ebook & audiobook
Updated review September 2022. At the time of this update, the ebook is in Kindle Unlimited.
My name is Charlotte, and I have a special gift: I talk to the dead. Make no mistake, I can’t summon them. I’m able only to see and speak to the spirits that linger when they’re unable to cross over. They’re somehow weighted to the world with unfinished affairs. And for the last six years, I’ve relentlessly used my gift to help their lost souls.
But it’s come at a price. My life is dark. Feeling despondent, I’ve begun to give up. And in helping the dead, I’ve realized I haven’t allowed myself to live. With no money, no place to go, and, most importantly, no hope, I’ve decided there is only one option – to end it all.
Fate is a funny thing, though. One minute I’m about to leap to my death, and the next I’m saved by Ike McDermott. The strong, striking soldier stopped me from putting an end to my despair. He’s the kind of man who smiles and brightens an entire room. Sweet and gentle, he’s my savior – and he’s dead.
Point of view:
1st person. Alternating between Charlotte & Ike’s perspectives.
Content Warning: Usually I note these at the end. But since I’ll be mentioning some of these topics in my review, I’m putting them here. I’ll attempt to be as spoiler free as possible:
attempted suicide, death of secondary (including a rape & murder), grief, family estrangement, homelessness.
I read this book for the first time 6 years ago. It broke my heart then and it continues to do so each time I experience it. The last few years it’s been listening to the amazing audio. While this ends with an HEA, it’s a gut wrenching process for all involved. Ugly tears in the best way.
Charlotte can talk to dead people and it has taken an insurmountable toll on her, her family, and her relationships. She has found herself all alone and in despair decides that she’d rather not go on. In this moment she meets Ike McDermont who is already dead but held to earth by unfinished business. They strike a deal – she’ll help Ike and he’ll help her make a new home in Warm Springs.
Toler’s writing is at turns poignant, humorous, and provoking. There are no easy answers and grief surrounds most people that Char meets – each dealing with losses in their own ways.
Char finds herself in love with both Ike and someone he left behind. All find healing and a path through their agony. It’s definitely an unconventional love story and so much more.
Chris Dukehart and Corey M. Snow bring this amazing story to life – beyond what reading did for me. Dukehart’s Charlotte and Snow’s Ike are hauntingly perfect. They are a wonderful match for Toler’s characters and story.
About the author:
You can connect with B.N. Toler here:
About the narrators:
A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Cris Dukehart has recorded over 300 audiobooks across genres.
An Audie Nominee and Earphones Award Winner, she lives with her daughter and a hairy white monster dog, dividing her time between a little Post-it Note Cottage in Pennsylvania and a mountaintop house in the Caribbean.
You can connect with Cris Dukeheart here:
Corey Snow is a full-time audiobook narrator and voice actor working from a professionally-equipped personal studio in Olympia, Washington. Prior to becoming a voice talent he was a software developer for over twenty years, which makes him invaluable for any technical narration. He has also been a paratrooper in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and served in both the first Persian Gulf War and in the relief effort for Hurricane Andrew.
My Favorite Quotes
Being in limbo sucks. All you do is watch your loved ones suffer and have no ability to help them. – Where One Goes by @BNTOLER #Audiobook narrated by @CrisDukehart & #CoreyMSnow #Paranormal #Romance #DramaTweet
It’s only been two days since I found her on the bridge and already I feel tied to her, like she’s a part of me. – Where One Goes by @BNTOLER #Audiobook narrated by @CrisDukehart & #CoreyMSnow #Paranormal #Romance #DramaTweet
How do I save him, and let you go at the same time? How do I do that? – Where One Goes by @BNTOLER #Audiobook narrated by @CrisDukehart & #CoreyMSnow #Paranormal #Romance #DramaTweet
They’re the two people I love most in the world, and I want them to have each other when I’m gone, but watching it happen is hard. – Where One Goes by @BNTOLER #Audiobook narrated by @CrisDukehart & #CoreyMSnow #Paranormal #Romance #DramaTweet