★★★★Author of the week ★★★★ Author Annie Welch ★★★★
The Saving Angels Series
by Annie Rose Welch
Genre: Romance with a Twist
(Saving Angels Series #1)
Do you believe in the power of dreams?
Way down south on Marigny Street in the heart of New Orleans, the land of Catholic intercessions, 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.
I shook my head. “Tell me, Gabriel, what are your dreams about?”
“Nothing. I never dream.” He shrugged.
“I’ve never once in my life had a dream. And I never look in a mirror – or I try my hardest not to anyway.”
“Why?” How could you never dream? Or look in a mirror?
He sighed. “I believe the only things in this life that can truly show your reflection are the things you love the most in this world. And I don’t love myself enough to want to look in the mirror.” He laughed. “But when I look at you I can see myself perfectly. And even though I never dream, I do pray. Do you want to know what I prayed for before I met you?”
“I prayed for an angel – to save me. I asked for a little help from up above, and now you’re here. You are cake and ice cream; sugar and spice, and everything nice. And when you smile, you make me feel the way the world looks when the sun shines through a foggy day.”
All I could do was smile.
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"This is a story that sings the particular otherworldly song that is the melange of New Orleans, with a character in Eva that is particularly well developed and easy to like. Gabriel is a breath of otherworldly fresh air, tangible in his emotional connection to Eva. New Orleans becomes a character to fall in love with as well: you will walk the streets with Eva and feel the city through her eyes, incorporating her memories."
"That's the other thing about Eva. She was real. All the characters were real. The weather was real. New Orleans was a character herself. The story was alive to me. It was as if I lived the story as I read. There was a very surprising twist that wasn't expected and still has me reeling."
"This book enchanted me from the quotes at the beginning. It is honestly a beautiful story. It pulls you in to a really quite magical place, yes, it's incredibly soppy (for my tastes) but it's undeniably beautiful.
This is book one in the Saving Angels series.
I read book 2 and 3 first and then I went back and read book one.
So yes they can be read as a stand alone but when you get to the end ..Book 4 you are going to want to have read all of the books.
I loved this book just as much as I loved the 2nd and 3rd book.
This is Eva and Gabriel's story. Eva lives on Marigny Street, she is married but separated. We learn this rather quickly, she is a little strange and forgets so many things that we take for granted in our everyday life. We later find out it is because she lost her son and she is having a hard time dealing with this. With her whole life falling apart in her eyes that is when she meets Gabriel. She has had dreams of this man at a young age, but it is now when she is older that she meets this man. They are very attracted to each other and spend 4 wonderful dates together, they start to feel things that they didn't expect.
Is this the man that can finally heal all of Eva's wounds? Come on this journey with this couple as they learn what fate has in store for them. This was a very captivating, amazing story. This author has a way with words that keep you wanting more. Thank you Annie for a wonderful story.