Sunday, December 23, 2012

Book Review: Naturally, Charlie by S.L. Scott

Naturally, Charlie

Author: S.L. Scott

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Synopsis: Twenty-five year old Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is caught between her old life and the one she is beginning to build when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway. Not looking for romance, she closes her heart off to the possibilities of love. With a knack for mishaps, Charlie maintains her sense of humor while befriending the kind stranger who seems to be there at all the right times.

New York freelance writer, Charlie Adams, is forging his own path beyond the expectations of the society circles of his childhood. Rejecting family money, and fast-lane friends, he is snubbed by his family as he follows his own compass to a life more extraordinary. 

Through a coincidence of events, they come to rely on each other for comfort. This is the tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.

Brought to you by TeamNerd Reviewer Bridget Strahin

Review: This is the first piece of work I've ever read from S.L. Scott, and let me tell you, it won't be my last.

The story is told from both Charlies point of views and starts out with Charlotte (Charlie) who's depressed and in a bad spot just a couple of days after her ex-fiancé was killed in an accident. She can't even do the simple mundane act of brushing her teeth. She's damaged and fragile. She's definitely not looking for love at this point in her life. She first sees Charles (Charlie) on a subway train where she's struck by his kindness towards strangers. He notice's her too and is pleasantly surprised when they later meet by chance at a local bar where he realizes that Charlie is the one for him. As if that isn't indication that fate is putting these two together, they happen upon each other on the way to two separate funerals. (Girl) Charlie was reluctantly on her way to face her ex's family and (Boy) Charlie was about to say his final good-bye to his beloved Great-Aunt. Both in obvious need of comfort and support, decide to go to each other's funerals and oddly, a slow romance is born.

A sweet story is working well until (Girl) Charlie is invited to a dinner at (Boy) Charlie's parent's house. The dinner is tense but things go from bad to OMG! when (Boy) Charlie's cousin makes her grand entrance and (Girl) Charlie realizes she's the same woman who was caught in her fiancé's bed, ultimately making him her (ex)fiancé. (Girl) Charlie can't take it and walks out. A storm of emotions takes them down a dark path and ultimately breaks up they're budding relationship.

Now, don't get too upset, because both take this time to grow as people and though (Boy) Charlie knew he loved and wanted (Girl) Charlie, she needed to realize it for herself and come to terms with her feelings for him. Her aha! moment is so great and both characters are so genuine in their love for each other that I actually had to read the ending of the book twice.

I loved this book. Simply put. Naturally, Charlie isn't just a romance novel, it's romantic sure, but it's also sweet, charming, and endearing. The romance wasn't something that was forced or unbelievable; it was well . . . natural. I believed every bit of this story and that hardly ever happens for me.

What makes this love story work so well is that the characters are so great together. (Girl) Charlie is witty and smart. She's just coming down from a devastating break up just to turn around and now has to bury the man she was supposed to grow old with. It's terrible. Then there's (Boy) Charlie, he's a romantic and even though he was burned by an old flame, he never lost his ability to love and go after what he's passionate about which comes in handy when convincing (Girl) Charlie that he's the one for her. Their banter and dialogue is funny and meaningful. He's patient and caring towards her, he's exactly what she needs, which makes this book so great and memorable.

If this book is any indication of how S.L. Scott's writing career is going to go, the world is in for a real treat.

Overall, I give this book a five out of five big shiny nerd glasses! I would recommend this love story to all of my friends with the confidence that they will love it as much as I do.

About the Author: L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures. 

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys. 

Naturally, Charlie is Scott's debut novel.

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