Today I am reviewing Home to Chapel Springs, the third book in the Chapel Springs series by Ane Mulligan.
Here is the brief synopsis:
A homeless author, a heartbroken daughter, and a theatre ghost. There’s trouble in Chapel Springs.
There’s always someone new in Chapel Springs someone who is either coming home or stirring up trouble.
A best-selling author’s latest book is a flop. While the reviewers are happily skewering her, her racecar-driver-husband walks out on her and she’s evicted, because he hasn’t paid the lease on their condo for the last three months. Then she discovers he also he drained their bank accounts.
Homeless and broke, she and her little boy have no choice but to retreat to the house she inherited from her nana in Chapel Springs — the house that’s been gutted. Then, a stranger knocks on her door. One that will change the course of her life.
Howie Newlander is back in town. After the residents thwarted his plans for a Miami-style resort on Chapel Lake, he’s running for mayor and stirring up the farmers by spreading rumors about diverted water and misused taxes. The Lakeside Players want to remodel the town’s old theater, named for Claire’s late great-aunt. Empty and boarded up for the last forty years, the theatre is rumored to be haunted. When Newlander and Mayor Riley go head-to-head, Claire gets caught in the middle.
Claire’s youngest daughter is in love with a non-believer whose daddy is Claire’s nemesis, the mayor. Having him part of her family isn’t in her plan. The years of heartache before her husband became a Christian should warn her daughter off this boy. So far, her daughter’s heart isn’t hearing the warnings.
With hearts pulled in all directions, will they find a home in Chapel Springs?
Ane Mulligan has written a book that just can’t be denied! Once you pick it up and begin to read — you’re hooked — to the very end.
And it’s not because aliens are taking over the planet . . . or super heroes are saving the planet. There are no time travelers, no vampires, no diseases.
What there is — is a great story about normal people!
Once you pick up Home to Chapel Springs . . . you’re hooked. – Tweet this!
Well, Ane did have to throw in some really cool characters, like a racecar driver and a best-selling author. But here’s the catch. They really are normal people — with normal problems. The racecar driver walks out on his wife, taking all her money — and leaves her with nothing but heartache, bills, and their son.
And that’s just a small part of the book!
I love reading books by Ane Mulligan, because she writes about life — the good, the bad, and the ugly. But even when I find myself identifying with her characters, I also find myself laughing at them. And my life — my problem — seems a bit easier to bear.
If you take nothing else away from my thoughts, please let me encourage you to read Home to Chapel Springs. If you get the chance, get the entire series — and when you have a long weekend or some vacation time, read them all in order.
You’ll be glad you did.
DON’T MISS the Chapel Springs series by Ane Mulligan. – Tweet this!
Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt