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The Charlotte Chronicles

The Charlotte Chronicles

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by Jen Frederick

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Charlotte and Nathan were supposed to be forever. They grew up together. Their families were intertwined. Charlotte was Nathan's first love. Nathan was Charlotte's first everything.

Until they weren't.

How do you hold on to the person you know in your heart you are supposed to be with when everything and everyone in the universe is telling you it's


Charlotte and Nathan were supposed to be forever. They grew up together. Their families were intertwined. Charlotte was Nathan's first love. Nathan was Charlotte's first everything.

Until they weren't.

How do you hold on to the person you know in your heart you are supposed to be with when everything and everyone in the universe is telling you it's over?

How many times does a heart break?
When is enough…..enough?
How long is forever?

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This book will leave you breathless and moved, and it's a book that will stick with you.
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This book will leave you breathless and moved, and it's a book that will stick with you.
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"Nathan and Charlotte's romance was the ultimate testament of unwavering PURE selfless LOVE."
Tome Tender
Jen Frederick has written a powerful tale of love, heartbreak and healing that is simply amazing. Period.
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Jen Frederick has written a powerful tale of love, heartbreak and healing that is simply amazing. Period.

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Jen Frederick
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Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at .

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The Charlotte Chronicles 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
THE CHARLOTTE CHRONICLES Jen Frederick Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance. I adored Jen’s Kerr Chronicles and was hoping this was in the same style. Its not though and just didn’t work for me. that happens, not all books suit all readers. It’s a well written book, but the storyline just didn’t grab me. I’d not read the stories about their parents, and maybe that would have made a difference, but I don’t think so. The first half covers Nathan and Charlotte’s teen years and the huge trauma they go through. I’m not really into teen romances, and could have coped with a 20-25% being that early stage but not the 50% it actually was. After all that angst they have a huge separation – nine years!! I wanted to know why, what had happened in the intervening years, and how on earth Nathan could go from adoring Charlotte to ignoring her for so long. We do eventually get some reasons but they didn’t ring true for me, and I’d have thought even if he did feel that way that Charlotte would have made more effort at least when he  came home to visit the family. Then there’s the final drama, and that was just overkill for me. TBH it’s possible that it’s just too close to home for me, having gone through something very similar that makes me overly critical about books where it happens, when characters have a different experience to mine. That’s my problem and not the book of course, but does influence how I enjoyed the story. Sometimes I find it works, its handled well and everything seems genuine, and others it’s as if the scene has been set to extract maximum sympathy without any research being done. This wasn’t like that, it was well written but it was rushed, and on top of the earlier issues I just felt it wasn’t necessary, that concentrating on getting through their long break up etc would have been more than enough story to work with. Still, as ever that’s just my view – if you want to know more from the characters in the earlier stories you’ll probably love this, but if you’re expecting characters with the strength of character and sexuality of Tiny and Ian from the Kerr chronicles you won’t find it here. Stars: Two, there were a few parts I liked but not enough for a three star rating. It cetainly won’t put me off reading more from Jen, but I’ll be looking for those more like The K.C. ARC supplied by  publishers 
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Loved it
ZR1000 More than 1 year ago
An emotional tale of love lost and regained years later… This story was first disseminated as a serial in Jen Frederick’s newsletter, one episode a week for months. The storyline is so moving that I became invested in the characters and so looked forward to my weekly read. The characters are compelling, their story tugs at are your heart strings. There is a deep love that starts out in youth and ends in heartbreak and then the love and passion of two adults who were always meant for each other finally coming to fruition.  Sometimes you meet the love of your life when you are young and because of that youth you lose them but you never forget them. Deep inside you know that they were the one and even in the years apart you are still true to them for there can be no one else. This is so true for Charlotte Randolph and Nathan (Nate) Jackson, the son and daughter of characters in the Woodlands series who grew up together and then became young lovers who were separated due to health issues and a youthful indiscretion. This is a coming of age story and also of seeking and being granted forgiveness for the mistakes of youth. We are naïve when we are young no matter how mature we may feel that we are; time and tragedies have not yet tested us. We idealized too many things. How we responded to events in our teens is not how we would handle them now. But can you ever get back what you once lost? If it was truly meant to be and you are that determined then yes it is possible.  Read Charlotte and Nathan’s story to see how this all plays out. You will feel the depth of their pains and then rejoice in the depth of their love. The road for them was not easy but perhaps it is the road that such an epic love needs to travel. The epilogue was absolutely wonderful, set fifteen+ years into the future which for this couple is exactly what we needed to see. Well done Jen Frederick. I will sorely miss these two.
Emily-SBDR More than 1 year ago
Look no further for a book that will absolutely tear to you into pieces and put you back one heartbreaking moment at a time. I can't quite explain how much I love this book. It it one of the most emotional and gut-wrenching books I've ever read, yet there was a whole other part of it that gave me an infinite amount of hope and love for the characters of this book. I will say this, I wish I had read The Woodlands series before I read The Charlotte Chronicles. The couple in this book, Charlotte and Nathan are the children of two of the couples from that series. So after reading this book and getting glimpses into the past of these couples I wish I had started from the beginning to come full circle. Although, it surely didn't make this book any less enjoyable, but I still can't wait to go back and read the other books!  To put it mildly, this book is an utter rollercoaster and hurricane of emotions. It's starts out with complete heartbreak. The author throws you into turmoil, where two tight-knit families are facing the unthinkable. Yet, in the face of that danger and fear Nathan and Charlotte finally cross the boundary from friends to lovers, and quite truthfully soul mates, that they've been toeing for years. Yet, all to soon, even with happy news comes more heartbreak. You follow Charlotte as she writes to Nathan when distance separates them, and experience every ounce of anger and every blow to her heart. The truth is, they faced too much, too soon. They needed to become their own persons before they could fully become a couple. And to a teenage heart the time and space needed is unfathomable, but in the end it gave them even more strength that they would soon need.  When Nathan and Charlotte come together once more, it's absolute joy. I couldn't tell you how happy I was that these two found there way back to one another. And this time when my heart skipped a beat when more unbelievable news was delivered, I didn't fear for their relationship. It was made painfully clear throughout the story that they had each built up enough strength to fight anything, and when they were brought back together that strength was increased ten-fold. Charlotte and Nathan are two people who are set to achieve great things independently, but even greater things together.  I'll admit, this book had me in tears several times. It was a hard read for me. It struck too close to home personally, but it also showed me an otherworldly type love that I wish everyone got to experience. My only hope for the future of Nathan and Charlotte is that we get a glimpse of them in the next book. There was one open-ended question left, a biggie, and for my own peace of mind, I need to read the resolution. This book is clearly in need of sitting on my re-read shelf. It will be one of those books that I will distinctly remember among the hundreds of books I read. A definite must-read! But I do warn you have the tissues handy, and be ready to take a couple of breather breaks, because this one is a doozie! Happy Reading! *ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jen does it again! She never disappoints me. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED THIS BOOK! I laughed and I cried like a baby but most of all I could almost feel the intense love between Nate and Charlotte. Sometimes my heart actually ached for Charlotte. The chemistry between her and Nate is off the charts HOT! I fell head over heals for the Jackson boys. Lol. I highly recommend this book to everyone. This story will touch your heart in ways you may only imagine.
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
"It will always be Nathan and Charlotte."  A spin-off of the Woodlands Series! Jen Frederick did not disappoint. I laughed, I cried, I squirmed. This was one amazing read I couldn't put down.  I have been a fan of the Woodlands series, and to see some familiar characters still totally in love with each other, and watching another bunch of characters fell in love, and experience heartbreak was just as great and devastating. I didn't think I could get enough of Charlie (AM & Bo's daughter) and Nate (Noah & Grace's son). They have known each other since they were young, and knew that they were for each other. But life happens, and everyone deals with it differently. Only that no one expects this two would drift apart with their hearts and dreams shattered into pieces. They started out as friends, and what more stronger foundation of a relationship than friendship? They thought they have already withstood the biggest trial and test that their relationship can withstand, only to be slapped by reality. Nate was young, hormonal, and didn't know what to do after THAT happened. And Charlie? She completely understood. She was hopeful. She still loved him tremendously. The letters? OMG. THEY WERE HEARTBREAKING! The end of first part tore me apart. I was so desperate for their HEA. But then, good things come to those two wait. Fast forward nine years later, and finally someone got his head out of his a** and realize that he needed to win the best thing that ever happened to him. Yep, he finally realized that he was foolish to let her go. But he needed to grovel, beg, and be a little desperate, not to mention: write a 9-year worth of letters to make up for what he did. Just when everything seems to be working out just fine, another test hit them square in the chest. This couple had endure so much, would they still be strong enough to survive it? If you are meant to be, no matter what life throws at you - fate will find a way to get you back together. Jen Frederick gives us another heartwarming, heartbreaking, passionate & inspiring story of love and how it endures time, absence and illness. I loved every page, every scene - even when my heart was torn apart and breaking. But Jen managed to patch it up back again and make sure its totally working and beating so hard by the time I reached the end of the novel.  You wouldn't want to miss this one. Swear. "You are mine since the day you were born and until the day we die together." 
csingh More than 1 year ago
I've read and experienced Jen Frederick's books before.  They've always been strong and packed an emotional punch.  The Charlotte Chronicles are not different. I'm going to try and explain what it is I connected with in this book. First of all I love that this book is told from both points of view.  It feels like there's more from Charlotte, especially in the first part of the book, but Nathan more than makes up for it in the second half.  I really felt like I knew them and what they wanted, even if things didn't turn out the way they'd hoped.  Emotionally, I was totally involved in Nathan and Charlotte's story.  I was on an emotional roller coaster many times while reading this book.  I was equally happy (bordering on ecstatic) when Nathan finally realized waiting for Charlotte was no longer an option and they got together and even more upset when distances grew between them. While I didn't like the troubles Nathan and Charlotte had, both personal and public, I really admire Jen for taking something we're so used to hearing about happening to women and turn it around and applying it to men.  I can only think of one other book in which I can recall reading something similar happening, but it's easy to forget things can go bad for anyone.  I really do wish Nathan had sought recourse or some help to him deal with what happened.  I also wanted to shake him for what he did to both him and Charlotte, even though I sort of understood his reasoning for why he did what he did. I haven't read any of the other books in this series.  Charlotte is the daughter of character's from a previous book and Nathan is the son of other characters from another book. I was able to read this story without feeling like I'd missed anything.  If I felt anything at all about reading books out of their chronological order, it was that I needed to go back and read those books.  I'm also really eager to read Nick's book.  I can't wait to see how he wins over the one woman who doesn't fall at his feet. The Jackson boys are hot and you're going to love them!
TSRBR More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ Stars The Charlotte Chronicles by Jan Frederick is the first book in her Jackson boys series.  A beautiful love story of childhood love and friendship that develops into grown up passion and romance.  This beautifully crafted adult romance novel will keep you wanting for more and keep your heart stuttering.   From the moment Nathan Jackson held Charlotte Randolph when she was born, in his tiny arms at two years old, he knew that she belonged to him.  With their families intertwined, they were destined to be together forever.   But at age 15, Charlotte gets sick and everything changes.  Through the years that first love between her and Nathan remains, but with so much heart ache that Charlotte has to finally move on after nine years.  She is devastated that the one man who holds her heart is somewhere else other than with her.  So with a heavy heart, she has to put the past in the past.  Little did she know that somehow the past has a way of finding its way back to the present.   Will Nathan finally stand up and be the man that Charlotte needs and desires?  Can Charlotte move from the past and accept whatever Nathan has to offer?  Read this book to find out.  You will not be disappointed!   I felt so much while reading this novel.  The pain and anguish that the families endure, the struggles that a teenager has to endure, will all make your heart ache and then at the same time fill you with such an overwhelming peace.  I was trapped from the beginning and pleasantly pleased all the way to the end.   Hero -  Nathan Jackson 4.5 stars Heroine - Charlotte Randolph 5.0 stars Steam Level: 4.5 stars  Plot: 5.0 stars  Cliffhanger: No Would I recommend this book: Yes!  If you want to read a story that will take you to the edge and send you over feeling heart sick, then bliss and joy all at the same time...then this book is for you! Would I read other books by this author: Yes!  She is an amazing artist in her craft and her books are telling. ***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***
KimmyNYC More than 1 year ago
f you were able to read this book in one sitting or even across a couple days, you are lucky!  I got this book one Friday newsletter at a time starting waaaaay back in October 2013. I would wake up on Friday morning and the first thing I would do was open my email to read that week's installment. Every week I would get a little more of the story and it would leave me wanting more. Talk about a slow burn.   Having read the Woodlands series (and LOVING it) I already had a connection to both Charlotte and Nate. Nate is the son of Grace and Noah, from Undeclared (Book 1) and Charlotte is the daughter of Bo and AnnMarie from, Unspoken (Book 2).  It was nice to get a glimpse into the older versions of these characters that I already knew and loved. The first part of the book take places while Nathan and Charlotte are in high school. From a very young age Nathan knew that Charlotte was the one for him. It isn't until they are teenagers and she gets sick and that he realizes he needs to do something about it. They become a couple, but it isn't long until they are torn apart and their relationship gets into trouble.   The second part of the book takes place nine years later. This is the part of the book that drove me CRAZY (but in a good way). I laughed. I cried. I got frustrated when things didn't go the way I wanted them to go. I guess the upside to that was I knew how the book was going to end. The author had given us a quick glimpse into the future in her novella "Undressed," but that didn't matter. This book wasn't about the ending, but about the journey that Charlotte and Nathan had to go on to get to the ending they not only wanted, but deserved. In this book we get to see grown up Nick, Nate's brother, who is still Charlotte's best friend. He is the one who has been there for Charlotte over the years and these two have an amazing brother/sister relationship. Nick is funny, loyal, sexy and deep down just a big old teddy bear. He is still quite the ladies man, but he has met his match in Charlotte's friend Lainey. These two are going to get their own book and I cannot wait. I think their story is going to be amazing.  If you are a fan of The Woodlands series, this is a MUST READ. There is an epilogue that made me so warm and fuzzy inside I couldn't even stand it. All I will say is this: NATHAN AS A FATHER. 
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
This is an EPIC love story! You will be hooked, so do not try to fight it. If you love a story about adolescent love that matures and grows despite of obstacles and circumstances, then this story will fulfill your needs. Our story picks up our characters when they are but teenagers on the cusp of turning to young adulthood. All the insecurities, inhibitions, and frustrations we feel at a time when our hormones are raging and our minds are still too young to fully understand the ramifications of our actions come together here. These characters are so real I wonder if our author was inspired by real life characters. The love letters she writes to him... the love letters he learns to write to her... you will melt when you read them. The depth of emotion is tangible on every page. Not the sappy kind, but the kind that simmers for a long time and bursts into flame when finally given enough oxygen to explode to full force. I don't want to give too much away because I really believe you need to enjoy the journey our author has designed here. Just know there is such a thing as a forever love. Decisions we make when we are young and, yes sometimes stupid, can do irreparable damage to our lives. Knowing when to fight for what we love, no matter how impossible it may seem, is always worth the effort. Nothing is guaranteed in life. If we take charge we can be the architects of our own destiny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author was doing the fans a favor when she made this into a book. It started out just being a weekly part of her newsletter. Thank you Jen for putting it into a format we can easily read over and over again!
pnkldy81 More than 1 year ago
I love anything by this author and you will not be disappointed when you read the series.