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  • Posted September 21, 2010

    Gets you right in the heart.

    Love, Charleston by Beth Webb Hart is a romantic novel that follows the lives of several people. Sisters Anne and Lish and cousin Della live in Charleston. Lish has a seemingly perfect life as far as Della can see. She is married to a doctor and pregnant with their third child. But after a preterm birth, Lish falls into a deep depression made worse by her husbands leaving her and filing for separation. Della who is married to an artist struggles just to pay the bills and secretly toys with the idea of leaving her husband for a financially stable ex. Anne is still single but believes God has told her to "stay and wait" for her future husband in Charleston. Della and Anne pull together to take care of Lish during the dark time of her depression. Della and her family move in with Lish to help with her children. Mean while a new widowed minister, Roy Summerall, has received a job offer to move from his small country church to a prestigious church in Charleston. He moves his daughter and himself there for what could be a fresh start. That's when he meets Anne and a love starts to develop between the two. I really enjoyed this book. It was able to grasp the desperation and pain felt with mental illness and with being unhappy in your life and wanting more. It showed that you can find happiness but it's not always easy to come by. The book was sweet, sentimental and at time heart wrenching but I really enjoyed it.

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

    Slow to start, but ended up being a good book

    Love, Charleston is a book about finding love, finding yourself, and finding God. Each chapter is from the perspective of the various characters showing how they have questioned much of what is going on in their lives and how they have overcome their struggles with the help of each other and of course with a little help from the big man upstairs. The book centers around the relationship between Lish, Anne and Della who are not only family but best friends. Each woman has their own life, yet they are all still intertwined and part of one bigger picture that includes all of them no matter where their life journeys take them.

    I had a really hard time starting to read this book and it wasn't until I was about 75 or so pages in that I decided that I actually did like the book. I don't know if I had trouble with it because this is not a book that I would typically read or if it was just slow to start off. What I do know is that I'm glad I stuck with reading it, because in the end I really enjoyed it. While reading it at times I would find myself in shock and disbelief, and other times I was overcome with joy for the characters. The more into it I got the more I felt for the characters and the more I felt like I knew them. Overall this ended up being a really good book and I think anyone who has ever questioned their faith should check it out because well it makes you see how God has a plan for all of us and how everything will somehow work itself out in the end.

    Note: I received a free copy of this book from to review, but the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2010


    Thomas Nelson gave me a copy of LOVE, CHARLESTON by Beth Webb Hart. The story takes place in - yup, you guessed it - Charlestown. The first family you meet is Roy and his daughter Rose. Rose's mother passed away and since then, Roy has been having a hard time with life. He is a small town Reverend who is recommended for a position at Saint Michael's, an ancient and prestigious church in Charlestown. He doesn't want to take the job, but eventually gives in because he feels like it is his calling. Those at Saint Michael's are wary, yet accepting, and he soon feels right at home, along with his daughter, who is excited to live in a Big City. The second family belongs to Lish, her sister Anne, and their cousin Della. Lish's baby comes early and results in post-partum depression. It becomes so severe that Lish considers suffocating the baby and begins to fall apart. Lish's husband leaves her for a new job, and as she declines deeper into depression, he files for separation. Della is having trouble finding money. Her artist husband is unreliable for income and she wants what is best for their daughter. She considers leaving her husband for an old, and successful, flame, but eventually decides to stay together as a family. Anne is seeking love, and finds it for Roy. They all find happiness staying with Lish, helping her find mental peace while taking care of her children. The story is touching and hard to put down.

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  • Posted August 25, 2010

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    It's more like I have a little Crush, Charleston

    When I first started reading "Love, Charleston" I did not expect to be impressed. On the surface, it looked like a love/family drama story with a little Christianity mixed in. Once I began reading, I could not put it down. While the story does follow the basic pattern I expected, widower pastor finds love at the church he wasn't sure he wanted to preach at, the story also brings in some real world, and unexpected, concerns. As a mom who has struggled with post-partum depression, I was brought to tears by one of the character's harrowing experience. The story also finds several characters dealing with the repercussions of adultery. While the characters are good citizens and fine Christians, they become "real" to the reader, because they are not perfect. Their struggles ring true and there is something we can relate to.

    In the story, Pastor Roy Summerall leaves his small town church to be the pastor of a major Charleston congregation. He is a widower who has been raising his daughter alone for five years. He is not sure he will "fit in" in Charleston because of his "good ole' boy" country ways. In Charleston, he reconnects with sisters Anne and Lish, and their cousin Della, whom he knew as a child. Anne is a never married bell ringer at his church in Charleston, Lish is a doctor turned stay at home mommy blogger, and Della is a struggling writer who makes ends meet by teaching English at a posh all girl's school. The characters become real through their struggles. Roy must learn to love the congregation he had resented as a youth. Anne must question her faith and the promise she received from God that she would find a husband if she would just "stay and wait." Lish, who my all accounts, is a perfect super-mom finds herself in a battle with severe post-partum depression bordering psychosis, and a philandering husband. Della, who thinks she can provide a better life for herself and her daughter by leaving her husband for her former fiance finds that love and faith can truly conquer all. Roy and Anne find themselves falling in love through a series of letters and emails, while they both help Lish with her mental problems. I enjoyed seeing the characters evolve and grow, however the story feels unfinished. The end leaves us still wondering about Roy and Anne's future, about Lish's recovery, about Della's new book. The story is strong until the last chapter, which feels as though it was rushed for resolution. Overall though, I enjoyed "Love, Charleston."

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

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    Love, Charleston- The Long Wait

    What if you heard voices somewhere, telling you that you should wait for your true love? Love, Charleston is a book about faith, and believing in God's words.

    This story is about Anne, set in the romantic surrounding of small town called Charleston, South Carolina.

    "Stay and wait"

    That is the word that has been haunting Anne when she was in the bell tower at Saint Michael's Church in Charleston.

    Certain that the message is from God, she stayed and wait for her true love in Charleston, South Carolina. However, sister, Della, and their cousin, Alicia, have their doubts, and was certain that Anne was just hearing things and was being silly by following what her heart tells her to do.

    Is it true? could Anne have misunderstood His calling? Should she leave the small town and pursue her life like the rest of the people in Charleston? Or should she wait for her true love there, no matter what it takes?

    This is a story about having faith in not only God, but also in yourself. Anne was determined to wait, no matter at what cost, and so she waited, despite of the words of others.

    Would Anne's wait come to an end? Will she find true love in Charleston after all?

    I won't give the story away. This is quite a good read. good for a lazy Sunday afternoon where you want to do nothing but just read something light and inspiring.

    Love, Charleston by Beth Hart certainly will whisk you away into the land of hope, and teaches you to believe in what your heart says, and not the others.

    Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, I would, but only to those who likes a leisure pace in a story.

    I rate this book, 3 star out of 5.

    I received this advance copy book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Booksneeze bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review and therefore, the book review is 100% my own opinion.

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