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Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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This was one of my favorite reads of all times. I loved the characters and how they all interacted. Many parts made me laugh out loud and other parts made me cry. Super!Published 9 days ago by Kindle Customer
Interesting how Charlotte lived her life after her husband died. She was happier when she could make her own choices.Published 1 month ago by Joanne
I would have given the book a 5, but it had me wondering at the very end about two of the main characters. I wished it would have ended with my questions being answered.Published 2 months ago by Mrs. DRP
I really enjoyed this story. It was an easy read with a lot of interesting characters!Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Renea A. Clifford
Well written, poignant and fun too. Touches a place in your heart that makes you examine the way you look at others.Published 5 months ago by Mary Kadau
entertaining good read. I liked the characters and the go get em story line. a book about starting over and doing it well without regret.Published 6 months ago by dryd