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A mail-order bride, a town overrun with tourists, and illegal art ~ How on earth will Claire and Chapel Springs survive? With the success of her Operation Marriage Revival, life is good for Claire Bennett. That is until the mayor's brother blabs a secret: Claire's nineteen-year-old son, Wes, has married a Brazilian mail order bride one who is eight years older than him. Wh A mail-order bride, a town overrun with tourists, and illegal art ~ How on earth will Claire and Chapel Springs survive? With the success of her Operation Marriage Revival, life is good for Claire Bennett. That is until the mayor's brother blabs a secret: Claire's nineteen-year-old son, Wes, has married a Brazilian mail order bride one who is eight years older than him. When Claire tries to welcome her new daughter-in-law, she's ridiculed, rebuffed, and rejected. Loving this girl is like hugging a prickly cactus. Will Claire and her family survive her son's marriage? Lydia Smith is happily living alone and running her spa then the widow on the hill becomes a blushing bride. Along with her new marriage, she has a dream to expand her business by adding guest rooms. Things are going according to plan. That is, until her groom's adult son moves in on everything. Will her dream survive her stepson? From the first sighting of a country music star in Claire's gallery, The Painted Loon, to the visit of a Hollywood diva, Chapel Springs is inundated with stargazers, causing lifelong residents to flee the area. When her best friends, Patsy and Nathan, put their house on the market, Claire is forced to do something or lose the closest thing to a sister she s got. With her son's future at stake and the town looking to her to solve their problems, it's Claire who needs a guardian angel.


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A mail-order bride, a town overrun with tourists, and illegal art ~ How on earth will Claire and Chapel Springs survive? With the success of her Operation Marriage Revival, life is good for Claire Bennett. That is until the mayor's brother blabs a secret: Claire's nineteen-year-old son, Wes, has married a Brazilian mail order bride one who is eight years older than him. Wh A mail-order bride, a town overrun with tourists, and illegal art ~ How on earth will Claire and Chapel Springs survive? With the success of her Operation Marriage Revival, life is good for Claire Bennett. That is until the mayor's brother blabs a secret: Claire's nineteen-year-old son, Wes, has married a Brazilian mail order bride one who is eight years older than him. When Claire tries to welcome her new daughter-in-law, she's ridiculed, rebuffed, and rejected. Loving this girl is like hugging a prickly cactus. Will Claire and her family survive her son's marriage? Lydia Smith is happily living alone and running her spa then the widow on the hill becomes a blushing bride. Along with her new marriage, she has a dream to expand her business by adding guest rooms. Things are going according to plan. That is, until her groom's adult son moves in on everything. Will her dream survive her stepson? From the first sighting of a country music star in Claire's gallery, The Painted Loon, to the visit of a Hollywood diva, Chapel Springs is inundated with stargazers, causing lifelong residents to flee the area. When her best friends, Patsy and Nathan, put their house on the market, Claire is forced to do something or lose the closest thing to a sister she s got. With her son's future at stake and the town looking to her to solve their problems, it's Claire who needs a guardian angel.

30 review for Chapel Springs Survival

  1. 5 out of 5

    DJ

    This book will touch your heart — and your soul — with the humor, love, and patience Claire brings to Chapel Springs. I was caught up in the story from the first sentence . . . and my emotions were engaged until the very end, when the tears began to flow once again — happy tears this time. Claire and Patsy, our favorite characters, are back. And just when you thought things were getting better — they get worse! What can they do to help? Don’t worry . . . Claire has lots of ideas. Unfortunately, th This book will touch your heart — and your soul — with the humor, love, and patience Claire brings to Chapel Springs. I was caught up in the story from the first sentence . . . and my emotions were engaged until the very end, when the tears began to flow once again — happy tears this time. Claire and Patsy, our favorite characters, are back. And just when you thought things were getting better — they get worse! What can they do to help? Don’t worry . . . Claire has lots of ideas. Unfortunately, they tend to backfire at times. There’s something special about Chapel Springs, and the residents we’ve come to love. Ane Mulligan has created characters that are so true-to-life, I’m a bit envious of them. I’d like to have such dear friends — and you probably would, too. Weddings, marital issues, business concerns, friendships . . . they faced these and more in the first story. Now they’re faced with different challenges, but Claire and Patsy know exactly who to go to when the going gets tough. And HE speaks to them the words they need to hear. More than anything, I want to encourage you to read the Chapel Springs series . . . it has exactly what you need to help you find encouragement to face your problems head on! Honestly, I didn’t expect such a wonderful ending. I love Ane’s writing, but this ending . . . well, it brings tears to my eyes just to remember how awesome it ends. Ane Mulligan brings Chapel Springs to life with humor, love, and lots of great characters. This is an excellent series! I will definitely be reading anything written by Ane Mulligan! God Bless You!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gail Hollingsworth

    I was delighted to get to go to Chapel Springs once again and visit some of my favorite people, especially Claire. I see so much of myself in Claire. She is a bit clumsy, outspoken but totally lovable. Ane Mulligan has such a wonderful way of putting words together with a great touch of southern flavor and just enough humor to keep you up way into the night reading. After revitalizing Chapel Springs the community has been overrun with tourists. They are everywhere and although the shop owners li I was delighted to get to go to Chapel Springs once again and visit some of my favorite people, especially Claire. I see so much of myself in Claire. She is a bit clumsy, outspoken but totally lovable. Ane Mulligan has such a wonderful way of putting words together with a great touch of southern flavor and just enough humor to keep you up way into the night reading. After revitalizing Chapel Springs the community has been overrun with tourists. They are everywhere and although the shop owners like the extra sales, the traffic is out of control. Some are even camping out in the residents front yards! Where are they going to house all these visitors? Dees and Doughs is the early morning place to be for the latest gossip and delicious pastries and coffee. The shop owners meet here to discuss what can to done to control the population overflow. Their personal lives are also on display and discussed. Widow Lydia has just married Graham and all is well until Graham's spoiled 25 yr old son Kenny moves in with them. And Claire and husband Joel find out their youngest son has just married a Brazilian woman,secretly, that speaks no English. And she seems to totally dislike Claire, oh dear! Patsy, Claire's very best friend and business partner, may be forced to move away from Chapel Springs if her husband finds a job in New York. As a matter of fact, several residents are selling their homes and moving away. Their quiet peaceful town has disappeared! And I almost forgot to mention that Claire and Patsy get arrested and put in jail! There's so much going on in this book to keep you interested and reading on. Thank you Ane for another fun trip to Chapel Springs. I received this book from the publisher through Bookfun for my honest opinion, which I have given.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karen R

    A fun contemporary Christian novel full of colorful characters and Southern charm! The little town of Chapel Springs, Georgia seems to suffer from the success of a town revival, and local artist Claire Bennett is determined to find a solution. Afraid her best friends will be moving away to avoid the crush, she finds herself in the thick of the controversy on what to do about it. She has a lot on her mind at home as well wondering what her youngest son has been up to so secretively. There were A fun contemporary Christian novel full of colorful characters and Southern charm! The little town of Chapel Springs, Georgia seems to suffer from the success of a town revival, and local artist Claire Bennett is determined to find a solution. Afraid her best friends will be moving away to avoid the crush, she finds herself in the thick of the controversy on what to do about it. She has a lot on her mind at home as well wondering what her youngest son has been up to so secretively. There were a lot of people to keep straight, since I hadn't read the first book, but eventually the lives of these people grew on me. Found a lot to relate to in Claire's life as a parent of adult children, some whom she worried about a lot, along with the struggles in her friends' lives. People from all ages were represented--young and old-- and it was a fun picture of small town life. Starting in summer and ending with a lovely Christmas scene, complete with some meaningful faith-laced moments, made this an extra special story. Recommend for readers who enjoy character driven Christian fiction mixed with a bit of humor. (Book provided in exchange for my honest review.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Chapel Springs Survival was filled with more challenges than ever since the revival in Chapel Springs. Ane Mulligan created a light hearted story filled with characters that are true to life friends. Best friends Patsy and Claire are continuing to see what should be change or not change with the growth of tourists and businesses wanting to settle in Chapel Springs. Then the newly weds, Lydia and Graham, are met with challenges of a spoiled adult son. What is going to happen to their relationship Chapel Springs Survival was filled with more challenges than ever since the revival in Chapel Springs. Ane Mulligan created a light hearted story filled with characters that are true to life friends. Best friends Patsy and Claire are continuing to see what should be change or not change with the growth of tourists and businesses wanting to settle in Chapel Springs. Then the newly weds, Lydia and Graham, are met with challenges of a spoiled adult son. What is going to happen to their relationship when Graham's son, Kenny, is discovered with unthinkable behavior? Will Patsy and Claire be able to survive the challenges they face in Chapel Springs? Will the sheriff follow through with arresting Claire and Patsy? Chapel Springs Survival is action packed with laughter, heartache, determination, disappointment, deceitfulness, faith in God and joyous moments. Ane's splendid ending to this 5 star book that brought more tears to my eyes. Readers grab a copy of Chapel Springs Survival and enjoy the journey with Patsy, Claire, Lydia, Joel, Nathan, Graham and a host of other characters that you'll learn to respect or maybe even despise because of their behaviors.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Gomez

    Claire is a lovable character whose heart often works faster than her brain, often getting her into the oddest situations. She is a wife and mother who cares deeply about her family and friends.When things start to go sideways in town and her own family, Claire feels that it is her responsibility to fix it. She forgets, but is reminded, that God is in control and that His plans are greater than hers. I love this character; we would probably be friends. She reminds me - of me. Read the book for a Claire is a lovable character whose heart often works faster than her brain, often getting her into the oddest situations. She is a wife and mother who cares deeply about her family and friends.When things start to go sideways in town and her own family, Claire feels that it is her responsibility to fix it. She forgets, but is reminded, that God is in control and that His plans are greater than hers. I love this character; we would probably be friends. She reminds me - of me. Read the book for a laugh, a cry, a poignant moment, and a reminder that God cares about us and those we love.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Stevens

    Oh, how I'd love to be at Dee's 'n' Doughs and hear the conversations in that bakery! This book reminds me so much of my hometown where everybody meets at a favorite spot and catches up on life. I love the language of these town people and the mishaps Claire gets into, I am constantly surprised where they take her. Claire is my favorite character and I love the following the happenings in Chapel Springs! Oh, how I'd love to be at Dee's 'n' Doughs and hear the conversations in that bakery! This book reminds me so much of my hometown where everybody meets at a favorite spot and catches up on life. I love the language of these town people and the mishaps Claire gets into, I am constantly surprised where they take her. Claire is my favorite character and I love the following the happenings in Chapel Springs!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Henderson

    A laugh out loud book that makes me want to read more stories by this author. The characters are realistic and easy to relate to. I recommend this book if you want some giggles.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pam Graber

    If you’ve never read Ane Mulligan, let me introduce you! The author of Chapel Springs Survival will have you in stitches on one page and in tears on the next. Expect spontaneous bursts of giggles when you pick this one up! Her turns of phrase are so fun, like when she observed one of Chapel Spring’s tourists and commented, “A man entered the bakery wearing nothing more than a Speedo and a sombrero, and he was at least fifty pounds over the Speedo limit.” Claire Bennett is an artisan in Chapel Sp If you’ve never read Ane Mulligan, let me introduce you! The author of Chapel Springs Survival will have you in stitches on one page and in tears on the next. Expect spontaneous bursts of giggles when you pick this one up! Her turns of phrase are so fun, like when she observed one of Chapel Spring’s tourists and commented, “A man entered the bakery wearing nothing more than a Speedo and a sombrero, and he was at least fifty pounds over the Speedo limit.” Claire Bennett is an artisan in Chapel Springs, GA, sharing her gallery The Painted Loon with her BFF Patsy Kowalski. Claire’s pottery is collected by the rich and famous and Patsy’s paintings aren’t far behind. In the first book in this series, Chapel Springs Revival, Claire and Patsy headed up the campaign to draw more tourist traffic to Chapel Springs. In this installment, Claire is being blamed for the congestion in town caused by the overwhelming success of the campaign. Claire sees herself as a bumbling klutz who is only comfortable and graceful behind her potter’s wheel. After all, she’s the one who always has some type of injury from some silly accident or another. Her inability to cook is a joke the town constantly reminds her of, especially the time she took a cooking class at the mall and ended up setting the mall on fire. A member of the town council, she also sees herself as the person who keeps the town’s mayor in check. Many of the town residents attend the council meetings just to watch Claire spar with the mayor. Claire is also a Mama Bear where her children are concerned. Just as she thinks she has them all launched, her youngest quits school, moves home and begins acting very secretive. Things blow up when she learns that his secret includes an “email order bride” from Brazil who is 7 years his senior. Can Claire learn to love this girl who treats her with disdain, ridicule and outright loathing? Will her relationship with her son survive his marriage? What a great story and testament to the power of love! I loved how Claire saw herself so differently from how the town actually saw her. Yes, they laughed often at her expense but they also respected her way more than she realized. As she stands up for the town, she begins to see that God has a purpose for her and that the most important thing she can do for her children is just love them. I loved this book and believe that anyone who enjoys a story loaded with humor but with a deep “moral of the story” will enjoy it as much as I did. I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I enjoyed reading this book by Ann Mulligan. It was my first book ever by her and I was quickly caught up in the characters and their small town lives. One of the main characters, Claire, is usually getting herself into some kind of mess. She owns a pottery shop in town and is a gifted artist. She has apparently (in a previous book) helped expand tourism to the small town of Chapel Springs. And although, the tourism is good for business it is also causing a bit of disturbance in the everyday livi I enjoyed reading this book by Ann Mulligan. It was my first book ever by her and I was quickly caught up in the characters and their small town lives. One of the main characters, Claire, is usually getting herself into some kind of mess. She owns a pottery shop in town and is a gifted artist. She has apparently (in a previous book) helped expand tourism to the small town of Chapel Springs. And although, the tourism is good for business it is also causing a bit of disturbance in the everyday living conditions of the small town. Traffic is congested and even after the season is over, things don't seem to return to normal. Claire, who is on the city council gets most of the blame. She and her friends are trying hard to come up with a solution without changing the small town feel or bankrupting the city. Meanwhile, Claire's personal life is struggling a bit also. Her best friend may be moving due to the city issues, and her son is being very secretive and aloof. Claire puts her mind to solving both problems. Little does she expect the surprises coming her way. I think I would have enjoyed reading the first book, first, to get a good grip on the characters and the story behind what is happening. I also would love to read about Claire's marriage issues, as it seems like there is a back story to that also that is continued in the current book. But the book can be read as a stand alone and understood. I enjoyed Ann's portrayal of Claire's faith and how that played out in her relationship with her new daughter in law and her husband, as well as, members of the city council who quite frequently got on her nerves. She is a very well rounded person with lots of love, humor, and a bit of clumsiness and naivete that can get her into some trouble. I also enjoyed reading about Claire's friends and their lives. There were a couple of things I wasn't sure were quite accurate in the story but the pros definitely outweighed the cons. I would certainly recommend the book. It was a lighthearted, fun read, with a touch of mystery. I received this book from the author and bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Chapel Springs has had a revival and the result has been a lot more visitors to the area than the area is able to handle. The visitors are taking over the roads and there is not enough housing for them. And for some reason Claire is being blamed for this. Claire is know for the funny things that happen to her. Claire is a member of the town council, owns her own art gallery and has 5 grown children. Claire's husband, Joel owns the marina. Their youngest child, Wes, drops out of college, joins hi Chapel Springs has had a revival and the result has been a lot more visitors to the area than the area is able to handle. The visitors are taking over the roads and there is not enough housing for them. And for some reason Claire is being blamed for this. Claire is know for the funny things that happen to her. Claire is a member of the town council, owns her own art gallery and has 5 grown children. Claire's husband, Joel owns the marina. Their youngest child, Wes, drops out of college, joins his father with his business and secretly marries Costy. Costy is from Brazil and does not speak English and appears to not like Claire. Patty is Claire's friend and works with her in the art gallery. Patty's husband Nathan, is Claire's bookkeeper and is frustrated with the people in town and is considering taking a job in New York. Lydia, is the owner of the spa and a newlywed. Her husband, Graham, is a banker and they both have grown children. Lydia's daughter helps at the spa and Graham has 2 children who turn to him to take care of him. His son, Kenny moves back into town and does not keep jobs. With the town needing solutions to the road and housing situations with the visitors coming to the area an unknown group is planning to come to the area and build a highrise. Who is the group and what are they going to do to get the permit to build this highrise. This is a fun book to read. There are a lot of things happening and a lot of characters to get to know. Prayer and faith are important to Claire and is seen through what she does and how she treats Costy. I received a copy of the book from BookCLubNetwork.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Returning back to one of my favorite places, Chapel Springs was an absolute delight, especially seeing old friends and watching new friends grow into their characters. Ane Mulligan has a way of taking the reader into this charming town, with a southern taste, with humor that will make you belly laugh and keep you up so late into the night because you can't wait to see what's going on in Chapel Springs. With tourists abound, sales running rapid and cars every where it seems the town is exploding Returning back to one of my favorite places, Chapel Springs was an absolute delight, especially seeing old friends and watching new friends grow into their characters. Ane Mulligan has a way of taking the reader into this charming town, with a southern taste, with humor that will make you belly laugh and keep you up so late into the night because you can't wait to see what's going on in Chapel Springs. With tourists abound, sales running rapid and cars every where it seems the town is exploding with new visitors. Where are all these people going to stay and how will the characters handle these new changes? Speaking of new changes, Graham and Lydia are newly weds, but drama starts with Grahams son. And if that isn't enough, Claire's son is hiding a huge secret. Not only is he hiding a huge secret, but he drops out of school and all of a sudden is an investor. Claire and Joel begin to learn a lot about their son that they did not realize. And then if this isn't enough to keep you wondering what is going on in Chapel Springs, you might visit the slammer with a few of our characters.. Take a read of Chapel Springs Survival, you won't want to miss this humorous, jaw dropping and lovable little quaint town! Ane has a knack for telling an amazing story that you don't want to put down. This book will keep you reading and reading until you finish because you can't wait to know what happens next. I am thrilled for the next one in this series. Thank you to Book Fun Network for providing me a complimentary copy for review. My review can be found on Goodreads, Amazon and Deepershopping.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Chapel Springs Survival finds us back in the small town Chapel Springs. However, since the "revival", tourists have gotten out of hand in this small town. You can't even walk or drive down a street anymore. This is prompting many locals to relocate. Claire can't let this happen when one of those who may locate is her best friend, Patsy. Chapel Springs is trying to survive all of the tourist traffic while keep it's small town appeal. Claire is credited with the revival but she is also blamed for t Chapel Springs Survival finds us back in the small town Chapel Springs. However, since the "revival", tourists have gotten out of hand in this small town. You can't even walk or drive down a street anymore. This is prompting many locals to relocate. Claire can't let this happen when one of those who may locate is her best friend, Patsy. Chapel Springs is trying to survive all of the tourist traffic while keep it's small town appeal. Claire is credited with the revival but she is also blamed for the mess now. What can she do to keep the tourists but get rid of the headaches? We find Claire not only trying to come up with a solution for this problem, but what is she to do when her youngest son pops the biggest surprise of her life? Will Claire be able to survive the tourists, her son's surprise, and her clumsiness? Ane Mulligan has done it again. The reader has no choice but to fall for Claire because we can all relate to her on some level. She may be clumsy and considered an overall a force to be reckoned with but there is more to Claire as we come to learn. She really inspired me in this book on her showing the love of God even when faced with the most antagonistic foe. She listens to God within the book and not only wins a friend but another soul for God. This is a wonderful story of love, forgiveness, patience, and understanding. I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who loves to laugh, cry, and enjoy a great story. Book 3: I cannot wait!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Huff

    Ane Mulligan’s Chapel Spring’s Survival is more than entertaining. After reading Chapel Springs Revival I couldn’t wait to pay the town a visit again. Chapel Spring seem to have a whole new string of dilemmas thanks to tourism taking the place by storm. In the midst of the humor Ane weaves some relatable family and community scenarios. Claire Bennett continues to embarrass herself in public. Her best friend Patty and her ever patient husband Joel continue to rescue her. This novel has a more mat Ane Mulligan’s Chapel Spring’s Survival is more than entertaining. After reading Chapel Springs Revival I couldn’t wait to pay the town a visit again. Chapel Spring seem to have a whole new string of dilemmas thanks to tourism taking the place by storm. In the midst of the humor Ane weaves some relatable family and community scenarios. Claire Bennett continues to embarrass herself in public. Her best friend Patty and her ever patient husband Joel continue to rescue her. This novel has a more mature Claire determined to do things God’s way. Her internal battles often spill out in the world around her. I love reading about parents of adult children who are still in love or newlywed older couples dealing with family drama they don’t want or need.. This story has these elements with some enticing plot twist. Add a new daughter-in-law via cyber dating and things really heat up. I have delightful daughter-in-laws both born in foreign countries with customs so different from my own. Claire’s concerns were so relatable and Costy’s fears believable. Not to mention lots of laugh out loud moments and poignant ones that touched my heart and feed my spirit. Ane Mulligan has created a community I’d love to visit. I am so looking forward to joining the ladies of Chapel Spring on their next adventure.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    This was such a fun book! Not only trying to figure out what is going on, but I enjoyed the small town friendships. After building up the tourist trade in the last book, this book has tourists over-running the town and making the locals crazy. With the threat of a big chain hotel trying to buy land and get permits to build, the locals are in fear of losing their small town shops. Claire's son starts by hiding himself in his room and then drops out of college. What Claire thinks is awful, but the This was such a fun book! Not only trying to figure out what is going on, but I enjoyed the small town friendships. After building up the tourist trade in the last book, this book has tourists over-running the town and making the locals crazy. With the threat of a big chain hotel trying to buy land and get permits to build, the locals are in fear of losing their small town shops. Claire's son starts by hiding himself in his room and then drops out of college. What Claire thinks is awful, but the reality turns out to be worse! He's married a girl from Brazil and now that she is here, Costy hates her mother-in-law, Claire can't do or say anything right! She tries everything to win her daughter-in-law over, but nothing works- so Claire prays and hands it over to God (again and again and again). At the same time Claire is trying to find out about this hotel- and stop it. Then Claire gets arrested! The Christmas walk was nice. When things all get sorted out, I have to admit- the explanation of Costy's disdain was so funny and believable! Although this book is part of a series, it does well by itself, though I recommend reading the first book, so you don't miss out on any of the fun! I was given a copy of this book for my honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anne Campbell

    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 h 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! Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I received a free beta copy of this book in return for a preread. The honest review was my choice.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    This was a light-hearted story. It was a little confusing at first because ther were so many characters. Also, this was not the first story so I didn't know who they all were. Once I figured it out I really enjoyed the story. The story flowed along well. The characters were mostly developed but not deep. There was both fun and conflict in the story. The editing was quite well done. I counted 3 places that needed attention, not bad. The book itself also needed attention. The printing on most page This was a light-hearted story. It was a little confusing at first because ther were so many characters. Also, this was not the first story so I didn't know who they all were. Once I figured it out I really enjoyed the story. The story flowed along well. The characters were mostly developed but not deep. There was both fun and conflict in the story. The editing was quite well done. I counted 3 places that needed attention, not bad. The book itself also needed attention. The printing on most pages either had blurry or no letters for the first 3 or 4 characters. This sometimes caused confusion. What I didn't like in the story was that it left a couple of things without an ending. I will not spoil the book and tell you what it was, but 2 things happened that didn't fully get resolved. Also, there were a few vague references to sex, that I felt was truly not needed and degraded that part of the story for me. Anyway, I enjoyed the story. It wasn't overtly a pushy Christian story but most of the characters were Christian. I was given this book in exchange for my honest review from bookfun.org.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    The Plan Worked, Now What?" (Audiobook) The antics, planning and hard work by Claire, Patsy and others worked too well in bringing tourists to their small picturesque town of Chapel Springs. They are now inundated with happy tourists and very unhappy residents. Some of the residents are now looking to move away including Claire’s best friend Patsy. What can be done to keep the residences and tourists happy? Small town politics at its worse and its best. On top of this there are several family and The Plan Worked, Now What?" (Audiobook) The antics, planning and hard work by Claire, Patsy and others worked too well in bringing tourists to their small picturesque town of Chapel Springs. They are now inundated with happy tourists and very unhappy residents. Some of the residents are now looking to move away including Claire’s best friend Patsy. What can be done to keep the residences and tourists happy? Small town politics at its worse and its best. On top of this there are several family and life surprises, both good and not so good, for Claire, Patsy and Lydia. I was in stitches over the illegal art parts. Ann Mulligan has created a great small town with a cast of varied and entertaining characters. I really felt like I was one of the residents. This time narrator Julie Lancelot is joined by Sherry Granader and Jenn O’Dell. The three narrators are a wonderful pairing and do a great job with the voices, emotions and inflections of the various characters. It was a pleasure to listen to how well they meshed together. This audiobook was provided for an unbiased review. I wonder what is up next for the residences of Chapel Springs?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    What a fun book this was to read. The characters are quirky , funny and busybodies. Well after all it is a small town. Everybody knows each other and I guess that means they get to know each other's business as well. Claire and Patsy are at the center of this exciting story . Claire is at it again with her hairbrained ideas to make the town popular. Not only is she just as clumsy as ever, her ideas attracts more tourists than they know what to do with. The author has made this town come to life What a fun book this was to read. The characters are quirky , funny and busybodies. Well after all it is a small town. Everybody knows each other and I guess that means they get to know each other's business as well. Claire and Patsy are at the center of this exciting story . Claire is at it again with her hairbrained ideas to make the town popular. Not only is she just as clumsy as ever, her ideas attracts more tourists than they know what to do with. The author has made this town come to life with characters that are fun with never a dull moment . I would love to live in this town and feel the excitement of everyday hustle and bustle. They may have many problems to deal with, but with the guidance from God they work everything out. The characters don't shy away from their problems, but instead go full force with prayer and faith. The ending is one that you won't forget as you feel tears slowly come to your eyes and a heartfelt love for a town that everyone would want to visit. I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Penny Marks

    This was my first book by Ane Mulligan but will not be the last. I wish I had read book one first because this one was so much fun. The townspeople are so believable. You feel at home reading about it. I instantly fell in love with the small town charm and can totally understand their concerns about a big hotel taking over. Besides all the fuss and frustration of the tourists Claire has a bad feeling when it comes to her 19 year old son being so quiet and secretive. Then she finds out why and it This was my first book by Ane Mulligan but will not be the last. I wish I had read book one first because this one was so much fun. The townspeople are so believable. You feel at home reading about it. I instantly fell in love with the small town charm and can totally understand their concerns about a big hotel taking over. Besides all the fuss and frustration of the tourists Claire has a bad feeling when it comes to her 19 year old son being so quiet and secretive. Then she finds out why and it is something that you will never guess. He has married a mail order bride from Brazil that isn't all warm and fuzzy toward Claire. Wow, if that isn't enough she may be loosing her best friend in the world, Patsy. Boy she has a lot to give up to the Lord! Heaven help her. Will Claire survive all of this craziness? I know her guardian angel is definitely working overtime. I recieved this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    Chapel Springs Survival by Ane Mulligan Have read other works by this author and enjoyed the book. This is about a town where many new things are happening. They are happening so fast that the tourists are staying past the summer and there are no places to stay. Townsfolk are overworked but love the income and they try to create a balance for the growth changes. What I really like about this book is that it concentrates on many different age groups and their problems. Claire is newly married and try Chapel Springs Survival by Ane Mulligan Have read other works by this author and enjoyed the book. This is about a town where many new things are happening. They are happening so fast that the tourists are staying past the summer and there are no places to stay. Townsfolk are overworked but love the income and they try to create a balance for the growth changes. What I really like about this book is that it concentrates on many different age groups and their problems. Claire is newly married and trying to get her son involved with someone who will bring him much happiness also. Love all the career choices available and the layout of the town and all it offers. Love the indepth chatter about the careers and how they do their jobs. So many mysteries with the land deal and struggles among families as older children have their own dreams at all costs. Praying and going to church help some with the solutions.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    Full review on Faithfully Bookish http://www.faithfullybookish.com/revi... Claire takes the bull by the horns and tenaciously strives to solve every problem she encounters. Her naivety is both endearing and hilarious. More than once I wanted to warn her of an impending debacle or shake someone who failed to warn her! Business is booming for our newest friend Lydia but the honeymoon is over when her stepson shows up and moves in! Lydia responds with grace and generosity while I wanted to kick that Full review on Faithfully Bookish http://www.faithfullybookish.com/revi... Claire takes the bull by the horns and tenaciously strives to solve every problem she encounters. Her naivety is both endearing and hilarious. More than once I wanted to warn her of an impending debacle or shake someone who failed to warn her! Business is booming for our newest friend Lydia but the honeymoon is over when her stepson shows up and moves in! Lydia responds with grace and generosity while I wanted to kick that boy to the curb. Claire’s youngest son is causing her grief in the form of a surprise daughter-in-law from Brazil! I highly recommend this series to all ages! I’ll be reading and reviewing book 3 Home to Chapel Springs soon. I requested the opportunity to read and review this book through The Book Club Network. The opinions expressed are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I loved the first book in the series and was looking forward to this one, and I was not disappointed. Claire is a character that you can't help but fall in love with and following her as she throws herself headlong in to any situation she faces is a pure enjoyment. Once again I was pulled into her life from the first pages and was kept reading to see what could possibly happen to her and her friend Patsy next. This author certainly knows how to write a story that is a delight to read. I was give I loved the first book in the series and was looking forward to this one, and I was not disappointed. Claire is a character that you can't help but fall in love with and following her as she throws herself headlong in to any situation she faces is a pure enjoyment. Once again I was pulled into her life from the first pages and was kept reading to see what could possibly happen to her and her friend Patsy next. This author certainly knows how to write a story that is a delight to read. I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review, and I definitely recommend this one to the reader that enjoys the best in Christian fiction with lots of good laughs and some serious moments too.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    "Chapel Springs Survival" was a fun book to read. I loved its small town setting and the primary characters who were more mature than the usual novels I encounter. From the problems of a small town that is suddenly bursting at the seams to family problems at home, Claire and her friends Patsy and Lydia often find themselves overwhelmed as they attempt to navigate their lives. At times humorous and at other times serious, the story moved along at a fast clip from one incident to another and held "Chapel Springs Survival" was a fun book to read. I loved its small town setting and the primary characters who were more mature than the usual novels I encounter. From the problems of a small town that is suddenly bursting at the seams to family problems at home, Claire and her friends Patsy and Lydia often find themselves overwhelmed as they attempt to navigate their lives. At times humorous and at other times serious, the story moved along at a fast clip from one incident to another and held my attention until the end. I enjoyed my time spent in Chapel Springs and plan to read the other books in this series as soon as I find a break in my review schedule. A copy of this book was provided for review by The Book Club Network.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    What a wonderful story. Ane Mulligan truly captures the true meaning of being a Southerner and a woman of God. The characters are wonderful, complex people, especially the three women. It's a story about the ills that befall them, small town living and pulling together for the greater good. One son surprises them by marrying a young woman he met on an online chat room, a woman from Brazil. The mother wants to be the ideal mother in law, but is met with a lot of resistance from Costancia. Why? Yo What a wonderful story. Ane Mulligan truly captures the true meaning of being a Southerner and a woman of God. The characters are wonderful, complex people, especially the three women. It's a story about the ills that befall them, small town living and pulling together for the greater good. One son surprises them by marrying a young woman he met on an online chat room, a woman from Brazil. The mother wants to be the ideal mother in law, but is met with a lot of resistance from Costancia. Why? You'll have to read the book to understand. You may have to Google some of the phrases if you aren't lucky enough to be Southern born and bred, but if you do, you'll understand. It's well worth the effort. Looking forward to reading more of Ane Mulligan's writing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Becky Lewis

    What do you do when your solution to reviving a dying town causes it to be overrun with tourists? When your best friend may move to get away from the burgeoning commercialism that threatens the once-charming town? And your young son springs the surprise of your life on you? A follow up to "Chapel Springs Revival," "Chapel Springs Survival" by Ane Mulligan is a hoot!! Loved how klutzy Claire and her friend Patsy help their touristy hometown retain its small-town flavor as well as show God's love What do you do when your solution to reviving a dying town causes it to be overrun with tourists? When your best friend may move to get away from the burgeoning commercialism that threatens the once-charming town? And your young son springs the surprise of your life on you? A follow up to "Chapel Springs Revival," "Chapel Springs Survival" by Ane Mulligan is a hoot!! Loved how klutzy Claire and her friend Patsy help their touristy hometown retain its small-town flavor as well as show God's love to the daughter-in-law from Hades. Real life, real laughs, real truth. Don't miss it!! I gratefully received this book from the author for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    April

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast." Chapel Hill is in trouble again. The re-visit to this coastal town was just what I needed. The people are trying to keep up with all the tourists that returned after the makeover in the first book. Some of the characters made you love to hate them, while others you just loved. The story grows on you with serious problems with a big serving of humor on top. "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast." Chapel Hill is in trouble again. The re-visit to this coastal town was just what I needed. The people are trying to keep up with all the tourists that returned after the makeover in the first book. Some of the characters made you love to hate them, while others you just loved. The story grows on you with serious problems with a big serving of humor on top. I want to know what's next for this cozy town!!!!!! The narration was well done. The characters were excellently portrayed.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Mail order what????? This day and age so many romances are striking up from internet dating sites, chat rooms etc, never thought of it leading to mail order brides. Yet I met my husband online so it can be fun and work out. Just fell in love with Claire all over again, I knew something was gonna be up with those beautiful leaves.... love the ending! Ane Mulligan is starting her novel career off after many years of play writing and I know with each book the talent will shine through. Worth the read Mail order what????? This day and age so many romances are striking up from internet dating sites, chat rooms etc, never thought of it leading to mail order brides. Yet I met my husband online so it can be fun and work out. Just fell in love with Claire all over again, I knew something was gonna be up with those beautiful leaves.... love the ending! Ane Mulligan is starting her novel career off after many years of play writing and I know with each book the talent will shine through. Worth the read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Loved this book, which had a number of situations going on, all within a small resort town in Georgia. I fell in love with the characters and completely got sucked into the stories! When I finished, I wanted more, so I got the next book! Incidentally, I had the audio book, and the narrator was wonderful! She did different voices and had a Southern accent, so it was like listening to a radio show!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diane Perry

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. This is a cute story set in a small town that suddenly has achieved newfound fame. The characters are funny and well developed. This is part two of the series, but I was able to catch up quick. A very good read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Zan Marie Steadham

    Another delightful, mishap after another continues in Mulligan's Chapel Springs. As always Claire Bennett is at the center of them all. Sweet read. Another delightful, mishap after another continues in Mulligan's Chapel Springs. As always Claire Bennett is at the center of them all. Sweet read.

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