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Author: Emily Belden
Publisher: Harlequin, Graydon House Books (U.S. & Canada)
Published: December 30th, 2019
More than five years after the untimely death of her beloved husband, twenty-nine year old Charlotte Rosen is living on the opposite side of the US, with people who are totally unaware of the tragedy in her past. Well, that’s true until her late husband’s ashes are delivered to her. This twist of fate has her needing to reconsider events, reconnect with her in laws and to discover secrets that had been kept from her. Facing up again to her loss, reconnecting with people who knew her husband and having to share about him with her new life will change things forever – but will it be for better or worse?
This is a moving story as Charlotte has tried to ensure she never has to suffer grief again by cocooning herself in a world of acquaintances and coding, never taking risks and only really sharing her love with her dog. The delivery of her husband’s ashes is the trigger for turmoil as those barriers she’s built around herself come crumbling down. As she uncovers secrets that have been kept from her, she questions her memories of her husband, the actions of those who used to be close to them both and her own choices. It is a story where mysteries unfold, keeping you turning the pages wondering what she’ll discover next. It is a story of discovering the real motives of others, finding your assumptions aren’t always right – even when the algorithms may predict otherwise!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
A young widow must face the grief she’s always set aside when an unexpected delivery throws her life into disarray
Twenty-nine-year-old Charlotte Rosen has a secret: she’s a widow. Ever since the fateful day that levelled her world, Charlotte has worked hard to move forward. Great job at a hot social media analytics company? Check. Roommate with no knowledge of her past? Check. Adorable dog? Check. All the while, she’s faithfully data-crunched her way through life, calculating the probability of risk—so she can avoid it.
Yet Charlotte’s algorithms could never have predicted that her late husband’s ashes would land squarely on her doorstep five years later. Stunned but determined, Charlotte sets out to find meaning in this sudden twist of fate, even if that includes facing her perfectly coiffed, and perfectly difficult, ex-mother-in-law—and her husband’s best friend, who seems to become a fixture at her side whether she likes it or not.
But when her quest reveals a shocking secret, Charlotte is forced to answer questions she never knew to ask and to consider the possibility of forgiveness. And when a chance at a new life arises, she’ll have to decide once and for all whether to follow the numbers or trust her heart.