This Is Not How It Ends by Rochelle B. Weinstein
Publication: January 1st 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
When Charlotte and Philip meet, the pair form a deep and instant connection. Soon they’re settled in the Florida Keys with plans to marry. But just as they should be getting closer, Charlotte feels Philip slipping away.
Second-guessing their love is something Charlotte never imagined, but with Philip’s excessive absences, she finds herself yearning for more. When she meets Ben, she ignores the pull, but the supportive single dad is there for her in ways she never knew she desired. Soon Charlotte finds herself torn between the love she thought she wanted and the one she knows she needs.
As a hurricane passes through Islamorada, stunning revelations challenge Charlotte’s loyalties and upend her life. Forced to reexamine the choices she’s made, and has yet to make, Charlotte embarks on an emotional journey of friendship, love, and sacrifice—knowing that forgiveness is a gift, and the best-laid plans can change in a heartbeat.
This Is Not How It Ends is a tender, moving story of heartbreak and healing that asks the question: Which takes more courage—holding on or letting go?
Charlotte is a character that has had many losses in her life, yet she manages to keep going, keep loving, and keep living. As the story goes on, I couldn’t help but wonder how much one person can take and then I figure it out. She can take all that she is given because she is strong, and she surrounds herself with people who lift her up when life gets tough.
Phillip starts as a jerk but quickly redeems himself when he asks Charlotte real questions and really listens to what she has to say. He woos her and wins her heart, all while helping her with her mother. Their relationship wasn’t easy with him being gone so much but he makes the most out of the time they are together and shows her how much he loves her with every call and touch. As the story goes on I worry about him and about their relationship. I wonder if he is aware of Charlotte’s feelings and how he will make things okay between them.
The third main character is Ben. He has an adorable son but he has also had a tough loss. He is a master chef, a wonderful father, but he is so lonely. I love how he was woven into the lives of Phillip, his best friend, and Charlotte. He loves them both as family and will do anything he can to make them happy.
I had tears, fears, and love all while reading this amazing story. The characters are all relatable, the storyline is unique and wonderful, and the setting of the Florida Keys breathtaking. Rochelle B. Weinstein is such a talented author. I’d recommend any of her books to anyone looking for a book that will pull at your heartstrings.
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