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.
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About the Author
Her first new adult novel - Madly, Deeply, a paranormal romance based on Edgar Allan Poe's poem Annabel Lee - arrives June 2014. She is working on a new adult science fiction series (Undying) due 2014, and a Robin Hood gender-swap retelling (Feathered series) due 2015.
Erica is the cofounder of Patchwork Press, an author-powered publisher of MG, YA, and NA titles. She is the head of editorial services and design, with more than ten projects to her name.
Currently, she is studying English and Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction at Southern New Hampshire University. She is a vlogger for the YAWordNerds with over 500 subscribers. When Erica isn't writing, she's reading an overwhelming stack of books, watching an obscene amount of Netflix, and procrastinating.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't know why I thought that a book that was a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's Annabel Lee would do anything except make me cry ugly tears all night long. I've been excited to read this book since Erica announced it, mostly because I loved her Ignite books and I love retellings, but I seriously should have known better. Annabel Lee is so full of heartbreak and Erica's story remained true to the original while still maintaining a fresh new voice. I was hooked on Madly, Deeply from the first sentence. Erica just has this way with words that made me want to keep reading even though I just knew something terrible was going to happen. Her descriptions of Annaleigh, William, and their world are flawless. Instead of telling us how strong their love is, she shows us. Every word, every action drips with their love for each other and it's no wonder even the angels envied it! I loved the gothic feel of this book, and I loved the little bit of magic that was woven in. The setting is haunting enough as it is and it just makes everything feel a little bit darker and a little bit more other-worldly. I often found myself thinking, "that seriously did NOT just happen. Things will right themselves in the next section!" The Victorian feel of the book really made this story that much better and I'm not sure it would have had the same impact if it was set in any other time period. I'm also kind of a sucker for books set in the Victorian era, so I just loved all of that. One of my favorite parts of this book was how it was broken up into sections based on the stanzas of the original poem. It doesn't exactly follow those stanzas, but it does give an idea of what's to come and what might happen next. The crying, for me, started around the second stanza, and quickly changed to ugly crying by the third stanza (for the rest of the book....). Especially after Annaleigh and William's fight in the cabin. That scene took my hurting heart and broke it into a million pieces. The end, although not your typical "happily ever after" was satisfying and still happy in a way. If you read this book, you'll totally know what I mean. I was still crying all over the place, but my heart started to mend so I walked away feeling a little bit better. But Madly, Deeply has stuck with me for several weeks while I've tried to write this review and I just can't get it out of my head. So I would 100% recommend this book to anyone looking for a re-telling of Annabel Lee that remains to Poe's original poem while still taking on a life of its own. Especially if you don't mind a good cry. This book has all of the feels and Erica's gorgeous writing will probably turn you into a blubbering mess before it's over. I loved everything about this book, and I can't wait to find out what Erica has up her sleeves next! 5/5!
This is based on a poem by Edgar Allen Poe, and is one that remember reading in high school and I loved it. So, there was no doubt in my mind that I needed to read Madly, Deeply. This follows two lovers, Annaleigh and William. They have decided to get married, but it doesn’t work out like they planned. Neither of them know that Mary, Williams sister, has been hiding that she has visions of events before they happen. She has seen something that can tragically change the future for Annaleigh and William and tried to prevent it. And so begins a torturous, emotional journey for William. Annaleigh and William are wonderful characters. So strong and determined. They grew up loving each other, and William has went through so much with their own losses and family issues. Him and sister have learned to depend on each other. And Annaleigh was there for both of them, and Mary has always wanted a sister, and now that William is marrying, she will have one. She was so caring and so sweet. Who wouldn’t want her for a sister? This is one of those book that will rip your heart apart and repair it ever so slowly. The Annabel Lee poem is one my favorites from Poe, and Crouch has captured it beautifully. Annaleigh and William’s love is so deep and meaningful and you feel it, with every page. Everything about this is just gorgeous, from the setting, the lake where the wedding took place to the cabin where William goes to stay in are vividly described, you feel as if you are there with them all. Of course, from the poem itself, you know this isn’t a read that is all happiness and sunshine, it is raw and emotional and my heart hurt, a lot. It is so hard to be able to describe it all to you, and I know I am being a little vague, but I think it is meant to be experienced, and those who love the tragic type romances will enjoy this so much. Madly, Deeply is a beautiful story of love that transcends time and, and the writing will pull you in and not let you go. I love this book!
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.