Saturday, October 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the wonderful NA romance Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!  Below you can read my review and enter a great giveaway, and you can follow along with the rest of the tour here.

Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy
Publication date: October 1st 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

“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.
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Wow!  I think Deanna Roy’s Forever Innocent may be my favorite new adult novel I’ve read so far, and it’s certainly one of the best I’ve encountered.  This book deals with a very difficult issue that happens to resonate with me on a personal level: the death of an infant.  But I think even readers who haven’t dealt with this experience will still be moved by the raw pain and emotion in this novel.

The plot of Forever Innocent is fairly simple: main characters Corabelle and Gavin meet unexpectedly four years after a shared tragedy.  Gavin and Corabelle were childhood friends turned lovers who planned to marry when Corabelle became pregnant during their senior year of high school.  When their baby was born prematurely and survived only seven days, Gavin left town, and Gavin and Corabelle struggled separately through the next few years, dealing with their pain in different but equally destructive ways.  Now chance, or fate, has thrown them together again when Corabelle transfers to UCSD and finds herself sharing a class with Gavin.

Forever Innocent is the story of past lovers reconnecting, but more than that, it’s the story of how, forced to confront their past and their secrets, Corabelle and Gavin finally begin to work through the pain they’ve buried for the past four years.  Vivid memories and flashbacks to the birth and death of their son, Finn, form an important part of the novel and feel very realistic and emotional, and therefore can be quite difficult to read.  In fact, all of Gavin and Corabelle’s actions and character development felt very realistic, and I really cared about both of them.

One of my favorite aspects of the book was the fact that both Gavin and Corabelle are deeply flawed, and both make mistakes they can’t completely overcome during the course of the book.  While their story will continue in another novel, Forever Innocent leaves us with hope, but no magic fixes or happily-ever-after.  This made the book feel so much more real to me.  I also have to mention that the writing was very well done on a sentence level, and there were some lovely motifs such as the stars and butterflies that took on greater meaning throughout the novel.

As to my personal experience with this topic, when I was three I had a baby sister who was born prematurely and lived about two months before dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which basically means she stopped breathing in her sleep.  I was too young to remember the incident, but I feel like it really influenced my entire life.  The death of an infant is so complicated and hard to deal with because you’re mourning someone who never had a chance to develop a personality.  Deanna Roy captured the unique kind of pain this brings so well in Forever Innocent.
Forever Innocent is the best book I’ve read dealing with the death of an infant, although admittedly I haven’t read that many.  I will definitely be reading Deanna Roy’s other novels dealing with the same subject, and I’m looking forward to the continuation of Corabelle and Gavin’s story.


Deanna Roy is a sucker for romance and drama and dumps hefty amounts of both in her novels. She is also a powerful advocate for baby loss moms and has founded multiple support groups for women, from teens on up, who endure this impossible heartache. Her other novels include Baby Dust and Stella & Dane: A Honky Tonk Romance.

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  1. Love and light to your sweet baby sister, Stephanie. <3
    Thank you for a very lovely review.

    1. You're welcome! Thanks for a great book!

  2. Thanks for sharing about your baby sister. And hugs to your family!

  3. I'm so sorry about your baby sister. Must have been difficult. This topic is one that a lot of people can relate to but like you said is rarely written about. I loved the book and Deanna's style of writing and look forward to reading more!