Review: Charlie St. Cloud

Posted on 02/21/2011 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: Charlie St. CloudThe Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood
on May 1, 2005
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Pages: 277
Format: eBook
Source: Library

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss.\r\n\r\nInto his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go.\r\n\r\nLuminous, soulful, and filled with unforgettable characters, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is one of those rare, wise books that reveal the mysteries of the unseen world around us, gently transforming the worst pain of loss into hope, healing, and even laughter. Suspenseful and deeply moving, its startling climax reminds us that sometimes tragedies can bring about miracles if we simply open our hearts.

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud can only be described as a heart-warming piece about losing something you love and then finding yourself again.

By day, Charlie is a groundskeeper for the cemetery where his brother Sam is buried. At night, he fulfills a promise he made on the other side to his dying brother Sam, who hasn’t left Charlie behind to move on. Then a violent storm brings him Tess, a woman with big plans to sail around the world. And Charlie realizes he has to begin making choices to truly live his life. I really loved this book. Ben Sherwood did a great job at inviting you in to the characters’ lives, and gives you a twist that takes you a bit by surprise at the end, something that makes you think, “Oh yeah, that DOES make sense, why didn’t I see it?” You feel for Charlie, Tess and Sam, and you want nothing more than for them to have everything they desire. When an author tugs at your heart-strings like that, you know they’ve done a great job.

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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