Fiction - Southern
368 Pages
Reviewed on 08/24/2018
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Author Biography

Imagine a job that allows you to have conversations with imaginary friends without anyone thinking you've gone off the deep end—that's the life of an author. I’ve published eleven novels and one novella with various Harlequin imprints. I love to infuse humor, quirkiness and romance into my stories of small town life.

Now I've delved into the world of magical realism stories where wee ghosties go bump in the night and the surreal becomes reality. Believe, my first magical realism book won the Reader's Favorite Gold Medal in the Magic/Wizardry genre. It also won the Chanticleer Somerset Award for Women's Fiction.

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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Believe (Irish Enchantment Book 1) by Annaliese Darr is a southern fiction novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of young adults and adults who enjoy magic, romance, and coming of age stories. Springen O'Flaherty has always been different with her ability to see the auras of those around her and later with the development of psychic abilities. That difference has always forced Springen to hold herself back from other people due to her fear of what they would think of her. Yet, that all changes when she meets district attorney Jed Collinsworth and she finds she wants to share all of who she is with him. Will Springen be able to overcome her need to keep her abilities locked away, and embrace them and share them with the man she loves?

Believe (Irish Enchantment Book 1) by Annaliese Darr is a well written book filled with beautiful figurative language and a story that I could not put down. This book ended up being unique in that it is a true blending of multiple genres with no single genre being more prevalent than another. The author seamlessly combines psychic abilities, romance, and coming of age genre elements together in a way that made the story seem so realistic. Springen O'Flaherty was by far my favorite character and I felt that I could truly understand why she found it so hard to share parts of herself with Jed. Yet at the same time there were moments when I just wanted to yell at her to tell him already and that he would still love her regardless of her abilities. Overall, I found this book to be a compelling read and I would love to read more about Springen O'Flaherty in the future!