- File Size: 2253 KB
- Print Length: 306 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing (April 22, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 22, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UEVPWIK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's the story of two mothers who have had the misfortune to choose the wrong man. Flora has been abandoned by her husband and had to grow by itself three children. Now that they are great, have all gone from her. Worse still has gone to Suzanne: her husband was a boy full of problems, when their daughter was born he felt neglected and has done a horrible thing, he killed her daughter of only two years and then committed suicide. His body was found but not that of little Charlotte. He left a note with the instructions on the site where he killed her but police searches were in vain. Flora is very affected by this case and try to help to find the body hopes to be able in part to appease her restlessness, her dissatisfaction. She will face a trip very exhausting physically but also psychologically very hard: alone in the middle of nowhere necessarily have to deal with her inner demons. Will she find the body of the little girl?
The author has created two great protagonists: two women have never met but share the desire to find the body of little Charlotte. Flora is very alone: from the first pages we perceive her need for affection, her desire to love and be loved. Her children now have their lives but what it costs them to make a call to their mother than the day of her birthday? Only the youngest child has left a brief message on the answering machine. Try to assuage her sadness with the help of the friendship of Philip. But he has not yet overcome the pain of the loss of his wife, even though many years have passed. Suzanne must face the greatest pain, the loss of a son: she feels guilty and wondering if she could do something to avoid it. If only she could find the body of her child. Fortunately, it is surrounded by dear friends who are trying to support and comfort her.
It 's really good written. It is very realistic and is so addictive that once started is hard to put down. I really liked the final.
In her latest novel Young has painted a revealing portrait of a middle aged woman at odds with her grown-up children. Left to bring them up alone whilst working to make ends meet she feels that the twenty years she has spent “doing the right thing” have been taken for granted. It is not only her family who fail to appreciate her devotion to duty; her employers, too, take advantage of her reliability, her willingness to take on any task that is dumped on her. When she learns of a terrible tragedy she becomes obsessed with the need to help a bereaved stranger.
The search for Charlotte becomes a search for meaning in her life. This is a romance, certainly – two romances, in fact. A romance with a mystery niggling away in the background, the answer to which is not revealed until the end.
At its heart Looking for Charlotte is a novel about the misunderstandings and frustrations that make relationships within families so often go awry. The things we don't say for fear of being made to feel foolish, the hurt we cause as a result. The way material things can become a substitute for unconditional love and the damage that causes. As I became drawn ever more deeply into Flora's mid-life crisis I found myself repeatedly reminded of Colm Toibin's Norah Webster, a book I found ultimately disappointing. Where Norah Webster seems incapable of showing affection for her children, Flora's very obvious love for hers is not returned. Instead they alternate between ignoring her and taking every last ounce of material and emotional support she is able to give.
At times the book seems overly long – hence my rating of four rather than five stars. Ultimately, however, it is a more than satisfying journey, the desire to turn the page and learn more about each of the principal protagonists ever present. The peripheral characters, too, are well drawn; there are no stereotypes here. I will not say more for fear of giving away too much. I will, however, tell you my favorite line: It was midnight, and there were fireworks. It ends a chapter about 2/3rds of the way through. You'll need to read the book to learn why that sentence is so appropriate for the context in which it occurs.
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