I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Madly, Deeply by Erica Crouch
Published by Patchwork Press on June 17th 2014
Genres: Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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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.
It was nearly perfect. It was beautiful and expressive and haunting.
I hovered for the longest time between 4 and 5 stars for this book. It was a hard decision. It was so beautiful, but painful. It was happy ending, but not necessarily what I would have wanted. But I can’t say it wasn’t satisfying. Because of the indecision, I gave it 4 stars.
This is a very piercing story about love and loss. It mirrors Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee” so perfectly that I just knew I’d be hooked, and I certainly was. I’m always a sucker for those dark stories, those twisted tales. I was not disappointed.
I’m always a sucker for those dark stories, those twisted tales. I was not disappointed.
There are moments where it seems so perfect. So achingly perfect. Not even the you-know-it-can’t-last perfect, but the ‘can we just stay in this moment forever’ perfect. The kind that made you want to turn the page and have it keep going, instead of the kind that made you afraid to turn the page in case everything suddenly shatters.
But the perfection was matched by moments of pain. There were a lot of those moments. In fact, I would venture to say that most of the book was grief and sadness. Yes, Annaleigh dies. It’s no secret. So the rest of the book is her and Will coming to terms with that. What’s sad is that they’re so young. They’re too young to have to go through so much heartache (and it’s not even just Annaleigh). They’re my age. I couldn’t even imagine that.
But it was done so well. The way it was described was basically perfect. It wasn’t cliche perfect but it made me think, ‘yeah, that’s exactly the right thing to say about that.’
At one point, I was so drawn into the story that when I had to put the book down for a moment, I wandered downstairs feeling like a ghost and unsure of whether I would actually be able to touch things. It was such a weird feeling. That’s how you know a book is going to stay with you a long time!
And the characters were so lovable, every last one. I wanted Mary as my sister, I wanted Will as my husband, and I wanted Anna as my best friend. Everyone was so full of life, ironically.
Good vs. Bad
Less than perfect:
This was absolutely beautiful but haunting as well. It’s an excellent story of love and loss but not a happy one. The characters were so easy to fall in love with and the writing was descriptive and expressive. This was one of those books that said all the right things. Bonus points for giving me the same feels as Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee.” Would I read more by this author? Yes. Would I recommend this book to others? Yes.