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Only Charlotte

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Lenore James, a woman of independent means who has outlived three husbands, is determined to disentangle her brother Gilbert from the beguiling Charlotte Eden. Chafing against misogyny and racism in the post-Civil War South, Lenore learns that Charlotte’s husband is enmeshed in the re-enslavement schemes of a powerful judge, and she worries that Gilbert’s adoration of Char ...more
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Published April 15th 2019
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

I feel like I have just wasted three days of my life. And I usually don't feel that way when I read. But this... There was absolutely nothing about this book that I liked.

"[...] little things can grow, like monsters under the bed, more terrible for being out of sight."


Pace: One thing that made this a complete bore was without a doubt the pace. It was just way too slow, nothing happened of any significance. It was supposed to be a mystery but the
Kellyn Roth
FTC Disclosure: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

What a funny book! It's weird but also mysterious but also a bit much as far as negative content went for me personally but also filled with real (messed up!) people ... and I'm still not sure I understand it. The plot was so twisted and convoluted. The writing was ... eh.

I wasn't sad I read this book, but it wasn't a quality book at all. :P Does that make sense? Eh, sometimes you just n
Eileen Charbonneau
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The grand tradition of the American Southern Gothic is in good hands! Seeped in place (in and around New Orleans), time (1879) and suspenseful mystery, I found Only Charlotte captivating from start to finish. Even the sensible narrator, embroiled in her brother's love affair with an endangered married woman, finds her passion by the end as a playwright. The details are spot on in this well-researched novel of the South getting up to post-Civil War horrors once the federal troops have left. And t ...more
Moony MeowPoff
Dec 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
I ended up DNF the book at 10% in. I were just bored and slightly confused? The characters didn't interest me and i felt meh about it all. ...more
Jackie M
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Only Charlotte by Rosemary Poole-Carter. Top Publications, 2019.

This intriguing and unusual story is one of good and evil set in 1880s New Orleans. When a young, recently widowed doctor moves to live with his sister, he – Gilbert - becomes smitten by Charlotte, married to an architect and the mother of two of his patients. After he is called out to the plantation of an eminent judge to deal with her body, he digs into possible motives that the judge and his equally corrupt and unappealing guests
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
A beautiful historical romance set in 1800s New Orleans. The book has one is too wordy in places and slows down the reading flow. Those parts are quite boring.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelf-of-wonders
Rosemary-Poole-Carter, an adept within the Southern Gothic genre, brings us a deliciously tangled post Civil War novel in Only Charlotte in which three intertwined lives--Leonore James, her brother Dr. Gilbert Crew, and Charlotte Eden--rise and fall like storm-tossed lily pads in the brackish waters of the swampy morals of New Orleans.

Thrice-married Lenore (who is now alone again) opens up her house to her younger brother who uses it as a base for establishing a medical practice. In sections nar
Sandra Stiles
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

This story takes place after the Civil War. Lenore James is a woman who has out-lived three husbands. She is well aware of what is going on in society around her. When her brother Gilbert, a doctor loses his wife and child, he loses a large part of himself. Lenore invites him to come live with her and open a practice in New Orleans. Gilbert is willing to take those cases where the main doctor in town feels he won’t
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lenore James is a good natured woman. She has outlived three husbands, is financially independent, fair and non judgemental and worried over her brother Gilbert. He has tragically lost his wife and child and now seems enamoured by the young woman Charlotte Eden. Herself married with two children and whose husband is very much part of New Orleans society.

The story revolves around Charlotte and her supposed death under mysterious circumstances whilst at a weekend with mutual friends (of her husba
This book isn't for everybody. Definitely Southern Gothic genre, which I like. Put me in the mind of Jane Eyre, which I didn't love. I think I would have picked this one up eventually, but what drove me to it was that the author is coming to my local library to speak this week! After reading this, I'm not sure I will attend as planned. It's a bit of a snoozefest. Needed a better editor for sure, I found several typos in addition to parts that could have been eliminated.
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The first thing I noticed about this book was the cover. It's absolutely gorgeous. This book had a GREAT storyline. It was intriguing and kept me reading. It felt like I was reading a mystery, romance, and drama book all in one. The characters were rich and real and kept me interested. The descriptions in this book from the characters to the settings were colorful and written very well.

The one flaw I found was that it was a bit hard to understand at times. It's beautifully written just like it w
Amy Shannon
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable Story

Poole-Carter pens a wonderfully interesting, and historical story in Only Charlotte. I was grabbed from the first words in this story. This is a grand story set in post-Civil war, New Orleans. This author can certainly tell a gripping and compelling story. The author shares the culture along with wonderful characters that make the reader want to know what happens next. I like how this story was told, the strange relationship between Gilbert and Charlotte, and it was told by Lenor
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am sad to say that there was nothing excising about this one. The cover was sub par and the story itself was a snooze fest. The story opening was nothing that grabbed me and the pacing was very slow. The writing style itself was fine and the characters were all well done. My main issue with this one was the story itself. There was nothing really going for this mystery book and that made me very sad as I was very excited to read it.

Overall, with this one I wished that this one could have been
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was the front cover that initially drew my attention to this book. Historical fiction and historical romance is one of my all time favourite genres and so glad that i had the chance to read this book. It did take me a little while to get into the book, but was soon turning the pages. I think it is worth a read and i would certainly read more by Rosemary Poole-Carter.

My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my honest review.
Pamela Hutchins
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written with an intriguing mystery and lovely historical detail. I especially enjoyed the female protagonist point of view: a single woman in her late 30s in post Civil War New Orleans. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Poole-Carter.
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I'm a novelist and playwright, whose work focuses on the history and eccentricity of the American South. My new novel ONLY CHARLOTTE (available April, 2019) is set in 1880's New Orleans; WOMEN OF MAGDALENE is set in a post-Civil War ladies' lunatic asylum; WHAT REMAINS is an historical mystery set on a rundown plantation, and JULIETTE ASCENDING is a young adult historical set during Mardi Gras. My ...more

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