-to-life, I’m a bit envious of them. I’d like to have such dear friends — and you probably would, too.
Weddings, marital issues, business concerns, friendships . . . they faced these and more in the first story. Now they’re faced with different challenges, but Claire and Patsy know exactly who to go to when the going gets tough. And HE speaks to them the words they need to hear.
More than anything, I want to encourage you to read the Chapel Springs series . . . it has exactly what you need to help you find encouragement to face your problems head on!
Honestly, I didn’t expect such a wonderful ending. I love Ane’s writing, but this ending . . . well, it brings tears to my eyes just to remember how awesome it ends.
Ane Mulligan brings Chapel Springs to life with humor, love, and lots of great characters. This is an excellent series! I will definitely be reading anything written by Ane Mulligan!
A mail-order bride, a town overrun with tourists, and illegal art… how will Chapel Springs survive?
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God bless you!
Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt