Thursday, April 25, 2013

Deeper We Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron

Deeper We Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron
Release Date: January 24, 2013
Publisher: DRC Publishing

Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to start forgetting the night that ripped her life apart.  Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.  Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie's face.  Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. He loves "To Kill a Mockingbird" as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can't help but listen. The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie's discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. Now she must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.  -

I love it when authors take a sad situation that happens every day and portray it with good characters.  Something like this probably occurs more than we'd like to think, and the very idea of it makes you sad as you read it, especially when, as the summary says, you have one brother who doesn't mind making light of it, despite the fact that his actions were partly responsible for causing such a terrible event with lasting consequences. 

I loved the whole concept of having a girl experience such something so traumatic, and then bringing back into her life the very two people whom she holds responsible for it.  Great conflict that she had to work through here, as she hates them both so much for what happened to her friend, and you really couldn't blame her.  Lottie's a good character with a great heart who just happens to be carrying around some major grudges that she has to work through.

Only problem is, one of the brothers she's grudging on is really a good guy who was pulled into something accidentally that ended up having lasting effects.  I loved Zan.  This is a guy who has loved her basically his whole life, from afar even, and never told her.  So his struggle in the book was probably even more interesting to me than Lottie's because he has to love her knowing that she hates him.  But what makes it even more poignant is that he understands her hatred, accepts, shares it even.  It was so sad to see, but at the same time, when they begin to get thrown into situations where they must spend time together, it was gratifying seeing her slowly learn who he really is.

I can't finish this without giving a nod toward one of the other relationships in the story.  I absolute loved Lottie and her brother together.  Some of my favorite scenes in the book were between these two.  They have another language together.  The portrayal of twins was so realistic, as they have such a unique and deep bond.

This book was very well done.  It was unique, emotional, and so romantic.  It had an excellent blend of so many elements that I couldn't help but be completely engrossed. 


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