Since getting my ipad a year ago I rarely read a “real” book but this afternoon I grabbed “Love, Charleston” by Beth Webb Hart off the bookshelf.
Set in Charleston, South Carolina Hart beings with the tale of Roy, the widower priest who is called to pastor a church in Charleston – a place he doesn’t feel he fits in.
In Charleston lives Anne Brumley, a single bell-ringer; her sister Lish who seems to have the perfect life; and her cousin Della who is unhappy in her financially struggling marriage.
Of course you know that Anne is going to end up with Roy but their romance isn’t the crux of the story. The truly touching part of this book is the way Della and Anne sacrifice to help Lish when she succumbs to a severe depression after the birth of her third child.
While her husband refuses to admit the severity of his wife’s illness, Della and Anne step in to take care of the baby and other two children and try to get Lish the help she needs. Unfortunately her husband stands in their way for far too long and it is only when he moves to Atlanta to accept a new job that the women are able to get Lish on the road to recovery.
In the end Roy finds romance with Ann; Della realizes that the financially secure life she thinks she wants is not what’s important and Lish learns to keep perserving through the difficulty time.
I enjoyed the book. I’ll admit to skimming over all the historical facts about St. Michael’s church but otherwise it was a good read – one I finished in an afternoon.
Since I’m all for passing on books when done, I’m giving my copy away. Leave a comment below and I’ll select a winner at random Monday at midnight.
*Book was provided for review by BookSneeze.com.