Springen O’Flaherty has the ability to see auras. As a child she lived in a Popsicle world where the kids were swathed in brilliant colors and the grown-ups were a fuzzy pastel. Later, her psychic powers multiplied and resulted in a life of secrets and half-truths–of otherworldly sights and experiences. Spring was resigned to the status quo until she met Jed Collinsworth. Now she wants that two-kids and a mini-van life, but to accomplish her goal she has to be honest with the man she loves. But first she has to come to terms with her unique abilities.
The sudden loss of her dad plays havoc with Spring’s well-laid plans. Ready or not, Jed is about to be introduced to the O’Flaherty clan of western Virginia with all their eccentricities and quirks–tent revival preachers, gospel musicians, healers, heroes, and pot growers. When faced with the truth will Jed help Spring discover the elusive sense of peace and acceptance that she’s always wanted?
Chanticleer Five Star Review
Annaliese Darr, the author, writes of the Appalachian culture of tent revivals, blue grass & gospel music, and beliefs in “psychic gifts” and the old ways with a deftness and clarity that juxtaposes Spring’s new life chapter in the big city. Darr’s dialogue and characters are refreshing and captivating while her heartwarming story encompasses mystery and murder.
The narrative is straightforward with no ruffles and flourishes, but is written sometimes with witty and loving banter and sometimes it is written with palpable sadness that steps the reader through a complex tale and time switches without confusion. Darr balances the mystery of “what happened?” with “what happens next?” as she capably builds the suspense and tension on several fronts.
New York Literary Magazine
"Believe is an extraordinary, captivating novel with an original, magical plot, winning characters, and a complex romance.
A talented storyteller, Annaliese Darr skillfully brings her well-drawn characters to life, giving them strong personalities and believable emotions.
Springen is a remarkable protagonist worthy of many more books.
Fans of Magical Realism will be enchanted from the first page!" - NY Literary Magazine
Kirkus Recommended Review
Spring’s story is memorable and affecting. Darr smoothly and skillfully handles a series of well-executed flashbacks in which readers see Spring gradually come to
understand how her powers work as well as the personal toll they take on her; for example, after a trauma, she recalls, “I’d turned into a zombie. I was a fossil like those found flash frozen in the Arctic.” The author’s depiction of the simplicity and beauties of life in rural Appalachia are semipoetical highlights of the novel: “the bright green tree canopy was highlighted by a froth of color, courtesy of the wildflowers,” Spring observes on the day she first brings Jed to meet
her family. Darr also provides wonderfully believable dialogue to every major and minor character in the story.
An evocative, involving novel about how mystical powers can complicate one’s life.