The Restoration of Celia Fairchild – Published 2021
“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.” – Goodreads
A huge thank you to Marie Bostwick, Uplit Reads, and Harper Collins publishing for the gifted copies of this beautiful book!
I really enjoyed this author’s writing style. It’s a sweet book about finding yourself, creating the life you want, and the obstacles that might get in your way. It also has some really funny characters that range from the gay best friend, the advice columnist/blogger, and the very strange southern neighbors. While I am not from the south, I could connect to Celia in many ways, especially her journey to start a family/have a child.
The story flows in a way that makes it a quick read, and is very enjoyable. I had a physical copy, but I bet it would make a great audiobook. I would have loved some more romance, but it’s definitely a story of family, life, restoration, friendship, and more.
Moving forward, reconnecting with old friends, finding one’s way in life and family drama is something we can all connect with. I absolutely loved how things came together at the end and wouldn’t change anything about how things were wrapped up. This is a feel good read with low stress, high wit, and great writing. I definitely recommend this one!