Chapel Springs Survival


“Chapel Springs Survival” was a fun book to read. I loved its small town setting and the primary characters who were more mature than the usual novels I encounter. From the problems of a small town that is suddenly bursting at the seams to family problems at home, Claire and her friends Patsy and Lydia often find themselves overwhelmed as they attempt to navigate their lives. At times humorous and at other times serious, the story moved along at a fast clip from one incident to another and held my attention until the end.

I enjoyed my time spent in Chapel Springs and plan to read the other books in this series as soon as I find a break in my review schedule.

A copy of this book was provided for review by The Book Club Network.

ABOUT THE BOOK (284 pages):

A mail-order bride, a town overrun with tourists, and illegal art ~ How on earth will Claire and Chapel Springs survive? With the success of her Operation Marriage Revival, life is good for Claire Bennett. That is until the mayor’s brother blabs a secret: Claire’s nineteen-year-old son, Wes, has married a Brazilian mail order bride — one who is 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 Claire and her family survive her son’s marriage?

Lydia Smith is happily living alone and running her spa then the widow on the hill becomes a blushing bride. Along with her new marriage, she has a dream to expand her business by adding guest rooms. Things are going according to plan. That is, until her groom’s adult son moves in on everything. Will her dream survive her stepson?

From the first sighting of a country music star in Claire’s gallery, The Painted Loon, to the visit of a Hollywood diva, Chapel Springs is inundated with stargazers, causing lifelong residents to flee the area. When her best friends, Patsy and Nathan, put their house on the market, Claire is forced to do something or lose the closest thing to a sister she’s got. With her son’s future at stake and the town looking to her to solve their problems, it’s Claire who needs a guardian angel.


Ane MulliganAne Mulligan writes Southern-fried fiction served with a tall, sweet iced tea. She’s a novelist, a humor columnist, and a multi-published playwright. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, she resides in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband, their chef son, and two dogs of Biblical proportion.