Charlotte Penn Chark

Review: CORINNE by Charlotte Penn Clark + Excerpt

February 13, 2016, 0 Comments | Comentarios



Title: Corinne
Author: Charlotte Penn Clark
Series: The Carmichaels: Part 1
Publication Date: January 15th, 2016

Corinne Carmichael was ready to declare her independence. With a summer modeling job and college starting in the fall, she would finally get out from under her powerful political family. Meeting a hot young French photographer on her first photo shoot was icing on the cake. But when her life starts to get complicated she finds she relies on her long-distance boyfriend more and more. When tragedy strikes can what started out as a light-hearted summer romance turn into something more serious?


**I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

So at first, the story was great, I mean, there was a really good chance that I was going to like it, but then... I don't know what happened, all the facts seemed too fake and mostly forced, and at the end the whole story lost its path for me.

This story tells us about a girl with a modeling career for the summer  —against her parents desire. In her first photoshoot she met a boy and, I think the natural chemistry between them was kind of funny, and of course, they flirted... a lot, but when the last day of photoshoot came and both had to fly home, they decided to stay in touch.

He's a photographer's assistant or something like that, but he's learning to do his own professional photography; and she's modeling, but she's about to go to college and have her degree, so because of all that their schedules don't coincide, plus, they live in different sides of the country. But against all thought they kept a long distance relationship —without being in a real relationship; her father is a politician, it made that hers and her sisters' lives have to be measured, and their relationship had to be under the lights, but being who she's, that's difficult, and when they're in the cusp of their lovely relationship, a tragedy happened and she needed to act as an adult... the end, well that's not the end, but it was pretty much for me.

In general, there is a really bad-lack of something, I felt like it was always the same, as if their relationship was in a constant replay.

Whatever, I think the story is enjoyable, but for me, it wasn't too amazing to be up 4 stars. Plus, I read an excerpt of the second book, and it seems to be more like my thing... so I really want to read it that one!

Book: +3.5

Purchase: AMAZON


“Are you kidding me?” Corinne Carmichael put down her coffee mug to stare at her father. He returned her gaze without saying a word. She tried again. “You’re saying you want me to stop taking modeling jobs? As of now?”

Her father still said nothing; he merely leaned back in his chair and looked at her steadily, as if waiting for her to give in. Well, she was done giving in. She pushed away from the breakfast table and stood. This showdown was at the breakfast table of their family estate in Boulder. Sunlight streamed in the windows and French doors revealed a backdrop of fir trees and mountain vistas. At least it looked peaceful.

“No.” So there. She put her mug in the sink and turned to leave the room, aware of her four younger sisters still at the table, gaping.

“Corinne.” Her father’s voice was quiet but stopped her in her tracks. She gritted her teeth. When would he stop treating her like a child? When would she stop letting him? She wanted to flounce from the room, but she couldn’t make her feet cooperate. Roger Carmichael was a force to be reckoned with — at home and in the nation’s halls of power.

“I’m asking you to do this for the family.”

Corinne turned to face him. “You’re not asking, you’re demanding. Asking is when you use words like ‘would you mind?’ or ‘how would you feel about?’ Asking includes question marks. I didn’t hear any question in your voice when you told me to clear my schedule.”

“Corinne—“ Now her mother would try to reason with her, coaxing and cajoling until Roger got his way. How predictable. Corinne felt her temper rising to a boil. She heard her father mutter something to his wife, who nodded. They always agreed about everything. They always presented a united front to the world. It was infuriating.

“We let you model. Despite our misgivings,” Claire Carmichael pointed out. Her accent always got a little more pronounced when she was stressed.

Corinne snorted. “Only because you couldn’t stop me when I turned eighteen.” 

“We let you attend UCLA even though we wanted you closer to home.”

“It’s normal to leave home for college! And you’ve still got three kids at home. Why would you need me here?” Her parents didn’t take that bait, but Corinne saw her next younger sister, Daisy, grinning.
“Good point!” Daisy said. “And college showed me how overprotective you guys are.”

Daisy was just back from finishing her first year at Princeton, which was even further from their Colorado home than L.A. Corinne scanned her sister’s faces as they watched this drama unfold. They each had a role to play in the family. Daisy always did her own thing and never seemed to get in trouble for it, perhaps because their parents understood her ambitions in business and finance better than Corinne’s interest in art. Valerie was quiet and observant, preferring books to people. The youngest sisters, on the other hand, were both athletes who were fiercely competitive. At fifteen, Marie was already winning junior tennis tournaments. Samantha, a year younger, was bringing home trophies as a downhill skier. With five girls in the family, they each had to carve out a niche of their own. And Corinne’s niche baffled her parents: she loved film and fashion, but to them she just seemed frivolous. And that hurt. 

“This summer is very important for all of us.” Roger reminded them with a meaningful look. Corinne battled more annoyance. Of course this was about the Big Decision. They were all going to be held in limbo until her father decided whether to run for president. As a member of a famous political family she had had plenty of experience with the compromises required of public life. Her father already spent most of his time in D.C. as a senator for Colorado; he worked long hours when home too. And his daughters had been trained to be image-conscious from an early age. Perhaps that’s why modeling felt so comfortable to Corinne.

“I’ve already signed a contract for a shoot in Hawaii in June,” she announced. “You wouldn’t want me to break my word, would you?”

Her father narrowed his sharp gaze on her and steepled his fingers. “You’re supposed to let me vet your jobs. My staff should check all the personnel, review the contract, evaluate the security on the premises— like we’ve always done. I could have every person at the shoot sign non-disclosures so they can’t talk to the media.” He frowned. “Maybe I still can.”

“No!” Corinne flung up her hands. Then she leaned toward him for emphasis. “No, Dad.”

Roger stood up too, towering over his daughter, though Corinne was tall herself. He pointed a finger at her and opened his mouth—

“Enough,” Claire said firmly. Everyone at the table turned to look at her in surprise. “That job is a fait accompli now, but you must not take on any new ones, Corinne. We’re in a delicate position right now. We’ve tried to keep you all out of the media as much as possible with your father’s career. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that now you want some attention for yourselves—but famous people attract undesirable attention.“

Corinne started to protest. She didn’t want attention, as her mother put it so patronizingly. She wanted independence and control over her own life. She was an adult, damn it!

“I’m not famous,” she complained. “I’m just your daughter. I’m so tired of being the eldest daughter of the rising star, Senator Carmichael.”
“Try being the youngest daughter of blah blah blah,” Sam said with a huff. “Or any of us in the middle,” Marie added, making a face.

Claire laughed and even Roger cracked a reluctant smile. Corinne ground her teeth. This was serious!

“Your time will come, like mine before. My father was governor of the state, remember?” Roger said, picking up a newspaper. He probably thought he had “handled” this domestic inconvenience and could go back to running the federal government. Corinne wanted to roll her eyes.

The conversation at the table slowly returned to normal: the logistics of getting Valerie to her volunteer job at the pet shelter, Marie to Nicky’s party, Samantha to her sleepover. Roger was due back in Washington D.C. later that day and soon Daisy would be accompanying him there for her summer internship. Corinne tossed her long hair over one shoulder and left the room feeling frustrated. She may have won a small battle, but she was still losing the war.

About the Author
Charlotte Penn Clark is a lifelong reader of historical romances and recent writer of contemporary and new adult romances. She writes about smart women and the men who fall for them, and tries to keep them away from Awful Misunderstandings. She lives in New York City with her family.

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