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
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."