Review: The Black Door, by Charlotte Howard

12 Aug

BDAmazon US

Amazon UK

This is not the first Charlotte Howard book I’ve read, and it certainly won’t be the last. Her writing has seasoned and matured to the point of very near perfection. The Black Door kept me engrossed from the beginning till the very end. I snacked on unhealthy foods while I was reading, because I simply could not bring myself to leave the story for as long as it took to make a sandwich. Oh, Ms. Howard, you are a wicked writer, and I love your books.

One thing that sets the author’sΒ voice apart is the depth of her observations, the way she bares all, the lack of censorship. There is no way you could be ignoring her characters, because not only do you get to know them, you become them as they struggle to make it through life’s sneaky and often overwhelming challenges.

Everything about this novel is original. Don’t even think you can guess what’s through that keyhole. I will not give the plot away, not one bit, because I could never do it justice. There are so many aspects of this story that rang true with me, so many instances of ‘phew, I had a lucky escape when I was in her shoes’, and still, there was enough humour to lighten the mood and make it all a beautiful experience. “Adventurers Only,” says the cover. I took the leap of faith, and loved my journey. What are you waiting for?


award ella

For the depth of feeling, for originality, and for an outright beautiful experience, The Black Door wins for Charlotte Howard the Life Changing Read Award. Congratulations! It is very well deserved. Come and join my Awesome Authors Gallery.




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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Book Reviews


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9 responses to “Review: The Black Door, by Charlotte Howard

  1. Charlotte Howard

    August 12, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Reblogged this on Slippers, or Stilettos?.

  2. Carrie Rubin

    August 12, 2014 at 9:47 am

    You’ve intrigued me. Must go check it out!

    • ellamedler

      August 12, 2014 at 9:54 am

      You won’t be sorry, Carrie. πŸ™‚

      • Carrie Rubin

        August 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm

        Just bought a copy. I read a few pages and couldn’t resist. Nice, clean writing and an interesting premise. Not my usual genre, but I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the rec!

        • ellamedler

          August 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm

          My pleasure, Carrie. πŸ™‚

  3. Linda Lee Williams

    August 12, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever read a more intriguing and engaging review, Ella! Added The Black Door to my TBR list. Congrats, Charolotte Howard: It’s not everyday an author can earn the distinction of “life-changing read.”

    • ellamedler

      August 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you, Linda. Charlotte deserves it. πŸ™‚

  4. sherry fundin

    August 14, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I was already curious, trying to peek into the keyhole and learn more. Your review really hooked me. Will be checking this out.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  5. Charlotte Howard

    August 15, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Ooh thanks guys! I just hope it lives up to expectations πŸ™‚


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