Chapel Springs Revival
By Ane Mulligan
Published by Lighthouse Publishing
266 Pages

Back Cover: 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.

REVIEW: This book has been a labor of love for author Ane Mulligan. I was thrilled to be able to go to her book launch. It was a blast to experience. I received a review copy of her debut novel signed by the author.  This novel reminded me of the I Love Lucy T.V. series. Claire and Patsy had a relationship similar to Ethel and Lucille Ball. Here’s a peek at their conversation. “You’re Terrible.” Patsy waved her away, but Claire caught the twitch at the corner of her mouth.”
“Uh-Huh. And you love me.”
“Patsy whirled and hugged her. “I do, and it’s my life’s mission, keeping you out of trouble.”

Looking for a fun get away? Want to laugh? You’ll enjoy this light-hearted, entertaining and funny read. Just like the I Love Lucy Show you can expect the unexpected.  The town is being revived and restored. As the ladies start fixing up the town they decide they all might need a makeover to revive their marriages and friendships. There are serious matters wrapped in fun and miscommunication. It’s a sweet and funny start to kick off the series at Chapel Springs. You’ll want to catch the next book.

ABOUT 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 dogs of Biblical proportion.

You can find Ane on her website/blog: . If you'd like to see a map of Chapel Springs showing you where all the characters live, visit 

THRILLED to Share this special day with Ane and Terry Mulligan

Terry Mulligan painted the town of Chapel Springs for Ane's book cover

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