“Maybe there are people in the world who are meant to be alone. Maybe they touch lives for brief moments, intermittent connections with long-lasting effects. Maybe we’re meant to learn from our goodbyes. Or maybe not. Maybe it’s all a bunch of nonsense that sounds good in theory but rips you apart, leaving everything broken.”
Thank you Lake Union Publishing for gifting me an advanced copy of Rochelle B. Weinstein’s newest book This is Not How it Ends.
“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?”
Go on, get your tissues ready. You will need it for this deeply-moving story about what happens when your heart is being pulled in two different directions.
This was my first Rochelle Weinstein book and, I promise you, it won’t be my last. I was completely enamored with her writing style; it felt poetic. It took hold of my emotions and held on until the end. I loved how the book was written in such a way that I could feel Charlotte’s emotions through the pages. It was beautiful and I didn’t want the story to end.
This story is truly a beautiful testimony to love, loss, and forgiveness. I’m not talking about just the forgiveness of others but also the forgiveness of ourselves. Charlotte is the perfect example that we can’t be perfect and despite having a perfect life, sometimes our heart is just led someplace else. But, at the same time, the love that Philip had for her was obvious from page one. I had a feeling as to where the book was headed but I wasn’t quite prepared for it.
This is Not How it Ends is set to be published on January 1, 2020, and I think that it will be the perfect book to start your New Year with. I can’t wait to read whatever Rochelle Weinstein writes in the future, and in the meantime, I plan to read her previously written books.
Thank you, Rochelle Weinstein, for taking my heart on an unforgettable ride.