Curvy girl, Charlene Winters, had it all: the great career, wonderful friends and a dreamy fiancé. With her wedding day just three weeks away, Charlene is dealt a devastating blow. Suddenly finding her life, hopes and plans in tatters, the jilted bride sinks into despair and a tub of Ben and Jerry’s cookie dough. With the heartache of her fiancé’s infidelity still fresh, Charlene’s whisked away by her friends on a life-changing holiday. But how will this big fish cope now that she’s back in the dating pond and surrounded by slender trouts with Botox lips? Frustrated by best friend Adam thwarting her attempts at romance, and her girls Vanessa and Dana eager to set her up with a boy toy, Charlene decides the time for change is upon her. What she needs is a change of scenery, a change of dress size and maybe, a change of heart.
Born and bred in Essex, England, Marie Coulson discovered her love of writing in her early teens. Beginning with poetry and song lyrics, she tried her hand at creative writing while studying for her English GCSE. It was love at first line. Unfortunately, Marie's career as a childcare and education practitioner soon took up most of her time and writing became something she only dreamed about. In the summer of 2012 she quit her job and enrolled at university, ready to start a new career as a therapist. This left her with a lot of time on her hands and on August the 20th she sat down and wrote the first chapter of Bound Together. Bound Together was a story that had been waiting three years to be written and when fingers hit the keyboard...Layla, Jared and Ollie's story was born. Marie has since written and released two novels in the Bound Together series and a novella. Her romantic comedy novel Diary Of A Dieter has also received excellent reviews and is the debut novel in the Confessions series.
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I loved this story. I loved it not only for Charlie's happiness but for the people -getting -what -they -deserve aspect. There were times where I was literally laughing out loud, and there were times I wanted to shake Charlie. Like yell WHAT ARE YOU DOING!! OPEN YOUR EYES! More times than not though, I was probably giggling or laughing at the things that Charlie went through. Her dating mishaps are just hilarious.
Oh, and let me tell you, there were a lot of times where I had this strong strong urge to peen punch Brad. Okay maybe throw in a back of the head slap to Adam that one time.
Yeah, you know exactly what time I'm talking about..But all in all I really liked this book. Then when Brad came back into the picture, I was like Charlie what are you thinking...what the heck!!!
This book kept me sucked in the whole time. Marie does a fabulous job of taking someone with so many self esteem issues that so many women relate to, and putting a comedic spin on it, while showing that only you can change it for yourself. You gotta like you before you can love someone else. Well done Marie! Shall I mention how some of these names sound really familiar though???? I wonder where I have heard them before??
I think this is a must read. You will laugh. I give this book 4.5 hearts