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Date Reviewed: Oct 31, 2006
I Will Always Be
The days proceeding Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath of its devastation are the setting of FOREVER AND A DAY by Dyanne Davis. Torrie Thibodeaux has always had a sixth sense when it came to the hurricanes in her native New Orleans. Her family has never taken her seriously with her dreams, predictions and fears and when Hurricane Katrina threatens, their doubts remain the same. Preparing for a hurricane party, Torrie warns her family members about the impending storm. However, there is one person who has always been there for Torrie during these trying times, whether in the flesh, as a child, or via telephone during their adult years. Jake Broussard, Torrie's childhood friend and former boyfriend, has always been by her side. He presently lives in New York City and his telephone call to Torrie in the wake of the storm, catapults her into leaving New Orleans with several families and setting up camp in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Unbeknownst to her, Jake is on his way to Louisiana.
Jake's arrival brings a historical perspective amongst the Thibodeaux and Broussard family; families rooted in New Orleans traditions of classism and the haves versus the have-nots. The Thibodeaux family are among the hard working have-nots and the Broussard family is the epitome of New Orleans' power and corruption. When Jake returns so does the distrust and hatred of anyone named Broussard.
Because Jake broke Torrie's heart as teenagers and his father's past history shady dealings, the Thibodeaux family despises Jake's return and his interference. Jake believes his leaving New Orleans and forging his own way, he is nowhere near the likes of his father. His arrival in New Orleans is two-fold, to protect Torrie and to make sure she and her family is not scammed of their rightful insurance claims. What Jake is unaware of is, his entire life was scripted and so is his return.
The author skillfully develops a setting that is easily visualized by the reader. Utilizing several families from different sides of the economic range, their emotional trauma, their faith in God and learning about the often-told corruption within the city of New Orleans made for a very good and highly enlightening read.
Reviewed by Dawn Reeves
of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers
Dawn Reeves is a Program Coordinator for a public school system and is an avid sports fan. In addition to participating in on-line book clubs, she is the manager of a local book club.
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