Charlie and Pearl by Tammy Robinson
February 3, 2013
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I don’t remember how I stumbled on this blog, but I did. Help me — Help Holly. I read the About page and it worked for me. I know far too many women who struggle with the “guilt” they have for working instead of staying home with their young children. I clicked on the link for her book. Charlie and Pearl. I have to say, the description of the story didn’t quite get me there, but some of the reviews helped. And, here’s where the beauty of e-books comes in. For $2.99, I was willing to take a chance. To help Holly.
Am I glad I did. Bored this morning — or more accurately stated, avoiding writing — I re-read my 100 Things About Me post to remind myself of what I had to say back then. In that post, I shared four books that made me cry a couple of years ago and how I needed another book that could do that. I found it in Charlie and Pearl. I mean, seriously, I sat down with it at 1:00 yesterday afternoon — my guaranteed napping time. Read for 10-15 minutes, put the book down and close my eyes for an hour or so. Guaranteed. Yesterday, I spent a little more than an hour plowing through the final third of the book and skipped my nap. In the final moments of the reading, it brought me to tears several times.
I don’t think I’m the best at describing these things. But, there’s something about the story and the way it is told that clicked from the first page. It sucked me in from page one. As I said in the review I posted on Amazon, “It’s simple, yet elegant. Painful, yet heartwarming.” It’s a story that is stripped to the bone. It’s about one thing and one thing only. Love. Which regular readers of my blog will know is a big deal to me. But, it’s love with a twist. A heart-wrenching, tear-inducing twist.
If you have a Kindle, read this book. Help Holly and in the doing read an incredible tale told well.
Here’s hoping Tammy gets her wish. Here’s hoping she’s working on her next novel. And another. I’ll read her again.