I 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.