Forgive Me by Stacy Campbell Review

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In this fast-paced sequel to the debut novel, Dream Girl Awakened, five characters come to grips with their pasts amidst broken friendships, infidelity, grief, and loss.

Aruba Dixon has hit rock bottom. After two years of marriage, her second husband has died of Lou Gehrig’s disease, and she finds herself wanting to end it all. A botched suicide attempt makes her parents reach out to her ex-husband, James, for assistance. Up until that late-night phone call, James is living the golden life of success and wealth, but now everything is about to spin out of control… Meanwhile, Tawatha Gibson is grateful for the chance to be free again. After serving five years in prison, she is released on a technicality. Though shunned from those she loves most, Tawatha clings to the dream that she will be given another chance to start anew. But when her daughter, Aunjanue, learns about her release from prison, she’s not sure she can celebrate her mother’s freedom, let alone forgive her.

Then there’s Victoria Faulk, who struggles with forgiving and forgetting. After a messy divorce, she wrestles with feelings of inadequacy and doubt. When her new beau, Emory Wilkerson, proposes in front of family and friends, she knows she’ll never be happy until she forgives the one person who hurt her—her old “friend,” Aruba Dixon.

As the events unfold around the lives of these women, they face the challenge of letting go of the past and building new bonds. Will they come full circle and learn to move on, or will their past mistakes follow them forever?

It is always nice when I pick up a sequel and I don’t have to fill in the gaps from whatever time may have lapsed from the previous one in the series. Forgive Me does an excellent job of continuing the story from Dream Girl Awakened. It is hard to write this one without giving spoilers so I will focus on the author’s writing style.

The tone throughout the entire book was to my liking. It flowed perfectly and somehow in spite of some major personality flaws I was able to feel personally connected to each character. I don’t know if there was ever a title that fit more appropriately to the content within the book then Forgive Me. This book is all about forgiveness and what it entails to reach not only the point to forgive but to accept forgiveness from others. Stacy’s debut novel, Dream Girl Awakened was one of my favorite books of 2013 and it brings me such great joy to know that she avoided the sophomore slump with Forgive Me!!! I highly recommend this book!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Forgive Me in exchange for an honest review.

Stacy Campbell is an author born and raised in Sparta, Georgia. A graduate of Albany State University, Stacy was bitten by the writing bug after hearing her elderly relatives share family stories on her front porch. Her work has been published by the Detroit Writers Guild, Indiana Writers at Home, and Georgia magazine. Her first novel, Dream Girl Awakened, was published in February 2013 under Strebor Books, a Simon and Schuster imprint. Stacy’s subsequent novels, Forgive Me, and Wouldn’t Change a Thing, are also under the Strebor imprint and will be published in 2014 and 2015, respectively. When she’s not creating new characters or honing the writing craft, she’s most likely spending time with her family, trying out new recipes, or dining at new restaurants for dinner ideas. You can visit her at,, or @stacycampbell20 on Twitter.


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  1. Great review…

  2. I love how you handle these Tiff! Awesome review!

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