Review: Madly, Deeply by Erica Crouch

Madly, Deeply by Erica Crouch

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Retelling

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'm a sucker for Edgar Allan Poe. He's someone who will always be at the top of my favorites list. Every time I hear about someone writing a story inspired by Annabel Lee, I get really excited. If they can capture the essence of the poem without losing their own voice, I'm a happy camper. And that's exactly what Erica Crouch did with Madly, Deeply.

  Poe's voice is not lost with Madly, Deeply. His impression on the story is still seen in Erica Crouch's haunting retelling. The essence of his dark, Gothic style is captured perfectly by the author and continuously reminded me of Poe. It's heavy on the emotions and twists. More than once, I was caught up in Crouch's world and had a hard time distinguishing it from Poe's own works.

  Everything about this story fit cohesively in a way that was befitting of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and their deep emotions. The descriptions were so stunning and detailed that I felt like I was in the story right alongside Anna and William. If you enjoy a haunting love story reminiscent of Poe, Madly, Deeply is the book for you. 

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.


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