Title: When Forever Ended (Camassia Cove, #2)
Author: Cara Dee
Release Date: November 30, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary/Mental Illness
Page Length: 2,708 Kindle locations
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
At ten years old, Kelly and I were two rambunctious boys who carved our initials into a tree in the forest. We promised to be best friends forever and bumped our fists to seal the deal. I never should’ve kissed him that summer before college. It was a day that buried me in shame, a day I spent the next twenty-four years regretting, a day I never told anyone about.
At forty-three, depression was suffocating me. Not even my wife and two children could lift the heavy fog. I was riddled with guilt and self-hatred, and I was starting to realize that I would slowly fade away until nothing remained. Then one day, Kelly was back in town.
10% of the proceeds will be donated to Hope For Depression.
(All novels taking place in Camassia Cove are standalone.)
I’ve struggled with this review. It’s Cara Dee, who is an autobuy and I love, love, love her writing style. (I mean I’ve even read some of her m/f – I love her that much).
And this one was written so unbelievably well. When an author can take a storyline that isn’t your usual cuppa and make you FEEL it? Yeah, that’s a sign that she’s doing something that works for me in all the right ways. She took depression, and I mean William was going through a truly harsh episode of Major Depression during this book, and made me not want to run for the hills.
Will and Kelly were childhood best friends, joined at the hip, and when Will kissed Kelly during the summer after high school graduation, Kelly called him disgusting and moved away, never to be heard from again. Will is bisexual and now married with two children, and Kelly has moved back to Camassia Cove.
These two were meant to be together in so many ways. They really have no one else who just “gets” them like the other, even after being apart for 24 years!
Kelly is undoubtedly Will’s other half. Dee wrote the relationship between these two in the most perfect way. The feelz – damn, it was good.
All of this had the makings of a 5-star read for me. But, see, I mentioned Will was currently married. To a really amazing woman who has stood by his side through his depression, offering unwavering support and love. Through many major depressive episodes. She’s an awesome mother to their two teenagers as well. Do you see where I’m going with this setup?
So some readers may find that to be a hard limit for them. I won’t lie. I was uncomfortable. After the resolution of the above strongly hinted spoiler, the MCs spend some time apart and then reconnect romantically at a later time. I appreciated how that part played out.
Phenomenal writing, especially of a mental illness that is so often misunderstood, along with so many feelz and delicious angst puts me at giving this one 4 stars.