Innocence Lost

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Samantha Williams lost both her parents within a year. When she decided to move back home, she was flooded by memories from her childhood, both the good and the bad.
Growing up in a southern town seemed idyllic. Samantha, Kathleen and their friends were free to roam the woods, splash in the creeks and talk late into the summer nights. The neighborhood was filled with kids of all ages. Life was one big adventure after another. But there were dangers lurking in this beautiful ...
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Overview

Samantha Williams lost both her parents within a year. When she decided to move back home, she was flooded by memories from her childhood, both the good and the bad.
Growing up in a southern town seemed idyllic. Samantha, Kathleen and their friends were free to roam the woods, splash in the creeks and talk late into the summer nights. The neighborhood was filled with kids of all ages. Life was one big adventure after another. But there were dangers lurking in this beautiful landscape of which the children were completely ignorant. The innocence of childhood would be lost through a series of events that changed their world. On Christmas night in 1966, three boys in the neighborhood were molested and murdered by a neighbor. Samantha and Kathleen learned the true value of close friends as they navigated together through turbulent times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478716679
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/10/2012
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Gregory is a published freelance writer and author of a non fiction book, Seeking Simplicity: A Woman's Guide to a Balanced Life. This is her first novel and is set in a small town in Alabama in the turbulent 1960s.
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  • Posted July 8, 2013

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    Samantha Williams decided to move back home to Birmingham, Alabama, when both her parents died within a year. Assuring herself that her stay at late parents’ house was temporary until she finds herself an apartment, Samantha couldn't help but remember her childhood memories, the good as well as the bad ones.

    This story does not hold its punches in terms of grief. At the very outset of the story the deaths of the narrator’s parents are presented. Her mother didn't survive a heart operation and his father died a lonely death in his own home. The plot is carried through by vivid portrayals of Samantha’s childhood memories. “Innocence Lost” has deep balance of poignancy and gloom, recalling the past of Birmingham itself, as a city that systematically segregated the whites and blacks in the 60s. One of the things I like best about the narration is the subtle way in which author Elizabeth Gregory allows readers to see how Samantha’s life and relationships are. I had mixed feelings about Samantha’s father, who is a family man. But using the ‘belt’ punishment just because young Samantha made her parents worried is a little out of line. Nevertheless, this proves that all the characters are believable that readers can connect with them emotionally. Credit should be given to Gregory for coming up with a truly complete and balanced story, and it is impossible not to be moved by a evocatively written novel.

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