Sunday, November 21, 2010

Losing Charlotte by Heather Clay

iconiconI first saw Losing Charlotte on the new releases table at Barnes & Noble, months ago.  Those of you who read my other blogs know I am a big horse person, so of course I picked it up as soon as I saw a horse on its cover.

Imagine my disappointment when it turned out not to be a horse book, after all!  I knew it wouldn't be from the inside flap, but I did think there would be a little more about it since the main character's parents owned a horse farm.  Not so much.

The story is about a woman whose sister dies after giving birth to twin boys.  She hadn't always gotten along with Charlotte well, so she has a lot of baggage to deal with when her sister unexpected dies.  She lives with Charlotte's widower for a while, helping him with the babies, and the two of them develop an awkward relationship as they try to deal with Charlotte's death.

It was a good story, with quite a few really compelling bits.  Unfortunately, it was also very wordy and slow-paced, so there were some parts where I would consider not finishing.  I'd always hit another compelling bit before I would follow through on that, but I have to confess to reading another book on and off while I was reading this one — I think that helped me to get through it.

Because so much of the story is character-driven, I would classify this as literary fiction.  I know that's a genre not everyone can stomach, and the book can be slow at times, but it's not for everyone.  I would recommend it to those who like this genre, though.

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