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Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 400 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Bright's Pond Series

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426707665
  • ASIN: B008SLIWLW
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (400 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,865,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
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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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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Format: Paperback
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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Charlotte sells her house to move to Paradise after becoming a widow. How many people think living in a mobile home in a trailer park would be Paradise? Charlotte did. Charlotte goes on to change a lot of lives while there. She meets a bunch of quirky characters that wouldn't be found together anywhere else except a sideshow. There's Rose Tattoo, who is covered in tattoos and sits in her "hand of God", Ginger, the "little person", Asa the one armed man, Fergus the wife beater, Hazel with her humpback, and more.

The story was enjoyable if a little over the top. Every person is a little odd. And people outside of Paradise make fun of them. Charlotte needed to shake her life up a little to find out what she wanted out of it. She thought she could find that in Paradise. When the story starts out she's acting like she's at least 70 but by the end she actually seemed to be acting closer to her age. I did really enjoy this book but there were parts that made me shake my head. Why did Charlotte have to experience the same as Suzy? Wasn't it beaten into our heads enough with her? I just felt like it was too much. Charlotte was fun to read about most times and I liked how she dealt with all the people but it would have been at least as enjoyable (and more so in my opinion) without such extremes.

I would recommend the story to anyone that can take a lot of kooky characters and who likes stories with a heart.
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