Monday, August 30, 2010

Love, Charleston by Beth Webb Hart ~ 4 stars

Love, Charleston
Beth Webb Hart
Thomas Nelson Publishing
About the book:
Charleston’s Anne Brumley has long dreamed of romance while ringing the bells at St. Michael’s, but those dreams are beginning to fade. Her sister Alicia and cousin Della encourage her to strike out and make her own way—after all, she’s thirty-six. But the tall redhead is sure God said, “Stay here and wait.”

Widower Roy Summerall has happily ministered to the country folks of Church of the Good Shepherd for years. So why would the Lord call him and his daughter away to Charleston—the city that Roy remembers from his childhood as pretentious and superficial? Surely the refined congregation of St. Michael’s won’t accept a reverend with a red neck and a simple faith.

Meanwhile, Anne’s sister, Alicia, struggles with her husband’s ambition which seems to be taking him further and further from their dreams of a happy family together. And Cousin Della’s former fiancĂ© has returned to Charleston, making her wonder if she chose the wrong path when she married her gifted but struggling-artist husband.

Family, friendship, and faith converge in a beautiful story about how God’s transforming love works in the Holy City of Charleston.

My review:
Well, I have mixed feelings about this book. The author has a unique writing style that appealed to me, where she often includes little details that other authors would leave out. One unusual thing is that the “main” characters don’t even meet until you are over 150 pages into the book. But, the storylines for the other characters kept me interested, so it worked out alright.

There was one thing that I didn’t care for, and that would be Lish’s situation. It broke my heart to read what she was going through. Her storyline basically gave me a mixture of sadness and anger. But, in the end she is doing better and you have hope for her character.

So, mixed feelings. I can’t say that DIDN’T like it, but I can’t say that I completely ENJOYED it either. I would recommend this to the person who likes books that are a little different from your average read. It’s not a typical romance, or any other genre that I can think of.

Thanks to BookSneeze for my review copy of this book.


apple blossom said...

I have seen this book around on different blogs. Sounds like a good book. thanks for the review.

Amanda said...

Thanks for the review - I'm more of a typical romance fan, but I do really like when authors include small details. Sometimes that can really make the book for me!

Casey said...

I thought the back cover of this book was really misleading, considering the character they referred to, didn't have a point of view. But I still thought it was a good book. LIke you said, not the greatest, but still good. :)

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Thanks for the honest review!! I have to say the cover of this book is gorgeous, but it sounds like it doesn't really match up to the story.

justpeachy36 said...

This one sounds interesting and different. Books that are somewhat different than the usual fare appeal to me.

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Hmm . . . interesting. I was wondering, is this contemporary fiction, or is it set in another time period? I can't quite tell by the dress the girl is wearing in the cover.

--Lady DragonKeeper

Carole said...

I appreciated your honest thoughts, Carman, and look forward to reading this book. I love all things Charleston and find the cover delightful.

Carman said...

apple blossom~ The book is a recent release, so it's making the "rounds" right now. LOL

Amanda~ I like that too! It sometimes makes the book seem more real.

Casey~ I agree. It wasn't at all what I was expecting.

Carrie~ I would have to say that is true. There are some great qualities about this book, but also lots of things that I didn't like.

justpeachy~ I agree. The book does have a lot of good things about it. I hope that if you get to read it you will enjoy it more than me!

lady dragonkeeper~ It is contemporary, set in Charleston. :)

Carole~ I hope you enjoy it!