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Stormi's Review: Only Charlotte by Rosemary Poole-Carter

REVIEWER PURCHASE PUBLISHER: Top Publications, Ltd. RELEASED: July 4, 2019 GENRE: historical romance LENGTH: 332 pages FORMAT: ebook


Lenore James, a woman of independent means who has outlived three husbands, is determined to disentangle her brother Gilbert from the beguiling Charlotte Eden. Chafing against misogyny and racism in the post-Civil War South, Lenore learns that Charlotte’s husband is enmeshed in the re-enslavement schemes of a powerful judge, and she worries that Gilbert’s adoration of Charlotte will lead him into disaster. Inspired by a production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Lenore adopts the role of Paulina for herself to discover how far Charlotte’s husband bears the blame for his wife’s fate and whether or not he is capable of atonement. In her process of unraveling the intricacies of the lives of others, Lenore finds that Gilbert’s love for Charlotte is, indeed, his saving grace while Lenore’s passion for creative expression is her own. FOUR BOUNDLESS STARS

The first thing I noticed about this book was the cover. It's absolutely gorgeous. This book had a GREAT storyline. It was intriguing and kept me reading. It felt like I was reading a mystery, romance, and drama book all in one. The characters were rich and real and kept me interested. The descriptions in this book from the characters to the settings were colorful and written very well. The one flaw I found was that it was a bit hard to understand at times. It's beautifully written just like it would have been if it was indeed written in the 1800s, but some of the wording was just too much. I had to keep a dictionary near at all times. It was distracting and took away from the overall feel and flow of the story. I love a good book with a historical setting, but it's hard to read and thoroughly enjoy a book that has so many words that need a dictionary to understand. While I can't say I loved this issue, I was still very much intrigued and captivated by this book.

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