Have you all figured out yet how much I LOVE Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy? Just in case you haven’t, let me tell you again: I LOVE THIS BOOK. I’m thrilled that I get to be a part of the blog tour through Xpresso Tours. You can follow along to see the other stops here.
[box style="gray rounded" ]“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.[/box]
Forever Innocent is the type of book that changes you. It left me feeling utterly wrecked and hopelessly blessed. It made me run and hug my kids. And it made me cry. Hard.
Forever Innocent is easily one of my top three reads ever. There is so much tangible emotion from these characters, that they become real. It isn’t the type of book you read and forget about as just another book. Gavin and Corabell are the types of characters you remember forever.
Their love was so strong, and so sweet, and still tragic. I couldn’t help rooting for them. Corabell is not like any other NA heroine I’ve ever read. She’s very self-contained, and controlled, just trying to survive. I don’t think she feels like she deserves good things anymore.
Gavin wants to give her everything, and still loves her with the heart of her high-school sweetheart. But he can no longer love her with abandon, because he too is still reeling from the consequences of Finn’s death.
I can’t wait to see what else is in store for Gavin and Corabell.