Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review - Charlotte's Bed

Charlotte's Bed

by SJ Stava

4 Out of 5 Stars

Note:  I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of the book.

Charlotte's Bed is a mix of a love story and a comedy.  You follow a Charlotte, a drama professor, through a semester at her college.  Told from her point of view, the reader is taken through her life, her insecurities of her relationship with her fiance, and her new found friendship with her new TA.  

In the end, all Charlotte wants - all any of us wants - is to be loved. Really loved. Is that too much to ask?  Charlotte doesn't seem to think so and sets out to find what it feels like to actually feel love, something she hasn't truly felt in quite some time.  Her fiance, Richard - a much older man and the Dean of the college she works at, is a safe relationship.  They have been together for 2 years and he finally proposes.  But why isn't Charlotte more excited about it?  

Mason is Charlotte's new TA and a big help with the new production that Charlotte is going to be directing this semester.  He's perfect in every way - looks, personality, everything.  So what's the downside?  Charlotte is engaged, remember?  As Charlotte struggles with the play and the semester Mason is her rock that helps her through it all.  

Stava finds an original way of writing where she doesn't simply take the reader from the beginning of the story to the end.  She throws in caveats from Charlotte's past to show the reader what lead Charlotte to where she is now.  From page one you are drawn into a story with serious moments, funny moments, sentimental moments, and sad moments.  You run the multitude of emotions.  It is a well written story.  You obviously have to get around your personal objections to cheating - whether for the right reasons or for any reasons - and just listen to Charlotte's story.  It is definitely an original story with a fresh take on a love story.  The characters were very believable.  One could easily relate to each of the individuals and their situations.  Each of their situations could easily take place in the real world, which makes it all so believable.  You wanted to be in front of Mason and feel his eyes burning through you.  You wanted to be Charlotte and feel what she was feeling.  This is a great premier book from a new author.  I can't wait to read more books from this author!

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