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Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise: A Novel of Bright's Pond [Kindle Edition]

Joyce Magnin
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Book Description

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 first, Charlotte warms to the notion and is soon coaching the Paradise Angels. Meanwhile, Charlotte discovers that the manager of Paradise, Fergus Wrinkel, abuses his wife Suzy. Charlotte sets out to find a way to save Suzy from Fergus and in the process comes to a difficult realization about her own painful marriage.

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About the Author

Joyce Magnin is the author of The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, chosen as one of the "Top 5 Best Christian Fiction Books of 2009" by Library Journal. She's written several short fiction and personal experience articles. She co-authored the book, Linked to Someone in Pain. She has been published in such magazines as Relief Journal, Parents Express, Sunday Digest, and Highlights for Children. Joyce attended Bryn Mawr College and is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship. She is a frequent workshop leader at various writer’s conferences and women’s church groups. She has three children, Rebekah, Emily, and Adam; one grandson, Lemuel Earnest; one son-in-law, Joshua, and a neurotic parakeet. Joyce leads a small fiction group called StoryCrafters. She enjoys baseball, football, cream soda, and needle arts but not elevators. She currently lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1072 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (March 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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96 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise November 7, 2010
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, and even though Charlotte doesn't realize it yet her life is about to change for the better.

When Charlotte finds a life insurance policy in the bottom of Herman's salesman's bag, she knows at least she wont have to worry about money for a while. One of the first changes Charlotte makes is allowing a stray dog, whom she calls Lucky into her life. When Lucky steals the neighbors mail, Charlotte starts looking thru one of their magazines called Road Tripper, a RV magazine. When she comes across an ad that says nice looking double wide for sale with the contact person being Fergus Wrinkel at Paradise Trailer Park, she gets a bit of wanderlust, the picture included in the ad shows an eye catching trailer with wide window and awnings hanging with pots of pink and purple verbena. So she calls and purchases the trailer site unseen. So after selling her home, she heads for Paradise, where she is shocked at what she finds, instead of the pretty trailer in the ad she has purchased a run down mobile home that has racoons living inside it, when she complains to Mr. Wrinkel he informs her she is stuck with the trailer. Charlotte feels like such a fool, but soon she meets some people from the trailer park and they assure her that they will help her get her trailer fixed up.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! August 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Charlotte Figg, the diverse cast of characters, her dog -- all were fully developed and differentiated. In real life, everybody has a story. The most unlikely looking people can turn out to be just wonderful and turn one's preconceptions upside down, and the author sure showed that in this book.

The plot was great -- it had depth, there were subplots to add complexity, and I didn't see any holes in it at all.

The storyline held my interest all the way through the book, which I was initially worried about since there was a softball team involved. I didn't want to have to slog through reading about a bunch of pitches and hits. The author did a great job of furthering the story via the softball team.

The story was not predictable and it was believable. It helped that my aunt once purchased a trailer in a trailer park in a far away state, sight unseen, and moved there. Even if I hadn't known anyone who did that, I could see that someone might do that -- Charlotte had to get to Pennsylvania somehow. She had guts, and I liked that.

I also liked how the various problems that came up were solved in such real, heartwarming, and unique ways.

I enjoyed getting to know the characters, wished I had a dog like Lucky, and was especially enchanted with the Hand of God statue. The characters were like real people whom I would like to meet. I felt like I knew them when I finished the book.

This was one of the most original, entertaining, and thought-provoking books I have read in a long time. It would be a great reading group selection because there is so much to talk about, and it is not boring. I am so glad that Joyce Magnin has written a few more books. I am looking forward to reading them all, and I hope she writes many more.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! July 16, 2011
Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise evokes a wide range of emotions. I found myself laughing one minute and crying the next. As Charlotte moves through all the quirky scenes in the book, readers are slowly offered glimpses into her past to show her motivation. I love the subtle inspirational message, "the hand," the quirky characters I can relate to, the softball team, the pies...and, well, all the extra little touches that make this book so enjoyable! Joyce Magnin is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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The story was ok. I did finish it rather quickly, an easy read. I really wish the description would have mentioned how much god was going to be mentioned. I am not religious and can take some mention of a deity in works that I read but there was mention of god and praying on almost every page. I thought it was building toward some realization that religion is not the end all be all but no, it just keeps mentioning praying and god over and over. I wouldn't have minded if it concentrated on one character's religion or devotion but it gets mentioned by several characters. Again I am not opposed to religion in a book but this just seemed to be mentioned for sake of mentioning rather than an integral part of the plot. Glad it was free.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great, but a nice cozy October 28, 2011
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I thought the book was good, not great, but I may give the author another try [especially if the book is free as this one was when I ordered it].

A couple of things took me out of the book. The major one was the softball stuff. I played softball for years, so I may be overly-critical, but if a book makes me stop reading to roll my eyes or prepare arguments in my head as to why it wouldn't happen that way, it affects my reading enjoyment. Example: Charlotte decides to start a softball team because she used to play on a championship team, so I assume she knows something about the sport and teams. However, she looks at her neighbors and, just by appearance, assigns them positions. Really? Without picking up a glove? From the results, I can only assume that the Paradise Trailer Park is a magnet for natural athletes to sit and wait for someone to free their talents.

I would have been just as happy with the results if the team had been bad [as they should have been based on their experience], but found the strength and friendships they did just from being on the team. Actually, that would have been more profound - they should have been brought together by the circumstances and comradery, not victories.

Also, they are playing slo-pitch [Charlotte emphasizes the rule about the arc of the pitch, so they must be playing slo-pitch], then, her inexperienced pitcher "strikes out the side" of an experienced team. I wouldn't believe that if it was fast pitch, but in slo-pitch? Strike-outs are rare.

There were a few other things, like why didn't Charlotte play [even being rusty she would have been better than the others; and I think she was only 41] instead of just coach?

But I'm sure you're bored of reading my softball woes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick & easy read
Cute and quirky!
Published 3 days ago by T. Doble
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Published 11 days ago by Darlene Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I just finished reading this book and I simply loved it.It is a wonderfully refreshing story and is filled with unusual and charming characters. A book worth reading.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Hirayanagi
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Novel!
I gave Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise five stars because it is an uplifting novel. While reading I could feel the compassion, love and understanding of others. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent story, thoroughly enjoyed
Published 2 months ago by Melinda Mehlmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Good characters in this story
Even though it took me forever to finish reading I must say I loved the fact I could be gone long and recall each character.
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Published 2 months ago by Michele P Reichard
5.0 out of 5 stars great little book
This starts out a bit slow and you have to be willing to watch the story unfold. But when you you are rewarded with a wonderful book about how different sorts of people grow and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JonseyW
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book of all times
My favorite book of all times! We lived at the Paradise ridge trailer park and our neighbor's dog was named Lucky when I first read this. I love Joyce Magnin!
Published 3 months ago by Sharon
4.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted but insightful
Cute story with underlying theme about how we handle changes in our life after the death of a spouse. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dawn A. Haskin
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