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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.
The wonderful thing about Lissa was that she didn’t judge. She didn’t ever really tell you what you should or shouldn’t do. After fifteen years of friendship she just accepted. Nodded. Understood. Supported. There was an easy telepathy, no need for explanation. Thank God for girlfriends, Charlotte thought as she finished describing the cafe, her mum and the story surrounding her conception. Lissa’s hand covered hers and she smiled reassuringly. ‘Well, it’s a lot to take in. What did you think? First impressions?’
There had been a connection, Charlotte was sure of it now. A deeper one than strangers meeting, and different to pen-pals who usually had at least shared a whole load of stuff before meeting in the flesh. There was something there and she did want to pursue it, but she wasn’t sure she knew how. Or when. You couldn’t fill a lifetime into one meeting. And…what if, after everything, they didn’t like each other? How would you deal with that? Rejection didn’t seem appropriate, but then again, what was?
Nothing in Charlotte’s life to date had prepared her for this. ‘I think she liked me. I mean…I don’t know. I think she was impressed by everything I’ve done. She seemed nice, just a bit sad.’
‘Well, so she should be, she gave you up. Look at you…you’re amazing.’ Lissa nodded and took a big gulp of her wine. ‘That came out wrong. I mean, she had good reason, and everything. But she’s missed so much, right?’
‘Yes. We both have.’
‘So, have you scratched your itch?’
Had she? ‘I don’t know. We didn’t cover genetics or relatives. It didn’t seem appropriate to ask at first and then we got interrupted, so I didn’t get a chance to find out about any familial skeletons in the closet.’
‘So you need to see her again. Do you want to? How’s that itch for knowledge going?’
‘I said I’d be in touch, but I don’t know what to do now. How long do I wait? I don’t want to seem too eager and needy, but I do want to find out more. I promised myself I’d learn things so I can pass them on to any kids I have.’
Lissa shuddered involuntarily. Allergic to even the mention of kids.
Charlotte grinned. ‘Not something you’ll ever have to worry about, right? But, on reflection, I’d say, yes, I want more information, so I’m still itching.’
‘There’s a cream for that, I’m sure.’ Lissa twirled a beer mat under her fingers. ‘Now, what about Eileen?’
Immediately the mention of her mother’s name made guilt raise its head, worming through Charlotte’s gut. ‘What about her?’
‘What does she think about all this? Is she bothered? Threatened? She’s sensible, right? She wouldn’t feel bad about this, surely? She knows you love her and all that.’
That guilt kept on squirming. ‘I haven’t told her yet. I never quite found the time or the right words.’
About Louisa George
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.
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Title: The Other Life of Charlotte Evans
Author: Louisa George
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 9 September 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Buy: Amazon UK