Age Group: Young Adult
Other Books by This Author: All works listed Here
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“Evangeline,” he repeated, calling at a whisper. “Evangeline.” He was not calling that she may hear, he was calling that somehow her soul might know that he was devoted entirely to her, only to her. “Evangeline, I will find you.”
Eva and Gabe explore the golden forest of their seaside Maine town, unknowingly tracing the footsteps of two teens, Evangeline and Gabriel, who once lived in the idyllic wooded village of Acadia more than one hundred years ago. On the day that Evangeline and Gabriel were be wed, their village was attacked and the two were separated. And now in the present, Gabe has mysteriously disappeared from Eva.
A dreamlike, loose retelling of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous love poem “Evangeline,” Anxious Hearts tells an epic tale of unrequited love and the hope that true love can be reunited.
The cover of Anxious Hearts is stunning isn’t it? I love it. It’s definitely one of the best covers of the year. But that isn’t what my review is about. It’s about the book of course.
While the writing was lyrical and beautiful the story just didn’t do it for me. The chapters alternate between Eva and Gabriel. Gabriel’s story takes place 100 years in the past and Eva’s in the present. I found the story to be a bit odd at times. I usually have a easy time of suspending disbelief while reading a fantasy book but a lot of the situations came off as unbelievable to me. The writing was good. It was just missing something for me.
Both characters were…..strange. I didn’t get there motives. Eva just passively takes everything that Gabe shoves her way. And Gabriel puts all this effort into finding Evangeline, why? I didn’t feel this undying love that was supposed to be between them. By the end of the book if I would have heard “Evangeline” shouted one more time I might have strangled someone.
That sounds a little harsh….I’m having a hard time really conveying what I thought about the book without sounding like a hated it, because I didn’t. It was okay. Even after all the points I made up there, I still liked Anxious Hearts by Tucker Shaw. I don’t regret reading it. It’s definitely not going to make it on any favorites lists anytime soon but I think other people will really love. It just lacked something for me. Maybe I should read the poem….