Chapel Springs Revival

Chapel Springs Revival

by Ane Mulligan


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With a friend like Claire, you need a gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel.

Everybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire Bennett and Patsy Kowalski. It's impossible not to, what with Claire's zany antics and Patsy's self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds.

During an early morning discussion at Dees 'n' Doughs bakery with their ladies group, all Chapel Springs entrepreneurs, attention is drawn to the slackened tourist trade. With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to address the town's revitalization in hopes of drawing back the tourists. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is their marriages.

Claire, a pottery artist, stumbles through life with her foot in her mouth. When she became a Christian, she thought life and her marriage would be included in the new creation part. But her thighs are just as big and her husband, Joel, is as ornery as ever. She's become nothing more than a sheet-changer, a towel-folder, a pancake-flipper. Her life is humdrum and she's tired of being taken for granted.

Patsy has plans for her empty nest, plans that include a cruise ship. However, her husband, Nathan, continues to work long hours, and he's not talking about slowing down. In fact, he's not talking much at all. She's asleep long before he comes home each night. At first she thought it was just because of tax season, but now she's not so sure. Something other than work seems to keep him late at the office every night. With the lines of communication closed, she'll have to find another way to reach him.

With their marriages as much in need of restoration as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic.

Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language. May also contain some content of an inspirational/religious nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941103418
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 768,498
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that's a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two very large dogs.

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Chapel Springs Revival 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Quirky fun and laugh out loud shenanigans keep the mood light as two best friends vow to fix up their town and their marriages. In the charming little lakeside village of Chapel Springs, Claire Bennett is known for being accident prone and outspoken and her best friend Patsy Kowalski is always there for her. Amidst all her blunders, I can tell Claire's heart is in the right place. She's a few notches more outrageous than my mother but the similarities are definitely there. Never a dull moment!
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
Oh, Ane, you've gone and done it again. First you revive a little town dying on the vine, and now you want to squelch the incoming entrepreneurs. For shame. Claire Bennett has more energy than her body can contain, so naturally it's got to have an outlet. In the prequel to this (Chapel Springs Revival), Claire had almost single-handedly gotten a struggling economy onto its feet and running toward the finish, uh, beginning, line. Now there's a big problem. Tourists are coming in droves too big to handle, and locals are moving out. Even Claire's best friend, Patsy--her husband was talking about moving. Wes (Claire's and hubby Joel's son) is flunking out of college and is acting sneaky. And that scalawag of a Mayor has something up his sleeve. Claire has her work cut out for her, but she's up to the challenge if she can just keep from winding up in traction at the hospital. Her heart's in the right place, but her feet seldom follow suit. Ane Mulligan, this book has even more chuckles and belly laughs than the last! Thank you! I received a free beta copy of this book in return for a preread. The honest review was my choice.
AngieArndt More than 1 year ago
Claire and Patsy are artists who share a studio in a small tourist town in rural Georgia. Claire decides the town needs sprucing up and she's going to make sure it happens -- whether they like it or not. In this book, Claire gets in to trouble and Patsy helps her out. But it's a two-way street as Claire protects her friend, "Pat-a-cake" from anyone who dares to hurt her. Both have husband-trouble and it's great they have each other to lean on, because there's no telling what will happen in the end. I loved this sweet madcap adventure of these two best friends. And yes, like so many other reviewers, I really identified with clumsy, foot-in-the-mouth Claire. And, as I read, I wished for a best friend like Patsy. I've never read the Mitford books (gasp!), but I've seen I Love Lucy and this book has the same feel without the frantic pace. If you love books that make you smile, laugh-out loud, and shed a tear, you'll love Chapel Springs Revival. Many thanks to the author for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a great story about people in a small town.  The characters in this small town decide they need to spruce up their town to get more tourists there.  These characters have many laughs and a few small mistakes that hapoen.  I look forward to more by this author.  I received this book from The Book Club Network for a fair and honest opinion.
PattiShene More than 1 year ago
Claire Bennett and Patsy Kowalski are two delightful ladies you just have to meet. Claire and Patsy are the two main characters in Ane Mulligan’s debut novel, Chapel Springs Revival. Although fictional, you may discover, if you live in a small town,  that you already know them. Their quirky but tried and true friendship tickles the funny bone and warms the heart. The two BFFs not only sense the need for a makeover of their tourist town, but it seems the luster in their marriages has also worn off. Each faces a different issue with her long time marital relationship, based on misunderstandings fueled by assumptions and lack of communication. The close bond between the two friends leads Patsy to serve as klutzy Claire’s protector from her many mishaps, almost to a fault. The descriptions are real enough to make the reader feel she could step right into the pages of the book and join the girls for a cup of coffee and a delectable donut at Dee’s ‘n’ Doughs Bakery in Chapel Springs. The author’s research is apparent in her portrayal of the professions of her characters, who pursue two different facets of the creative arts. Despite the hilarious scenes crafter throughout the book, Ane tackles some not so humorous topics. Lessons are learned about relationships, facing reality, and dealing with life’s disappointments with a healthy dose of laughter. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes stories centered in a small town that deal with the hard facts of marriage, the devotion of true friendship, and a heaping helping of sometimes outrageous humor.  Ane Mulligan has definitely captured my interest as a novelist and I look forward to reading more work from her.
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
What a fun book! Delightful characters jumping from one crazy episode to another. Everyone knows Claire as the klutzy citizen of Chapel Springs but she decides that her town needs an update, a big one! Her energy creates a buzz and soon shop owners are joining her especially her best friend, Patsy. Claire’s antics affect all around her but her heart is in the right place. Not all is fun and games for her. There are some areas of her life she just isn’t comfortable with and she is determined to fix them and Patsy’s dilemmas, too. Ane Mulligan brings a crowd together to bring this story to fulfillment yet all are important. Misconceptions, gossip, and minds gone awry mix to complicate simple lives. As I said, this is a fun book but included are some truths that hit home. Chapel Springs Revival remains in my mind from all the books I have read this year. I highly recommend it. I received this ebook from Revel Publishers through The Book Club Network for an honest review which I have given.
KarenKetcham More than 1 year ago
Chapel Springs Revival by Ane Mulligan is a great light, short read about a small town that two of it's inhabitants think it needs a sprucing up to maintain their competitive edge in the tourist business. Claire and Patsy have been friends forever and fall in and out of scrape after scrape. While trying to revive the town and their marriages you are treated to hair brained schemes and riotous outcomes. Small town living can barely contain these two. Lessons to be learned about letting your imagination run away with you and a desire to live within God's will. Thank you to the author, the publisher and Book Club Network for the opportunity to read and review this book. I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Maryar39 More than 1 year ago
"Chapel Springs Revival" is a light-hearted story about two ladies and what they each desire for their empty nest lives. They have been best friends and have lived in the same town since childhood. They have remained married to their high school sweethearts, raised their children, what? Claire seems to always be getting into trouble, either with her mouth or her (whole) body. Patsy is her responsible friend, that is always trying to get Claire out of trouble. While each of these ladies has her own private struggles they turn to each other and to God for support. I was saddened as Patsy's mom was struggling with her memory and her dad was trying to "not see" it happening. Claire just struggles with life, questioning every decision she has ever made, over and over again, yet she always stands by her friends. Some of the issues are laugh out loud funny. Others are breathtakingly serious. Claire and Patsy are knee deep in reviving their town, themselves, and their marriages. While "Chapel Springs Revival" deals with some serious adult issues such as their sexual relationships (erectile dysfunction), it does stay clean and "G" rated. I enjoyed the refreshing honesty, humor and love that are quite prevalent in the book. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chapel Springs Revival By Ane Mulligan Publi: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas c.2014 Chapel Springs Revival is a wonderful romp through a small Southern town. It is full of the quirky characters, rivalries, nosiness, love and compassion that abound in these towns. Chapel Springs, GA, is home to its fair share of characters from Claire Bennett and Patsy Kowlaski who own The Painted Loon Gallery to Felix Riley the mayor and owner of Flavors Ice Cream Shop. You have shop owners, fishermen, sons and daughters all leaving their mark on the town. As you get to know the townspeople you find folks dealing with the things common to many lives: stressed marriages, aging parents, children’s weddings, and local politics. Chapel Springs buildings need a facelift so Claire, Patsy and their usual morning coffee group spearhead the campaign to make it happen. As personalities clash and mishaps occur progress is made. As usual the unexpected surprises everyone. In the end the buioldings are revived and the livews of the citizens of Chapel Springs move on. I encourage you to read this wonderful book. It will have you laughing and crying in turn and feeling like you are leaving friends when you are done. This book was provided through The Book Club Network for my unbiased review.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
Best friends Claire and Patsy romp through this story of a Southern, sleepy town where everyone knows everyone else’s business. Claire’s a klutz while Patsy always bails her out of her predicaments. One escapade of Claire’s that will remain with me is her method to curb her appetite for pastry on one of her daily visits for coffee at Dee’s ‘n’ Doughs. Ane Mulligan uses her words to paint the folks and their town indelibly onto the reader’s mind.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Chapel Springs Revival by Ane Mulligan Christian, Humorous ISBN: 9781941103418 Quote “With fiends like Claire, you need a gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel.” Best friends Claire Bennett and Pasty Kowalski live in Chapel Springs, Georgia. With the help of entrepreneurs in the community they try to revive their tired little town and restore their marriages. As they make changes to improve their town and marriages they stumble from one hilarious situation to another. I found the antics of Claire to be quite funny. I especially laughed when she fell in an open grave and had to be rescued. It seems that life around Claire was anything but boring. She was always in need of rescuing and often it was her buddy Pasty giving her a helping hand. If there was one thing to take away from this fascinating story it would be communication is everything. I give this comical story 4 stars and highly recommend it. The author Ane Mulligan did a great job of filling her characters with animation, joy and laughter. I can only wonder how much come from real life, because you really can not make some of this up. This was my first book I read by her but I can not wait to find another. I want to give a high-five to the author Ane Mulligan and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolines for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and bring laughter to the reader with stories of faith. The Book Club Network Inc. provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.
MarjoriebHill More than 1 year ago
Ane Mulligan brought to life the characters in Chapel Springs. At one point, I was laughing so hard, my granddaughter said, "What? Read it to me." We both enjoyed Ane's "wisdomly wit" as she wove an unforgettable story.
VJones More than 1 year ago
It is impossible to read “Chapel Springs Revival” without laughing. Best friends Claire and Patsy determine their small town of Chapel Springs needs a face lift. So they join forces with a couple more friends to get the store owners of Chapel Springs on board with their plan. But the town does not need a revival as much as their marriages. Claire Bennett is impulsive and acts without thinking. Trouble seems to follow her and despite her best efforts, she seems destined to cause chaos wherever she goes. Her antics had me laughing out loud. And yet, as the store progresses, we begin to understand her as a woman who is getting tired of being the laugh of the town. It becomes easy to feel sorry for Claire. Claire is a new Christian who is trying to live her life devoted to God. But her husband does not share her faith. Their marriage does not have the same spark and they don’t communicate as well as she would like. As her discontent increases, she begins to wonder if her marriage was a mistake. Patsy Kowalski is Claire’s best friend who seems to make it her purpose to keep Claire out of trouble. But Patsy has problems of her own. All signs point to the notion that her husband is having an affair. She must decide how to deal with the situation. She struggles with how to confront her husband with her suspicions. Fortunately Patsy has best friend Claire who is willing to use her detective skills to figure out if there is any validity to Patsy’s concerns. I had anticipated a light hearted book with little substance. But I was pleasantly surprised. “Chapel Hills Spring Revival” was funny and yet contained some really serious moments too. It was a very thought provoking book. It is going to have a great appeal to those enjoyed the Mitford series. The only thing negative about the book is that it ended too soon. I will be anxiously waiting for the continuation of this story. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It was a lighthearted novel, humorous, but with some deep truths. Claire is quite an impulsive woman, trying to live a life devoted to Christ, (without being "preachy") but she second guesses her choices time after time. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a quick, light read with a lot of humor. I was given this book to read by TBCN for my honest review.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read!  I laughed and smiled and just plain shook my head at the situations Claire could get herself and best friend  Patsy into. Patsy does her best to calm and redirect Claire but some things are just meant to be. The pair set out to revive their  hometown to its former beautiful flower lined main street and tidy shops. One of Claire's favorite sayings is, "Cheese- Louise, I'm as mixed up as a can of Planters! "  She was a Hoot to follow through the book.  Small town friendships, the local coffee shop  and  bakery, the town characters and a mayor who knows everyone  and everyone knows will put you right into their  hometown.  I'm sure you will find someone in this town who reminds you of a friend, family member or maybe even yourself.  I was gifted this book through The Book Club Network, but the opinions are my own.
Angelian More than 1 year ago
This is a charming book that reflects small town life.  It is full of Southern charm.  Some of the colloquialisms I was unfamiliar with and that distracted me a bit but the story line was funny while being inspiring.  While trying to revitalize their town, a couple of women realize they need to revitalize their marriages. There are snippets of marital and life wisdom that will stay with you long after you have read the last page.  The characters are down to earth and some are larger than life but you can completely relate to them.  Anyone who has been married for any length of time can surely understand the mis-communications that make you question if this person is really God's choice for you.  There are a few hints about how to bring the magic back.  I was given a copy of this book for my honest review.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Oh, my! What laughter I had as I read this book! Poor Claire – things just always happen to her. It’s not really even her fault, sometimes! But although she is a terrific artist and the mother of 5 mostly grown kids, she can’t cook and accidents follow her – sometimes resulting in ambulance calling incidents for those around her. She is also struggling with whether she should be married to her husband since he’s not a Christian. Patsy, on the other hand, is wondering if her husband is having an affair since he seems to be working late all the time and “he’s done sixteen” of the ‘Twenty-one Signs of a Cheating Husband’ according to a magazine article she read. She too is an artist and has a part time job of rescuing Claire. Her mother is also getting confused a lot – does she have Alzheimer’s? In the beginning of the book I sometimes got confused between Patsy and Claire since they are almost inseparable – they’ve been friends since Kindergarten – but then they became different in my mind. (The viewpoint switches from one to the other throughout the book). Anyway, this was a very enjoyable, loveable, laughter filled book that I recommend! I received this book from TBCN in return for my honest opinion.
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
Reading CHAPEL SPRINGS REVIVAL is like falling into a string of madcap adventures that reminded me of those of Lucy and Ethel in I LOVE LUCY. Claire is impulsive, klutzy, and inclined to put her foot in her mouth and to worry about problems that may never come to pass. I had to love her because she reminded me so much of myself. Claire’s spa day, fishing trip, and cooking school experiences were hysterical. Claire and her best friend, Patsy, are likeable, caring women that I would treasure as friends. In between rescuing Claire from one scrape or another, the two women spearhead a campaign to revitalize the outward appearance of their small town and their marriages. This is a light-hearted book that captures the worries and yearnings of empty-nesters who look at their long-time husbands and wonder if they are happy and why the sparks seem to have faded in their relationships. The author makes a pretty clear point about how much energy we waste on needless fretting when some honest conversation and trust could wipe away misunderstandings and wrong assumptions. This is demonstrated not only with the husbands but also with Bev and Zoe. What a fun book! I received this book through The Book Club Network, but the opinions are my own.
Xmiler1 More than 1 year ago
No, it's not a religious revival. It's the refurbishing of a run-down tourist town, led by lovable characters Claire Bennett and Patsy Kowalski. The speak-and-act-before-you-think Claire gets into one scrape after another, and best-friend Patsy has a lifetime mission of getting Claire out of the trouble she always gets into. And while they're refurbishing the town, both of them employ zany subterfuges to refurbish their habit-driven marriages. Ane Mulligan skillfully paints pictures of the town's varied characters and the protagonist's marriage malaise. Humor prevails in every chapter, and I found myself laughing out loud at some of the characters' antics. The author has a consistent knack for colorful descriptions—e.g., "Guiltier than a Baptist in a pool hall"—and her well-turned phrases never disappoint. This is a delightful read, and I hope for more from this talented author.
mmgriepMN More than 1 year ago
Wow. Can I relate to Claire, the heroine in Chapel Springs Revival. Impetuous. Well meaning. Ridiculously clutzy. But most of all, as completely lovable as an over-eager puppy. You don't want to miss out on her grand adventure in whipping the somewhat shabby town of Chapel Springs into a sparkly tourist haven. Debut novelist Ane Mulligan is sure to capture the attention of the reading world with this one! Do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy, pour a cup of joe or your favorite tea, then park yourself on the couch for a fun-filled visit to Chapel Springs.