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The Restoration of Celia Fairchild

Updated: Sep 10, 2021

By Marie Bostwick

A Perfect Blend of Characters, Setting and Story



When Celia Fairchild, a NYC advice columnist of the Dear Capurnia column receives a late night phone call, her life changes forever. Celia is one of three “couples” being considered by a young birth mother to adopt her baby. She throws herself into proving that despite her recent divorce she’s still perfect adoptive mother material.

But when she loses her big city job, her only option might be to sell old family Charleston home left to her by her recently departed, Aunt Calpurnia. But Celia soon learns the house is a wreck and needs a fast makeover. Is it even possible to have a renovation done in time for a meeting with the birth mother and her parents?


The Restoration of Celia Fairchild is a delightful uplifting novel of friendship, family and resilience. It is both hilarious and poignant. Author Marie Bostwick’s writing is delightfully fresh and she has woven a perfect blend of characters, setting and story. It is a light, fast and enjoyable read, ideal for the reading during the pandemic and beyond.

Celia Fairchild’s character, the new bonds she forms, and her fortitude in the face of adversity were just a few of the story elements that made this book captivating. Ceila Fairchild comes to life on the pages of this soulful story of courage and hopefulness.

Marie Bostwick is a NYT and USA Today best-selling author of eighteen uplifting works of historical and contemporary fiction. Most recently, Hope on the Inside was published in March 2019 and chosen as a Reder’s Digest “Select Editions” book.

Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the literary agent for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher William Morrow and Custom House

Published March 2, 2021

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