Looking for Charlotte
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Divorced and lonely, Flora Wilson is distraught when she hears news of the death of little Charlotte Anderson. Charlotte’s father killed her and then himself, and although he left a letter with clues to the whereabouts of her grave, his two-year-old daughter still hasn’t been found.
Flora embarks on a quest to find Charlotte’s body to give the child’s mother closure, believing that by doing so she can somehow atone for her own failings as a mother. As she hunts in winter through the remote moors of the Scottish Highlands, her obsession comes to threaten everything that’s important to her — her job, her friendship with her colleague Philip Metcalfe and her relationships with her three grown up children.
An Incredible novel not to be missed.
"Looking for Charlotte" by Jennifer Young
What an absolutely incredible book!! I couldn't put it down. Jennifer Young has written a phenomenal novel that covers several genres at once: literary fiction, suspense, contemporary fiction, with some romance.
Flora is the divorced mother of three adult children who is immediately taken in by the story of Charlotte, a 2 year old little girl who was killed by her father who then killed himself. Despite a rambling letter left by the father, Charlotte's body has never been found.
Flora is lonely and has a rocky relationship with her three children. She also has a friendship she hopes to be more with a man named Phillip. But nothing is truly satisfying in her life at the time, so she decides to take on the task of finding Charlotte's body in order to bring her mother closure.
The steps Flora takes in order to find Charlotte are methodical in regard to where the body is most likely buried. But the obsession with which Charlotte pursues her goal is often taken to the extreme.
As Flora deals with her children, who all seem to need something from her but do not invest in a relationship with her, and her feelings toward Phillip, who is also her coworker, Flora feels an ever present pull toward finding Charlotte. She has no connection to the child or the child's mother, but still feels that this is something she must do.
Interwoven throughout Flora's story is that of Charlotte's mother who is trying to move forward in her life but finding closure to be difficult at times. From her we learn more about Charlotte and her late husband.
The novel is so well written that interweaving the two stories and the hunt for Charlotte becomes something the reader becomes engaged in as well.
The author writes a truly realistic story of an incident that occurs more often than we realize. She also has such realistic characters and story lines in regard to Flora and Charlotte's mother that the reader finds them highly relatable on several different levels.
With a twist at the end that many are not expecting and some may be, Jennifer Young brings this amazing and absolutely engaging novel to a strong and satisfactory conclusion.
I highly recommend this novel to all readers. It is definitely one of those books you don't want to miss or have sitting on your TBR pile for too long.