Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
ARC Copy from Netgalley.com
How does a young adult just graduating from high school cope with tragedy and love, while trying to learn about forgiveness at the same time? This dilemma is the focal point of the story surrounding Allie and Damien. The novel opens with mysteries surrounding both of the main characters. The plot gradually unfolds as the reader finds that both young adults have something they are hiding and both need to reach some resolution in their lives in order to find forgiveness and move on with their lives.
I particularly liked the way Damien’s mystery creates suspense through the majority of the book. Without spoiling the story, Damien’s mystery is much more intense than Allie’s. The characters both develop throughout the book, with Allie becoming a more mature person who can face family and personal issues without the drama the reader sees in the beginning of the story. Since the story encompasses young adults and their families, the reader sees growth in relationships, as well as individuals. The author has done a nice job in dealing with the dynamics of complex families.
The book is a multifaceted story full of love, sadness, and families. The plot leaves the reader guessing until late in the story. The story stills contains plenty of romance and the tension that goes along with it without being graphic. As one can see from the publisher’s name above, the book is a great read for young adults while keeping to the premise of clean publishing. Erica Kiefer writes with great tension and fine character development. This book was provided by NetGalley and Clean Teen Publishing in exchange for an honest review.