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Lost In Seattle: Miss Apple Pants (Book One)

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Lost In Seattle: Miss Apple Pants (Book One)
Ella Jensen is an old soul stuck in a teenager's body, and she doesn't make friends easily. In her senior year of high school, her family moves across the country to Seattle, turning her already-small world upside down. She feels alone and lost… But then she finds a box of decades-old love letters between Martha and Frederick; she becomes best friends with her new midget neighbor, Miss T; she falls in love with Hans, a very symmetric German exchange student; and she learns that sometimes life is what you make it.

But summer ends abruptly when she is forced to make a decision that will change her life. Forever.

The story—set in 2012 and the eighties in the sweet Seattle rain—is a celebration of life, love, friendship, motherhood, and that special bond of girls, daughters, women, and mothers across generations.

"Charlotte Roth caught my attention with the snappy chapter titles. She kept it with snappy dialogue, which I adore, unique characters, which I fell in love with, and a story filled with heartbreaking, humorous, and heartwarming moments.

It hasn't been easy for Eleanor, living with her tree hugging, 'hippie-like' parents. She's not happy when they move her from the east coast all the way to Washington state. After an exhausting cross-country drive with her parents in a U-Haul truck, they finally reach their destination, only to find the truck is filled with another family's belongings. After five days of being stranded with nothing of their own and limited funds, they finally decide to get some use out of the unclaimed contents of the truck. When they find an iron mailbox full of letters from 30 years ago, the two women in the family decide to read them. The tales of a young couple's struggles three decades earlier weave a complex and interesting pattern into this already interesting web of entertaining story line.

This first story of Ms. Roth reads like it's her tenth, with crisp, clean writing. I'm looking forward to reading more from her.

I give it 5 stars and high recommendations!"


Lori Leger, Author of Fictional Romance with a Cajun flair. Owner/Editor at Cajunflair Publishing

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About the Book

This author’s writing has been compared to that of Jennifer Weiner!

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Best Book Bit:

When we reached the apartment, I instantly got cold feet. His friends were all out, and suddenly I felt so stupid for going home with a strange German guy just because he was cute and symmetric. He could have been an assassin with a Bourne Identity for all I knew, or maybe an undercover agent trying to infiltrate the Salvation Army or something. I excused myself to go to the bathroom to get a few minutes alone and to check out the scene.

Grandma says you can tell a lot about a person by their bathroom: too many soaps, perfumes, and lotions equals a person who can’t make up his/her mind. A basket filled with newspapers and magazines equals a person who is comfortable in his or her own skin, like saying, “Yes, I take a dump here; it’s a bathroom.” Too dirty a bathroom equals sloppiness, and too nice and needy signifies compulsiveness. What would a German serial killer’s bathroom look like?

I smiled at my reflection in the mirror, anxiety clear on my features. Of course, he wasn’t the Manson murderer, but that didn’t make me any less nervous. I was alone with a cute guy, in his apartment, at night, thinking about sex.

Endorsements
I stayed up till 3 AM last night in order to finish reading this beautifully amazing book, and the thing I thought right after reading the last line was, "Nooooo! I want moreee!" Yeah, it was that amazing!

I guess the book had me hooked right since the start. Starting with a mystery is always good at hooking readers, isn't it?

Hmmm...my favorite character? How can I ever decide that? There are SO many characters in this book, SO many awesome characters that is. I can't choose one of them. Naha. I loved the crazy (kinda reminded me of Phoebe from F.R.I.E.N.D.S.) coffeeholic Abby a.k.a. mom, the fuzzy beary Dad a.k.a. Frank, tiny Miss T, Martha, Fredrik, Thomas, all the Eleanors, and even Stella. And of course, how can I forget hotshot symmetrical faced German beauty Hans? God, they were all awesome.

My favorite parts were the non-letters parts. Not that I didn't enjoy the letters parts, but I liked the story of the present better. It was so full of fun, jokes, sarcasm and oh my ;) the best parents in the whole wide world.

There wasn't a single part I disliked. Yeah, it was that good! Okay maybe there is a part which I least liked. The part where Ella hesitates in telling her mom about the pregnancy? Yeah, that one. Her mom rocks, she shouldn't have been so hesitant, no matter what!

Otherwise, I loved, loved, loved Miss Apple Pants and give it 5 stars+ or Gold Bookworm!

This is a story about finding oneself in life. Ella just graduated from high school and is embarking on life as an adult. She finally meets her first real crush and has her first heartbreak. She experiences death of a close loved one. She experiences the joy of the bond between a mother and child, and the pain of watching a true friend go through unspeakable heartache.

It's a coming-of-age story that will stay with you long after the book has ended. I became a huge fan of Charlotte Roth with this book and have read two others by her since. Her writing style is witty and engaging and she never leaves you hanging, but somehow finds a way to leave you wanting more of her stories.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA dramas or romance novels, or just a fun, lighthearted read.

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