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Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise (Bright's Pond #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  2,023 Ratings  ·  257 Reviews
Newly widowed Charlotte Figg purchases a double-wide trailer sight unseen and moves to the Paradise Trailer Park with her dog Lucky. Unfortunately, neither the trailer nor Paradise are what Charlotte expected. Her trailer is a ramshackle old place in need of major repair, and the people of Paradise are harboring more secrets than Bayer has aspirin. Charlotte s new friend R ...more
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press
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Shari Larsen
Dec 27, 2011 Shari Larsen rated it it was amazing
Newly widowed Charlotte Figg purchases double wide trailer, sight unseen, in the Paradise Trailer Park. The trailer is not what she expected though, it's run down and needs a lot of repairs, and was nothing like the picture in the ad, but she is stuck with it. She meets her neighbors, a quirky set of characters but they help her to get settled in Paradise and become her closest friends. When her new friend Rose finds out she was a former softball champ, she persuades Charlotte to start a ladies ...more
Melissa Mcginnis
Apr 22, 2012 Melissa Mcginnis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got this as free Kindle download a long time ago. Started today and finished in a few hours (never even got around to marking it "currently reading" on my Goodreads bookshelf).

Like other reviewers have said, Magnin knows how to spin a yarn. She has a definite control over language. I personally found the story intriguing, which is why I downloaded it. I found it to be an easy read but fun, and also inspiring. Charlotte Figg and her motley crew remind me of people I actually know in real life (
When Charlotte’s domineering husband drops dead with a heart attack, Charlotte doesn’t know which way to turn. When she reads an advertisement, Charlotte buys a doublewide trailer, sight unseen, and moves to Paradise Trailer Park. Her rosy view of a trailer park crashes to the ground when she pulls up to her purchase that is far less than advertised. Another resident, Rose Tattoo, conveniences her to stay, and together they pull the residents together and form a softball team. There she finds he ...more
Nov 06, 2012 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First the book is a fun book. But it is also a serious book about domestic abuse and the damage done to a soul when it is physically and emotionally abused.

There is humor, from the names of characters to the situations involved. A softball team is created with some very unusual talented players. And though the team and the game of softball are important to the plot, this is not a sports story. It is a story of overcoming difficult times and dealing with situations and people that are harmful to
Dec 28, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Newly widowed Charlotte Figg purchases a double-wide trailer sight unseen and moves to the Paradise Trailer Park with her dog, Lucky. Unfortunately, neither the trailer nor Paradise are what Charlotte expected. Her trailer is a ramshackle old place in need of major repair, and the people of Paradise are harboring more secrets than Bayer has aspirin. Charlotte’s new friend Rose Tattoo learns that Charlotte played softball and convinces her to rally the women of Paradise into a team. Reluctant at ...more
Nov 07, 2010 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out fast and holds your attention until the last page, Joyce Magnin is a new to me author, with a writing style that reminds me of Fannie Flagg, its a story of a lady really becoming the person she was meant to be, all it took was the death of her husband, and a move to a trailer park!

Charlotte Figg's husband Herman was the top Fuller brush salesman in his area, basically a unhappy man, Charlotte seemed oppressed by him, but a few pages in he drops dead in the kitchen floor, an
Jan 19, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was a roller coaster of emotion. Humor, loss, kindness, anger & love all wrapped up in an inspiring and uplifting little package.

Charlotte Figg was at a crossroads after her husband suddenly died. She decided to make a change and move, start a new life in a new place, with new people. As Charlotte's story unfolds she is hit with one stumbling block after another and must learn to stand tall and work though the problems she faces on her own. Even though she doesn't realize it at fi
Jun 12, 2012 Tabi34 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun little read. I had some issues with it, but I'll get to those in a moment. Charlotte Figg's husband Herman dies and she buys a trailer in Paradise, from an ad in a magazine. She was married for 26 years and Herman made all of the decisions and well, she was in need of some practice - she was the victim of a bait and switch. The trailer is a disaster, but she and her dog Lucky move stay after meeting some of the people of Paradise.

It seems the trailer park is in a rut or scared and
First, I will say that I enjoy books with strong female protagonists and this book most definitely had that in Charlotte. However, there were too many quite unlikely coincidences for me to give this book any higher than a 3 star rating. That said, it was quite readable and I did find myself cheering on Charlotte and the other characters who populated the book. In short, as the book opens, Charlotte's husband, Fuller Brush salesman Herman Figg has suddenly died. He had been a domineering man who ...more
Mae R
Jan 17, 2012 Mae R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Who knew that a book about forming a trailer park softball team could be so engrossing!! "Charlotte figg takes over paradise" is a legitmately fun and heart warming book. The characters, though quirky, are well fleshed out and it's very easy to become attached to them and I often found myself empathizing with them in their sorrows, rooting for them in their struggles, and being genuinely pleased when things worked out in their strange ways. For this is definitely a book which shows that while th ...more
Katherine Coble
Once again Abingdon Press tries to sneak a little Jesus into the Frito Pie. This is yet another freebie for the Amazon Kindle that mentions nothing about faith, Christianity or religion. Then again, it also doesn't mention the man-hate. Cutesy and cloying, with too many eccentric-for-eccentricity's sake characters, this book is set in a trailer park in the 1970s, where all but one and a half of the male characters over 11 years of age are either violent charlatans or hickish rubes. In a few case ...more
Mary Vernon
Definitely picked this one based on the cover/picture (colorful, quirky), the name (again, colorful, quirky) and the fact that it was FREE to download on Kindle (thanks to and my good friend, Anna, who introduced me to the site). OK, so it's free, and I'm about 31% through the book (I'm starting to think about everything in percentages now... thanks, Kindle!). Having said that, it's not bad so far. Time will tell. I think I know where the story is going... but it's a enjoyable ride. ...more
Oct 01, 2012 Rayni rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rayni by: Pixel of Ink
I like Joyce Magnin's style of writing, reminds me of Fannie Flagg. One of the best lines of the whole book is when Charlotte & 3 of her friends go out to dinner.
Now, I would never say this to anyone ... I felt a little like the nurse taking the patients out of the asylum ...
One of the drawbacks of Kindle is I can't pick it up & riffle through the pages to find that line. But I did it anyway & found it 82% of the way through the book. I kept trying to find a stopping place, but I h
Lin Stepp
We read this book for my Book Club … and let me say first that even though I didn't enjoy this book much, many of the members of the group found it very entertaining. … It follows Charlotte, a mid-life widow, whose husband has just died. Charlotte is probably one of the most boring women you will ever meet. She has no interests, no friends, no useful work, no hobbies … and has somehow drifted through all these years of her life like this. At her husband Herman's death … she buys, sight unseen, a ...more
Aug 25, 2014 CuteBadger rated it liked it
Another freebie downloaded over 3 years ago when I got my Kindle and read now in an attempt to deal with the huge number of unread books on there. Like many other freebies this falls into the Christian literature category, which I wouldn't say I'm interested in, but something in the description must have appealed to me.

It's kind of chick lit, but with added quirk, including a cast of very odd characters, and a 70's vibe complete with bell-bottoms. Interestingly, like other Christian women's fict
Sep 14, 2011 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend like Charlotte would be fantastic, I wish I knew someone like her! Watching her become stronger, standing up for herself and for her friends, was inspiring. There were touches of religion, but I never felt I was being preached at. If you need a lot of action this is probably not the book for you, but I enjoyed this book very much. Very nice book, I would recommend it.
Judy King
Sometimes I need these lighter books to space out the others - and I did learn to care about these folks in the paradise trailer park -- I liked the book -- it wasn't grand or fabulous, but a good solid light-type read.
I got the kindle edition free on Amazon. Most religious fiction is a too heavy on the religion for me, but this one was just right. The story was really entertaining, although I found the ending to be rushed and unfulfilling.
Feb 22, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun book. Great characters and the writing was good. The end was a little abrupt, but good. I would read this author again.
I loved these quirky characters. Good story.
Aug 16, 2010 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're 51 years old and your abusive husband collapses in the kitchen, dead, what do you do after the funeral? Well, if you happen to be Charlotte Figg you think a bit, sell your house, take Herman's HUGE Ford Galaxy and, after purchasing a "nice trailer, double wide" in Paradise Trailer Park. you move having just also acquired a stray dog who is more than happy to come along.

Your mother isn't happy. She is ecstatic that Herman passed but trailer park? Not for Lillian LaSalle of Coral Reef, F
Jan 13, 2012 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feb 05, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise primarily while working out at the gym. This book got me through HOURS of the ellyptical trainer, and it truly made the time fly.

Charlotte definitely does some things that you wouldn't expect a person to do. After the death of her husband, she pretty much starts all over. It is kind of odd to think of someone selling their home and moving away to a trailer park, but when life bowls you over with widowhood and you find a life insurance policy that can kee
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
*Review ARC from Netgalley*

Charlotte Figg decides it's time for a change when her husband of 26 years dies, and purchases a double wide in Paradise Trailer Park on the advice of a stray dog and a whim. Paradise is not at all what she expects, and she cannot help but wonder if the late Herman was right after all.

A quirky cast of characters, all just left of center, provide humor and warmth in this story. Yet the seemingly staid environment of Paradise Park is a place of secrets. Suzy rarely leave
Kari Anderson
Sep 08, 2010 Kari Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte Figg is 51 and her husband of two decades is dead. She has been under his thumb for years and once she runs across an ad for a cute little trailer for sale in Paradise, she can’t help but take it up. But once she gets to her new humble abode, she quickly realizes the picture-perfect trailer in the ad is a scam and the one she really bought it an old, run-down, piece of tin. But this is a growing experience of Charlotte, living her life without her husband telling her what to do.

And tha
Nov 29, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Author: Joyce Magnin
Publisher: Abingdon Press
October 2010
ISNB: 978-1-4267-0766-7
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction

Charlotte Figg’s husband, Herman, unexpectedly drops dead, and a stray dog named Lucky adopts Charlotte soon after. When Lucky brings home the neighbor’s mail, Charlotte thumbs through a magazine and decides to buy a beautiful double wide trailer sight unseen. She sells her house, and she and Lucky move to Paradise…

Or maybe not. Paradise isn
Feb 09, 2013 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is fast-paced and full of quirky characters. So much of the plot is totally implausible, but I loved it. I am looking forward to reading more from the Bright's Pond series. In this offering, Charlotte unexpectedly finds herself a widow at the age of 58. She does her duty to see that he has a proper funeral and burial; but honestly, she is ready to move on. Charlotte sells her home, buys a cute little double wide mobile home off the internet, packs up her belongings and moves to Paradis ...more
Valerie Comer
Aug 11, 2011 Valerie Comer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte Figg takes over more than Paradise in this second novel by Joyce Magnin. Charlotte’s longtime marriage to a top Fuller Brush salesman ends with Herman’s sudden death. At loose ends, Charlotte decides to sell their home and purchase, sight unseen, a cute trailer she sees in an ad. When she pulls into Paradise Trailer Park she discovers that she’s been scammed–the adorable doublewide belongs to someone else and the one she actually bought is a rundown hostel for raccoons.

Although it does
May 05, 2013 papasteve rated it it was amazing
So, I had just finished reading Gates Of Fire, a historical fiction about the Spartans who held, for a while, the pass against the Persian army. So much blood and guts. I figured I needed to swing the pendulum back a few notches and read some fluff. Charlotte Figg started out that way. It was all good fun in a Fanny Flagg kind of way. And then the darker undertone of spousal abuse by husbands of their wives began to weave a single thread into this "fluff." And then another thread. And another. D ...more
June Reister
Apr 19, 2016 June Reister rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte Figg is a very interesting woman that makes the most amazing pies, according to the other characters in the book. I would love to meet her and try them myself. Charlotte is a recent widow and moves to a lovely sounding place called Paradise. What she finds there may not sound like Paradise but she manages it and that what it becomes. Several times I laughed right out loud. This was exactly what I needed to brighten up the end of winter.
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