Ane isn't a local writer and the story doesn't take place in either of the Carolinas, but it does fit my idea of Front Porch Fiction. Plus, Ane is a mentor, and hey, Georgia does touch both states, so here we go!
Chapel Springs Revival
With a friend like Claire, you need a gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel.
With their livelihoods threatened, they join
forces to revitalize the town. No one could have guessed the real issue needing
restoration is their marriages.
With their personal lives in as much disarray as the town,
Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication,
determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs —and their lives. That is if
they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons
who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to
My thoughts on the story: With deft humor that reminded me of Erma Bombeck, Ane Mulligan brings to
life the characters and town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, and touches on
issues many long-term marriages face. An excellent debut novel and, I
hope, the first of many Chapel Springs stories.
While a large, floppy straw hat is
her favorite, bestselling novelist Ane Mulligan has worn many different ones:
hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that's a fancy name for a lobbyist),
drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime
experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction. She
firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. President
of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Suwanee, GA,
with her artist husband, her chef son, and two dogs of Biblical proportion.
You can find Ane on her Southern-fried Fiction website, Google+, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and Pinterest.