The Two Lives of Miss Charlotte Merryweather

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Overview

From the "fantastically funny" (Elle), "sharp" (Salon) author of the international bestseller Me and Mr. Darcy, an enchanting drive down the road not taken, in the most surprising company

At age thirty-one, American Charlotte Merryweather has spent ten years in London pursuing personal and professional perfection. Yet her present-day success- heading her own PR company, owning a gorgeous apartment, planning a future with her devoted boyfriend- only heightens the shock of a visit...

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Overview

From the "fantastically funny" (Elle), "sharp" (Salon) author of the international bestseller Me and Mr. Darcy, an enchanting drive down the road not taken, in the most surprising company

At age thirty-one, American Charlotte Merryweather has spent ten years in London pursuing personal and professional perfection. Yet her present-day success- heading her own PR company, owning a gorgeous apartment, planning a future with her devoted boyfriend- only heightens the shock of a visit from the past.

"Lottie," Charlotte's twenty-one-year-old self, drives onto the scene at the wheel of a rusty, orange Volkswagen Beetle identical to Charlotte's first UK ride. Charlotte pursues a friendship aimed to bestow upon Lottie a decade of wisdom. Yet Charlotte's prosperous polish proves a pale substitute for Lottie's innate, youthful graces- openness, passion, and kindness. Will the student become the teacher in this witty turnabout?

The clever plotting and winning characterization that made Me and Mr. Darcy a bestseller are on full display in these pages.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the 10 years since she arrived in London as a know-nothing college graduate with caterpillar eyebrows and her hair in a scrunchie, American Charlotte Merryweather has transformed herself into the stylish proprietress of the city's poshest public relations firm. Charlotte (along with her faithful assistant, Beatrice) is in pursuit of a hot new client and a home for herself and her boyfriend, when a sighting on the morning commute derails her: a curly-haired young woman in a beat-up orange VW Beetle who resembles the Charlotte of 10 years earlier. On a whim, Charlotte follows her home and discovers that, through some sort of inexplicable time-bending phenomenon, the girl is in fact Charlotte's younger self, called Lottie. Buddying up with her doppelgänger, Charlotte finds paradoxes taking a backseat to life lessons; thinking she's got a decade of hard-won wisdom to teach Lottie, Charlotte is surprised to find herself learning from her past persona about love, passion, and trusting herself. Though the plot mechanics grind noisily, Potter (Me and Mr. Darcy) rescues her high-concept romance with charming characters, sharp dialogue, and a satisfying conclusion. (Mar.)
Library Journal
From Back to the Future to A Wrinkle in Time, readers have long enjoyed a little time travel. Potter (Me and Mr. Darcy) plays with time in a most modern sense in her new novel. Thirty-one-year-old Charlotte Merryweather is mature and successful and in a long-term relationship; she's apparently got it all. But judging by the eczema and anxiety, she's not happy. When Charlotte finds herself face to face with her 21-year-old self, she first wants to save herself from all the poor choices she had made at that age. But as she spends more time with her younger identity in this alternate time-space continuum, Charlotte realizes it is her older self who is making the bad decisions. VERDICT If you were in your late teens or early twenties in the 1990s, you'll identify with Charlotte and her time-travel adventure. Chick-lit connoisseurs will enjoy this twist on a much-loved, albeit familiar, story line.—Anika Fajardo, St. Catherine Univ., St. Paul
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452295889
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 502,208
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

ALEXANDRA POTTER was born in Yorkshire, England. Having lived in Los Angeles, Sydney, and London after university, she finally decided to settle where the sun is and now lives full-time in California. She has worked variously as a features editor and subeditor for women’s magazines in the United Kingdom, and currently writes full-time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Same as "WHO'S THAT GIRL?"

    I read this book under a different title, as mentioned above. Loved it!

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    Couldn't put it down!

    Who wouldn't want to go back and talk to yourself 10 years ago? I loved this book. Couldn't put it down. Also made me think about life and I like that in a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2010

    Funny & relatable. Good Read.

    Definitely recommend this book!

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    the two lives of miss charlotte merryweather

    what a great book!!! a must have for the beach reader in all of us. takes you back to your youth and makes you want to be able to travel back in time to redo so many things. a definite recommendation!!!!

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