Review: Charleston

Available now: Charleston by Margaret Bradham Thornton

***3.5/5 stars

The debut novel from the editor of Tennessee Williams’ Notebooks has a hint of romance with a heavy dose of sense of place, and at least one  answer for that age old question: can you ever really go home again?

Recommended readers:

  • If you like southern lit,
  • if you like just a touch of chic lit,
  • and if you’ve ever wondered if you can ever really go home again, this one is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 3.5/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall


The setting of high-society Charleston, South Carolina takes center stage in this novel, and it’s worth reading for the vivid descriptions of the city and its life alone. Add in narrative exploring second chances, first love, identity, home, and finding your place in the world, and you have some nice southern lit that goes well beyond chic lit. Though its lyrical, stream-of-consciousness approach made the narrative feel a bit disjointed at times, Charleston is  overall a worthy and thought-provoking read.

Available on Amazon: Charleston

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