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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Goodreads Reviewer Praises First Novel

Title: Naturally Charlie
Author: S. L. ScottAuthor's Website:
Publication Date November 1, 2012
Genre FICTION/Romance/General
Paperback ISBN 13:978-1-61213-131-3
E-book ISBN 13:978-1-61213-132-0
First reviewed on Goodreads

Reviewed by BG

Naturally, Charlie is the first novel by S.L. Scott and I was honored and excited to have the opportunity to read an advance copy.
Charlie (Charles) Adams and Charlie (Charlotte) Barrow meet across a crowded subway in Manhattan. They are 20-somethings working and living in the city, each looking for something more. Charlie (Charles) comes from wealth and society but rejects that to pursue his dreams of writing. Charlie (Charlotte) works in an auction house and is recovering from recent heartbreak.
The couple encounters one another again by chance on a busy nhattan street and they decide to be friends. The journey of their friendship and love is the heart of this story. However, when Charlie (Charlotte) is about to declare her feelings, events from their past catch up with them and sadness ensues. Fortunately for the characters and the readers, there is a happily ever after.
Naturally, Charlie is a love story but it also teaches the very important lesson that you have to love yourself before you can truly love another. I must say I could not put this book down. I read it straight through in one sitting! I fell in love with the characters. I loved their banter, their games about whether words were real or not and their friendship. I laughed and cried along with them. The story is written using alternating points of view of the two Charlies, which I find a great writing technique as I always want to know how each character interprets the same situation. The backdrop of Manhattan life for 20-somethings was fun-- bars, clubs, coffee shops, offices and friends. It also enabled the reentry of the sub characters, which helped advance the story.
Naturally, Charlie is a well-written fast read that grabs you, takes you on a great ride, but lands you safely and happily at the end! I would recommend it as the perfect summer and vacation read. I look forward to more from S.L. Scott!
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the lovely review, BG.