Saturday, December 5, 2015

Review: Marigny Street by Annie Rose Welch

Title: Marigny Street
Series: Saving Angels
Author: Annie Rose Welch
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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.
Where do I start? This book is absolutely amazing!!! <- yes 3 exclamation points amazing.
This book follows Evangeline or Eva on her journey after a tragic loss. She is at an impasse in her life and something needs to change. She is absent minded and her she is hanging on to her employment by a thread.
Enter Gabriel, like the angel he’s named after he comes at the right time. He’s needs a breath of fresh air from the constant demands of being a big time Hollywood actor and having to live his life in the very public eye.
Even when we are not looking, especially when we are not looking life has a way of helping us out. When Gabe and Eva meet, there is an instant attraction but Eva is not keen on acting on it right away. Slowly he wears her down and opens her up like she’s never been before.
There is something familiar about Gabriel though, like she has met him before, maybe in a dream. It’s an adventure as she takes him through her New Orleans showing him stuff that tourists miss. While they are experiencing New Orleans together they are also discovering themselves separately and together. Obviously I can’t give away the ending but just be ready for a twist that will leave your reeling, in magic and madness. Purchased the set because I need to finish this.
I give this book 5 stars because I love the premise. I also love that the damaged person isn’t just the female, it’s both of them. I love that there meeting has nothing to do with money, or a job or needing anything from the other besides companionship. You don’t see that a lot in the books today. It’s written impeccably even though the story line is twisted and it keeps you wondering you will not get lost. This story absorbs you and claims you. My heart now belongs on Marigny Street.

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Born and raised in New Orleans, Annie has a habit of shortening her words and telling long stories. She speaks with a southern flair and cooks with it too. At the tender age of twenty- one, she hitched up her wagons (took her first plane ride) and moved out west to the big shake (California). Her writing career began one sleepless night when she imagined a gorgeous woman and a man with maniacal hair floating above her like lightening bugs falling from the sky. Curious about them, their story, and why they were floating around in her head, she sat down and penned (typed) her first novel, Marigny Street. A dream come true for her, she hasn't stopped writing since. She loves a damn good love story, always has, no matter what the genre. She is particularly moved by imperfect love that in its own unique way is perfect, the notion of love at first sight, soul mates, and things that are generally out of the norm.

When she's not writing she enjoys dabbling in photography and finding new, inspirational music to add to her collection. Deciding on a whim to hitch up those same wagons, Annie currently resides in Texas (where everything is bigger) with her husband, daughter, and their two peculiar dogs, Boudreaux and Tabasco (who, call her crazy, bark with an accent).

For lagniappe (a little extra), a virtual cup of café au lait and beignets, please visit Annie's website:

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