Charlotte and Nathan were supposed to be forever. They grew up together. Their families were intertwined. Charlotte was Nathan's first love. Nathan was Charlotte's first everything. Until they weren't. How do you hold on to the person you know in your heart you are supposed to be with when everything and everyone in the universe is telling you it's over? How many times does a heart break? When is enough enough? How long is forever?
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How many times does a heart break?
When I first heard Jen was writing Nathan and Charlotte's book, I was excited. What could be better than reading about the off springs of Noah and Bo falling in love?
Jen Frederick decided that while she gave us their story, she would also break their (and our) hearts.
The book is filled with drama and the tension level is high.
When we first meet Nathan and Charlotte they are teenagers having to deal with Charlotte's illness and Nathan's feelings of helplessness and inability to help Charlotte in her battle.
Those two didn't have one moment of grace to celebrate their feelings to one another.
I liked Charlotte's spirit. She fought and was so brave from the first page.
Charlotte knew it was time for her and Nathan to continue to the next level in their relationship and did what she could to achieve that.
I loved Nathan and Charlotte's determination to have a relationship despite all the challenges they knew were coming.
I have so many favorite scenes!
Nathan realizing his time with Charlotte is limited and he had to make her his.
The first time they made love was beautifully written. I loved reading about the promise the made one another, a promise they kept for 9 long years.
Thiers was a young love, but the connection between them was deep and true.
I loved the letters Charlotte wrote Nathan. Not many authors use letters as a means to communicate, and there is so little you can say via text and even less emotion via email.
but the letters portrayed Charlotte's emotions, the passing of time and Nathan's lack of response in a heartbreaking way.
I admired Charlotte for holding on as well as her decision stop writing those letters.
On the second part of the book we meet the mature Charlotte and Nathan. We see both the professional and personal sides of their lives.
I loved seeing Nathan fight for Charlotte. He had a lot to prove, and no, the multiple orgasms he gave her weren't enough.
He letters on the other hand, were something else!!
Nathan finding out he was used sexually. He wasn't raped but his body was used without his consent.
Nathan had to come to the realization that what happened to him wasn't his fault. His parents and Charlotte telling him that didn’t help. He had to overcome the shame of being taken advantage of evoked.
Its usually women who we see taken advantage of, and I think Jen wrote that part of the story and Nathans feelings in a superb way.
That event changed his life, and while he became a SEAL and was fearless in battle, he wasn’t fearless in his personal life. It took a certain survivor to make him face the truth of living his life in hiding ,which wasn’t a life worth living.
I loved the way Jen handled the story of Charlotte and Nathan. Not the typical love story between two childhood friends.
The story is full of emotion.
The epilogue was another great piece of the story: the letter Nathan wrote his first born son advising him to be strong and wait to have sex until the right person comes along. Nathan's regret that he didn’t wait for Charlotte, but didn’t have anyone else after her.
A beautiful conclusion to the story.
- Inga Deborah James
Fast forwarded a lot!
- Becky Halechko