Charmaine Gordon writes books about women who Survive and Thrive. Her motto is take one step and then another to leave your past behind and begin again. Six books and several short stories in three years, she’s always at work on the next story. The books include To Be Continued, Starting Over, Now What?, Reconstructing Charlie, Sin of Omission and The Catch, just released.
“I didn’t realize at the time while working as an actor in NYC, I’d become a sponge soaking up dialogue, setting, and stage directions. I learned many tools of writing during the years watching directors like Mike Nichols and actors including Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, and Billy Crystal. And would you believe, I was Geraldine Ferraro’s stand-in leg model, my first job giving me entrée into all the Unions needed to work. When the sweet time ended, I began another career and creative juices flowed.”
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To Be Continued by Charmaine Gordon
Starting Over by Charmaine Gordon
Now What? by Charmaine Gordon
Reconstructing Charlie by Charmaine Gordon
Some days Emily Kendrick’s mind is a twisting kaleidoscope of shifting memories as she struggles to keep grief at bay after the death of her husband of thirty years. She runs on the beach to ease her mind and body. There she meets Pat Corwin who changes the directions of her life and, unknown to her, is secretly watched by another man whose warped mind dreams of possessing her.
Pat, a lawyer with mysteries surrounding much of his past, stirs a spark of life in Emily that gives her courage to be someone she’s never been before. He brings joy, fun, and love into her life, different from that which she shared with her late husband.
Input from family, friends, and the predatory Clifford Lansdale makes Starting Over thought provoking as well as captivating. It is a story with humor and complications, but most of all it is a story of a woman learning to be independent for the first time as she picks up the pieces of her past and embraces a new way of life only to have more shattering woes befall her.
The reader shares a poignant, vicarious experience with Emily that is realistic and heartbreaking at times, but joyful and full of hope at other times. How Emily handles the stages of grief is evocative. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, Emily absorbs the blows of life, accepts the inevitable, and survives to thrive.
The secondary characters are remarkable in so many ways. They add subplots and a wealth of emotions to the main story that helps the reader realize that Emily is not living in a vacuum without support and, of course, a few adversaries.
Charmaine Gordon does much more than just tell a delightful story with romance and sizzling love scenes. She also gives the reader a peek at how grief influences a surviving partner and how that person copes. Starting Over is a celebration of life.
To Be Continued by Charmaine Gordon
Publisher: Vanilla Heart
Length: Full (272 pages)
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia
...Everyone should be fortunate enough to have a new friend like Lisa, a
pool man like Maverick (WOW), a new lawyer like Elise Bergen, and a
Sister Mary Margaret type to help rekindle the fire to be a “winner”
after feeling like a total “loser”. Besides these supportive new people
in her life, Elizabeth’s life is influenced by a tempting but troubled
psychiatrist that wrote a book entitled “Get A Grip”, a remarkable
son-in-law, and some super guests at “The Night for Possibilities” not
the least of which is Sam Taylor.
Charmaine Gordon brings the characters to life with humor, decisive action, shared tears and stories. In To Be Continued Ms. Gordon takes the reader from a situation of despair to one of joy and love with lots of living done with mature and some not-so-mature exuberance.
To Be Continued with a survive-and-thrive attitude is captivating.
To read the rest of this fabulous review...The Long and Short of It
This book captivated me from the first page. The main character in the story is an inspiration as she overcomes struggles in her life and transforms herself into a confident woman. I enjoyed the relationships formed in this book between the main character and the interesting people that she encounters throughout the novel. I loved it because it contains sadness, humor, warmth and triumph. Once I started reading i couldn't wait to continue it each evening. I finished the book in three days and now I look forward to reading the next book by this author! I have pre-ordered her next book, Starting Over and I will be thrilled to receive it soon, I hope! I highly recommend this book to anyone age thirty and up.
A.Malone, from Amazon Print Edition Review