Chasing Charlie

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Vince, a single father, is diagnosed with terminal cancer when he already has far too much to worry about. He debates how to use his remaining time. He knows he needs to spend more time with his son, but he also finds room for romance with his longtime partner, Angela. Together they take a journey of love and faith that teaches them the true meaning of grace amidst turmoil. More

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About C. M. Newman

C. M. Newman enjoys her privacy and doesn't enjoy writing essays about herself. She does hope you enjoy her work, though, and hopes to publish her new novel, TUCK, in 2015.

Summary for TUCK:
In this new Christian romance, Abby Thorne unexpectedly loses her husband, Jesse, to suicide. Needing to get away from her hometown of Denver to avoid the stares and nosy neighbors and so she can start afresh, she leaves her father behind and flees to her family's long-neglected cabin high in the Rockies on the shore of quiet, quaint Tuck-In Lake. It's the only special place she can think of that doesn't harbor memories of her husband of ten years. But alongside other developments, like a renewed though strained relationship with God, Abby finds that her beloved childhood summer home is not the kind of escape she had expected.

While trying her best to find out who she is without Jesse and just why he was taken away from her, Abby befriends Jack Howell, her new loner neighbor and furniture maker. His questionable choices have combined forces with his wrathful ex-wife to keep him from meeting his now four-year-old daughter. As Jack's friendship with Abby transforms into something deeper thanks to an unforeseen chemistry, he repeatedly reminds himself that Abby is nowhere near ready for someone new. While he waits for Abby--usually with patience--he recognizes the fact that he isn't ready to move forward, either. He has other things to take care of first, so he seeks guidance in all aspects of his life gone so astray.

As Abby revisits her faith and learns how to talk to God in a new way, she shares her feelings and findings with Jesse, deepening their unlikely bond. In developing a friendship based on understanding, honesty, and faith, Abby and Jack unwittingly form the foundation for a life together outside of Tuck. The rare trust between them and in God will be exactly what they need when everything finally falls into place.

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Review by: Brenda Smith on July 3, 2015 :
Chasing Charlie by C.M. Newman is more than believable for a novel. Very strong on religion and faith. Each character well developed and given a voice except for the aunt who shows more through action.

I admit to tears as Vince becomes ill. He was shown as a normal person whose illness breaks your heart. The courage to marry after a terminal diagnosis brave and well thought out. The tears keep coming, mine and the characters.

The author was excellent with the family and co-workers. The feelings and actions were all brought up,both good and bad. Their return to religion was helpful both to the couple and to the family.

The family healing during this difficult time was touching. Vince's estranged brother who gives up all to be of help. Her making peace with her parents and her religion as well as leading others was great. Not surprisingly was Charlie's aunt being difficult.

A few errors in the kindle edition but none severe enough to be distracting. Written well by someone that knows the dying process even though each is individual. The emotional impact was enlightening with the father leaving his young son and new bride behind as he tries to make his death easy for all at his own risk. I would recommend to all over 15/16. Loved all the many characters except for the Aunt. Excellent book.
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Review by: shawn johnny on April 29, 2013 : (no rating)
This book was very emotional. If you want a book that chokes you up, has tears streaming uncontrollably down your face, then has you laughing, this is the book for you! I couldn't stop reading it regardless of how much itmade mecry. Oh, a d I.not really a crier, so thatells ya how well this author grabs your heartstrings!
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Review by: Elena Smith on March 21, 2013 :
Where should I start?
Well, reading this book took in a lot of my time. But it was worth every second of it. This story literally sent shivers down my spine. It wore me out both physically and emotionally. The storyline was saddening yet uplifting. The love in this book was overwhelming and off the charts.
Every moment, scene and dialogue was perfect. I think there are no faults to this story. I cried a lot while reading this. And trust me, I don’t cry easily. So it says a lot about your writing skills that you were able to make me cry.
The letter at the end was the icing on the cake. It was so beautifully written. This story shows that life isn’t always fair to good people. I think it’s very brave that you decided to write this.
I want to thank you so much for sharing this story with us. I can’t wait to read more of your amazing work. It was an honor to read this.
All I wanted to say was that I absolutely love and adore this! Your writing is absolutely brilliant.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
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