• The Restoration of Celia Fairchild

  • A Novel
  • By: Marie Bostwick
  • Narrated by: Sarah Naughton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (328 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.”

©2021 Marie Bostwick (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Honestly have no idea how people enjoyed this

I have no clue how this book is rated so well to be honest. From start to finish I found it to be a collection of the most basic cliches. I literally found myself continually rolling my eyes and sighing out of exasperation. I trudged through it thinking it might get better and it never did. I am genuinely annoyed at the friend that recommended this book to me and now will forever distrust her book recommendations.

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Bummer

Did not finish-I made it to chapter 16 and nothing significant had happened. I found it to be too slow and I wasn’t drawn to the main character to find out what happens in the end.

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Nice story

A good light read - good narration too. No over the top “southern” accents. Very enjoyable

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Restoration….

….is the theme of this book. I have read all of Marie Bostwick’s books and I have enjoyed all of them.

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I really wanted to love it!

I desperately wanted to love this book. An hour or so in, I debated returning it but decided to try to stick with it, thinking...hoping it would get better. Every scenario was predictable, every chapter uneventful. I couldn’t keep the neighbors straight because I was never drawn in enough to care.

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Could not put it down....

I could not put “The Restoration of Celia Fairchild” down! The storyline, characters and breadth of the story was terrific. The performance by Sarah Naughton was also fitting for the fantastic book! Bravo!

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Good Story!

This was a good story, but I wasn’t as engrossed in this story as I have been in the past with the the other books I have read by Marie Bostick.

This wasn’t a bad book; it just rambled a bit in places. There were a lot of characters to keep track of. In many places I became interested, especially when the mysteries of Calpurnia were explained.

It was interesting how, as Celia began to clear out Calpurnia’s house and got rid of years of clutter, how her mind began to get clearer and she was able to make sense of the clutter she had been carrying around with her for a long time.

A lot of “bad” things happened to Celia (they seemed bad at the time), but each thing seemed to be part of the universe’s plan to bring her closer to where she was ultimately meant to be.

I felt Celia was a little over-focused on adopting a baby. She molded her life around something that wasn’t even in the works yet. She talked non-stop about home visits.

Celia’s “mystery” cousin seemed to be a little too contrived, too convenient. I DID enjoy the addition of two dogs to Celia’s home. They made Calpurnia’s big house feel more like a home.

Overall, I am not sorry I spent a credit on this book. I did not feel it was Ms. Bostwick’s best work, but it was a good, easy, summer read. The narration was excellent and really made the story.

I was especially grateful there were no over-the-top Southern accents as there have been in other of Ms. Bostwick’s books. Had there been in this book, along with a slower pace, I doubt I would have been able to stick with the book until the end. As it is, I’m glad I finished the story. (:

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Uplifting story and great Narration!

With all the turmoil in the world, this was a welcome respite, uplifting and endearing. Just what I needed!

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All the feel goods for a time when people need hope and a reminder to be grateful for small blessings.

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Marvelous!

Scrolling through the library for just any book to listen to in order to occupy my mind, I somewhat casually chose this book and now that I’m done…just Wow! This author has a wonderful grasp on evoking emotion through written word. The timing of the storyline is near perfect, the details were just the right amount and it’s nice for there to be a ‘not perfect’ ending. I think it’s more believable sometimes :)
Great book, I will have to read more of this author!