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Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise (edition 2010)

by Joyce Magnin

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Title:Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise
Authors:Joyce Magnin
Info:Abingdon Press (2010), Paperback, 400 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Christian fiction, Joyce Magnin, widow, trailer park, quirky, inspirational, fun, mature reader, abuse

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Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise by Joyce Magnin




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When Charlotte’s domineering husband drops dead with a heart attack, Charlotte doesn’t know which way to turn. When she reads an advertisement, Charlotte buys a doublewide trailer, sight unseen, and moves to Paradise Trailer Park. Her rosy view of a trailer park crashes to the ground when she pulls up to her purchase that is far less than advertised. Another resident, Rose Tattoo, conveniences her to stay, and together they pull the residents together and form a softball team. There she finds her old self, long ago crushed under the abusive hand of her husband. Charlotte deals with her grief, her fear, and her mother, along with a colorful cast of unusual neighbors.

This story is laugh out-loud funny with the descriptions of Charlotte’s life, her choices, and the other residents at Paradise. It also pulls at your heart as the story touches on spouse abuse, and Charlotte’s search for the Lord. Though this book can be enjoyed by anyone, mature readers will be able to appreciate Charlotte’s struggle to grow after her husband’s death. I recommend this to anyone who has lived long enough to understand that life is a series of changes, and not for the faint of heart. ( )
  Glenajo | Dec 2, 2012 |
Ms. Magnin takes the subtle approach to the subject of spousal abuse, focusing instead on the process of gaining courage and self esteem through faith. Charlotte is a funny character, in some ways acting much younger than her age, and in other ways displaying an uneasy acquaintance with knowledge she'd rather not have. I enjoyed watching the Paradise community come together. ( )
  tjsjohanna | May 8, 2012 |
This is a charming story about how life changes for Charlotte Figg after her husband drops dead in his early 50s. She buys a dumpy trailer sight unseen and makes a life of her own while coming to grips with her newfound freedom and ability to help the cast of characters around her. She has plenty of challenges with a meddling mother, an abusive trailer park manager, an abused neighbor, a little person, and a softball team. Oh and I can't forget to mention that her claim to fame is the amazing pies that she seems to bake at the rate of 2 a day. This book has a similar feel to some of Fanny Flagg's work and I enjoyed it entirely even though I got it as a free Nook book. ( )
  shequiltz | Apr 4, 2012 |
Free on Kindle. Spoilers about. This is a sweet book. Charlotte's husband dies. She is sad and her mother thinks Charlotte should move to Florida but instead she buys a run-down trailer in a trailer park. The manager is evil but there are good people in the park and Charlotte brings them together. There are lots of sad stories, including Charlotte's, but there is lots of healing. And they play softball.
  franoscar | Jan 20, 2012 |
This story was a roller coaster of emotion. Humor, loss, kindness, anger & love all wrapped up in an inspiring and uplifting little package.

Charlotte Figg was at a crossroads after her husband suddenly died. She decided to make a change and move, start a new life in a new place, with new people. As Charlotte's story unfolds she is hit with one stumbling block after another and must learn to stand tall and work though the problems she faces on her own. Even though she doesn't realize it at first, she is being used by God to heal her own life and to play a part in healing many others. Charlotte finds herself right in the middle of what some think should be a trailer park full of ex-circus workers. There is Asa, the one armed man, Ginger, the little person, Rose the tattooed woman, Hazel, the old, crazy lady and too many more to list. The story does revolve a lot around domestic violence and the ways people must come to terms with it.

The story is laugh out loud funny in places, tears streaming down you face sad in others and has some very profound thoughts too. My favorite one of all being when Charlotte is at Rose's house and they are standing in front of a large sculpture of a hand in Rose's yard and Charlotte is questioning the reason for the hand. Rose says, "Bible says that God has his eye on every Sparrow. Not one falls without his knowledge. That every hair on your head is counted, that he calls each star by name". Rose states that this is a physical reminder of that passage.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. ( )
  WillowOne | Nov 19, 2011 |
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Newly widowed Charlotte Figg purchases a double-wide trailer sight unseen and moves to the Paradise Trailer Park. Unfortunately, neither the trailer nor Paradise is what Charlotte expected. But her new friend Rose Tattoo learns that Charlotte used to play softball, and convinces her to rally the women of Paradise into a team. Reluctant at first, Charlotte is soon coaching the Paradise Angels. That's when she discovers that the manager is abusing his wife.… (more)

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