I was sent an ARC of The Other Life of Charlotte Evans by HQ Digital and I loved it! Nail-bitingly addictive with a dose of heart clenching reality.
Would you sacrifice your future to understand your past?
Life is rosy for dance studio owner Charlotte Evans, who is about to marry beloved fiancé, Ben. But when Ben finds a lump in Charlotte’s breast, it sends her on a journey of self-discovery which she knows she must do alone. Because Charlotte is adopted, and she suddenly, desperately, needs to know who she is and where she comes from.
Finding and reconnecting with her birth family, the life Charlotte could have had unfolds before her. As her wedding day draws closer, and her past merges ever more into her present, Charlotte must decide on the future she really wants…
A heartrendingly beautiful novel about love, family and finding your own path to happiness.
I really enjoyed this book! The beginning really gripped me and I felt physical reactions to the plot line, literally one sentence made my heart drop, where Ben finds the lump in Charlotte’s breast. I couldn’t stop reading it after I read that line, I NEEDED to know what was going to happen.
The story didn’t progress in the way I anticipated, which wasn’t a bad thing as I liked being surprised. I was literally sat surprised after one of the first developments, realising that it was a different story to what I had been expecting. There were many twists and turns, I honestly felt gripped and felt the need to keep on reading to find out what was going to happen next. The ending was lovely in tying it all together, making all the struggles that had gone through worth while.
So this is where the book lost a star. I think it’s because Charlotte reacts in a way that is kind of incomprehensible to me. I don’t really hide things from my significant other, or really many people in fact. I’m too honest. If something is eating up at me – I talk about it. It’s one of my flaws in fact. So when I read characters who just suffer through things or don’t stand up for what they want and aren’t vocal about it – I find it hard to relate.
The same can be said for Ben. He flipped from most supportive fiancé to one who also seemed to be hiding things, and just a little bit unsupportive. I think maybe I just don’t like to think of being in that situation myself.
That being said, the characters were written well, however, and I really think it was just my own personal feelings which made me hesitate to love them enough to give this 5 stars. They developed throughout the book, each going through their own personal journeys
I would recommend this book, and I really struggled with rating this book either a 4 or a 5 and if I could I would have given it a 4.5.
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