Charleston's past is full of romance. Does Anne's future hold the same?
Charleston's Anne Brumley has long dreamed of love while rining the bells at St. Michael's, but those dreams are beginning to fade. Her sister Alisha and cousin Della encourage the thirty-six year old to move somewhere new for a fresh start.
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, Alisha, struggles with her husband's ambition, which seems to be taking him further from their dreams of a happy family. And Cousin Della's former fiance has returned to Charleston, making her wonder if she chose the wrong path when she married her gifted but unemployed-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 take on this story:
Love, Charleston is an amazingly well written book, with characters so real that you totally relate to their feelings. You can feel the ties that bind families together.
Roy Summerhill is a minister to a small country church, even though he has suffered personal tragedy he continued to serve God faithfully, so when he is chosen by the prestigious St. Michael's as their new rector he reluctantly accepts. He is sure he will never fit in but he knows God is leading him to Charleston.
Anne Brumley is a bell ringer at St. Michael's. She wonders if she will ever find love. Her sister Lisha and her cousin Della has suggested she needs to move and start fresh but Anne is sure she got a message from God telling her to stay here and wait, but at 36 she isn't sure how much longer she can wait!
The secondary story line with Lisha suffering with postpartum depression and the effects on her family were truly eye opening for me.
This was a great book from beginning to end, the characters in this book just jump off the page as they deal with the struggles and the challenges they face, and even though the book didn't have a happily ever after ending, it had a real and believable ending.
If your interested in reading a great story that you wont be able to put down then pick up this book you won't be disappointed.
I was provided a copy of this book by Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review!