A mail-order bride, a town overrun with tourists, and illegal artwork ~ How on earth will Claire and Chapel Springs endure?
With the success of her Operation Marriage Revival, life is not bad for Claire Bennett. That’s until the mayor’s brother blabs a secret: Claire’s nineteen-year-old son, Wes, has married a Brazilian mail order bride — one who’s 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 her family and Claire live her son’s marriage?
Lydia Smith running her spa and is happily residing afterward the widow on the hill becomes a blushing bride. As well as her new union, she has a dream to expand her business by adding guest rooms. Things are going according to plan. Which is, until her bridegroom‘s adult son moves in on everything. Will her vision survive her stepson?
From the first sighting of a country music star in the gallery of Claire, The Painted Loon, with stargazers, Chapel Springs is inundated to the visit of a Hollywood diva, causing lifelong residents to flee the region. When her best friends, Nathan and Patsy, place their house on the market, Claire is compelled to do something or lose the closest thing to your sister she’s got. With the town looking to her to solve their problems and her son’s future at stake, it is Claire who wants a guardian angel.
Ane Mulligan’s Chapel Springs Survival starts with a catastrophe as all good novels do. Claire Bennett is involved, should you need a refresher course, here are a few highlights from mishaps in Claire’s life in Chapel Springs Revival…setting a kitchen on fire, surviving a son’s wedding, whipping the whole town back into shape, beaning an art critic, and falling into an open grave in her wedding attire… It’s a wonder there’s a book two whatsoever. But delightfully there’s. And stumble onto or into, Claire has loads to trip over and angst over in ol Chapel Springs. Fortunately, she and her husband Joel are united like never before, and boy are they going to want that unity. The town’s tourism is hopping, perhaps a little too much. But just a couple of tweaks might repair all the little issues. But those small problems appear to be merely the tip of the iceberg.
Cook ca be still n’ted by Claire, nor can she keep her mouth close without biting on her tongue. But with her big ol heart and conviction she’s kind a the go-to girl in town. That person is her fresh surprise daughter in law. For some reason the newest family member of Claire seems to be outside to get her.
Near misses, Claire’s escapades, oops moments and huge wins are undoubtedly worth the read. Mulligan’s hilarious storytelling is so charming, the small town destination of Chapel Springs sounds like a dream holiday, and the characters are large as life.