Book Review: Marigny Street

Marigny Street (Saving Angels #1)by Annie Rose Welch: Do you believe in the power of dreams?

Way down south on Marigny Street in the heart of New Orleans, the land of Catholic intersessions, 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.

Lori's thoughts: This isn't exactly "New Adult," but I felt the need to read it anyway. I have a problem reading books when I can't pronounce the title or the name of a character. I stumble over the name in the book every time I come to it in a sentence. So, not wanting to spend the whole book stumbling, I sent an email to the author and asked her, just how do you pronounce "Marigny?" She very graciously replied that the "G" is silent and it's a bit like Melanie only with an "r." Think Mare-a-nee. (I hope I got that right, Annie.)

I love dreams. I believe dreams give us answers all the time, as well as show us solutions to every day problems. Heck, many authors get their book ideas from dreams. So, I was very interested in reading this one. I loved Annie's lyrical writing. She wrote it like she would say it, I imagine. The book was a bit slow in places, but I stuck with it. I desperately wanted to know what happened to Gabriel and Eva.

I'm not going to go into too much detail -- because I don't want to spoil it for you. But the book broke my heart. Not because I didn't like it, but because I did like it so much. I loved the characters and their story was both heartwarming and heart-wrenching. You have to read it to find out why!

The second book in the Saving Angels series is: Red Dirt Road. Watch for the review tomorrow!

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