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This Is Not How It Ends Paperback – January 1, 2020
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“Readers who enjoy watching a protagonist’s journey to emotional truths will appreciate this story of a woman struggling to determine how hers ends.” —Booklist
“…The journey to the inevitable ending still manages to take some fascinating turns along the way.” —Library Journal
“An immediately and exceptionally engaging novel by a writer with an impressive knack for the kind of narrative storytelling style that rewards the reader with a story that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book is finished.” —Midwest Book Review
“In Rochelle B. Weinstein’s latest, This Is Not How It Ends, Charlotte Myers is caught between two love stories—neither of which she expected, both of which come with great loss. Poignant and evocative, Weinstein has crafted a story that draws you in and won’t let go. Keep the tissues nearby, especially for the heartbreaking yet gratifying conclusion. A wonderfully moving read!” —Karma Brown, bestselling author of The Life Lucy Knew
“A beautifully written tale about love and the unexpected choices we are forced to make. Full of rich description and soulful characters, Weinstein’s original story will have you turning pages quickly.” —Elyssa Friedland, author of The Floating Feldmans
“Can a chance encounter change your life? For Charlotte Myers, the unexpected will challenge her assumptions about the meaning of love and family, and question her ability to forgive the sins of the past. Elegant and timely, This Is Not How It Ends weaves a poignant tapestry of three lives threaded together by devotion and secret passion—and will leave readers guessing until the satisfying conclusion.” —Christine Nolfi, award-winning author of the Sweet Lake series
“Set against the backdrop of the vibrant Florida Keys, This is Not How it Ends beautifully highlights how two single random encounters can influence the trajectory of our lives. This poignant, character-driven tale about love and the choices we make will make you laugh and cry. A thoroughly captivating read.” —Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island and The Girl He Used to Know
“Weinstein is at the top of her game here. Poignant and unputdownable, This is Not How it Ends tackles the heavy hitters—love, loss, betrayal, and forgiveness—and reminds us that in the end, it is always love that wins.” —Julie Lawson Timmer, author of Mrs. Saint and the Defectives
“I was engrossed from the first page! This Is Not How It Ends is not just one love story, it’s the story of the many ways we love each other, betray each other, and find the strength to fall in love yet again. Vibrant writing, compelling, relatable characters, and the gorgeous Florida Keys setting make Weinstein’s latest a must-read!” —Loretta Nyhan, bestselling author of Digging In
About the Author
Rochelle B. Weinstein is the USA Today bestselling author of emotionally driven women’s fiction, including Somebody’s Daughter, Where We Fall, The Mourning After, and What We Leave Behind. Rochelle spent her early years in sunny South Florida, always with a book in hand, raised by the likes of Sidney Sheldon and Judy Blume. Upon graduating from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, Rochelle moved to Los Angeles, where she handled advertising and promotions for major film studios and record labels at LA Weekly. After returning to Miami, she continued her passion for entertainment as a music-industry executive at the Box Music Network. When she’s not writing, Rochelle loves to hike, read, and find the world’s best nachos. She is currently working on her sixth novel. Please visit her at www.rochelleweinstein.com.
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (January 1, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 351 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542007674
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542007672
- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #189,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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GENRE: Romance novel. I don't know why it's being billed as Family Drama. The book is very clearly about a woman and the two men she must choose between.
- Really well written.
- Interesting turn of phrase.
- Compelling read.
- I'm surprised that the writer has the two male leads feel free to put their hands on the female protagonist unbidden within minutes of meeting. One grabs her chin, to move it to look at him. The other grabs her wrist to emphasis a point.
- The recommendation of an alternative medicine approach to allergies was especially off putting. It's called alternative medicine because it hasn't been proven to work. If it worked, it would be called medicine. Also, I googled it. It's highly controversial.
- Too many discrepancies:
- She's walking to a store at dawn with her dog, but could have gotten honey from a neighbor if their house hadn't been blown down by hurricane Irma. Borrow honey from a neighbor at dawn? The store is open at dawn? And the house is blown down but your “future home” was spared? So you never knew the hypothetical neighbor you were going to borrow your honey from at dawn?
- You never know whether your dog is going to like somebody or not, but you allow this child to pet him?
- The man freezes up when he has to use the Epipen. Would that really happen to a parent? Especially one that has done it before?
- The boy is 11 years old. He has a life-threatening condition and wears a Medic Alert bracelet. By that age, my kids had known for years to ASK whether food contained what was, to them, poison. What's more, they wouldn't have touched the food in the first place, not without asking me first. In fact, it was one of the first lessons I taught: “Never take food from anyone but me.” It was the best way to guarantee their safety when they were young.
- “The blurry train continued.” What train? There was a train?
- The dog is allowed inside the ambulance?? And two people? Since when? Well, why not. The dog is allowed inside the store and inside the hospital, so in this AU, why not also allow the dog in the ambulance.
- Kansas sends teachers to Florida for personal development training?
- What kind of parent would practice using an Epipen by stabbing their kid repeatedly? That's right! Nobody. You use an orange. Maybe you use another person or even yourself. But not your kid!
- They squeezed 5 people into a restaurant booth?
BEST READ BY: Women who like romance novels and can push past little discrepancies in the text.
BOTTOM LINE: Despite the fact that the novel is quite well written, the pacing intense, and the phrasing original, I found myself going “but but but” far too often to enjoy the reading experience.
Essentially, the story follows Charlotte as she meets the two men in her life. First, she meets Philip, a charming older man who travels extensively for work. There’s an almost immediate connection there that burns hot and stays somewhat superficial. Two years later, she meets Ben, a reserved, kind father. She’s engaged to Philip at that point, and feels a connection to Ben but knows that it’s not something she can act on. Things get significantly more complicated when the two timelines collide, and Charlotte is left dealing with her relationships with both Philip and Ben at the same time.
I will say that the writing itself is actually really great, flowing well and making it easy to get drawn into the story. The overall tone is serious, sometimes sad, and often angsty. Yes, it is a love story, but fans of romance will probably take issue with the cheating and amount of time spent on the “wrong” relationship. I struggled to connect to the story at times when so much time is spent focusing on a relationship that we know is doomed to fail. In fact, Charlotte’s relationship with the wrong guy is really the focal point of the story, making the “right” relationship take a backseat. While I did love the contrasts between the two, and thought it was really well done at times, I couldn’t bring myself to root for Charlotte to find love with her right guy. Had there not been cheating, this would’ve gotten another star from me, and had the ending taken a different direction, it probably would’ve gotten an additional star. There were times that I was really enjoying the story, but ultimately too many things got in the way of me remaining in that headspace.
Top reviews from other countries
After moving to the Florida Keys Charley is left for long periods of time from an increasingly distant Philip. However, following an incident in a supermarket she meets Ben and his son Jimmy.
Unknown to her Ben is also one of Philips oldest friends. Charley struggles with her emotions of loving two men at the same time.
As the book progressed I was gripped. The story was just beautiful. Well written and emotional. Rochelle Weinstein has developed some brilliant characters.