Voice of Innocence

Fiction - Womens
250 Pages
Reviewed on 02/17/2015
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Author Biography

After graduating from Accounting at Mount Aloysius College in December of 2009, I realized that I wasn’t pursuing my true passion in life. Thus, I earned a second Bachelor’s Degree in English/ Secondary Education. I am currently a high school English teacher in my hometown and love the opportunity I have to foster an appreciation for literature in my students. Besides teaching, publishing a novel has always been one of the top items on my “bucket list.” I started writing Voice of Innocence while still in college. Recently deciding that I should follow the advice I give to my students, I realized it was time to share my writing with others. I currently live in my hometown with my husband Chad (my Junior High sweetheart); our cats Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and our Mastiff Henry. Besides being an avid reader and writer, I love spending time with Henry and shopping.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite

Voice of Innocence by Lindsay Detwiler is a bittersweet, coming-of-age novel. Emma Groves is studious and keeps to herself. While sitting in art class on the first day of her tenth grade year, she finds herself partnered with the new student, Corbin Jones. From that moment, the two are destined to be together. Forming an unlikely relationship, they traverse the social problems of high school and grow together. Emma comes out of her shell and finds herself, thanks to Corbin’s gentle mannerisms and unending support. However, one fatal day will change and define their relationship and lives for years to come. Can love conquer the passage of time?

Miss Detwiler weaves together two stories into one. Told from the perspective of both Corbin and Emma, the reader is taken between memories and real-time events. I did like getting the viewpoints of both characters, but I felt it took away from the emotional impact of the story and limited the narrative. I appreciated the use of labels to allow the reader to know who was reminiscing. I would have liked to see variation in the tone between Emma’s recollections and Corbin’s. I felt they were too similar and, without the labels, could be easily misconstrued as one or the other. I also found the ending to be very abrupt and it left me wanting more. Aside from these niggling items, I did enjoy Voice of Innocence and I look forward to reading other works by Miss Detwiler.

Bonnie Keagy

Voice of Innocence is a very good romance novel about two teens who fall in love in high school. I liked the way each character told their own story. This novel really held my attention through the entire book. The ending made me want to read more about Emma and Corbin. I am certainly looking forward to other works by Lindsay Detwiler.

Diane Detwiler

The Voice of Innocence is a must read... From the opening of the first chapter you are magically transformed into the lives of two young lovers. Lindsay Detwiler is exceptional in her ability to keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing what will happen next in their young lives. The twists and turns, the pull of hearts and the questions of life all weave their threads throughout the entire book into a delightful and wonderful read. From the beginning to the end, it is hard one to put down. Thank you Lindsay for such a refreshing book..