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.
Overall Rating: 5
Madly, Deeply, was a heartbreaking gorgeous book.
Madly, Deeply was certainly a book that gave me a very pleasant surprise. Have you ever felt a sense of foreboding when you read a synopsis of a book and you know subconsciously that this book has the capacity to break your heart? Well that was exactly what I felt when I read the synopsis of this book. I know that this was going to be heartbreaking but I am a masochist enough and I still decided to read it.
What Annaleigh and William has was a love so pure that by reading what they had makes you want to curl up in a ball and feel sad for your life and make you want a relationship exactly like that.
You have filled my yesterdays with so much hope and love that every today feels like magic. I want to spend tomorrow with you. I want to spend every tomorrow for the rest of my life, and whatever life comes after this, loving you. I want the angels to watch us with envy, to dream that they might one day understand another as much as you do me and I you.
They were childhood friends who ended up with feeling more for each other and now they decided to marry each other. Annaleigh was the one who helped William pick up the pieces of his heart when his mother died and his father left them.
When I requested this from Netgalley it was under YA and that was one of the reasons that made me wary of reading it. Most of the Young Adult books that I have read if not childish and petty, the plot is lacking. But this book wasn’t childish or petty. I know it's not a good general-ism but I have read hundreds of childish YA books to make me wary of this particular genre.
I checked this book on Amazon and it was under New Adult
The fates were very cruel to both of them and I can't help but feel that they weren't given a chance. But as Annaleigh said,
"Fate doesn't have to be fair or make sense. It just has to happen, one way or another"
I was so sad for Annaleigh since she could be with William but he wasn't able to see him or comfort him. I was also sad for William since he went through a lot and the love of his life was going to be taken from him. I mean, can’t a guy get a break?
This book was surprisingly short and I hoped that it would have been longer. Like for example, the author could have put some focus on the childhood of the characters and not just mention it in passing. Some of the chapters were cut short which made reading the book a little bit confusing me. Another thing was this book was written in a period of time where there were carriages and horses and all that but there were times when the author used the terms “police” and “stretcher”.
I am in no ways a historian or claim to be someone who knows her history books but I felt that the author should have used more words that would fit the book. Since in the book there was a scene where William and Annaleigh was inside a carriage and I'm pretty sure that words "police" and "stretcher" fit that period of time.
The cover of this book was kind of weird at first but when you read the book, you'll realize that it coincides with the plot. Which was really great since I hater it when a book doesn't match its cover. I mean, what was the cover for then if it doesn't even match? I would have loved if the name of the author was in white to be seen more clearly and for the font to be changed, but these are all personal preferences.
Mary, William's sister was also a great character and I hope that the author would make a story dedicated for her.
This was the first book from Erica Croucher which I have read this certainly would not be the last!
I received digital edition from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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