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The Charlie Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Series: The Charlie Series, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
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This Story Is Seductive

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Palm Beach, 1961. Socialite, irresistible rascal, and devoted father Jack Morgan stages his suicide to shield his beloved daughters from scandal and disgrace. His daughter, Charlotte (Charlie), is an overindulged 23-year-old girl struggling to cope with the loss of her beloved father, her sister's resulting mental breakdown, and the discovery that she's now penniless. Fortunately Raul, an admiring young attorney, offers assistance to the traumatized young woman.

As terrified as she is about paying for her sister's costly treatment and her own daily survival, Charlie soon realizes that she must learn what drove her father to kill himself. With Raul's much-needed ego bolstering, she pursues a career that makes practical use of her lanky, five-foot-eleven frame. Despite roadblocks and emotional upheavals, she embarks on an ocean-spanning journey that leads to a family she doesn't know, distressing truths about her father, crimes great and small, and a diabolical villain.

©2011 Lisa April Smith (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The Series You've Been Looking For!

This is the kind of story telling I enjoy....a multi-generational saga that spans decades and continents. Somehow all my favorite elements are incorporated: romance, mystery, a bit of history, travel, lovely descriptions of houses, adventure, and art. There is some sex, but not too much, and some social commentary, but not enough that it gets annoying. The characters are multi-dimensional and interesting.

The writing is very good and the narration is above par. Small criticisms are that the dialogue does not always sound natural, and the pacing of the narration in the first two books speeds up and slows down (this was not present in the 3rd book). Although both the narration and the writing improve greatly by book three, the first two books are my favorite. Hopefully there will be one more book to finish up the story.

This trilogy is an exceptional find (I would even say it is a "hidden gem"), and an even better deal if you have the romance package. It makes for a nice change from regency romances and is much better than most contemporary romances.

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GREAT STORY.

THE EVOLVING STORY OF THE CHARACTER CHARLIE IS WONDERFUL. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHERE BOOK 2 AND 3 TAKES HER AND ALL HER FAMILY. MS SMITH THANK YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL READ.