Sep 10, 2010

Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise by Joyce Magnin (Review and Giveaway) ENDED

Newly widowed Charlotte Figg purchases a double-wide trailer sight unseen and moves to the Paradise Trailer Park with her dog, Lucky. Unfortunately, both her trailer and the park are far from paradise and Charlotte is nudged into rallying the women of Paradise into a softball team. Soon Charlotte finds herself coaching The Paradise Angels and plotting to save the park manager’s wife from an abusive marriage, while facing some painful realizations of her own past.

Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1426707665
ISBN-13: 978-1426707667

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joyce Magnin is the author of The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, which was selected as a Best Christian Fiction book of 2009 by Library Journal. Joyce attended Bryn Mawr College and is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship. She is a classroom aid for Family Support Services and is a frequent workshop leader at various writer’s conferences and women’s church groups. She has three children, Rebekah, Emily, and Adam; two grandsons, Lemuel and Cedar; one son-in-law, Joshua, and a neurotic parakeet who thinks she’s a chicken. Joyce leads a small fiction group called StoryCrafters. She enjoys baseball, football, cream soda, video games and needle arts but not elevators. Joyce lives in Havertown, PA.

Visit the author's website at http://www.joycemagnin.com/Site/Welcome.html

MY THOUGHTS

What a hilarious yet heart-wrenching story! Charlotte Figg saw a real estate ad for a lovely double wide trailer situated in the Paradise Trailer Park, and she just had to have it! Her husband had just died, and she was eager to start a new and happier life, and Paradise sounded like just the place to start over.

However, when she arrived in Paradise, she was devastated. She had been duped. The trailer that she now owned was a run-down piece of junk, with a couple of raccoons as it's current inhabitants. Turmoil about whether to run for the hills or try to make it livable was her first decision to make, and she chose to stick it out.

Charlotte's new neighbors in Paradise are the most unlikely bunch of people you could ever imagine. There is Rose, the tattoo lady; Asa, the one-armed maintenance man; Ginger, the midget; Suzy, the victim of domestic violence; Hazel, the eccentric yet secretly wealthy owner of hundreds of hats and a few cats; and the list goes on and on. Even Charlotte has issues from her past that she needs to deal with in order to find her own healing.

Each of the inhabitants in Paradise has their own story, some with a painful past and some with current secrets. Charlotte's influence (her scrumptious pies, her trailer renovations, her softball team, and her big heart) changes the neighborhood forever.

I highly recommend this book ... it will make you laugh out loud many times, but it might also bring some tears as the lovable characters in this book share their hearts and their lives with each other.

Disclosure: I reviewed this electronic galley through Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher Abingdon Press. I was not compensated for my thoughts.

THE GIVEAWAY

Thanks to Maegan of Abingdon Press, five readers of this blog will win copies of this fantastic book!

Entry rules:
  • For one entry, simply leave your email address in a comment.
  • For a second entry, be a follower of this blog. Leave a separate comment.
  • US and Canada only, but no PO boxes please.
  • Contest ends on Wednesday, September 29.

54 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your review and would love to read Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
    theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Publicly following Along the Way with Google Friend Connect [Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}]
    theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
  3. I would love to win this please! Thanks for the chance!
    Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  4. I am a follower of Along the Way!

    Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great review, I like the storyline. Please enter me in this contest.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  6. I follow this blog with GFC.


    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  7. This sounds like a great book!!

    Thanks!
    Nichole
    ncornelius75@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. I am a follower of this blog.

    Thanks,
    Nichole

    ReplyDelete
  9. Please count me in, this book looks fun!

    freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

    ReplyDelete
  10. Proud and public GFC follower.

    freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

    ReplyDelete
  11. I've been seeing so much about this book and would love a chance to win it!

    Blessings
    Michelle V
    lifeinreviewblog[at]yahoo[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
  12. I am a follower.

    Blessings
    Michelle V
    lifeinreviewblog[at]yahoo[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
  13. Your wonderful review made this book sound fabulous. thank. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  14. thanks for this lovely giveaway. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thanks for posting your review it makes me want to go buy this book now.
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam
    pk4290(at)comcast(dot)net

    ReplyDelete
  16. I follow your blog via GFC & Reader.
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam
    pk4290(at)comcast(dot)net

    ReplyDelete
  17. Would love to win!

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

    ReplyDelete
  18. Blog follower on GFC

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

    ReplyDelete
  19. This one sounds really funny. I love stories with unusual characters in them.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. I am a gfc follower.
    debbie
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. Sounds like a fun read.

    headlessfowl at jteers dot net

    ReplyDelete
  22. I am a GFC follower.

    headlessfowl at jteers dot net

    ReplyDelete
  23. Please include me.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  24. I love the title! Please count me in. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  25. I follow

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  26. awesome review and giveaway!!

    Thank you

    acouponaddict at charter dot net

    ReplyDelete
  27. follow via GFC

    acouponaddict at charter dot net

    ReplyDelete
  28. This sounds awesome. I'd love to read it. :)

    misusedinnocence@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. I follow on gfc.

    misusedinnocence@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  30. Please count me in.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  31. GFC Follower.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  32. Funny and heartbreaking? I would like to read it. aitmama {{at}} gmail {{tod}} com

    ReplyDelete
  33. follower aitmama {{at}} gmail {{tod}} com

    ReplyDelete
  34. This sounds really good. I hadn't heard of the author before, but I'm going to look her up now. Thanks!
    hickenfam at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  35. I follow with gfc (psychdog).
    hickenfam at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  36. Would love a chance to win this book!

    billiondollarprincesss@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  37. Follow with GFC

    dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  38. I enjoyed The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow and look forward to all of Joyce's books. Small town with quirky characters - what a perfect blend! I appreciate your review, Janet, and also the chance to read about Charlotte Figg.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

    ReplyDelete
  39. I follow your blog, Janet.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

    ReplyDelete
  40. Count me in please!
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  41. I follow publicly on GFC
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  42. This sounds like fun. Please enter me, thanks.

    ruthiekb72@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  43. Sounds like a great book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
  44. I follow publicly via Google Friends Connect.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
  45. This sounds like a fun book to read. I love the title and cover. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

    ReplyDelete
  46. A happy follower of this blog.

    Thank You,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

    ReplyDelete
  47. Sounds like a book I would enjoy! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

    ReplyDelete
  48. Follower

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

    ReplyDelete
  49. Another title to add to my "to read" list! I would love to win a copy. Please enter me. Thanks!

    lovemykidsandbooks AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  50. I follow through google friend connect!( from 2 accounts! but don't worry I only use one to enter giveaways...lol)

    lovemykidsandbooks AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  51. Sounds good!

    nomfreebies AT hotmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  52. I follow :)

    nomfreebies AT hotmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete