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Pistol Fanny’s Hank & Delilah By Annie Rose Welch
Never fall in love with a bank robber.
Especially if she’s the one who robbed your bank, took you hostage, and dumped you unconscious at the local convenience store. And definitely not if you are the assistant district attorney of Tupelo, Mississippi.
This is the advice Hank Huckleberry Rivers would have given himself, back when he was a man who vowed to always walk on the right side of the law. The same law that had seemed sacrosanct ever since the day he and his friends watched as two men were murdered right below their tree house.
Falling in love with a dangerous criminal can have life-altering consequences, though. And when the past and the present meet head-on, Hank finds himself in more trouble than he ever bargained for. He must run to save his life, daring to find answers to the questions threatening his safety and his heart, as the killer below the tree house comes after Hank—and his pistol-wielding bank robber.
It’s a simple case of love in the first degree.
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Pistol grinned, trying to hide her smile but failing miserably.
“I know you’re grinning over there.” There were two grins on each side of the line now. “I wish I could’ve been there. I love me some roasted weenies. That mean ole grave keeper, he wasn’t too pleased, though. He had laid some of those real good people to rest. And he didn’t like the idea of anyone disturbing them. Oh no, he sure didn’t. He put out a wanted sign asking all kinds of people about—who done it. As they say, dead men tell no tales, but you go poking around and sometimes those that are left behind, they tell the tales.”
“Big pickins for that old grave keeper, huh?”
“Well, let’s just put it this way. He’s offering more than a dollar and a bunch of pickles.”
“See you in ten,” Pistol said.
“Woo hoo,” they went, and the call went dead.
It is no secret that I am a humungous fan of Annie Rose Welch. Her Saving Angels series is my all time favorite book series and I was in tears when book five was done. I eagerly waited her next release and my mama, being the best mama in the world, gifted it to me from Amazon one beautiful morning! I was so excited to jump into this world.
If you have read the blurb you know what this book is about better than any way I could describe it to you. If you haven’t you should, then come back and get on with my review.
I am still turning my thoughts over and over on this book. That is what a great book does. It leaves you thinking about it even a week after you have read it.
The first thing I noticed was that I had to get out of my Saving Angel’s mindset. While Delilah and Eva share some of the same southern speaking patterns and there is an epic almost supernatural in it’s nature romance, that is where the similarities end. I am totally in awe of Annie’s ability to write in such completely different styles. While Saving Angels to me was this haunting beautiful series, I could see Pistol Fanny’s Hank And Delilah being performed and going down as one of the best Vaudeville shows.
I know, I know, this isn’t about Saving Angels (though some of my fave’s from that series get a shout out in this one!), that’s one of the things I took away from this though is Annie’s immense talent for writing in different styles. While reading it was still all Annie Rose Welch to me, it was just completely different than what I have read before. It was amazing.
When I was done with Pistol Fanny’s Hank And Delilah, I shot Annie a message on Facebook and said this was so wonderfully strange. I mean strange as a compliment. This was seriously unlike anything I have ever read before (as I’ve comed to expect of anything I read by Annie). The language, the humor, the reasons behind why the bank robbers are doing what they are doing, Hank and Delilah’s relationship as they are finding their way, each of the different women’s personalities, Pepsi! (I loved Pepsi!), it was such an awesome fun read! This book was just so full of life, even when life wasn’t pretty. That’s the best way I can describe this. It is so wonderfully strange and so full of life. I absolutely loved it.
I have to give a shout out to Freud here too. I loved that gentlemanly dog. He was his own character and even as a dog, he was an integral player in the story. Freud was awesome.
When you are reading this watch for how Annie ties things together that are seemingly unrelated. She does this in every book I have read from her. You’re reading along and you start to notice these intricately woven story lines that come back around to each other. Sometimes it doesn’t even happen until a book down the line, it could be something small that you didn’t think much about while you read past it and then you’re sitting there with your mouth hanging open because you totally didn’t see that coming.
5 stars all the way. I want to thank Annie for writing another masterpiece and my mama for sending it to me! I cannot wait for the next book. There’s going to be another book right? Whose story is it going to be?
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. Deciding on a whim to hitch up those same wagons, Annie currently resides in Texas (where everything is bigger) 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.
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After reading Pistol Fanny’s Hank & Delilah, I have to pay my mom’s gift to me forward! I am giving away a Kindle copy (gifted directly from Amazon) from me personally to one of my readers! <3