by Deanna Roy
Published in 2016 by Casey Shay Press
Reviewed by K.L. Romo
Forever Family is the last book of the Forever series by Deanna Roy. The series explores the lives of three twenty-something friends – Corabelle, Jenny, and Tina – as they navigate the turbulence of becoming adults.
In Forever Family, Roy revisits the devastating loss of Corabelle and Tina – their infants died shortly after birth. Have their lives been damaged beyond repair? Corabelle has reconnected with her baby’s father, Gavin, and Tina now is now dating a wonderful young doctor. But when their best friend, Jenny, deals with an unexpected pregnancy, will they be able to handle her happiness at being a new young mother?
Deanna Roy’s own experience of losing an infant is entwined in Forever Family. The heartbreak suffered by Corabelle and Tina is a palpable thing; the reader feels the pain of losing what is most precious in life and not knowing if your world will ever be the same again.
The Forever series explores young love and loss, and the struggle to repair the gaping hole left by losing a baby. In Forever Family, Roy takes us through the friends’ journeys to overcome their grief, each woman learning that life goes on, and there is always hope for a better tomorrow.
I enjoyed reading Forever Family and recommend it to readers of new adult fiction who may have experienced loss, but believe the wounds will eventually heal, especially when close friends are there to hold your hand and pull you from darkness into the sunshine.
K.L. Romo is a member of the Writers’ Leagues of Texas who lives with her family in Duncanville, Texas. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her novel From Grace I Fall – about a modern woman who’s suddenly transported back to 1907 Dallas, seeing the world through the eyes of a reformed prostitute who’s determined to seek justice for victims of human trafficking, and other women forced to sell their bodies. Visit her website.