You know that book that keeps you up at night, turning the pages as your eyes burn – and you tell yourself just one more chapter, then another and another, knowing you'll pay for it in the morning, but you Just. Keep. Reading.
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? The quote above comes from Sandra Landry, a reader who happened upon my book, kind of like you just did.
Need to know if she's right? Click to buy now and start reading. Don't blame me, or Sandra, if you're tired tomorrow. We warned you.
Still not sure if you want to buy? 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, I think they'll grip you.
Still not sure? How about a comparison.
Love This Is Us?
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.
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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About the Author
Charlene Carr is a lover of words. 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 writes fiction full of thought, heart, and hope. She lives in St. John's, Newfoundland and loves exploring the amazing coastline of her harbour town, dancing up a storm, and striving to live a life well lived!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Behind our lives I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Charlene Carr's characters are fully fleshed out. Her players are filled with human frailties, and she doesn't flinch at showing the reader their warts and all. There are no paper doll cutouts in this story, just people who have had bumps in their respective roads and have to pick themselves up and deal with the present, and the future. The main characters, Lincoln and Kali, are burdened with demons from their pasts. Lincoln is hiding out, and Kali is busily erecting barriers. But he can't change his nature, which is to be generous and giving, and though she is mistrustful, she sees his motivation and her own. I found them a compelling couple. I highly recommend this latest piece from Charlene Carr, and I look forward to the next portion of the trilogy.
What can I say....I fell in love with Lincoln! The main character in this Book 1 of Behind Our Lives trilogy certainly peaked my interest. Who is he? Why is he doing what he is doing? Can he make it work? And then comes Kali and Theo. They certainly peaked Lincoln's interest, but is it enough to make him change his plans or his way of life? Once you start reading this trilogy, you will be hooked. I read Behind Our Lives as an ARC reader and was certainly happy that I did. This author has a way of bringing her characters to life and making them exist in a not so perfect world as real people in real situations.