The Restoration of Celia Fairchild
Evvie Drake Starts Over meets The Friday Night Knitting Club in this wise and witty novel about a fired advice columnist who discovers lost and found family members in Charleston, by the New York Times bestselling author of The Second Sister.
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.
The Restoration of Celia Fairchild is an unforgettable novel of secrets revealed, laughter released, creativity rediscovered, and waves of wisdom by a writer Robyn Carr calls "my go-to author for feel-good novels.”
This is a sweet and charming read. I like Celia. She is someone that I was cheering for the whole time I was reading this book. Although, all of the characters in this story are very likable and engaging. Both really good qualities to have in characters. It makes the story that much more enjoyable.
One of the things that I really liked are the letters that Celia wrote to her daughter, Peaches. Celia may not have her yet but she still loved her as if she was already there. It showed the love and how good a mother Celia would be.
I have a good time reading this book. This book does give off feel good vibes due to all of the characters. Fans of Marie Bostwick will be happy with this book. Bonus, there is a reading guide included in the back of the book. So, this book would be great for a book club discussion.