The Charlotte Chronicles by Jen Fredrick
Charlotte and Nathan were supposed to be forever. They grew up together. Their families were intertwined. Charlotte was Nathan's first love. Nathan was Charlotte's first everything.
Until they weren't.
How do you hold on to the person you know in your heart you are supposed to be with when everything and everyone in the universe is telling you it's over?
How many times does a heart break?
When is enough…..enough?
How long is forever?
I don't know quite how to start this review. This book really left me quite bereft, it really made me pause and think about life and how precious it is.
I went into this book completely blind as I am a fan of this author and I signed up to review on that basis alone. Every book I have read by Jen, I have devoured.
The first part of this book follows the 'trio' of children that stem from the subjects of the woodlands series, they are the 'Jacksons' and the 'Randolphs'
Nate and Nick Jackson are best friends with Charlotte Randolph and these kids have been inseparable through all of their childhood. Nate is two years older than Nick and Charlotte.
The story starts on a sad start as Charlotte is heading for life saving surgery. Both families are close so they are all waiting for news that Charlotte will pull through. Nate is hiding his true feelings for Charlotte and is finding it all too much for him to bear.
Charlotte and Nate have had a connection since she was born and its not until the surgery is over and the prospect of Charlotte travelling abroad for treatment gears the air up to admit that the feeling they share are real and they are going to embrace them.
whilst Charlotte is in Switzerland Nate pulls through on his decision to join the Navy. he has not discussed this with Charlotte. Charlotte is fully prepared to support Nate's decision to enlist and decides that she will embrace the tradition that his parents had when his father was enlisted and write to him.
What follows is a nine year gap where the two are totally estranged leaving Charlotte heartbroken.
This part of the book really choked me, its heartbreaking but really gripping beautiful writing, which gave us so much more of Charlotte and her strength, she had been put through the ringer but came out so much stronger and she was such a likeable character.
I really wanted to throttle Nate, I understood his turmoil and his reasons for throwing himself into the life of a Navy Seal and I was clear that at the time he lacked the maturity to see things for what they were and he wasn't to blame for the events that caused his departure. I think I would have liked a little bit more of his POV especially during those missing years to endear the reader towards him more as when the time came he did redeem himself.
Essentially this is a book about second chance love, its really angsty at times, which is my go to book any day! and who can say no to a muscly hot navy seal?
Meet Charlotte and Nathan!
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.