Are you ready to be transported out of the cold climate? I’ll bet Rochelle Weinstein’s coastal romance will do the trick!
In This is Not How it Ends, characters Charlotte & Phillip have a chance meeting on a flight from Kansas City to Miami, they are immediately drawn to each other. Their love develops, and they move to the Florida Keys where they meet Ben, a widower, and his son. They each have experienced pain and loss in some way. What ensues involves a deep friendship/love triangle between the three of them.
We learn right away that Phillip travels for work often and seems to be keeping some kind of secret. Charlotte begins to wonder if the two of them being separated is what she wants for her life. At the same time, Phillip encourages Charlotte and Ben’s relationship so she has someone to talk to while he’s gone.
The story is told from Charlotte’s point of view, and the chapters alternate between past and present. The mentioning of Hurricane Irma scattered throughout the book was something to which I could relate since I live in Florida and experienced the same hurricane. I loved the setting, and Weinsten’s descriptive language made me feel like I was visiting the islands once more.
This book is a beautiful romance that I looked forward to reading, with kleenex in hand, each time I picked it up. The writing caused me to feel the characters’ pain and left me wanting to give them advice as well. I know a book is superb, if I want to befriend the characters!
Don’t let past losses keep you from experiencing present joy.
Thank you Rochelle Weinstein, Suzy Approved Book Tours, Lake Union Publishing, and Get Red PR for my copy in exchange for my honest review!