|“My love had knocked twice and I would not let him slip away again.”
Tormented by insensitive peers, Annalise grows up longing to find a life of love and adventure. Annalise prays to God that He will help her escape her life of drudgery and let her begin a new life in the capital, Luxembourg City. Her prayer appears to be answered when her parish priest, Father Klaus, approaches her with information about a Catholic-run nursing school in the capital. Although this opportunity will lead her to a new life in Luxembourg City, and eventually America, it will also be the catalyst for years of unanticipated hardship on the path to fulfilling her dreams of love and happiness.
Richly detailed and powerful, Loving Annalise takes the reader on an emotional journey that, for all of the pain it depicts, concludes on a beautiful note of joy and reconciliation.
It is important to note, however, that Constans’ scenes are crafted with a sense of realism that can make the heroine’s struggle to leave her tragic and loveless marriage especially intense. With that in mind, this novel is not necessarily a “light” romance and may not be the best fit for a reader seeking a consistently optimistic love story.
Furthermore, though this novel is categorized as an erotic romance, the sexual content is relatively mild. The love scenes are beautiful and thoughtfully written, highlighting the contrast between the tender love that Annalise now experiences and the painful past from which it emerged. However, they are not especially graphic in their sexual content and may not satisfy readers seeking an erotically-charged love story.
Inspiring in its message that a passionate and lasting union is possible for all women, even those who feel trapped by impossible circumstances, Loving Annalise is an excellent read for those yearning to experience the redemptive and all-conquering power of love.