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.
“In this life–in this reality–there are no guarantees that you can go back and redo what has been done. This life is one big gamble, and there is a pricce to pay for every decision we make. Sometimes there is no reclaiming what has been lost.”
“He was truth, he was lies. He was goodness, he was sin. He was heaven, he was earth. He was foreign, he was home. He was beautiful, he was normal. He was a contradiction, yet everything about him could make sense. I had never met anyone so conflicted.”
“If you’re happy, I’m content. When you’re sad, I want to make it better. If you would be on the verge of dying, so would I. If you need me, I need to find you. I’m always tangled with you, Evangeline, Always.”
One of the first things that drew me into this story was the cover. I loved the coloring and it just grabbed my attention. I had to know more about the book that’s cover I fell in love with. So, when I read the synopsis, I was like, I need to read this book. And I gotta tell you, I am so glad that I did.
I loved everything about this book, from start to finish. I’ve always been fascinated by dreams. So, I love when authors incorporate them into stories. It’s a great fantasy aspect. Dreams can be very powerful and Evangeline’s will prove to be just that. Decoding dreams can often dictate the paths that people take in their daily lives and the same can be said for Evangeline. I loved going on this journey with Evangeline. I loved trying to figure out if her dreams were real and what exactly they were trying to tell her. Evangeline’s story is not an easy one. Her story is one of great loss. Her loss made her fade away. It made her stop living. It took Gabriel coming into her life, to once again breathe life into her. He reminded her of all the good that there was and just how precious and special life can be.
Evangeline and Gabriel’s story was more than I ever expected. I loved how real and relateable the characters were. You couldn’t help but want to know more about the two of them and the more time I spent with them, the more I wanted to know… Their made me laugh. It was at time heartbreaking and frustrating at times. But, it was also a story of hope and finding oneself again. And of course, it made me fall in love. This is my first book by this author and I am really excited to read more and see how everything will play out!
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*