Author Dolores E. Smithem Cicholas’s Newly Released “Please Don't Call Me Charlotte” Shares Charlotte’s Life and Struggle to Become a Surrogate Mother to her Siblings

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“Please Don't Call Me Charlotte” from Christian Faith Publishing author Dolores E. Smithem Cicholas shares the story of a teenage girl who loses her mother. As she copes with the pain of her loss, she struggles with the burden of raising her young siblings.

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“Please Don't Call Me Charlotte”: the story of a teenage girl who must become mother to her brothers and sister. “Please Don't Call Me Charlotte” is the creation of published author, Dolores E. Smithem Cicholas. Dolores resides in Santa Cruz, California. She was devoted to her mother, Charlotte. They worked together in real estate and made their home together. They were like two peas in a pod, inseparable. After Charlotte’s death, Dolores walked to her grave each morning for two and a half years. It was very therapeutic. As fate ordained, Dolores met her future husband as she was walking to her mother’s grave one day.

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Dolores E. Smithem Cicholas’s new book is Charlotte’s story.

Charlotte’s mother, Myrtle Bond, lay dying from an overdose of morphine. Her scheduled surgeon, unable to operate after a weekend of heavy drinking, had been shaking uncontrollably when he administered the fatal dose in the hospital where she awaited gallbladder surgery. After death finally came, a grief-stricken Charlotte accepted the mortician’s request to comb her mother’s hair for burial and select the music for the service.

It was not until later, at the side of her mother’s grave, that Charlotte felt the full weight of the future she faced. She was a seventeen-year-old who had promised to “take care” of her siblings, Walter, age fifteen, Hubert, age eight, and Alberta, two and a half years old. She had no idea how she would manage to bear such a responsibility. She had just turned seventeen two days earlier. She did not know if she would have the courage, or even the know-how, to face a life as a surrogate mother to her brothers and sister. She needed help, but she had no idea to whom she could turn.

View a synopsis of “Please Don't Call Me Charlotte” on YouTube.

Consumers can purchase “Please Don't Call Me Charlotte” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at, Apple iTunes store, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “Please Don't Call Me Charlotte”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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