“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.
This was a true love story. I would like to expand on the synopsis just for a moment. Corabelle and Gavin were not only high school sweethearts, they were childhood best friends. I feel that this played a huge part of this book, the whole basis of their relationship began from the time they were probably in diapers. From playing school with one another to sneaking in (or out) of the house to be together and finally to living with each other until their tragedy struck.
I immediately liked Corabelle, she seemed to have her head on straight. She is a college student getting ready to start a new year. She has a job and is working her way through school. We join Corabelle on her first day of classes when BAM! blast from the past….Gavin is not only attending her college, he is in her Astronomy class and he will be in her study group. This is when I began to feel differently about Corabelle, she takes off running (it always bothers me when people run away) and while hiding in a stairwell she tries to make herself pass out. This seems to be her defense mechanism, black out and sleep it off instead of dealing with issues.
Gavin ran after her, starting their first encounter since he took off…on the day of their baby’s funeral (WTF?!) I instantly disliked him just because of that, who does that?? It’s amazing how the tables can turn though. He sees Corabelle and all of the feelings come back and he starts asking about second chances, my heart began to melt.
We all know that it is not going to be that easy. These two had been through so much together, I could feel the tension just through the stories that they told about their past. Fate seemed to be fighting for them, I strongly believe in coincidences and things happening for a reason…like ending up not only at the same school but in the same class.
“Whatever whim of fate of karma that blasted us apart four years ago apparently felt we should not be separated now. I didn’t know how to fight it.” ~Corabelle
The book is told in a dual POV so we are privy to hear both sides of the story. I loved hearing about their past, it was filled with good and bad times, love and anger, and of course life and death. This book brought me to tears, and not many books can actually do that to me, I tend to be one tough cookie ;) I was a mess, sitting all alone on my bed crying!
As with most tragedies there are many secrets between Gavin and Corabelle. They each feel like they are to blame for the past and they both have things to hide. These two are meant to last. Their secrets and their pasts are intertwined and they fit together so well. What fill fate choose for them this time around?? I hope you enjoy reading Forever Innocent, and be sure to have your tissues ready!
“Crossing the line isn’t about forgetting the people we love. It’s about not letting our past sorrow steal our future joy.” ~Gavin
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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