- File Size: 178 KB
- Print Length: 51 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: White Rose Publishing (Pelican Book Group) (October 27, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 27, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0060D5YC0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#474,598 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #387 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Collections & Anthologies
- #435 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Christian > Collections & Anthologies
- #2369 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 90 minutes (44-64 pages) > Literature & Fiction
The Key to Charlotte Kindle Edition
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E. A. West
THE KEY TO CHARLOTTE is a lovely short inspirational story. E. A. West has developed two main characters with weaknesses and strengths. Charlotte Harris is a young woman who has Autism. Because of the condition she is unable to speak to most people except through a synthesizer. Routine is her foundation. She is confused by unfamiliar sounds and situations. She is very proud to have her first job working as a janitor at the church she belongs to with her parents.
One afternoon she hears guitar music coming from the sanctuary. It is so beautiful she is able to move past her fear to find out who is playing. It is the new children's minister, Zakaria Rush. He is struggling with a recent move and holding down two jobs.
Zakaria offers to teach Charlotte some chords on his guitar and realizes she has a talent. He offers to teach her more and befriends her. Charlotte is at first puzzled that she feels comfortable with Zakaria. It is a new feeling for her.
As a budding friendship develops between the two it is clear they are interested in pursuing a more romantic relationship but will go slowly. The truth of this story is about hope, acceptance, being nonjudgmental, and having patience.
This is a caring book about a heroine who is isn't quite like everyone else, yet who wants to be loved and to love, just like everyone else. From the book blurb:
Charlotte Harris can't speak due to a quirk in her autistic brain, but that doesn't stop her from communicating with others. Unfortunately, it prevents her from achieving two of her dreams--praising God through song and to carrying on a simple conversation using her own voice.
Zakaria Rush is the new Director of Children's Ministries at Charlotte's church, and he can't keep his thoughts off the partially mute blonde with a love for guitar music. Her love of the simple things in life intrigues him and makes him long to give her what she wants more than anything: her voice.
Can Zakaria help Charlotte find the key to unlocking her ability to speak, or will his attempt to help her only lock away their chance for love?
In the pages of The Key to Charlotte, author EA West has deftly explored the top of autism, and how people who suffer from autism--in this case the lovely and musically inclined Charlotte Harris--are created in the image of God. They are more than worthy and capable of love, independence and the fulfillment of God's plan for their lives.
Charlotte works at a small church in Indiana. She's cleaning the facility when music comes to her unexpectedly from the sanctuary. Zakaria Rush, the new Director of Children's Ministries, is playing his guitar. Instantly, and instinctively, Zakaria treats Charlotte with respect and an easy sense of caring--caring that blooms quickly to an even deeper affection.
That affection is what leads Zakaria to take her gently under his wing, and lead her to her heart's desire--music and a sharing of her life, and the gifts God has given her. What could be more beautiful?
At no point is this love story mawkish or overdone. Therein lies its absolute beauty. With the same kind of artistry as Karen Kingsbury displayed in her novel Unlocked, EA West uses heart, God, and a straightforward approach to make Charlotte come alive and be completely relatable in how she sees the world and reacts to it. We understand her, and therefore, we love her and cheer for her. And all I can say about Zakaria is that in him, EA has created a hero worthy of Charlotte.
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