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 received this book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley and Patchwork Press
Retellings are always difficult but when you take something as iconic as Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee it’s going to be hard to improve on something so beautiful or even do it justice. Erica Crouch perfectly captured the haunting, lyrical yearning and sorrow of Poe’s poem. You feel every ache and pain, it cuts like a knife straight through the heart, leaving behind a residual sting. A harrowing, tragic love story, Madly, Deeply asks questions about how powerful love can be and whether or not it has the strength to withstand death.
- I’m new to Erica Crouch’s books but immediately became enamored with her style after I read The Empath. She has a way of stringing words together to craft an amazing symphony of description. Everything is meticulously detailed to the point where there’s no need to stretch your imagination, it’s vivid, colorful and the emotions are paired with relatable metaphors.
- There’s an air of suspense and anxiety that floats through the text. Even though anyone who has read Poe’s poem knows how it ends, there’s always this spark of fear that things will get worse.
- Mary is vivacious, precocious and a force to be reckoned with. She’s mysterious and has such a strong presence that it’s impossible not to like her.
- Annaleigh and William have a connection that is enchanting, transcendent and will move you. Their happiness is addictive, it’s a burst of light and joy in a very gloomy setting. Their memories as children and their blossoming love is adorable and so passionate. Your heart will bleed for William and anger is not far off. That such a perfect love can be robbed and cut short is a travesty that will never be forgotten.
- The pacing is extremely slow and drags on in a way that does embrace the Gothic tone but lacks the climax.
- Grief is an all-consuming beast that almost feels like wallowing in some sections and is a little too much.
- The supernatural elements, especially the necklace and the raven incidents were introduced and then sort of neglected. There wasn’t really an explanation or follow through, it fizzled out.
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