Friday, January 22, 2021

Review for Charleston Green by Stephanie Alexander


Charleston Green by  Stephanie Alexander 


Paperback, 353 pages

Published April 14th 2020 by Bublish, Inc.

Genre:  Mystery, Womens Fiction

If Tipsy Collins learned one thing from her divorce, it's that everyone in Charleston is a little crazy--even if they're already dead.

Tipsy, a gifted artist, cannot ignore her nutty friends or her vindictive ex-husband, but as a lifelong reluctant clairvoyant, she's always avoided dead people. When Tipsy and her three children move into the house on Bennett Street, she realizes some ghosts won't be ignored.

Till death do us part didn't pan out for Jane and Henry Mott, who've haunted the house for nearly a century. Tipsy's marriage was downright felicitous when compared to Jane and Henry's ill-fated union. Jane believes Henry killed her and then himself, and Henry vehemently denies both accusations. Unfortunately, neither phantom remembers that afternoon in 1923. Tipsy doesn't know whether to side with Jane, who seems to be hiding something under her southern belle charm, or Henry, a mercurial creative genius. Jane and Henry draw Tipsy into their conundrum, and she uncovers secrets long concealed under layers of good manners, broken promises and soupy Lowcountry air. Living with ghosts, however, takes a toll on her health, and possibly even her sanity. As she struggles to forge a new path for herself and her children, Tipsy has a chance to set Jane and Henry free, and release the ghosts of her own past.


My Thoughts… Charleston Green is a fun book.  Tispy is a character that I found intriguing.   She lives a life full of chaos and is doing her best to keep it together.    She moves into a haunted house, is divorcing her husband, and raising her three children.   I love how she interacts with ghosts and the affects that they have on her.   She takes everything in stride, doing her best to continue living a happy life.  

I was in need of a book that would make me smile, make me laugh, and make me need to keep reading.   Charleston Green is just that book.   I picked up this book not quite sure what I was getting into and quickly realized that I loved what I was reading.    Tipsy was unique and real.   Jane and Henry Mott, the ghosts, kept me wondering what had really happen to them.   Tipsy’s need to help them move on showed that she was willing to put her own health on the line to help others.   

Stephanie Alexander wrote a book for those looking for a fun, quirky mystery to solve.   The characters are fun, the story flows easily and quickly, and the mystery is unique.   I recommend picking up your own copy.


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Meet Stephanie Alexander…
Stephanie Alexander grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Drawing, writing stories, and harassing her parents for a pony consumed much of her childhood. After graduating from high school in 1995 she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the College of Charleston, South Carolina. She returned to Washington, DC, where she followed a long-time fascination with sociopolitical structures and women's issues to a Master of Arts in Sociology from the American University. She spent several years as a Policy Associate at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), a think-tank focused on women's health and economic advancement.

Stephanie embraced full-time motherhood after the birth of the first of her three children in 2003. Her family put down permanent southern roots in Charleston in 2011. She published her first novel, The Cracked Slipper, in February 2012. The first printing of the series sold over 40,000 copies. The Cracked Slipper made multiple appearances on Amazon's fantasy bestseller lists, and peaked at #11 in all genres. Stephanie has appeared on local and national media, been a contributor on many writing blogs and in writing magazines, and regularly joins with book clubs for discussions of her work. 

In addition to her personal writing, Stephanie returned to the College of Charleston as an Adjunct Professor of Sociology, and launched her freelance ghostwriting and editing business, Wordarcher, LLC. She has ghostwritten dozens of books, from novels to memoirs to academic theses. Beginning in the Fall of 2015, as a single working mother, she attended law school on a full academic scholarship, earning her juris doctor with honors from the Charleston School of Law in December, 2017.

She currently practices family law in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, the Charleston suburb that is the setting of her latest novel, Charleston Green. Her personal experience rebuilding her life after divorce inspires both her legal work and her fiction. She published the second edition of The Cracked Slipper and its sequel, The Dragon Choker, in early 2020. The series is now complete with the release of final book in the series, The Glass Rainbow, in April 2020. 

Her award-winning first Southern fiction novel, Charleston Green was released in April 2020, and immediately hit the Amazon Bestsellers List, debuting as the #3 New Release in Southern fiction, and the #8 Southern Fiction bestseller overall. Charleston Green is the 2020 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Silver Medalist for Paranormal Fiction.  

Stephanie and her husband live in the Charleston area with their blended family of five children and their two miniature dachshunds, Trinket and Tipsy. She is represented by Stefanie Lieberman of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, New York, NY.


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