This book was not at all what the synopsis on the back, or on the web site, said it was about. I expected the story to be about Anne and her journey, but she was, in fact, a very minor character. I agree with a prior reviewer who said that this book did not deal with issues in Christian ways. Though there is a thread of faith throughout, the overall book does not seem to have a Christian theme. If the true synposis of this book had been what was advertised, I never would have bothered to read it. As it is, I did read it and found it to be decent writing and easy enough to follow.
I throughly enjoyed Beth Webb Hart's book, Love, Charleston. Family, friendship, and faith converge in a beautiful story about how God transforming love changes the lives of three women - two sisters and their cousin. The city of Charleston comes to life and is a great setting for this story. The writing is exquisite and kept me turning pages until the end. I highly recommend this book!
Despite the summary provided by the publisher, I found the novel to be very little about the love of Anne and Father Summerall. It focused more on three cousins (Anne and her sister Alicia and their cousin, Della). Each of these women represent different aspects of marital status and content. One woman searching for love at a later age in life, one married with a child who yearns to grow her family, and the other married and growing her family but having a difficult time in the process. It seems the grass is greener on the other side for these cousins yet they stand strong by each others side despite the heartache it may personally cause them.
Observing each woman's journey touched me personally on a few different levels. I could relate to the post-partem depression, the discontentment in a relationship only to find it is actually exactly what I want. The story was a bit slow, however, and with chapters from the perspective of four characters didn't allow the author to get deep enough into each character's story.
Love, Charleston by Beth Webb Hart is a story following 3 women, a bell ringer, a doctor and a writer who grew up together and one priest. With multiple points of view and a seemingly large amount of characters, the beginning was a little hard to follow for me.
I find the beauty of reading fiction is that you have a chance to take your own personal journey with the themes in the book you read. This book covers psychological issues, health, family, faith, friendship and marital/infidelity themes. Some great thought provoking issues to check in your own life as you read.
see complete review at http://michelledevans.blogspot.com/2010/10/love-charleston-book-review.html
Although the story had potential, I was severely dissapointed. To start there is a cuss word, morals that are very questionable, and no consequences for mistakes.
Throughout the book I kept hoping for each character to be convicted of their wrong-doings. For instance one character, Della, almost cheats on her husband, and even though she never goes through with it, it is never said that it was a wrong thing to think of doing. It is portrayed as only a bad idea because of Della having a commited husband. While it is said that Della isn't a Christian, I would hope that in a Christian book, she would come to know the Lord and ask forgiveness for her mistakes, but she never does. Another Character- Alicia, develops severe depression after giving birth and never turns to God for help, she goes to a psychologist, but he doesn't come across as a Christian character. At the end of the book, she is getting better, but God isn't in the picture. Anne is said to be a Christian, but not a very well developed character. You don't see much of her throughout the book. Roy Summeral is a Christian also, but with a mother who has questionable beliefs. So, if you are expecting a Christian novel, you will be dissapointed. I don't believe this should be sold at any christian bookstore or published as a Christian book.