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Love, Charleston

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  324 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Charleston's past is full of romance. Does Anne's future hold the same?

Charleston's Anne Brumley has long dreamed of love while ringing the bells at St. Michael's, but those dreams are beginning to fade. Her sister Alisha and cousin Della encourage the thirty-six year old to move somewhere new for a fresh start.

Widower Roy Summerall has happily ministered to the country fo
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 30th 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published August 2010)
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Nov 09, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it
From the publisher: Family, friendship and faith converge in a beautiful story about how God’s transforming love works in the Holy City of Charleston.

If you tend to pick a story based on the back cover and the first chapter, and don’t much like to be surprised, you’ll find Love, Charleston, rather a surprise.

The back cover claims a Jan Karon-esque story line about a lonely Episcopal priest, Roy Summerall, sent to Charleston and encouraged by his friends and family, which includes a precocious da
Sep 12, 2010 Jodie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
I enjoyed this book and would definitely try reading more of Beth Webb Hart's books. This was one of those books where the characters had "real" problems and faced struggles that I could relate to. They had issues from questioning their faith to being a single parent to unemployment to marital problems to mental issues. I appreciated the author's use of street names and stores in Charleston. It helped make the story come alive. Love, Charleston was the first book by Beth Webb Hart that I have ...more
Anna Motteler
Sep 02, 2010 Anna Motteler rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely, positively LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. It is now one of my absolute favorites & I'm going to recommend it to everyone I know! This book is amazing. I was going to sit here & type out a long review. But first, I want to introduce you separately to the characters, because I fell in love with all but one!

Della- I would have to say that she is my favorite. She is placed in the position where she basically has to choose money over love, and I am so proud of her for her decisi
Oct 10, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this book. There is a lot of reference in it to the Bible which could put some people off. The story is about a minister and his daughter, his wife died 6 monhths after she was born, who is called to minister a church in Charleston. Roy Summerall has happily been the minister of a much smaller church to country folks in another much smaller city for years and he has no idea what he can bring to the members of this very old, very rich church in Charleston. He keeps asking but he ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Sheree rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
First, I have to comment on the cover of this book. It's dreamy! Looking at the cover and reading the author's descriptions of the city of Charleston make you long to live in a city with so much history and variety.

This is the first book I have read by Beth Webb Hart. She has a very good writing style. Beth is a master story teller keeping the reader's interest. I enjoyed the dialogue between all the characters of the book. It was real.

A few things I would like to mention that stood out to me.
Janet Rowland
Sep 18, 2016 Janet Rowland rated it it was amazing
Throughly enjoyed this story! Very real yet with the Charleston setting, magical. Can't wait to read more by Beth Webb Hart! Lucky find!,
Feb 09, 2011 elizabeth_agd rated it it was ok
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An inspiring, heart-warming novel set in romantic Charleston, South Carolina.

“Stay and wait.” Anne Brumley heard these words years ago in the bell tower at Saint Michael’s Church in Charleston. She’s certain they were from God and has been waiting for true love ever since. But her sister, Alicia, and their sister, Alicia, have their doubts. Could Anne have misunderstood His calling?

Saint Michael’s new rector may be the answer to Anne’s pr
May 18, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Author: Beth Webb Hart
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
August 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59554-201-4
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction

Anne Brumley has dreamed of love as a child when she used to ring the bells at St. Michael’s, but now those dreams are fading. Her sister Alisha and cousin Della try to encourage Anne to move somewhere new for a fresh start.

Widower Roy Summerall has ministered at his current post for years. He’s finally healed from the death of his wife, but is flabbergasted
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Aug 30, 2011 Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf) rated it it was amazing
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

This book caught me by surprise (in the best way) because the descriptions is quite misleading. It reads as if this is primarily a love story between Anne and Roy, when they actually play minor roles until the last portion of the book. The two main players of this novel are cousins Alicia and Della and their emotional and psychological hardships.

I love character driven stories and this is an excellent one! Beth's depiction of these ch
Sep 19, 2010 Cym rated it really liked it
The story revolves around the lives of sisters Alisha and Anne, their cousin Della and a priest named Roy. Alisha has always wanted a happy family, but it seems his husband's ambitions are getting in the way. Anne had heard God tell her to wait in Charleston for the love of her life to come. But she's getting impatient, and Alisha and Della are encouraging her to find it elsewhere. Della's former fiance returns and she doubts she had made the right choice when she married her talented yet ...more
Nov 02, 2010 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Pamela by: Goodreads First Reads Program
"Love, Charleston" by Beth Webb Hart is the warmest, most charming novel I've read in a long time. It was a real page-turner, and I found myself picking it up every chance I got. I'm so happy that I was chosen to receive it from the Goodreads First Reads Program.
It, initally, starts out about Rev. Roy Summerall, and his not wanting to move to Charleston after a job proposal has been presented to him. As time goes on, this move proves to be the best thing for him and his family.
However, the real
Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it liked it
Although the back cover can be a bit misleading, the characters mainly focused on in this story are Roy, Della, and Alisha (Lish)--all three of them going through their own real struggles and learning some powerful lessons. Each of their stories feel very authentic, but can also be very hard to read.

I had a hard time buckling down and finishing this story, not because the writing was bad, but because this is not a fun book. The ending does indeed give the reader hope, and the title fits in nicel
Alice Wilson
Sep 14, 2016 Alice Wilson rated it really liked it
Wonderful story of three relatives who go through the struggles of life. Charleston history and land marks are included helping me remember sights we enjoyed during our years there. God's love, promises, and love are entwined throughout.
Aug 24, 2010 Brenda rated it really liked it
Love, Charleston is an amazingly well written book, with characters so real that you totally relate to their feelings. You can feel the ties that bind families together.
Roy Summerhill is a minister to a small country church, even though he has suffered personal tragedy he continued to serve God faithfully, so when he is chosen by the prestigious St. Michael's as their new rector he reluctantly accepts. He is sure he will never fit in but he knows God is leading him to Charleston.
Anne Brumley is
Aug 29, 2010 Renee rated it liked it
I was really excited to read this since the cover was so beautiful and Beth Webb Hart was a new author to me. While I did like it Love, Charleston wasn't one of the best books that I've read. I believe that it is part of Thomas Nelson's women's fiction line so I wasn't expecting a lot of romance so I wasn't disappointed in that respect. I did like the characters but I felt that there were too many of them for one book! Lish, Anne, and Della deserved their own full length stories. There was just ...more
Aug 25, 2010 Casey rated it really liked it
While a fast read, I have to say that I enjoyed LOVE, CHARLESTON. The story took off right from the start and I was pulled in when likable characters were pushed into difficult situations. What followed was filled with dips and dives from valleys to mountain tops with the characters.

There were several characters view points, but never did I get their storylines confused; the story flowed well and I had a difficult time putting it down. The pacing was good, the character growth and change kept me
Aug 30, 2010 Carman rated it really liked it
Well, I have mixed feelings about this book. The author has a unique writing style that appealed to me, where she often includes little details that other authors would leave out. One unusual thing is that the “main” characters don’t even meet until you are over 150 pages into the book. But, the storylines for the other characters kept me interested, so it worked out alright.
There was one thing that I didn’t care for, and that would be Lish’s situation. It broke my heart to read what she was goi
Kris Englund
Oct 21, 2010 Kris Englund rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads-wins
While a fast read, I have to say that I enjoyed LOVE, CHARLESTON. The story took off right from the start and I was pulled in when likable characters were pushed into difficult situations. What followed was filled with dips and dives from valleys to mountain tops with the characters.
There were several characters view points, but never did I get their storylines confused; the story flowed well and I had a difficult time putting it down. The pacing was good, the character growth and change kept m
Brittany Rice
Oct 31, 2010 Brittany Rice rated it liked it
Love, Charleston seems, in the beginning, like any other work of Christian Fiction. You think you know exactly where everything is going, what the characters will do, and what they represent. However, keep reading. You will be surprised. The stories in Love, Charleston are very real. The characters are well developed and complex. Readers, especially those also from the south, will feel they know the people in the text. It never takes on the "preachy" tone so often associated with this genre. You ...more
May 14, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Beth Webb Hart has done a good job of developing the characters in this book. Take a small town Father, widowed with a little girl and send him to a large Episcopal church in Charleston. Enter a tall, attractive bell-ringer who is single and waiting for the right husband. She has a sister who has for a time become unable to thrive emotionally as a new mother with an absent husband. Della is the cousin that is like a sister, tempted to say she made the wrong choice of husbands and wonders if she ...more
May 06, 2012 Barbarac rated it really liked it
One of those random ebooks I check out from the library when nothing else is available. Initially I thought it'd be too heavy on the God and religious references for me, with one of the main characters being a minister, and most the other ones being devoted church attendees. But it wasn't, it was a perfect balance of religion and good story. The story of 3 women, and the men they love or come to love. And their relationships feel real, dealing with depression, doubts about life, doubts about ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Elaine rated it really liked it
I picked up this book just by accident and checked it out of our church library. This is a great book and I am having a hard time putting it down. The four main characters are a Episcopal Minister, Roy Summerall,and three young women in the parish of St Michaels in Charleston, the church where he is called to preach; Lish, Della, and Anne. The character who suffers the most is Lish as she gave birth to her third child via an early and unexpected c-section, subsequently suffering through a ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Dtate rated it really liked it
I received a free copy via Goodreads which I really appreciated. However, it came to me during a busy season at my office so I must apologize to the author for my delay in reading.
When I started the book I thought it would be a "sappy" book but felt I should read it since it was given to me. Well...I was in for a surprise. This book was a fast read but covered a lot of topics that we all have seen in either ourselves or our female friends. This is a story of faith, bonding, illness, romance...i
Jun 16, 2013 Brigitte rated it really liked it
Like others who shared their reviews, I found this book wasn't what I thought it would be like. I would of liked to have read more about the courtship of Ray & Anne but the stories of the other two kept me going to the end. The story of the woman with severe post partum really hit home to me as I had a grandmother who went thru shock therapy to try to overcome post partum. I thought a lot about how the kids of this mom were affected as I know how much it impacted my father's life. I'm ...more
Ann Miller
Nov 13, 2013 Ann Miller rated it really liked it
I love Hart's Southern voice, beautifully drawn characters, and heart-capturing stories.
Opening with Roy Summerall, who plays a smaller role than the three women, felt odd. I expected Roy, or at least his love interest, Anne, to be the focal point of the story. But Della quickly became the heart of the story, and Lish, the center around whom all the characters spin.
Probably because Heart tells Love, Charleston from four characters' points of view, I didn't feel like I knew and attached to any
Laura Beasley
Mar 27, 2014 Laura Beasley rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Laura by: Mary Ann
Have found a really good author. What a great story and so true to life and with a Christian base. Three cousins have shared their lives and continue to do so in adulthood. They are supportive of each other and the story is uplifting. Roy is a preacher and did not want to move to Charleston but God has Alan odor his life. Della begins to doubt the life she chose and gets to a crossroads. Anne is looking for love and almost ready to give up. Lish looks like she has everything anyone could want ...more
Nov 24, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Love, Charleston by Beth Webb Hart is a story following 3 women, a bell ringer, a doctor and a writer who grew up together and one priest. With multiple points of view and a seemingly large amount of characters, the beginning was a little hard to follow for me.

I find the beauty of reading fiction is that you have a chance to take your own personal journey with the themes in the book you read. This book covers psychological issues, health, family, faith, friendship and marital/infidelity themes.
Becky Morlok
Jun 11, 2013 Becky Morlok rated it liked it
Love, Charleston was reminiscent of The Mitford Series by Jan Karon - only it is set in Charleston instead of the mountains of NC. It's a nice read and uplifting. One quote in particular was a keeper: "Sometimes we're asked to go where we don't want to go. And it's not to torture us. It's because there's something there that only we can do. There's a purpose and a plan, and if we don't follow, we miss the blessing. And so does everybody else who we were supposed to love on." Beth Webb Hart has ...more
Oct 15, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I am always skeptical with books from certain genres. I don't like pat solutions or even the stories where God magically makes everyone's life happy. Life just isn't like that, and I'm insulted as a reader and a thinking person when authors go that way. I went into this book thinking that was going to happen here, and I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't. I enjoyed seeing real people, not cookie cutters. An easy read that was uplifting as well. If that is what you're looking for, I'd ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Brenda rated it liked it
I was mainly drawn to this novel by the beautiful cover! While I enjoyed the story - about two adult sisters and their cousin living in Charleston, and the new priest at their historic church - and liked the characters, something about this book was a little off. One of the sisters suffers from an extreme, life-threatening depression that's never fully explained. The main romance of the book takes place almost entirely "offscreen." Things happen abruptly. It all felt very writing-workshoppy, if ...more
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Beth Webb Hart holds a B.A. in English Literature from Hollins College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her first novel, Grace at Low Tide, was one of three finalists for the 2006 Christy Awards in the general/contemporary fiction category. She lectures on a variety of topics and has taught creative writing on the college and high school level. She serves as a ...more
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