Thank you Tracy Diane Miller for your thoughtful and positive review of The Golden Age of Charli-BMI, the second book in the Charli series.
With weight loss as a theme, Jena C. Henry’s second book in her Charli series, The Golden Age of Charli: BMI, is a stellar heir apparent to its predecessor, The Golden Age of Charli: RSVP. Sequels are often burdened by the task of capturing the charm of the original effort while at the same time establishing a distinct identity. Henry has proven that she is a writer who inspires reader interest and loyalty with her skill in weaving accessible characters and a relatable plot. For anyone who has struggled with weight loss issues, Charli’s story is a triumph of the human spirit.
In the first book, Charli worried that she was drifting apart from her newly retired husband Pud as he became consumed by his preoccupation with golf. Project RSVP where the McAntics connected with the younger generation of their family and offered encouragement and support enabled Charli and Pud to also connect as a couple. Project BMI (as Charli dubbed their weight loss goal) allows a new way for she and Pud to bond over the shared desire to become healthier. Persistence is one of Charli’s mantras so it serves her well. But a thorn along her path is Charli’s concern over Pud’s mysterious phone calls and behavior. What is he hiding?
Supporting characters such as Charli’s stylish sister Sibby and the McAntics’ sons August and Zim make return appearances in the sequel further enriching the narrative. In addition,
From the descriptive elegance that she employs in painting imagery of food, setting and the people who occupy Charli’s universe to the emotional journey that Charli experiences as she tackles weight loss, this book evolves comfortably from the first page to the last page.
To read the entire review, please continue to Tracy Diane Miller’s post at The Nerdy Girl Express.
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