Saturday, August 28, 2010

Book Review: Love, Charleston

Love, Charleston is a difficult book to describe. It definitely wasn’t the historical fiction novel I expected. It’s a contemporary story made up of the interrelated stories of a few families living in historic Charleston.

The first character we meet is a widower, Episcopal priest with a young daughter. He learns that St. Michael’s church in Charleston may be calling him to be their priest and must prayerfully discover if that’s where God wants him to be.

Next we meet three sisters. Two are married. One is a successful doctor married to another successful doctor and expecting their third child. Her life seems ideal. Another is a writer married to an artist—a life she loved until their financial struggles begin keeping them from providing all she believes their daughter deserves from them as their child. The single sister is a bell ringer at St. Michael’s desperately trying to determine God’s will for her life. Should she remain in Charleston as she thought God told her to or give up on that thought and move on?

As their stories progress, taking both anticipated and unexpected turns, the three sisters lean on each other as they have all their lives, learning to handle whatever comes as it comes with thankfulness for whatever blessings they find. It is what it is, a snapshot of a crucial year in these particular characters' lives.

Thank you, Thomas Nelson Publishers, for sending this book for my review.

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