Genres: Gothic, Paranormal, Retelling
Published by Self Published on June 17, 2014
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It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea...
Annaleigh Wells and William Calloway had a love even the angels envied. It was as if the universe spun them toward one another, like the stars crafted their souls to fit perfectly together.
With a wedding on the horizon, fate had a change of heart. Whispered warnings from phantoms and morbid nightmares darkened every night—but even visions of the future couldn’t save Annaleigh.
Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem Annabel Lee, Crouch’s period romance Madly, Deeply tells the tale of love so great, it cannot be contained in just one life.
I have never felt so compelled to write a review in form of a poem as I am right now. Without further ado, here is my [totally horrendous] attempt at a poem review:
It was many and many weeks ago,
In a house in the Caribbean sea,
That a girl picked up a book to read,
By the name of Madly Deeply;
This girl lived by no other thought
Than to read and love what she sees
Thus is the story of William and Annaleigh,
Two lovers who loved deeply,
They loved with a love that was more than love,
William and the poor Annaleigh.
Their love, it was pure, but also tragic,
As we would very soon see.
The author of this story,
With elegant prose,
Seemed to tell their story beautifully.
They loved a love that was more than love
And it was something we all could see.
There were other characters here to love,
Like Mary, the supporting lead.
She was headstrong, and honest, and loyal, and strong,
To both William and his Annaleigh.
Erica Crouch weaved a wonderful tale,
Of love, and death, and family, and grief.
A story of sadness, and destiny, and soul mates, and faith,
A story that could make you believe.
So ask me if I recommend this book,
For I will not hesistate to say,
That Erica Crouch wrote a wonderful book,
A book that’s poetic, and captivating, and heartbreaking.
A book that’ll make you believe in love,
And one that’ll you’ll never regret.
… okay. So at the end there I couldn’t help but realizing that I couldn’t rhyme anything else and that I will never match Edgar Allan Poe. But that doesn’t matter, because that’s not the point. The point is that Erica Crouch has taken one of my all time favorite poems, and created an amazing book out of it.
This book will not only make you believe in the most powerful, most heart-breaking, most powerful kind of love, but I’ll also leave you with a smile on your face and a tear in your eye (or maybe that’s just me).
The writing was beautiful and heartbreaking. I felt like Poe himself had been the one writing this book, and that he brought to life his poem.
My only complaint is that I wished to know more about the setting, but that’s just a personal preference, not a fault in the book.
Overall, if you’re looking for an amazing romance, one that’ll break your heart and make you smile at the same time then read this book.
P.S. Please ignore my crappy poem and just read the story, kay? 🙂
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