FICTION

This Is Not How It Ends

Lake Union: Amazon. Jan. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781542007672. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781542007689. F
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Having been abandoned by her father at age seven, Charlotte has spent her life avoiding serious relationships. So when the arrogant passenger having a meltdown about flying economy sits next to her, she is shocked to find herself intrigued by him once he calms down and turns on the charm. Charlotte’s not entirely sure why rich, handsome Philip is interested in an English teacher from Kansas City, but she can’t resist him, either. Soon she’s moving to Islamorada, FL, with him. There’s trouble in paradise, though, as Charlotte is often left alone for long stretches of time while Philip is on business trips, and he becomes more and more distant. Then she meets Ben, a single dad, and his son Jimmy. As they become a bigger part of her life, Charlotte begins to wonder who she’s really meant to be with.
VERDICT Weinstein’s (Somebody’s Daughter; What We Leave Behind) story alternates between the present and two years earlier as Charlotte and Philip first meet. With hints that all is not well with Philip from the beginning, the reader is never really rooting for them to stay together. However, the journey to the inevitable ending still manages to take some fascinating turns along the way.

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