Release Date: October 1, 2013
“Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again.”
Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never returned.
Since then, her life has been a spiral of disasters. The only thing that has helped is her ability to black out whenever the pain gets too hard to bear, a habit that has become an addiction.
When Gavin shows up in her astronomy class four years later, he is hell-bent on getting her back, insisting she forgive him. Corabelle knows she can’t resist the touch that fills the empty ache that has haunted her since he left. But if he learns what she has done, if he follows the trail back through her past, her secrets will destroy their love completely. And once again, she’ll lose the only person who always believed she was innocent.
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Deanna Roy writes this story about a young couple faced with tragedy and their second chance romance. I really liked the way this story was told. It starts in the present where Corabelle and Gavin are both students at UCSD, their college by the sea. They are both recovering from tragedy and healing in their own ways. For them, its the only way they know how. The story flashes back to the loss and devastation that they faced. I really liked the way it played out. It gave me as the reader the full impact of the tragedy without weighing the book down so much that it became overwhelming.
Corabelle is a bright young woman. She has suffered a horrific tragedy and was left to pick up the pieces on her own. She survived but was not left unscathed. She has never forgotten. She is weighed down with the burden of guilt and secrets that if uncovered could destroy her.
Gavin has been struggling. His father was less than ideal. When he and Corabelle were together, life made sense, things were good. All that changed the day their baby was born. Gavin was put in a situation where he was tested, and in his mind, he failed.
Gavin and Corabelle were “the couple” in their hometown. The community loved them together. So when Corabelle and Gavin found out they were going to have a baby, everyone was happy. But when the baby died a short seven days later, their relationship was destroyed.
Flash forward four years. Corabelle is a shell of her former self. Those close enough to call her friend never see her smile. She is not the same girl she used to be. Neither is Gavin. He is a ball of rage and anger. Corabelle is about to restart her life in a new town at a new school. She transferred her senior year after an incident at her former University. Gavin is struggling to finish school piecing a degree together one semester at a time. On her first day at her new school, Corabelle walks into her “easy A” elective, Astronomy, and comes face to face with her past.
Gavin can not believe his eyes. He has never forgotten or gotten over Corabelle. She was the love of his life. They try to stay apart, but fate keeps pushing them back together. So Gavin decides that he will do whatever it takes to get her back. Even if it means coming clean and admitting that he has been less than perfect.
Corabelle is HIGHLY reluctant to give in to Gavin again. The last time they were together, it nearly destroyed her when he walked away. But Gavin knows the way to her heart and he is intent on making her his yet again.
The sadness over the loss of their sweet baby boy eats away at the couple day by day, each feeling guilt over the loss in their own way. Neither able to move forward alone.
Together, they may just be able to face the demons of their past and move forward. In each others arms, they can breathe again, they can live again.
But what happens when the past catches up with you? Can they survive the truth?
I have to admit, when I read the synopsis of this book, I thought “No way, that sounds WAY to sad.”. But I was surprised. This book is about loss, but it is mostly about the triumph of true love. The kind of love that doesn’t know time or location. The kind of love that can forgive and never grows old. It was so sweet and heartbreaking.
The story is told from both points of view so we get a glimpse of what both Gavin and Corabelle have had to endure. I really loved the romantic Gavin but I also understood his anger. Corabelle was so young and she blamed herself in so many ways. I thought this author did an amazing job of creating these two flawed and real people. The reality of loss is written about in a way that didn’t leave me feeling depressed and alone but hopeful and redeemed. Well done!
This one got four stars for me and was definitely worth the read. I really enjoyed it and found it incredibly sweet and romantic despite the heavy subject matter.
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