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Innocence (Book #1)

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‘Don’t make promises you cannot keep!’

Calvin Edwards has everything he could dream of running the family real-estate company back in London. But what was just a holiday up north, visiting his parents, turns into him talking a young pregnant woman from taking her life. Wishing desperately to help, Calvin befriends her, only he fears he may be out of his depth. Just when he
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ebook, 303 pages
Published December 10th 2018 by Holly J Gill (first published May 22nd 2015)
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Pat
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book captured my heart from the very first page with the good storyline and well rounded characters! As I turned each page I felt like I was being drawn in deeper and deeper as the storyline unfolded between the characters!
Gina Burkart
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a very emotional roller read. This story will have you feeling from your heart as you will love this writing as it will have you feeling the emotions throughout this book. This is a must read book.
Rhiannon Hall
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Innocence even though it had me in tears
A book that will have you feeling so emotional but you just can't put it down. I read this book when it was first released but only just realised I hadn't reviewed it which is shocking on my part as this book is a must read!
Holly has written this book beautifully she wrote these characters with so much emotion you can feel it with every word. When you can feel everything a character feels you know it's a great story I absolutely loved it
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Kameron
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(request submitted by author for an honest critique)

If you ever wished a man would NOT bottle up his emotions, then you're going to love Calvin. I truly believe I've never "seen" a man cry as much as him. Yeah, some of his tears were justified. Ok, about 90-95%. However, when he finally wiped those tears away and snapped ----Holy Moly!!

He sure let Kacey have it and rightfully so. Lead a man to believe one thing and then disclose another. The first was heart wrenching enough but the latter was
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Tracy W (Tracy&HelensRomanceBlog)
Wow what an amazing story!

This is the first story I have read from this author and it completely blew me away. From the every beginning I was hooked, right to the very end.

This is a story of how fate always has a way of giving you an helping hand. When things are rock bottom, life has a way of doing a complete 180 on you. Sophie is a remarkable character and her strength through everything she has gone through is amazing. Calvin is undoubtedly the most sweetest, caring guy ever. The way he
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Sharon Doucett
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loss of innocence

An emotional read of two people who came together when very young and ended up down different paths, only to meet up again at a bridge.

Calvin sees a woman ready to jump and doesn't realize right away that it is Sophie, his teenage dream. She is heavily pregnant and distraught and Calvin desperately tries to talk her down.

As the rest of the story unfolds, a secret comes out that could threaten the happiness they had started to share as Calvin wanted to help the woman, only to
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Wendy Livingstone
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kacey is alone and pregnant, and at the lowest point in her life she is prepared to take a drastic and tragic action. Calvin comes across Kacey and talks her down and becomes her compassionate saviour. No spoilers; this is a definite must read, you will not be disappointed! This is a beautifully written story which is emotional, raw, gritty, which all had me on tenterhooks throughout. I was totally intrigued and captivated throughout this addictive page turner. I look forward to reading more ...more
C Gray
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story deserves 10 Stars

This is a story of two teenage friends that were ripped apart by someone who thought they new best. This is a heart gripping, second chance story that is a MUST read!! Mistakes were made, wrong people were trusted but fate brought Calvin and Sophie together again. I can’t wait to see how there story continues!!
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susan moore
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow I don't know how to put into words the emotions I felt while reading this book I cried and then cried some more I did suspect quite early on what would happen but it was the emotions going through my head that got me so sad and at times so very angry with Sophie's mum, I can't wait to see what happens next, this was a 5*plus book
Carla
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carla's Three Star Review

If you are looking for a story that you can get lost in, this is it!

Poor Kacey is living a nightmare. After being abandoned by the people who should always have her back, she finds herself pregnant and alone. Allowing her despair to take control, she decides to end it all. Until a kind stranger shows up.

When Calvin walks up on a very pregnant woman about to jump off a bridge, he does his best to talk her down. He convinces Kacey to come with him, and, for the first time
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Andrea
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
wow
Holly has done it again with another amazing read Innocence had me gripped from the start could not put it down.
Innocence is a book that has all the feels emotional and from the heart book each page will have you hooked . If you are looking for a read to get lost in this is the story for you love the characters and cant wait for more A MUST READ .
Tilly
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is truly heartbreaking and shows you how life can be turned upside down by someone’s actions.

It took me a few days to read as it’s impossible to read when crying so you’ll need lots of tissues!

Definitely worth 5 stars it was a fabulous read

Well done Holly!
tania
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow

this book is amazing, full of emotion and love i couldn't put it down once i started nd love all of the character, I cant wait to start the next book
Laura Smith
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Before you start this book, make sure you have tissues, chocolate and wine.... because you’re about to embark on one emotional, heart wrenching journey that will pull at every emotion you possess!

This is my first Holly J. Gill read and wow... what a book to start with! It’s beautifully written and the characters, I just feel in love with them from the start. Well apart from one and we shall just name her bitchface! Lol

It’s been a while since I wanted a book to just carry on and never end, but
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Joy Westerfield
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What happens when choices are made that affect so many lives? This book tells that in spades. Sophie is a young girl, sheltered by her parents. And Calvin, is the boy she likes, and one day she decides to let him know. But that one event will change so many lives! Many years later, Calvin meets a distraught young pregnant woman by the name of Kacey. For some reason, Calvin has a connection to her and doesn't know why. He just knows that he needs to help her. Kacey, never having known love or ...more
Charlotte Burford
Wow what an emotional rollercoaster this story is. The writer has a way with words that draws you in and you feel every emotion possible. You will need tissues.
Dawn Yarrow
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG this book! This book is anything but innocent, i am an emotional wreck after reading it!
I devoured the book in one sitting, could not put it down and this isn't a genre i read often and yet i absolutely loved it.
It will tug on your heart strings, it will sweep you up in all kinds of feels. Loved it.
Nicola Davies
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just WOW!!!!

Absolutely loved this!
So many emotions whilst reading this!
Thank you holly for such an incredible story
Can't wait for the next instalment
Julia Leonard
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Calvin and Sofia's story truly touched me.
It starts off with an innocent Sofia being enamored by a young handsome Calvin.
Things beyond their control happened and they were separated for nine years.
Until one fateful day Calvin encountered a distressed Sofia, though she was going by her middle name at the time and he did not recognize her.
Without giving anything more away...
This truly is a fantastic story and I highly recommend it.
Well done Holly.
Vikki Vaught
Vikki’s Musings

When Ms. Gill sent me a request to review her newest release, I accepted the review copy for an honest review. I had read one of Ms. Gill’s books in her Desires series and enjoyed it immensely. The book description sounded fascinating, so I could not wait to read Innocence. This is a unique story and I was pulled in from the first page.

Kacey can no longer face the nightmare her life has become. Abandoned by her drug dealer ex-boyfriend, had the door slammed in her face by her mum,
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Spunky N Sassy
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
SNS Rating: 5.0

~~~~~~~~~~Dee's Review~~~~~~~~~~

OMG! The first page began with a scary drama then settled into page after page with sad thoughts about the past. After a few chapters, BAM! the mother of all bombs ignited and literally everyone was crying. And the surprising revelations don't end there. Over and over Kacey and Calvin torment themselves with thoughts of guilt, regret and agonized over "What if..." This plot is an intensive snapshot of real life. We make the best decision we can at
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Julie Dalglish
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of Holly's I've read. It was emotional and quite gut wrenching in parts. Being young and pregnant is scary. Kacey is a scared young lady with a past that comes back to haunt her. Calvin is a nice guy who stops to help a stranger and gets more than he bargained for. Holly got it spot on and I really can't wait for the next book in this series. I'm also looking forward to reading more of her work.
Sky
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a sweet and fun read! Can't wait to read more in this series.
Donna Wrightham Turner
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story got me from the beginning. Calvin and Sophie start there story it's heart wrenching and definitely a must read.
Josephine
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, they wasn't kidding when they said it was emotional. This story is very touching.

It started of slow for me but once I got further and further I became hooked.

Calvin, is a sweet man, caring and career driven. He has no time for serious relationships or even thought about them. Not since her.

Sophie is a sweet girl who has been through a hell of a lot since leaving. Not wanting to drag up the past.

They didn't recognise each other, then all hell fell around them, could they overcome every
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Nikki
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first read by Holly and holy wow this was one emotional journey from start to finish.
Calvin and Sophie have grown up together through their parents both knowing each other but lose touch when she goes to an all girl school further away.. when he turns 18 they meet up again at his birthday party and that's where life changes especially for Sophie.
Cue emotions.. rollercoasters.. lies ..truths and hurtful happenings!
booklover BEV
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful

Kacey unhappy with an unwanted pregnancy and Calvin comes to her rescue. This book made me fill up more than once as I was reading. Such an emotional story. I
was swept away by the story. The cover of this book caught my eye and so did the blurb so I knew I was going to enjoy it. This book has been written with love and compassion. I do guarantee it will make you cry. I LOVED IT
Julia Leonard
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Calvin and Sofia's story truly touched me.
It starts off with an innocent Sofia being enamored by a young handsome Calvin.
Things beyond their control happened and they were separated for nine years.
Until one fateful day Calvin encountered a distressed Sofia, though she was going by her middle name at the time and he did not recognize her.
Without giving anything more away...
This truly is a fantastic story and I highly recommend it.
Well done Holly.
Michelle Dunklee
Sophie and Calvin

I'm kinda speechless. This book was recommended to me by a friend and it's been sitting in my Kindle for awhile. I really regret just letting it sit. This was a non stop read heart wrenching story with all kinds of feels. The past is thrown full force into Sophie and Calvin's faces and yet they find comfort, love, and solace in each other. A absolute must read.
Jade Pitman
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow....what can I say about this book, it had me hooked from the first page and I didn’t want to put it down.

I loved all the twisted and turns in this book. It had me wanting to read more.

It was a rollercoaster of a story and a very emotional one at that.

This was the first book I’ve read
of Holly’s and it won’t be the last
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