Happy Friday all!
You guys! This book is so good! So emotional with such a compelling storyline! Be sure to have Kleenex handy!
What an exquisite story! Raw, riveting, emotional, and thought provoking. Rochelle B. Weinstein has written an evocative tale that ripped at my heart strings. Philip and Charlotte have a meet cute when they are seated next to one another on a plane from Miami to Kansas City. They have an instant connection and soon begin an intense romance. FlashForward several years, the couple is now living in the Florida Keys. Philip is constantly traveling for work and the distance is wearing on Charlotte. One day Charlotte has a chance encounter with Ben a single father in the grocery store. Charlotte could feel the pole she has towards Ben. BUT Charlotte loves Philip and it’s even more complicated than that, because come to find out that Ben and Philip are old friends. The book however was so much more than a love triangle. It was a real honest look into these character’s emotionss. It was real, authentic, gripping, complex, tender, shattering, hopeful, and brilliant. These characters made me smile, they made me cry, they made me angry, they tore my heart apart and then put it back together.
The story bounces between past and present. I thought this was tremendously impactful, because we really got to see Charlotte and Phillip’s relationship developed. We also were privy to past events that ultimately shaped their present relationship. Charlotte, Philip, and Ben were all good people. Good people who didn’t always make the best choices. There were some moral issues in this book that really gave me a lot to think about. Still not entirely sure how I feel about it but this was not my story it was theirs. This is a book that will stick with me for a long time. A book with all the feels and the most perfect emotional ending.
This book in emojis. ✈️ 🏖 💍 👨🏻🍳 👨🏻💼 🐶 🌊 💔 😢
*** Big thanks to Lake Union for my copy of this book ***
About the Book
From USA Today bestselling author Rochelle B. Weinstein comes a moving novel of hearts lost and found, and of one woman torn between two love stories.
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?