- File Size: 4146 KB
- Print Length: 409 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1625263066
- Publisher: Summer Solstice (November 12, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 12, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017X29EEA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,482,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I wish the author had taken time to do some research in Italian (Chicago/NY) slang. It would have made her Mafia foster father more real...because Carlo, uneducated and street smart is too well-spoken and much too polished. (Speaking from experience, having known a bit of that world). Tossing in a few Italian slang words would have made him more plausible...words like, Mangia, Mangia (eat, eat), A Fagiolo (2nd year University), Goombah (slur/jerk), Salute/Salud (toast to your health; cheers), Gizadeech (old chap. old pal, old friend), Mama Mia, etc.
Also, I can't believe her three hot-blooded suiters (especially the young Italian) who were so enthralled and smitten, didn't attempt at least once to make love to her.
Regardless of the above, Kudos to the author Edna Bell-Pearson...I truly enjoyed her CHARLIE and admit it is my favorite book of the year. This thriller/love story would make a wonderful movie. That way, we could see both paintings of this stunning, captivating redhead.
I was not disappointed. Charlie has shot someone in retaliation -- in a very unusual place -- and when she is found her father will have reason to regret that he ever taught her how to fire a gun. Fleeing, Charlie buys a wig, which may not keep her flaming red hair from attracting notice. She is lucky to meet several young men, most of whom fall in love with her, but which one will she love in return? If any? Can she ever fall in love?
Charlie is full of unexpected twists, had me riveted until the very end. I heartily recommend Charlie -- unless you have to get up early in the morning.
After an unhappy childhood culminating in a sexual assault, Charlie strikes out on her own to seek a new identity in the big city. Eventually she is befriended and taken in under the fatherly protection of a former mob boss who arranges for her the beginnings of a modeling career and educational opportunities in France. Complication follows complication—narrow escapes, a bevy of new suitors, triumphs and tragedies which eventually lead her to the borderline of murder.
The settings come alive with the sights and sounds of Europe, the characters are deftly drawn. The action unfolds in a smooth sequence of events that hold the reader totally engaged page after page, pulling for Charlie to prevail. As with her other novels, Edna Bell-Pearson has done her homework here in keeping the details of the narrative and scenes genuine and convincing, the characters rich with personality and depth. For those who love a compelling and excitement-filled plot, this latest is a novel not to be missed.
The characters are complex and compelling and Charlie has so many layers that keep the reader moving forward to learn more.