Charlotte has spent years as the husband maker, sending every guy she dates off to enjoy marital bliss with the next girl he dates. But things have now changed, and she's determined to use her husband-maker abilities one last time--on herself. And she finally knows exactly who she wants.
Angus has loved Charlotte since they were teenagers, but he's tired of waiting for her to realize how good they could be. She's broken his heart one too many times, and it's time to move on with his life. Maybe a position halfway across the country will be just what he needs to get over her. But when Charlotte won't let him go without a fight, Angus has to decide if he's willing to let her in again or if she's too late.
MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:
*** (may be spoilers it's book 3) ***
When I started listening to this book and it started out with Angus' point of view, I knew I was going to love it. Angus finally got what he wanted. He got Charlotte to admit she loved him. Unfortunately, Angus had decided it was too little too late. He had accepted a fellowship in Kansas City and was going to put some distance between him and Charlotte and get over her.
I immediately wanted to slap Angus. Yes, slap him. He finally got what he wanted and was like "no thank you". NOOO. I understand where he is coming from. You can only take being hurt by someone so many times before giving up. BUT, to Charlotte's defense she never "knew" she was breaking his heart. He had never told her his feeling before her birthday. I wish he would have told her right after Kyle, regardless of how heart broken she was. Ugh..
Charlotte is broken when she realizes that what she wanted was right in front of her the whole time, and now it might be too late for them. Angus moves, and Charlotte is lost without him. He doesn't seem to want anything to do with her any more. They have a fleeting moment right before he leaves that Charlotte thinks things will work out, but Angus had other ideas.
I loved Charlotte's resolve in this book. She decided she wasn't just going to let Angus go, and became more proactive in her own love life. She decides with the help of her friend Flynn (Scottish hottie ;)) that she needs to move to Kansas City and make her self more accessible to Angus. Whether he wants her to or not.
Charlotte leaves her family and friends and takes the leap to live on her own in Kansas City. It doesn't start off well for her. She lives in a crappy apartment, in a dangerous neighborhood, and her first night there ends up being the worst ever. When she goes to leave and grocery shop she sees that her tires are all slashed. Charlotte feels a little defeated and finally breaks down and calls Will. Will is furious with her for not being in a safer neighborhood, but decided he was going to help her. Of course his first call is to Angus. Angus is shocked that Charlotte is even in Kansas City, but goes to help her. For fear that Will would hurt him if he didn't.
Angus, is such a kind man, and I loved him from the very beginning, but in this book he kind of makes me mad. I know he is broken, but he treats Charlotte like crap at the beginning of this book. It's so aggravating.
Charlotte ends up saying with Angus that night, and all Angus does is try to tell her she needs to go home. He doesn't want her there. Charlotte is sad, but still determined. I LOVE IT! She gets another apartment in the same complex as Angus, and soon Angus cannot get rid of her.
He tries over and over to get Charlotte to leave, but Charlotte stick to her guns even when Angus is being a turd. Something happens at the hospital that Angus is working at and he asks for help from Charlotte, and his resolve starts to weaken...YAY!
When Charlotte returns home for the holidays, Angus's parents come to visit. His wise father tells him he needs to stop jerking Charlotte around and ask himself some hard questions. Can he see being married to anyone else? Can he see Charlotte married to anyone else? Obviously he cannot and decides it's time to face his feelings and not let another day go by without Charlotte knowing he still loves her.
Can I just say this was the best welcome home ever. Angus waits for her at the airport after her return from the holidays with a sweet sign. Charlotte is both happy and taken aback by what seems to be a sudden change in Angus. When they talk and finally realize that neither can live without the other, the happily ever after comes in to play. Ahhh.
My ONLY complaint about this book is that when Angus and Charlotte finally get together there isn't much after that. The whole book is the struggle for them to find each other. I wanted more about their dating and getting married in the book. But, they ended up together so that is all that really matters.
I love happily ever afters!
I think White is a beautiful writer, and cannot wait to read more from her.
Source: I bought this book for myself on Itunes. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
I am the oldest of eleven children, born to parents who were either saints or crazy, maybe both. They thought we were all capable of being professional athletes or broadway stars. They weren't right, of course, but they did help us have self-confidence.
I have the greatest family. A patient husband who makes me laugh and four clever, good-looking children--two boys and two girls. I adore them all.
Through the years I've been a student, a teacher, a secretary, a clothing designer and seamstress, a wedding cake maker, a crafter, a scrapbooker, a cook, a homework helper (until they pass me in math, somewhere around the third grade), and a fan at my children's sporting events. Before I die, I'd either like to be a great housekeeper or have the money to hire a maid.
I've been writing since Jr. High, when I was hired by a county newspaper to do a Happenings column about our little town of about 300 people. I got paid by the word so every week I called every family in town and got their news. It wasn't high-brow journalism but the column earned me a little spending money.
On our way to Aspen, CO, my sister, my two oldest kids and I were hit head-on by a drunk driver in a stolen car. Although we suffered serious injuries, we all survived.
Candy isn't worth eating unless it's chocolate. (See's are the best.)
When I was seven years old, I fell and broke my arm . . . on a dirtclod.
When I was a child, my family bought and renovated an old school-house. It was a wonderful place to live in spite of the bats that flew over our heads at night.
I've been told that my naturally curly hair doesn't get longer, it gets bigger.
I've always liked game shows. Everything from Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy to the reality-style game shows like Amazing Race, Survivor, and Top Chef.
Nothing makes me happier than being with family and friends eating good food, sharing good conversation and a few laughs. That might be why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.