The Queen of Tarts review of Annie Rose Welch’s The Crossroads
Queen of Tarts review of
by Annie Rose Welch
Once again as I read the last page of a story by Annie Rose Welch I am in a bit of a daze. Her words sing and dance in my head along with her characters. The Crossroads IS the crossroads, the intersection of some of the plot lines that captured my heart from her very first novel. I was aching for this story. This is Gabriel and Eva’s story as much as it’s Catalina and Raphael’s… It’s a story of love, loss, fate, forgiveness and choice.
Ms. Welch paints pictures with her words. They are lush, descriptive and lyrical… the tone isn’t for everyone, but it definitely resonated with me. I can nearly see her stories like a movie or a song in my head. The Crossroads follows multiple storylines and yet they somehow combine into a whole picture and I loved the journey.
The Crossroads switches between the past and the present and two love stories. Gabriel and Eva paths cross (finally!) in a New Orleans hospital during a storm. Their dreamy past brings them together but doubt and fear may keep them from a future together.
Raphael and Catalina are lying in separate rooms of the same hospital. They reflect on the lives they led and choices they made. The strands of these two couples stories weave together and captured my heart. I couldn’t put this book down and absolutely yearned for the right choices to be made and love to prevail.
A few of my fav lines.
♥ “Don’t be afraid to stop and just… love. It’ll be a good change for you. Don’t be afraid of a dream. Say everything your heart urges you to say, and if you do, you’ll find yourself in a beautiful place…”
♥ And I love her. I love her for her past, for who she is now, and who she will always be. I love her entirely.
Annie Rose Welch has been added to my list of favorite storytellers. Her novels have helped me while I’ve been down and feeling a bit lost… They take me on a journey and remind me to have hope and choose love.
How do you get there, darlin’? Well, na’, you start by taking Brighten Place. Follow that road all the way down to Marigny Street. After you travel a little distance you’ll come to an old Red Dirt Road, and that road will take you even further, to Lotus Blossom Lane, but you’ve already been that way. Na’ you’re exactly where you should be, darlin’. You’ve arrived at The Crossroads of your life.
Gabriel Roberts is the most famous movie star in the world. He has everything one man could ever want. He has everything except the one thing he feels will fulfill his purpose and complete his life.
Raphael Rose is dying of pneumonia. As he waits on the waning clock of mortality to chime, he has a story to share. One of star-crossed lovers he has never lost hope for.
Two doors down, Madam Catalina has her own story – a shocking past, a love of a lifetime left undone.
Locked behind the doors of Charity Hospital during Hurricane Evangeline, the tangling of souls has unraveled and left each of them at the crossroads of their life. And in the end, whichever road they choose will lead them home.
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. She currently (still) resides in the big shake (although her southern roots are calling her home) with her husband, daughter, and their two peculiar dogs, Boudreaux and Tabasco (who, call her crazy, bark with an accent). For lagniappe (a little extra), a virtual cup of café au lait and beignets, please visit Annie’s website: www.annierosewelch.com