In Love, Charleston, author Beth Webb Hart weaves tales of the lives of members from a close-knit Southern community. The narration moves from one character’s point-of-view to the next as each copes with broken dreams and crumbling relationships.
Lish’s life seems perfect: she’s a gorgeous blonde pediatrician with two beautiful children, a hunky doctor husband, and another baby on the way. But when the pregnancy takes an unexpected turn, perfection begins to unravel. In step her best friends to the rescue: sister Anne and cousin Della, who are both fighting battles of their own. Anne is 38 and weary of waiting for “the one,” while cousin Della and her husband are struggling to make ends meet. The new pastor, Reverend Summerall, arrives in town with a genuine faith that starts to melt the façade of the blue-blooded locals, including these three women.
While Hart’s writing style may initially come off as strained, her characters become increasingly colorful as the pages are turned. The description of southern life in Charleston—called “The Holy City”—is charming and spirited. Parts of the novel lull with cliché and predictability, but the plot has nuggets of surprising grit and genuine realism. Love, Charleston is quick to read and would be enjoyed by the mature female reader. – Alissa Goeglein, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Charleston's past is full of romance. Does Anne's future hold the same?
Charleston's Anne Brumley has long dreamed of love while ringing 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.