South Bound Lecture Series

About the Book

Celia Fairchild is the writer behind the immensely popular “Dear Calpurnia” advice column, a brand that she has built an identity and a life on. It is, despite her divorcee and single woman status, the reason an adoption agency agrees to move forward with her application after she is shortlisted as a potential placement. In one afternoon, however, this last ditch hope for motherhood hangs in the balance when she loses her column to a media conglomerate and receives news she has inherited her aunt’s estate in Charleston. With nothing left for her in New York, Celia says goodbye to her former life. When she arrives, the grand house she once remembered has fallen into disrepair, but the community of Charleston is more than ready to welcome her home. With a cast of colorful characters and forgotten figures from her distant past, Celia begins to restore the historical house to its stately prime, and with it, dares to imagine a different future for herself, her new found family, and the child she so desperately wants.

Marie Bostwick

April 13, 2021

6:00 PM


The event is free, but donations are suggested.

About Marie Bostwick

Marie Bostwick needs no introduction—she is the author of fifteen novels and three novellas, several of which have gone on to be New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. Her 2015 novel, The Second Sister, was adapted in 2018 into a Hallmark Hall of Fame film, Christmas Everlasting, and starred Patti LaBelle.  Marie has always had a talent for tender, compassionate women’s fiction, and this sixteenth novel is a celebration of that expertise: “I could never have imagined what this book would become, the ways it taps into my own experience, forcing me to pour more of myself into the story than I’d bargained for. It wasn’t easy, but I believe it made Celia’s story richer, and better, and more real.”



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