Charlene Carr is a lover of words. Pursuing this life-long obsession, she studied literature in university, attaining both a BA and MA in English. Still craving more, she attained a degree in Journalism. After travelling the globe for several years and working as a freelance writer, editor, and facilitator she decided the time had come to focus on her true love - novel writing. She's loving every minute of it ... well, almost every minute. Some days her characters fight to have the story their way. (And they're almost always right!)Charlene lives in St. John's, Newfoundland and loves exploring the amazing coastline of her harbour town, dancing up a storm, and using her husband as a guinea pig for the healthy, yummy recipes she creates!
Scrawny, filthy and wide-eyed with fear when they turn up on foster carer Maggie Hartley's doorstep, these young siblings have hardly set foot outside their own home. They have been prisoners, locked in a terrifying world of abuse and violence.
Maggie soon realises that Evie and Elliot are lacking the basic life skills we all take for granted. The outside world terrifies them; the sound of the doorbell sends them into a panic that takes hours to abate. Gradually unlocking the truth of their heart-breaking upbringing, Maggie tells their shocking true story.
From emotionally scarred and damaged little children, we see how - with warmth and dedication - Maggie transforms their lives. As this moving story unfolds, we share Maggie's joy when these children finally smile again, when they realise they do have a future after all.
Discover why readers have fallen in love with Maggie Hartley
"I absolutely loved this book. It is up there with one of the best. I have laughed and I have cried. I would give it ten stars if I could." - Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars
"If you haven't read Maggie's books they are a must read." - Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars
"Such a heart-breaking story you just can't put this book down. I have read many books of this genre and this is one of the best. Hard hitting and real... don't miss this one!" - Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars
This is that book. This is that trilogy.
He’s broken. Her world is falling apart. Neither believes they will trust again.
Lincoln Fraser’s hiding out. His girlfriend cheated on him, he blew a major account at work, and now he’s lying to everyone he loves. After months of chugging craft beer and waking up filthy and alone, he’s ready to pack his bags and head to the woods. Literally.
Kali Johnson feels stuck. Her husband’s gone, her son won’t talk, and she’s living in a mold-filled apartment that's about to be condemned. Things couldn't get worse … until she hears the scurry of little feet in the night. Now she starts her days by checking traps for dead rats.
When a freak accident places Kali and her son in Lincoln’s path, a split-second decision alters their lives forever.
Thought-provoking and brutally honest, complex and deep, Behind Our Lives, Book One in the Behind Our Lives Trilogy, will grip you, breaking your heart at every turn. “Once you start reading, you won’t put it down.”
Don’t believe me? That quote above comes from Sandra Landry, a reader who happened upon my book, kind of like you just did.
Curious to know if she’s right? Click Ebook to buy now and start reading today. Don’t blame me, or Sandra, if you’re tired tomorrow. We warned you.
Still not sure if you want to buy? That makes sense. The world is full of books, so why should you want this one?
Well, maybe you don't.
If you like characters who seem like paper doll cut outs—you know exactly what to expect from them—practically perfect people living practically perfect lives, and everything gets wrapped up nicely in the end, the way life is ... never, then this book isn't for you.
However, if you want a character you can see yourself in, even the not so great parts of yourself, if you want human frailties, realistic people in realistic situations, and if you won’t shy away when those people or situations get a little ugly—say when you’d like to give Kali a smack or tell Lincoln to smarten up already—then this is the book for you.
Because the truth is, you may not like the characters in this book all the time.
You may even hate them.
But if you've read this far and your interest is still piqued, as I mentioned before, I think they'll grip you.
Still not sure? Maybe it’ll help if you have something to compare the Behind Our Lives Trilogy to.
Love This Is Us?
If you’ve not seen it, it’s a TV drama (also on Netflix) full of characters who definitely don't have it together. They're prideful and stubborn and mess up. A lot.
They've got baggage, and not chic, designer baggage. This luggage is worn in. It's tattered, kinda stinks, and makes them kind of stink.
But, as the story unfolds, you get where they’re coming from. You see that with all their faults, they're also kind and generous and loyal.
They're doing the best they can with the lives they've been given and, in some circumstances, the lives they created for themselves.
That's Kali and Lincoln.
Prideful, stubborn, deeply wounded and so long as you don’t succumb to the occasional urge to throw the book across the room, hard not to love.
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Move that cursor on over, click Ebook to buy now, and then please, once you’re all done, I’d love to know what you think either through a review or email or both!
Oh, you’re not ready to buy? No worries. Grab yourself a free sample. I dare you not to keep reading once you do.