Monday, November 12, 2012

Book Review: Naturally, Charlie by S L Scott

Title:  Naturally, Charlie
Author:  S L Scott
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Pages:  249
Published:  November 2012
Publisher:  The Writer’s Coffee Shop
Source:  Publisher
Buy Links:  Amazon

Synopsis:

Twenty-five year old Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is caught between her old life and the one she is beginning to build when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway. Not looking for romance, she closes her heart off to the possibilities of love. With a knack for mishaps, Charlie maintains her sense of humour while befriending the kind stranger who seems to be there at all the right times.

New York freelance writer, Charlie Adams, is forging his own path beyond the expectations of the society circles of his childhood. Rejecting family money, and fast-lane friends, he is snubbed by his family as he follows his own compass to a life more extraordinary.

Through a coincidence of events, they come to rely on each other for comfort. This is the tale of two Charlie’s learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.

A chance meeting on the subway, a fluke run in at a bar, and crossing paths going to a funeral was not the way the Charlie’s expected to meet.  Charlotte “Charlie” was just back on her feet after a nasty break up with her now ex-fiancĂ©e when he dies suddenly.   Charles “Charlie” has cut himself off from his family and now must make an appearance to pay his respects to his favourite Great Aunt – who was the only one to really understand him.

Could these chance meetings be fate trying to push them together?  Is it their destiny to find one another and heal those wounds and love again?

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first was sent this book.  Two characters with the same name… couldn’t that get confusing?  Would switching between them be hard to follow?  My worries were completely unfounded – the story was fantastic!  Although there were a few moments I had to re-read a sentence or two to make sure I was with the right Charlie, but didn’t detract from the story at all.

Charlie (Charlotte) has a lot on her plate and she has some pretty major issues to work through.  I love her character – she was funny, smart, witty and has had her heart tromped on.  She worries she isn’t ready for a relationship, but is willing to be friends with Charlie (Charles) who makes her laugh.

Would I recommend this book?  Most definitely.  It was a great debut for this new to me author!  I loved the Charlie’s, their growing relationship, how they learned to rely on one another and all the small things that go into their friendship.  Would I read more by this author?  Yes, I look forward to more work by her.

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