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  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: YouWriteOn (13 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908147717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908147714
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,804,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The thing I liked was how easy it was to get into the main character and start rooting for her straightaway. I was almost annoyed at her naivity but she's not a dunce; invokes humour at her inner thoughts, and she does learn pretty fast. I also loved the way two storylines ran along separately at the beginning in the background and then came together. I started off with the sample and felt bereft when it stopped at a pretty neat cliff-hanger. So well done was it that I one-clicked almost immediately as I simply had to read more and didn't want to waste another moment as I was drawn into this compelling story. I've given it four stars although it deserves a five as it's a pity there were a few typos but they didn't really detract from the story too much, so all in all, Louise Wise you've got a rare talent and I applaud you!
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Charlie Wallis is a young woman working in media, has daydreams and is looking for love. Sound familiar? If you think Louise Wise's latest novel, A Proper Charlie, is another Bridget Jones clone, you'd be wrong. It was often a struggle to like Bridget, with Charlie you can't help it.

In early chapters Charlie's naivety borders on annoying, but as the novel develops we soon realise she has dreams and it's those that have turned her into a survivor.

Deciding she has hit on the next big story, she has to step aside when she realises her more experienced colleagues are already researching and writing front page articles. But why let a good idea go to waste? The lives (and possibly deaths) of prostitutes would make a cracking novel, she decides - and continues her perilous research.

I think it was at this point I wondered if the author was pushing her character too far. How realistic would it be for a young woman to dress as a prostitute and climb into a stranger's car? We might not consider it, but as more of Charlie's past is revealed it actually seemed almost plausible.

She'd had a tough life; Charlie grew up with no real family. But a boy she met in a home became her big brother and offered her his shoulder when crying was all she could do. Separated by his eventual adoption, he never forgot her and eventually found her a job with a newspaper he edited.

And what of love? The joy of a good romance is not necessarily in discovering the love interest. It was obvious after only a few pages with whom Charlie was destined to find that love. But how could their lives be reconciled? That's where pace comes into play and the author managed it magnificently.

A Proper Charlie is a good read.
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I had a great time reading A Proper Charlie on my Kindle. It started off slowly but ended up being a fast paced story with equal parts of romance and suspense. I thought Charlie was a brave lady to do what she did and was rooting for her all the way. The more secondary characters were also properly developed, as well as the story line showing great potential on the author's part. I look forward to reading more of her books.
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I really enjoyed this novel, although I don't always like chic lit, this one was quite different in as much as it seems to have quite a bit more substance to it, than most. Charlie is a crazy, lovable character, whom I felt drawn to from the very first page. Her workmates, epecially Mel, at the newspaper Core, are equally fun, and even her new boss turns out to be much more of a likable character as the book progresses. Much of the storyline does tend to suspend disbelief, especially Charlie's involvement with a group of prostitutes, but then this is one of the joys of reading fiction. No point in outlining the plot any further... you must read it to learn what crazy things take place in Charlie's life, working for the Core newspaper. I don't want to spoil it for you.
I would've given this a 5 rating but there were quite a lot of typos, which I'm afraid I couldn't overlook. However, having said that... please do NOT be put off... this book really is a great feel good, holiday read for your Kindle!
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This is an enjoyable, chick lit read but it does have some deeper themes in it. I found it to be well written with attractive characters. The depth comes with Charlotte's research into prostitution for a novel that she wants to write. The subject is sensitively handled without being trite or heavy handed. The ending of the novel is a gripping race against time.
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By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 July 2011
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At the beginning of the book we have to different storylines running alongside each other which eventually merge together. We have the insight into our main character Charlie and her troubles on one hand and then on the other hand we meet Ben Middleton who has just lost his mother but that is where his problems only just begin. I feel the structure of this book worked well by bringing to separate stories together as it gave us, the reader, a chance to see the insight of both Charlie and Ben's lives.

I loved Ben, we warm to him just as quickly as we do Charlie and I would say he is one of my favourite male characters I have ever read. If you like the character Luke Brandon in the Shopaholic series you will love Ben.

There are many characters who pop up in this book one of the main ones being Melvin who is Charlie's best friend who is gay and provides a little humour to this more in depth storyline. I did like his character but by about half way through the book he was doing my head in keep calling Charlie Baby Doll every time he came up in the book!

The book starts off at a comfortable pace as we get to know our characters but as their two lives join together to form the main storyline to this book the pace of the book picks up and remains at this pace for the rest of the book with no dull points to it. When the storyline started to involve Charlie heading out to the redlight district I thought this was when I was going to lose a little interest but Wise manages to still keep you gripped giving you enough information without the storyline becoming overly seedy.

Although some parts of the story where predictable the suspense of other parts of the book truly makes up for those parts.
I would defiantly recommend A Proper Charlie especially for anyone wanting to try something a little different as it is quite unlike any other books I have read.
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