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Monday, September 30, 2013

Review: Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy

Forever Innocent

by Deanna Roy
Released Date: Published September 26th 2013 by Casey Shay Press
Pages: 288
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"Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never returned.

Since then, her life has been a spiral of disasters. The only thing that has helped is her ability to black out whenever the pain gets too hard to bear, a habit that has become an addiction.

When Gavin shows up in her astronomy class four years later, he is hell-bent on getting her back, insisting she forgive him. Corabelle knows she can’t resist the touch that fills the empty ache that has haunted her since he left. But if he learns what she has done, if he follows the trail back through her past, her secrets will destroy their love completely. And once again, she’ll lose the only person who always believed she was innocent.

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

"Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

I really enjoyed reading Forever Innocent, it's definitely a story of hope and new beginnings. Deanna Roy does a marvelous job describing the struggles that both Corabelle and Gavin go through while trying to cope with the death of their baby. 

Losing their seven-day old baby wasn't easy for them to take, both of them were young when everything happened and right after the funeral, Gavin walked out on Corabelle, leaving her behind to pick up the pieces while he destroyed his future. Now four years later, they are reunited in San Diego California when they both decide to take astronomy at UCSD. Corabelle was not expecting to see Gavin again, after all those years of spiraling events happening to her, she never expected to see the guy she ever loved in her class again. She feels angry to see him and blames him for leaving her alone to deal with Finn's death. 

At the same time, Gavin is equally shocked to see Corabelle in the same class. After all those years trying to forget and move on. He finds himself thinking back at all the memories that they both had before the death of their son. He also finds himself wanting her again after everything that happened, and this time around he is determined to get her back. 

They both hide secrets that could potentially hurt one another, and it is because of these secrets that they can't seem to move on from their past. They both haven't forgiving themselves of happened to their son and as they start to spend time together did they see just how much they are in need of each other to move on. After reading this book, I felt connected with the characters and their struggles. They go through emotional roller coasters that made them stronger, and both grow to accept the past and hope for a better future. Overall, the story was beautifully written, and the setting was just perfect. I'm not just saying that because I've been to UCSD, but because it really fits. Everything comes full circle in the end and although there is going to be a sequel to this book, I didn't feel that their was a cliffhanger at the end. It just ends with a sign of hope and a new future for them. I recommend everyone to give this book a try, it has a good message behind it that will leave you wanting for more. 

ARC provided by Netgalley

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