Sunriver resident and bestselling author Marie Bostwick has a new book. The Restoration of Celia Fairchild is set to release March 2nd. An author event on Zoom is planned for Saturday March 6 at 5:00 PM. Please be in touch with us at Sunriver Books & Music at 541-593-2525 or firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-order Marie’s newest book. It would be a thrill if a Sunriver resident’s novel hit the New York Time’s Bestseller list! Let’s help Marie Bostwick make it a reality by supporting her new book! Purchase one for yourself, buy a gift for a friend, and let your friends know it is soon to be available. Marie will sign stock for us to make available.
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When: Mar 6, 2021 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Marie Bostwick - Restoration of Celia Fairchild
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Watch this video of Marie Bostwick introducing Celia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbulKkLcJrQ&t=1s
Marie Bostwick is an author with a diverse body of work, from a series about women quilters to historical fiction set around WWII with strong female characters to novels with contemporary themes set in the Pacific Northwest. Her newest, Restoration of Celia Fairchild, is a romantic comedy that is great fun to read.
Meet Celia Fairchild, a young woman living in Manhattan where she is employed writing a popular advice column, Dear Calpurnia. Celia’s greatest dream is to have a child, she has set in motion the application process to adopt and is anticipating an interview with a birth mother. Before Celia’s dream can become reality, her feckless husband leaves and she loses her job. Celia created the column, Dear Calpurnia, she enjoys a devoted following finding comfort in her downhome advice. It seems inconceivable that it could be taken away from her, but that is precisely what is happening. Her boss just sold the paper with the understanding the new owners would bring in their own team, including for Dear Calpurnia.
How can Celia hope to convince someone to trust her with adopting their child when she has no means of support and can barely even afford her apartment? The situation is looking bleak. How is she going to convince the young birth mother to take a chance on a single unemployed writer?
A turn of fortune arrives via a letter informing Celia that her aunt has died and she is the sole heir. While she is grieved by her elderly aunt’s demise, the news also offers salvation. Celia’s home town is Charleston, South Carolina. A beautiful old city with lovely neighborhoods just filled with attractive, historic homes. Celia’s Aunt Calpurnia’s home was among them. The plan is to fly home to Charleston, sell the house, and return with the proceeds. She would have a nice bundle thus showing self-sufficiency and financial stability to the young birth mother.
Great plan. Then again, many a great plan falls short in execution. Celia heads south to take possession of her aunt’s house, put it on the market and get back to Manhattan quickly to be ready for the upcoming interview. She remembers her aunt’s home as a lovely old building on a nice street. The house that greets her is nowhere near her memory, it is a wreck. In the intervening years, Celia’s aunt became a hoarder and a recluse. The house has gone to wrack and ruin. It is now a money pit personified. There is barely room to walk through with the junk and garbage stacked throughout. No way this home could go on the market and quickly sell for a tidy sum. A local developer is keen to buy it for the big lot it sits upon, tear it down, and build townhouses.
Not a woman easily deterred, Celia dives into removing all the debris and restoring the old building to some of its former glory. Anyone who has remodeled a home will recognize that things always cost more than anticipated and unforeseen issues proliferate like bunnies.
And then there are the family skeleton's in the various closets to be dealt with too! But Celia still has something precious, friends. Although she may not realize it, Celia’s superpower is friendship. And they set about helping Celia navigate the path from the present to the future.
Filled with likeable characters, comedy, and hope! There are so many great characters, I particularly liked Celia’s friend Calvin, a chef of considerable talent who turned to cookbook editing and is married to a physician working with Doctors Beyond Borders. Calvin is the friend everyone would like having; charming, funny, and cooks delicious food.
A fun romcom, the story also touches on themes of family, friendship, responsibility, and hope. Bostwick’s writing is lively and engaging. This is a book you can sit down, enjoy, and feel better for reading!