I love the stories where the characters’ lives spiral in the big city, and they are forced to go home. In Celia’s defense her cheating ex-husband and the fact that she lost her job were not the reason she went home. Celia’s Aunt Calpurina has passed, and the house had been left to her to do with what she saw best. Since Celia was in the running for an adoption she needed the money from the sale of the house to buy a respectable family home in the city. However, with the help of her dearest friend Calvin, she decides to clear out her aunt’s massive house and live there, but not without a few bumps in the road every now and then.
This was such a fun read! I don’t think I have ever read a book with a southern setting. It was fun to read about Charleston and the different mannerisms the locals have. I loved all the characters equally. It didn’t matter that the ladies of the neighborhood were older or younger, they went so well together. They knew Celia needed help fixing up her dearly departed aunt’s house, an aunt who happened to be an extreme hoarder, and they all pitched in. The fact that the only workers she could afford to help fix the bigger issues were ex-cons made me laugh which I did a lot while reading. I also teared up when one of the situations went south. That was the part that shocked me the most! So sad.
If you’re looking for a heartwarming story about family and friendship then look no further. I’ve always said that your family doesn’t have to be made up of the people you’re related to, and this author feels the same way. Welcome home Celia! Can I please come and visit?!
Thank you Uplit Reads, Author Marie Bostwick and William Morrow for my #copy! This gem of a book is out today!
Book Rating: 4/5
Wine Pairing: Rosé All Day 2017
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.