Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 2010)
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
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.
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