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.
He laughed. “But when I look at you I can see myself perfectly. And even though I never dream, I do pray. Do you to know what I prayed for before I met you?”
“A story of loss, faith, and a love that transcends space and time.”
I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into with this book. The tagline is as mysterious and the story that unfolds. It’s a mystery, as well as a heartbreaking story of love. A love so intense that it hurts to breathe. The mystery revolves around the circumstances of how the two main characters meet. Eva goes through an unimaginable tragedy in life and has given up on life and living. Can the mystery man she meets on the steps of the courthouse be her salvation? Set in New Orleans, there’s a great blend of culture that comes through the pages.
The beginning of the book is totally unexpected. The lilting of the Cajun language had me intrigued and wondering about the world of dreams and reality. The story really picks up half way through the book as you start putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Definitely makes you read through to the end to find out if what you’re expecting is what happens.
One of my favourite moments in the book happens about half way through:
“What is your full name, Eva?”
“Evangeline Maria Chenier.”
“Evangeline, Evangeline,” he softly whispered, almost like a song, with reverence.
“Evangeline Maria Chenier. You’re not done living yet, the best is yet to come. You’re going to be just fine. You are.”
“Do you think you’ll ever be the same?”
“Never. But not because of the path I followed. I’ll never be the same because I found you.” He smiled.
A lovely reminder to live, not just exist. Read this book if you’re after a little love story mixed in with mystery.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Annie has a habit of shortening her words and telling long stories. She speaks with a southern flair and cooks with it too. At the tender age of twenty- one, she hitched up her wagons (took her first plane ride) and moved out west to the big shake (California). Her writing career began one sleepless night when she imagined a gorgeous woman and a man with maniacal hair floating above her like lightening bugs falling from the sky. Curious about them, their story, and why they were floating around in her head, she sat down and penned (typed) her first novel, Marigny Street. A dream come true for her, she hasn’t stopped writing since. She loves a damn good love story, always has, no matter what the genre. She is particularly moved by imperfect love that in its own unique way is perfect, the notion of love at first sight, soul mates, and things that are generally out of the norm.
When she’s not writing she enjoys dabbling in photography and finding new, inspirational music to add to her collection. Deciding on a whim to hitch up those same wagons, Annie currently resides in Texas (where everything is bigger) with her husband, daughter, and their two peculiar dogs, Boudreaux and Tabasco (who, call her crazy, bark with an accent).
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