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Publisher's Summary

From USA Today bestselling author Rochelle B. Weinstein comes a moving novel of hearts lost and found, and of one woman torn between two love stories.

When Charlotte and Philip meet, the pair form a deep and instant connection. Soon they’re settled in the Florida Keys with plans to marry. But just as they should be getting closer, Charlotte feels Philip slipping away.

Second-guessing their love is something Charlotte never imagined, but with Philip’s excessive absences, she finds herself yearning for more. When she meets Ben, she ignores the pull, but the supportive single dad is there for her in ways she never knew she desired. Soon Charlotte finds herself torn between the love she thought she wanted and the one she knows she needs.

As a hurricane passes through Islamorada, stunning revelations challenge Charlotte’s loyalties and upend her life. Forced to reexamine the choices she’s made, and has yet to make, Charlotte embarks on an emotional journey of friendship, love, and sacrifice - knowing that forgiveness is a gift, and the best-laid plans can change in a heartbeat.

This Is Not How It Ends is a tender, moving story of heartbreak and healing that asks the question: Which takes more courage - holding on or letting go?

©2020 Rochelle B. Weinstein (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

Critic Reviews

“Readers who enjoy watching a protagonist’s journey to emotional truths will appreciate this story of a woman struggling to determine how hers ends.” (Booklist)

“…The journey to the inevitable ending still manages to take some fascinating turns along the way.” (Library Journal)

“An immediately and exceptionally engaging novel by a writer with an impressive knack for the kind of narrative storytelling style that rewards the reader with a story that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book is finished.” (Midwest Book Review)

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Juvenile story that resembles a Harlequin Romance

The book was OVER-Acted in its reading. To be fair, she didn’t have much to work with. I would have quit early on if it wasn’t a book club pick for my Club🙄
It is not at all, the caliber of books we usually read.
It was shallow, predictable and so unbelievable...in a literal way.
Pass on this one - so many other good books in this kind of love story.

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Really sappy! I finished it, but it was difficult and I found myself rolling my eyes over and over again.

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Very Predictable and Drawn Out

There were some good parts but overall I guessed exactly what was happening and going to happen. I couldn’t wait for it to finish.

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Whine, Whine Whine

Hours of whining, crying, shoot yourself in the foot behavior by the Main character. Awful. Hurt everyone. The ending, too little too late. Should of ended much sooner. Don’t put yourself through it! Do not recommend.

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Disappointing story line

I found this to be a very long and depressing story. This is probably because I have experienced the pain of death multiple times so this hit too close to home. The broader message is valuable and how those who pass on can still impact the lives of those they leave behind. There were parts I was able to guess correctly.

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Character or narration?

I wonder if I would have liked it more reading it. The narrator was very talented, but her characterization (the tone, the emotion) of the main character (Charlotte) often made Charlotte unlikable. I don't think I was supposed to dislike her.

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Good if You Like Extreme Melodrama

The main character is infantile and obnoxiously over emotional. Story strains to have drama. Characters are two dimensional. It would make a good Lifetime movie.

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Too much whining!!!!

This was ridiculously long and way too much whining. Rarely do I not enjoy most of a book but not this one.

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I didn't like anyone in this novel

with so many books to read why read a book when you don't like any of the characters in it? without interjecting any spoilers into this I made myself listen to it to the end thinking to myself this is like a Nicholas Sparks novel and I have only half read one Nicholas Sparks novel but we all know what a Nicholas Sparks novel is. And somewhere in the last few chapters of the book Charlotte the main character comments that her life seems like a Nicholas Sparks novel and I realized that that was exactly what this book was probably aiming for. I did find one character interesting and that was liberty.everyone else in this novel is selfish and self-centered and really gives love a bad name.
There were times when the narrator used such breathy tones I couldn't hear the words. And if Phillip had not had a British dialect I would not have been able to tell who was speaking most of the time. to top that off Phillip was from Manchester and the narrator did not have a Manchester dialect but that's a small irk.

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awful!!!

this was so over dramatic , drawn out and trivial! I hated it. I couldn't finish.

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  • 01-05-20

good book but too sad for me *spoilers*

A lot of emotions, well written and VERY well narrated. BUT I had no idea there would be so much cancer and it was too much for me to handle. I went on sad for days after it ended.

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  • 03-21-20

Boring

A very boring and predictable story, skipped lots of chapters to get to the end.