It’s never too late to say I love you…
A stunning Christmas romance for fans of One Day in December and Jojo Moyes
From the moment they meet one December day there’s something between Charlotte Taylor and her brother’s best friend, Tom Farley. But Tom’s already taken and Charlie has to let him go…
It’s another five years before their paths cross again only a secret from the past forces Charlie to make a choice. She promises herself she’ll never look back…
The years pass and Charlie moves on with her life but she can never forget Tom. He’s always there whispering ‘What if?’.
Can Charlie leave the life she has built for one last chance with Tom? Or is the one that got away not really the one at all…?
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (October 17, 2019)
- Available for pre-order on Amazon
The path not taken, the choice not made, the what if…
Like many, Charlotte wonders about her life and if there is maybe an alternate route she was meant to take. When faced with the opportunity to explore the other side, what will happen?
So many themes are explored in this novel. I’ve only touched on a few that really resonated for me:
In a way, I think this novel raises the question of if a soul mate and a life partnerare the same. Can you find both in the same person? There’s no doubt Tom is Charlie’s soulmate. The connection these two share, how music seems to combust between them, yet surround and shape them too, is absolutely thrilling to read. But can Tom really be a life partner for Charlotte? Do they mesh in all the ways that make day to day living successful?
Mental health illnessesare so often invisible until they’re horrifically unmissable. Even for sufferers, who don’t really want to admit or realize they may be struggling with something beyond their coping abilities. I think this issue comes out as well in the characters of Matthew and Charlotte, and definitely provides food for thought.
Another theme that struck me is how people are often willing to define themselves by their profession and when faced with challenges there, it can really affect all other aspects of their life, bringing up self-doubts that were perhaps non-existent before. By the time Charlotte’s professional insecurities started to intertwine with unresolved issues in the past. When she started to feel lost in the very environment and with the very people who had given her stability and purpose, I had to take a short reprieve and read a lighter story for a bit before returning.
For me, this was an emotionally charged read as I found myself identifying with Charlotte in many ways. I do love how some stories, even if they don’t exactly mirror your own experiences, can help you look at situations in your own life, sometimes even offering a new and helpful perspective.
I do wish more was done with one of the key characters, towards the end. I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline here. One of them needed more exploration or at least justification for his/ her actions. That would have made the story more complete.
Overall, however, I fully enjoyed this story. I think the author captured her characters very well. I found Charlotte to be well- developed and even her weaker character flaws were believable and understandable. I loved how she came to understand and accept her past and how she put her mind to moving forward.
I give Rewrite the Stars 4.5/5 serendipitous espresso shots.