The Other Life of Charlotte Evans by Louisa George ** Blog Tour Review & Giveaway **
I'm delighted to be starting the Blog Tour alongside Wear a Halo and Rae Reads for today's featured book, The Other Life of Charlotte Evans, by the novelist, Louisa George. I'm also happy to be able to offer you the chance to win a £25 Amazon Giftcard (UK only), Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.
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.
This is an emotional read with the themes of family, identity, love and relationships firmly at the centre. Charlotte starts the book in an idyllic phase of her life, planning her marriage and revelling in being in love. A health scare jolts her out of that and sets in motion a string of events which lead her to question her relationships and what she wants out of life.
Charlotte has to try to come to terms with the fact that she was adopted as a baby. Feelings of rejection surface and are shown to have infiltrated how she regards herself and others, especially her mother. She is afraid that anyone she loves will reject her and 'unchoose' to love her. It is a very touching story and in Charlotte, Louisa has created a sympathetic character. You can't help but empathise with her despite her insecurities.
The relationships between Charlotte and her mother and also with her biological mother are touchingly portrayed. As secrets from the past come to light, Charlotte has to address a new reality and decide who she can trust and which friendships will endure. Breast cancer and the implications of genetic testing are addressed with sensitivity. Beneath the light surface of a romance, there are some dark issues brewing.
In short: a heartwarming story of trust, love, family and friendships.
About the Author
Award-winning author Louisa George has been an avid reader her whole life. In between chapters she managed to fit in a BA degree in Communication Studies, trained as a nurse, married her doctor hero and had two sons. Now, she spends her days writing chapters of her own in the medical romance, contemporary romance and women’s fiction genres. To date, she has 19 books available in ebook/print.
Louisa’s books have variously been nominated for the coveted RITA® Award and the NZ Koru Award (which she won in 2014 and 2016 for the Short Sexy Category) and she won the prestigious HOLT Medallion Award in 2017. Her books have been translated into twelve languages. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand and, when not writing or reading, likes to travel, drink mojitos and do Zumba®- preferably all at the same time.
Thank you to Louisa George and HQ Digital and Jenny at Neverland Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the Tour.
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