The Restoration of Celia Fairchild: A Novel (Paperback)

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Celia’s dream is being a mother, she hopes to adopt when twin heartaches strike.  Her no good husband leaves and she loses her job.  Celia wrote the popular advice column, Dear Calpurnia, the paper has sold and the new owners are bringing in their own team, including a new writer for Celia’s column.  With no income and no husband, she has no clue how to convince the birth mother at her upcoming interview she would be a good choice.  She can’t even afford her Manhattan apartment. 

Then news that she has inherited her aunt’s house in Charleston, Celia’s hometown, revives hope of financial stability.  This could be the salvation of her dream!  But on arriving in Charleston to receive her bequest, she discovers the house changed from the attractive home of her youth to a money pit in need of either complete restoration or demolition, which is anybody’s guess.  It all appears hopeless, but Celia has a secret strength, friends.  People who care about her and will help see her through her troubles.  If you want a good story that leaves you feeling happyt, this is a book you will enjoy.

— Deon Stonehouse


The Restoration of Celia Fairchild is wise, witty, and utterly compelling.” —Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Friends We Keep

Evvie Drake Starts Over meets The Friday Night Knitting Club in this wise and witty novel about a fired advice columnist who discovers lost and found family members in Charleston, by the New York Times bestselling author of The Second Sister.

Celia Fairchild, known as advice columnist ‘Dear Calpurnia’, has insight into everybody’s problems – except her own. Still bruised by the end of a marriage she thought was her last chance to create a family, Celia receives an unexpected answer to a “Dear Birthmother” letter. Celia throws herself into proving she’s a perfect adoptive mother material – with a stable home and income – only to lose her job. Her one option: sell the Charleston house left to her by her recently departed, estranged Aunt Calpurnia. 

Arriving in Charleston, Celia learns that Calpurnia had become a hoarder, the house is a wreck, and selling it will require a drastic, rapid makeover. The task of renovation seems overwhelming and risky. But with the help of new neighbors, old friends, and an unlikely sisterhood of strong, creative women who need her as much as she needs them, Celia knits together the truth about her estranged family — and about herself.

The Restoration of Celia Fairchild is an unforgettable novel of secrets revealed, laughter released, creativity rediscovered, and waves of wisdom by a writer Robyn Carr calls "my go-to author for feel-good novels.”

About the Author

Marie Bostwick is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of insightful, uplifting fiction for women. Marie lives in Oregon with her husband. When not writing books, she enjoys quilting, hiking, cooking, and creating posts on her lifestyle blog, Fiercely Marie. Marie travels extensively, speaking at libraries, bookstores, quilt guilds, and conferences.

Praise For…

"Perennial fan favorite Marie Bostwick has done something special. This new novel has all the hallmarks readers have come to love about her books...This big-hearted tale of redemption, family ties, secrets, tough choices, and happy endings is filled with her trademark warmth and wisdom that will leave readers deeply satisfied."
— Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author

"With warmth, heart and hilarity, Marie Bostwick dazzles with a story about taking risks and letting go of the past to make way for the future of her dreams." 
— Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of Tony's Wife

"There is lots of Southern charm as well as plenty of sweet tea in this wise and funny novel by Marie Bostwick... Marie Bostwick writes with such warmth and generosity and humor that you won’t want to put this book down."
— Maddie Dawson, internationally bestselling author of A Happy Catastrophe

"With gorgeous writing, Marie Bostwick has hit new heights with this surprising story of one woman's redemption. The Restoration of Celia Fairchild is wise, witty, and utterly compelling.” 
— Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Friends We Keep

“Marie Bostwick is my go-to author for feel-good novels. Her writing is always powerful, inspiring, and uplifting..."
— Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author

"Reading Marie Bostwick is like wrapping yourself up in a warm, hand-crafted quilt."
— Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling author

"Bostwick keeps the story rolling along smoothly, and her characters are delightful (one is a neighbor named Happy who's anything but). Like Aunt Calpurnia's house, they're all much more than they seem at first glance – and worth the effort."
— Oregonian

"It’s the perfect recipe for a good read—engaging story line, a sprinkling of secrets, a dash of romance, and equal parts humor and tears. Readers of Southern fiction will swoon with delight."
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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062997302
ISBN-10: 0062997300
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2021
Pages: 416
Language: English