Love, Charleston. Beth Webb Hart. Thomas Nelson. August 2010.
Paperback. 320 pages.
Love, Charleston is set in the historical town of Charleston, SC. This story is centered around four main characters: Roy, Anne, Alisha, and Della.
Roy Summerall is a widowed minister of a small country church and father of young daughter, Rose. When he is sent to be the new pastor of a larger church in Charleston, he feels very much out of place but remains obedient to God's calling. Anne is a bell ringer who loves her job. She's also single and ready to find love, but when she hears a message from God to "stay and wait" she stays right where she is, hoping she heard right. Anne's sister, Alisha, has what people would consider a perfect life and family. She's a doctor along with her husband, Drew. They have two kids and one on the way, but their picture perfect life begins to go downhill when she goes through postpartum depression after giving birth to her baby girl. Della is jealous of Alisha's ability to provide a comfortable life for her family. She's tired of living paycheck to paycheck and not being able to give her daughter a better life. When she runs into her former fiancé who is now a doctor, she begins to wonder if she made a mistake by marrying her unemployed husband, Peter.
This story is about family, faith, and following God's plan for our lives. It may not be one of my favorite books, but I still enjoyed it. The struggles the characters went through were very realistic and I'm sure readers could relate to them in one way or another. Struggles like depression, divorce, insecurities, and debt are relevant to what many women face these days. The author's character descriptions made it so easy to envision how each of them might look and the most memorable was Roy's mother. You'd have to read the book to understand why she's so memorable even though she's not a main character. I would have liked to read more about Anne, especially because the book description made it seem like she'd be the main focus along with Roy. If there were going to be a sequel, I think I'd take the time to read it and get to know the characters a bit more. So, if you like contemporary fiction with a hint of romance, then you might enjoy Love, Charleston.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
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(This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.)