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When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review, courtesy of Romantic Fanatic:
Somebody Else’s Business
by Charlton James
Publisher: Outskirts Press
This journey of the unexpected begins with the deployment of John Willoughby. He writes a letter expressing his committed love to his fiancee Tiffany Adams, who misplaces the letter within an hour after receiving it. Through happenstance, Kelly; the wife of another relationship finds the letter while walking her dog. Enthralled by the expressive content, she takes the letter home with the intent of using it as a tool to rekindle the spontaneity in her marriage; from there the story unfolds into a series of destructive episodes. The words and expressions intended for one relationship are read and conveyed in another.
As consequence of being involved in Somebody Else’s Business, the trust and fidelity in Kelly’s marriage is compromised. The seeds of assumption are carried yet further by an unwary housekeeper Maria, who promulgates a discovery of baseless assumptions implicating her employer’s husband of infidelity. A confrontation ensues. Guilt leads to the fate of a husband and the destruction of two additional relationships. Overall 15 lives are devastated based on assumptions.
The characters are methodically developed and sequenced to bring home the lesson of “Speculative Disqualification.” From tragedy and fate, a victim emerges as a hero for social consciousness. The story-line transitions ingenuously for a climatic twist. The lesson ends with the consolation of its beginning. Though we watch from the sidelines and are entertained by the characters wit, keep in mind Somebody Else’s Business is everything and anything that doesn’t pertain to you.
This author’s writing style was a little hard to follow and I would almost call it rambling at points, [which] just made it a little difficult. However the story was very interesting with characters that were affected by the letter being lost. The author keeps the story interesting with the different characters and the story lines.
[ reviewed by Brave One on Romantic Fanatic ]
Here’s what other reviewers are saying:
Somebody Else’s Business by Charlton James is a superb novel of drama, tragedy, and intrigue. Immediately readers’ attention is drawn by the curiosity of the character’s find and the reaction chain it causes. Relationships are on the line of breaking…destructive, emotional, and powerful tale of how someone else’s business gets picked up by another and another until the damage appears, and everything is never the same. Charlton James is a master at suspense and creating a novel that sparks, entertains, fascinates readers. The characters are well-developed and the pages are well-written in a way that will forever entice readers to its plot. Charlton James as a dramatic flare for creating the juiciest drama and trouble readers shall ever find. I fell in love with this talented writer’s words and the scenes that unfolded before me. Somebody Else’s Business is definitely a must read for those who love Pretty Little Liars, Downton Abby, and Manchester. Overall, I highly recommend this stunning story to readers worldwide. I promise once you read this you won’t be disappointed.
– Amazon Reviewer Danielle Urban
I have 3 words to describe this book “Fab U Lous” the storyline leads you down several different paths of suspense and intrigue, there are twists and turns that you never see coming. While reading this book I would immerse myself so deeply that I felt as though I were one of the characters in the story. This is my first read of a Charlton James novel but I can promise you it won’t be my last. Bravo Mr. James you have a new fan, I will definitely recommend your book to my family & friends. I’m looking forward to your next work!
– Amazon Reviewer Roberta R
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