The Restoration of Celia Fairchild by Marie Bostwick

Releases March 2nd from William Morrow
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Wow, just wow. I love it when a book grabs me out of left field and holds on. It's been a few weeks since I've read The Restoration of Celia Fairchild and I haven't been able to get it out of my mind. I think it's a cross between my southern roots and the way I connected to Celia's southern surroundings and the people in it. The homespun sayings and thought processes. I can't even count how many times I gave a knowing nod, laughed out loud at the way of thinking, or the acts of expected decorum. Those that know, know. 

"--it's the south. We have rules."

I found The Restoration of Celia Fairchild to be a heartbreaking yet self-affirming read about people who do the best they can to see themselves in new lights, and discover that life has a way of changing not only your circumstances but the way you see yourself, who you are, and what you can do. 


From the Cover...

Evvie Drake Starts Over meets The Friday Night Knitting Club in this wise and witty novel about a fired advice columnist who discovers lost and found family members in Charleston, by the New York Times bestselling author of The Second Sister.

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.

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.”

Thank you to 
Harper Collins and William Morrow for sending this my way.

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