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Sunday, November 15, 2015

REVIEW - Marigny Street by Annie Rose Welch

Marigny Street
by Annie Rose Welch
Genre: Romance (with a twist)
 
Blurb:
 
Do you believe in the power of dreams?
 
Way down south on Marigny Street in the heart of New Orleans, the land of Catholic intercessions, purgatory, and supernatural superstitions, young Evangeline Chenier dreams of a radiant boy who saves her from a storm. She takes the dream seriously – in her family, dreams are sometimes more than dreams. Sometimes they foretell the future. Sometimes they create it.
 
Years later, Eva is no longer the same wistful girl but a hardened woman who no longer believes in dreams. Losing faith in her gift, she becomes lost in a nightmare of emotion, mourning her son, separating from her husband, and stewing in a dead-end job. And then fate brings her an unlikely surprise: one of the most famous movie stars in the world, Gabriel Roberts.
 
Caught by something in his eyes, Eva agrees to show him the real Big Easy on his last night in New Orleans—an evening that turns into four dreamy days spent recapturing lost faith and discovering a love neither expected. Realizing Gabriel is the boy from her childhood dream, Eva must leave everything behind—her husband, her family, her history, and the beautiful city she calls home—and gamble it all for the dream that has saved her on MARIGNY STREET.

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REVIEW

Life is complicated.
No one knows that better than Evangeline Chenier. Having suffered a serious personal loss, Eva didn’t believe that she really deserved to be happy ever again. Despite what her family tells her, despite everything that she was ever taught, she simply struggles to believe that she deserves to be happy after failing to protect her unborn child. But what happened wasn’t her fault and perhaps, for someone like Eva anyways, a dream is the only way to truly make her understand that.
Gabriel Roberts isn’t your average Irishmen. He’s not even your average Hollywood heartthrob. He is everything you’d imagine in a superstar, without any of the possible negative traits, and he's a surprisingly sweet, almost naïve male specimen as well.

He’s just what Eva needs. Exactly what her heart is yearning for, without her even knowing, and the one thing that will bring her back to life. But have they missed their chance at forever before they ever even have the chance to try?
I read Marigny Street without any clear understanding of what the story was about. I didn’t even realize (until I’d finished the book) that it was simply the first book in a series that already has multiple books available for purchase. I’d never even heard of Annie Rose Welch.

Boy, was I pleasantly surprised.
I loved the characters and their humanity. Not the usual turn of phrase there but it's entirely accurate in this case. I loved Eva and the pain and unrelenting guilt over her unborn child’s death. Not because the pain was there, of course, but because it showed that she had flaws and imperfections. Gabriel had his own as well – he was impulsive and rash, impatient and somewhat over-emotional. For both of them, those things made them who they were and were the factors that made them perfect for one another.

I could go on and on, and on, about the story and about how it made me think about life, loss and love. I could talk about how it touched my heart and made me bleed. But the truth is you simply have to experience it for yourself. I loved Welch’s story and I fully intend to search out and read the rest of the Saving Angels series so that I can fully experience the tale that Welch intends to tell. I hope you’ll give them a try too.
And I hope you’ll be touched as deeply as I was.

Purchase Your Copy of Marigny Street today:
 
 
And to learn more about the books in the Saving Angels series, visit Welch's website.
 
 

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