Charlie's Secret

Rated 5.00/5 based on 9 reviews
Inspired by a true story, Samantha Mallon is struggling to find a normal life in the midst of an abusive home.

With many twists and turns, and unforgettable characters, this book will have you hooked from page one.

Find out if Sam will have the strength to rise above, or if she will remain forever trapped by fear. More
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About C. L. Heckman

C. L. Heckman, a small-town writer from Pennsylvania, grew up with a love of words. At the age of eight, she wrote her first song lyrics, and put them to a piano melody she had created. At the age of eleven, she began to write poetry, and entered her poems in many competitions around the U.S.

Drifting from writing, she spent nearly twenty years riding and showing Arabian horses, and has multiple Regional Championship titles to her name. However, unable to leave the dream of writing behind, she continued to write any chance she got in the hopes of one day accomplishing her dream.

When a high school history teacher advised her to be a writer, she ignored him, assuming that it was a far-fetched goal. However, almost a decade later, she finally took his advice and has now self-published her first novel, Charlie's Pond.

Heckman, a stay-at-home mom to her beautiful daughter, is currently working on her next novel, as well as a few short stories. She states that when she is old and gray, she will tell her grandchildren about her biggest accomplishments, knowing now, that her books will be one of them.

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Review by: Brittany Roberts on Dec. 04, 2017 :
What an amazing writing style! C.L. Heckman’s use of description makes you feel as though you know the characters! This story is very well written and the trials and tribulations between Sam’s relationships make it a page turner! I absolutely enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author!
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)

Review by: Michelle Philpott on Nov. 12, 2017 :
This book is very intriguing. It very much a real life story.It makes you want to keep on reading and not put book down.i felt like I really know the characters so sad of what a child had to go through it'll make you cry but want to read more.i would recommend everyone read
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)

Review by: char36 on Oct. 25, 2017 :
Great book about a girl and her family secrets. Love reading how Sam grew as a character from a strong child to an even stronger adult. I love how through everything she went through she remained loyal to her family in hopes they would become normal. This book made me go through all my emotions. Great read!
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)

Review by: Teresa Simmons on Oct. 23, 2017 :
This was a very intriguing and captivated story
Of Sam's life of torture . No one deserves this
I recommend this book and will read it again..
Sweet Sam had endured a rough life . She never
had a chance at a normal home with love from
a mom and dad. Charlie loved her but in
his weird way . I cried reading about her life .
It made me feel like i was there . I wished
their was a continuation showing how
Sam found love with her husband and her
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)

Review by: Melissa27 on Oct. 19, 2017 :
I have to say, that I love to pick up an easy read novel at the end of a hard day and, especially for a book about abuse and domestic violence, ‘Charlie’s Pond’ was definitely easy to read.

The story Follows Samantha, who has to learn how to grow up and be herself in a world where she has low self-esteem and anxiety caused by her home life. Heckman has a fantastic ability to describe complex characters and have you imagining how each scene looks without a lot of dreary descriptive writing breaking the flow. She was able to instil the fear and pain the character experiences without the graphic detail that can be off putting in books such as this.

The book was formatted so time moved forward quickly, but without the disjointed feel that often comes with leaping in time in other books, and that meant you did not want to put it down. The best part for me, though, was that the ending is not predictable or cliché – and is more indicative of what would happen in this situation.

This is a definite must read that will have your heart racing and your eyes rushing to reach the conclusion. So enjoyable that I am off to read another of this authors books!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

Review by: Renee Kennedy on Oct. 18, 2017 :
From the first page to the last, I was drawn into the story. The characters The characters felt like people I have known forever, and story was both heart wrenching and beautiful. The author has a way of captivating the reader that leaves me wanting to read more of her writing!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: wytfeather on Oct. 16, 2017 :
Wow!!! I am writing this through tears. What a tragic and beautiful story. I started this book yesterday and could not put it down! It is beautifully written, taking you through such emotion. The characters are wonderful. The author was able to make them so real. You really felt the emotions, turmoil, happiness and closure. Great story.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Rebee00 on Oct. 16, 2017 :
This book starts out great and never gets dull. It keeps you wanting to read more and more. The storyline gets you feeling like you know the characters and feel for them. It's definitely one of the best books I have read.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Lisa Cosgrove on Oct. 14, 2017 :
This book was a page turner from the start! The dialogue is absolutely fantastic! The characters are real and in-depth and I genuinely cared for all of them! I could not stop reading this! The ending had me crying! I was also upset the story ended! I want to read more!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

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