The Last Merry Go Round
Jeff Jones’s Review
November 19, 2019
One of the best things about my job as a professional editor and proofreader, is that I get to read books in genres that I would never otherwise consider and are quite some way outside my comfort zone. The Last Merry Go Round by C.L. Charlesworth is definitely one such book.
This is not a book that I would normally have picked up off a shelf in a book store and I am very lucky that instead this author approached me as a potential client. Had she not done so, I in all likelihood would never have read this book and would have missed out on a terrific story, though to describe it as such, seems obtuse.
Covering domestic abuse, both physical and psychological and witnessing it through the protagonist’s eyes first hand, made for a very uncomfortable read and as a man I went through the full gamut of emotions including anger, disbelief and shame. Anger and shame that one human being could treat another in such a despicable and cruel way. Shame that some women feel they have to suffer this alone and are in some ways at fault and that a man could be so cruel and manipulative to the woman he professed to love.
This book was a real eye-opener for me and many times since I finished reading it I have found myself reflecting on parts of the story line.
It’s hard-hitting, it’s brutal and it will disturb you, but then this is a subject that needs confronting.
A highly recommended but challenging read.
The Ears that have Eyes
Quickly takes hold of your imagination.
August 3, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
This book has a little bit of everything: eating, drinking, romance, shock-and-awe. Just when you think you know the characters and what they will be doing, a new plot twist begins and changes the mood. The activity is non-stop. Not something I normally would read; however, it was fun and engaging. The characters are flawed in a hedonistic, self-absorbed, and puppy love period of their lives. Yet, reality and real choices need to be made that give the book its depth.
Author Dennis Cardiff
I am reading The Ears That Have Eyes and am completely captivated by the character of Stephanie Moore who must overcome the burden of past abandonment and abuse to truly understand how to open herself up to love, vulnerability, and forgiveness. I too suffer from issues with abandonment and in Cheryl Charlesworth, I have found a kindred spirit.
Love this writer
By Joyce A. on August 10, 2016
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Love this writer! Refreshing vibe and words just pop out at you and the story sucks you in. Characters are very relatable and definitely a page turner. I cannot wait to see what else this writer has in store for us.
I couldn’t put this book down!
By Karen Brunke on August 17, 2015
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I couldn’t put this book down! I was lured into the story immediately. Cheryl Charlesworth does a fantastic job portraying a young woman, her friends, and the journey they all take to find real meaning and love in their lives. Each character is developed very realistically and I could really relate with these ladies in many ways. The focus of the story is on Stephanie who must overcome the burden of past abandonment and abuse to truly understand how to open herself up to love, vulnerability, and forgiveness. It’s a struggle and she and her friends aren’t perfect people.
I believe there are lot of people who could relate to this story because we all have our pasts with baggage and this is a story of discovery and acceptance, something we can all benefit from as we go forward practicing life in all our unique ways. A very good read!
With page-turning action the story reveals the complexity of each character’s life and how personal decisions alter the dynamic between four women who have vowed to remain friends come what may. In the end, Stephanie has to come to terms with herself, startling truths about her past and future, and in the process accept that her quest may lead to an ending very different from what she has always imagined.
Spend some time with these characters—you won’t regret engaging with their lives as the novel draws you into an immensely satisfying story.
By Fellow Traveler on May 30, 2015
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A fast-paced, impressive page turner! The storyline as …
By Anastasia on May 26, 2015
This review is from: The Ears That Have Eyes (Paperback)
A fast-paced, impressive page turner! The storyline as a whole flows well, and accurately reflects the lives of its fictional characters. Perhaps you may find some bits and pieces in common with characters in the book, and begin to ponder their own story!
“The Ears that have Eyes” is by debut novelist C.L. Charlesworth
Calvin-Site of Contact | Posted May 26, 2015
“The Ears that have Eyes” is by debut novelist C.L. Charlesworth. She writes what she seems to know and that is women relationship with other women and their relationship to their male lovers. The book is like a roller coaster ride, the long steep climb of the coaster cars before you start the descent into the book. In the first 5 chapters, I felt sorry for but bored with the character who came off as shallow, tragic, and alone. Chasing after the promise of a beautiful life that money supposedly buys. Trying to get rich and famous through bad behavior and men. This social satire is biting, yet relevant to today reality television and the application of misplaced values.
The book picks up momentum as the Protagonist decides to get a hold on her life by finding counseling which allows the Protagonist life story to unfold and the archetypal search for source (her Mother) to begin.
Charlesworth’s primary story location was Los Angeles, in the period I guess between 1980 – 1990’s. It tells the story of seeking security and value in things at the expense of family and friends. How one can seem cursed when erroneous attitudes are carried over from one generation to the next. How secrets ensue and it’s safe to say that everybody connected to Stephanie our Protagonist will be stripped of their folly or have some type of retribution that must be paid. I liked the plot twist of the characters appearing not precisely as whom they seem to be, which moves the story line along.
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This is a work of literary fiction, worthy of Peyton Place status. Is a fake life worth it? Do material things make a life? Are any of these ladies going to survive their own perception of themselves and life? Is there hope, or is there only fate?
Each character has a story that is individual, and well developed. The storyline as a whole flows well, and accurately reflects the lives of its fictional characters. Perhaps readers will see bits and pieces of themselves here, and begin to ponder their own story.
This is the first book that I have read from this author … I certainly intend to keep her in my radar!
My sister you are well versed with the imagination. I love the excerpt from the book “The Ears That Have Eyes”. GOD bless you on your endeavors and may the doors of prosperity open that you never would imagine. –Theodore
Cheryl: I’ve just finished reading your book in two sittings! I left a comment on your website when I’d read about 150 pages a few days ago. You have written a VERY COMMERCIAL book. I’m surprised that you haven’t found representation for it. I hope it will bring you the success you deserve. It’s a real page turner. Lots of sex (Kay says she asked if you were putting that in and hoped you were), and a million twists and turns (ala soap opera world).
Of course, I have a great soft spot in my heart for “Family Band,” and I’m surprised that it does not appear in your list of stories on your website. It’s a complex novel that shows your depth as a writer, and the African American experience, yours and countless others. I hope you will resuscitate it and add it to your list.
I am awed by the leaps you’ve made as a writer, and delighted that I could assist you along the way… You are “out of the closet” with this work… NOW FLOG IT!!!
BRAVISSIMA!!! –Donna Pizzi