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Monday, April 1, 2013

Review: Charlie's Girl by Mary-Helen Foxx and Daniel Foxx

Fourteen-year-old Rosalind has always been a foster girl without a past, until she's sent to live with her estranged grandmother in a house full of memories---and secrets. Soon Rosalind discovers that there's more to her family history than she ever dreamed. Set in 1960s South Carolina, this unforgettable story of family, friendship, and faith is perfect for readers of all ages.

I had the opportunity to be a part of the Charlie's Girl Blog Tour back in January. It sounded like a great book (both from the book blurb and from what I learned from the authors when I interviewed them), so I was excited to finally have the time to read it.

Rosalind has had such a difficult life, and I couldn't even imagine how hard it must have been to move across the country to live with a grandmother she'd never known. The story is touching, and I was very interested to find out if she and her grandmother could get past the years of pain and find a place in each other's hearts.

Religion grew to be a big focus in the story. It wasn't necessarily preachy, but it caught me off guard since it wasn't really mentioned in the blurb. I wondered if the book was going to switch from a relationship focus to a conversion focus, but it turned out that Rosalind and Grace had old ties to the new religion in town that really impacted their relationship.

While the ending of Charlie's Girl has some closure for some relationship issues, there are definitely some lose ends that I am interested to read about when the sequel is published.

*I received an eCopy of Charlie's Girl in exchange for a review.