Except for her beloved mother, there is nothing Charlotte loves more than teaching. Until Philip.
A chance meeting on a flight brings the impressive, charming businessman and the lovely, diffident teacher together, and is the beginning of a new life for Charlotte.
Convinced that she has finally found forever love, Charlotte agrees to move her life to the Keys in Islamorada, Florida to be with Philip. Charlotte meets a grand new friend and ends up working in her homeopathic practice. The ever-popular Philip introduces Charlotte to his best friend Ben – chef and single father, and congenially asks him to watch over Charlotte when he’s away on business. Life is idyllic…seemingly.
Charlotte is used to Philip’s travels for work but as time passes, his trips become more frequent and longer, and she begins to sense a shift in their relationship. Charlotte’s suspicions feed her uncertainties and she starts to doubt Philip’s commitment. As she begins to spend more time with Ben, Charlotte soon realizes the connective attraction between them. Is it fair to love more than one person at a time?
I felt where the story was going, fairly early on. However, Weinstein’s poignant and splendid writing has the reader savouring the slow getting there and reaching for a tissue by the end.
There will be times when an outcome in life has reached an impasse...but you might just need to pause for a moment. Breathe deep and think...perhaps, TINHIE.
I highly recommend this remarkable, heartrending novel.
Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for Rochelle B. Weinstein’s read of, This is Not How it Ends.
Opinions expressed in my reviews are my own.