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A homeless author, a theatre ghost, and a heartbroken daughter ~ there’s trouble in Chapel Springs
There’s always someone new in Chapel Springs, either coming home or stirring up trouble. Bestselling author Carin Jardine’s latest book is a flop. Homeless and broke, she and her little boy have no choice but to retreat to the house she inherited from her nana in Chapel Springs—the house that’s been gutted. Then, a stranger knocks on her door. One that will change the course of her life. With one of her daughters in love with the wrong boy, a theatre rumored to be haunted, and Howie Newlander and Mayor Riley go head-to-head in a hot election, Claire gets caught in the middle.
A mail-order bride, a town overrun with tourists, and illegal art. How on earth will Claire and Chapel Springs survive?
Claire Bennett's Operation Marriage Revival succeeded and life is good. That is until the mayor's brother blabs a secret: Claire's nineteen-year-old son has married a Brazilian mail order bride. When Claire tries to welcome her, she's ridiculed, rebuffed, and rejected. Loving this girl is like hugging a prickly cactus. Lydia Smith is happily living alone and running her spa—then the widow on the hill becomes a blushing bride. Then her groom's adult son moves in—on everything. With her son's future at stake and the town's problems to solve, it's Claire's who needs a guardian angel.
Good cooks surround me, and that's purely divine intervention. You see, my culinary expertise maxes out at Jell-O Jigglers. It's a good thing my hubby, Joel, loves to cook. Otherwise our kids would have gotten pretty tired of PB&J sandwiches and salad. We all have our talents, but God didn't give me a culinary gene. But a number of Chapel Springs Revival readers asked me for my favorite recipes—which flat knocked me out given I can't cook.
I hope you enjoy this cookbook. And I hope all y'all get the next book in the Chapel Springs series, Chapel Springs Survival, coming in December. The author exposes my great faux pas in the world of art.
Below is a map of Chapel Springs, so you can see where everyone lives and works.
What people are saying about the Chapel Springs series
Chapel Springs Series
With a friend like Claire, you'll need a gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel.
Everybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire and Patsy. It's impossible not to, what with Claire's zany antics and Patsy's self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds. Chapel Springs has grown dilapidated and the tourist trade has slackened. With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to revitalize the town. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is their marriages. Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs —and their lives.
“Chapel Springs: where anything can happen, and usually does. Claire and her best friend Patsy are as loveable as ever; even with all the new problems they face, they keep their sense of humor. The storyline is believable, and readers will identify with issues that are mentioned in the book. Mulligan writes with humor and wit. This book does not disappoint.” - Romantic Times, 4-Stars
“Home to Chapel Springs is an engaging story, one that will have Chapel Springs fans eating [it] up and begging for more.” Michelle Griep, author of Brentwood’s Ward
"Pour yourself a tall glass of sweet tea and head out onto the porch with this richly woven tale of life in a small, but suddenly booming southern town. Mulligan’s characters are warm and engaging, not to mention delightfully human, as they struggle to navigate problems both big and small, proving in the end that nothing is impossible when we hold tight to faith and keep our hearts open.” -Barbara Davis, Author of Summer at Hideaway Key
“With her trademark wit and Southern charm, Ane Mulligan takes us on another trip to the idyllic town of Chapel Springs. With Claire Bennett and her zany crew of friends and family, Mulligan spins an endearing tale of how far we'll go for those we love, and the ones we hope will love us in return.” -Jennifer AlLee, Carol Award Finalist and Best-Selling Author
"Fans of Ane Mulligan’s Chapel Springs novels will be delighted once again to spend time in this quintessential little town in Georgia with its colorful coterie of friends, family, and lovable souls." -Kellie Coates Gilbert, author of A Woman of Fortune (Library Journal’s Best Book List of 2014)
You’ll laugh at the antics of the southern folk in this sleepy town that might look a lot like yours, and when the dust settles, you’ll wish you could go back and visit. A fun and heartfelt story from a masterful storyteller.” Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Stardust and The Hatmaker’s Heart
This is a small-town story with big-hearted characters.” Southern novelist Judy Christie, author of Magnolia Market
“A touching story involving real women who face crisis, love, doubt, and desperation with love and humor. Together, they survive when courage calls.” DiAnn Mills, Christy Award-winner and author of Firewall
Ane Mulligan … succeeds in creating a town full of quirky characters, each endearing in their own way, who discover—sooner or later—what their hearts and their town really need.” Cynthia Ruchti, award-winning author of All My Belongings and When the Morning Glory Blooms.
“Buckle up for another bumpy and funny ride with the ladies of Chapel Springs. Characters are funny, caring and just want to do the right thing for the community, with unexpected and humorous results. Mulligan has written a wonderful contemporary novel that tickles the funny bone.” Romantic Times 4-Stars
“Reading the Chapel Springs series is like coming home to the place you wish you were from, to the friends you know and love." Gina Holmes, best-selling, award-winning author of Crossing Oceans & Driftwood Tides.
“Readers who enjoy a good novel that will stir emotions and bring some heart-felt love and laughter into their lives—I highly recommend reading the Chapel Springs series by Ane Mulligan. Readers will fall in love with Chapel Springs and will want to travel there as a tourist.” An Amazon Reader
“This book is good, clean fun. Ane Mulligan paints delightfully imaginative word pictures, and makes you wish you could take Claire & Patsy out to lunch. I nearly fell off the sofa laughing at Claire's antics. Hopefully redemptive without sappiness." An Amazon Reader
“Ane Mulligan has such a wonderful way of putting words together with a great touch of southern flavor and just enough humor to keep you up way into the night reading.” An Amazon Reader
“This is a wonderful story of love, forgiveness, patience, and understanding. I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who loves to laugh, cry, and enjoy a great story. Book 3: I cannot wait!! An Amazon reader
Life in Chapel Springs has turned upside down and inside out.
Is it a midlife pregnancy or … cancer? Claire will keep her secret until she’s sure—but it isn’t easy. Between her twins’ double wedding, a nationwide art tour and her health, life is upside down. Shy Lacey Dawson was happily writing murder mysteries for the community theater, but a freak accident causes her traumatic injuries. When the bandages come off, Lacey’s world is tuned inside out. Gold has been discovered in Chapel Springs and the ensuing fever is rising.