Author Dyanne Davis' "Forever and A Day" captures an up close and personal view of what is was like to be in the midst of Hurricane Katrina and the tragedies that resulted from such a devastating storm. The lives it took and the damage that has ravaged New Orleans, Mississippi, and is something that will never be forgotten.
Ever since Torrie Thibodeaux was five years-old, she would cower in the corner, afraid of the impending storms that New Orleans would experience every year. When this would happen during the time she was in pre-school, Jake Broussard would come over and sit with her, promising with all his five year-old heart that he would protect her. This was their relationship as they grew up, despite the class difference and skin color. Until the day it was made evident to the two of them by the neighbor who embarrassed them and ultimately changed their relationship seemingly forever.
Over the years Torrie and Jake lived their lives apart from each other, Torrie in New Orleans and Jake in New York. Whenever there was a storm, Jake would call Torrie and talk her through it, putting her fears at bay. But he has always known that Torrie's apprehension far surpassed her fear of storms, and was directly related to the dreams and visions of the devastation that would some day come to be known as "Hurricane Katrina."
Running ahead of Hurricane Katrina and Rita, Torrie was very instrumental by becoming a modern day "Moses", helping family and friends to escape the storms and find shelter, food and jobs. All the while Jake came running behind Torrie determined to rekindle their relationship and accept and forge ahead with the love he has had for Torrie since he was five years-old. They still had to deal with the fact that they came from different worlds, Torrie from the Ninth Ward and he from the Garden District, but they both matured enough to confront these issues and others all the while dealing with the crisis of the storm, their families' concerns and thoughts about them being together, and a host of things from their past that had come full circle.
"Forever and A Day" is a wonderful novel that author Davis was able to weave into a beautiful love story despite the issues skin color, upbringing, and class. The storm was the catalyst that blurred these concerns making the people one in their unfortunate ordeal. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romance books, and to those who still have concerns about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and those who are still suffering from its destruction.
Reviewed by Sharel E. Gordon-Love