2020 Publisher's Weekly BookLife Prize Quarter Finalist for Fiction
2020 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Silver Medalist for Paranormal Fiction
“I am always on the lookout for exciting new writers, and once I started reading Charleston Green by Stephanie Alexander, I was captivated. This novel leaves the reader entranced; the writing is skillful and clever and funny. I highly recommend this book.” —New York Times Bestselling Author Elin Hilderbrand
“With humor, heart and a heaping helping of Southern Charm, Charleston Green brings an entirely new meaning to the term 'unwanted house guests.' Tipsy is a lovable, flawed, complex heroine that readers will root for from the first page to the last—and pitch-perfect storytelling will leave fans begging for a sequel. This is Stephanie Alexander at her best!” —USA Today Bestselling Author of Feels Like Falling, Kristy Woodson Harvey
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.
Not your usual ghost story
Charleston Green is the magic color created by mixing black with another color to produce a very dark shade of green. The title and color have a prominent role in this story about a single mom with the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Recently divorced, Tipsy Colliins is an artist without a home. Her brother-in-law allows her to stay at his childhood home until he figures out what to do with it.
The childhood home in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, had been home to Henry and Jane Mott. Tragically, Henry and Jane died back in the 1920s of suspect circumstances. Now they are trapped in the home that Tipsy will soon be occupying with her three children. With Tipsy’s gift for talking to the dead, Jane and Henry will make a new friend, and possibly find out why they’ve been trapped in a house for nearly a century. Along the way, perhaps Tipsy can recapture her gifts as an artist, to be able to make a living and support her children.
What a charming book! I loved the way that Tipsy befriended the ghosts and took on their troubles to try to solve why they were trapped in the home. I was shocked to learn of the divorce rules in the state of South Carolina, and how Tipsy ended up being denied any alimony.
However, this was an important plot point to force Tipsy to get back to working as an artist, not just working in a gallery.
Alexander brought to life the charm and beauty of the Old South, and shared with us some of its darker secrets. She also created characters that resonate with most of us. What was most fun was how to she brought to life the ghosts so that they did not seem odd at all. This was a quick and sweet read. I would recommend it.
I’ve lived in Charleston my whole life and this was my first novel I’ve ever read that takes place here. You really captured the Charleston charm and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Looking forward to more adventures from Tipsy. Great work!