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 humor 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 Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.
Those of you that know me, know that I don’t usually write reviews. To be quite honest, I’m a bit intimidated about writing a review. However, when I was asked if I was interested in receiving an ARC of Naturally, Charlie and writing a review, I jumped at the chance. Firstly, I’ve been anxious to read this ever since I heard about it, and who wouldn’t be excited about getting an advance copy? Secondly, as nervous as I am about this review, I decided to challenge myself. [My mantra: I think I can. I think I can.]
I read this book in about 3 days. I really could not put it down. Working, eating and sleeping just got in the way. I loved the two Charlies in this book. Both characters are very easy to like and I truly enjoyed their journey through their friendship. Yes, I loved girl Charlie but I really loved boy Charlie. [my apologies to S.L. Scott for describing them this way.] He is so hot and so sweet and…*sigh* This excerpt shows how sweet he is:
I’m happier than I remember being in a long time. Life is just better when you have sunshine in your life.
Yes, it’s true! I’m a sucker for ALL sunshine comparisons!!!
He realizes that Charlie has issues that she has to deal with and he is so patient, understanding and easy. He definitely saw the big picture before she did. Here is a part that I felt perfectly demonstrates this:
Yes, she’s been hurt, broken, but I don’t need to fix her. There’s a lot of determination in her small frame, and I have no doubt she’ll mend her own heart, without relying on others to perform the task. After spending five hours with her, I just hope I can be there for the journey.
There obviously were a few twists and turns, a couple of which surprised the hell out of me. I won’t put in any spoilers here but I will say that I did snot sob for a few parts. I was stuck in traffic and decided to read. Maybe it wasn’t the best part to be reading in the car. I was sobbing (really, I was) and I looked over and the driver in the car next to me was giving me the strangest look. I think it was pity… I’m not sure. TRUE STORY!
There was also a tidbit of information about beer that I was shocked and amused to discover. I won’t mention it here. You’ll find it and be totally surprised. Who knew?!
Overall, I just enjoyed this book so much. I laughed and I cried, some very sad tears and some really happy ones too. I would definitely recommend Naturally, Charlie to anyone and everyone who wants to read a beautiful story. I really don’t think that any review I could write would do justice to this book.
Thank you, S.L. Scott!!!!