Review of Hello, Agnieszka! (Book 2) - HERE
Review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger! (Book 3) - click HERE
Beyond broad shoulders and heaving bosoms.
This thoughtful woman’s romance novel explores the inner life (thoughts, hopes, and doubts) of a couple as they contend with the realities of compelling relationships.
A modern-day pastiche of Jane Austen novels. Elise is a bright, beautiful law student, focused on a career and distrustful of men. She butts heads with Greg at her parents’ dinner parties. Dark, good-looking, internet-business owner, he finds Elise intriguing, so unlike the dark-haired seductive beauties he used to escort around.
Specter of revenge. Unable to deny their attraction for each other, they spend an unexpected night together two days before he is to wed someone else. Lori, the jilted fiancée, exacts revenge, tearing Greg and Elise apart and forcing them to face who they are and what they really want.
An accident. Older and wiser, Greg and Else reunite two years later. He is in for a surprise. Later, their lives are thrown again into disarray when Elise becomes the victim of a hit-and-run. Is Lori back to haunt them again?
A delicious romance with a literary slant, spiced with a twist of whodunit.
This book is labeled women's fiction/romance/mystery and all three most definitely apply.
Before I go any further, I have to admit, I picked up HELLO, MY LOVE! one afternoon and consumed it in less than 24 hours. I love fiction that helps me escape from the daily pressures and this one was a doozy. As a writer, I am in my work-space 24/7, so finding moments to clear my mind are oh so important. The novel is well-written, flows smoothly and kept enough new plot twists coming to hold my attention and keep me turning the pages to see what would happen next.
The theme is one we find often in women's fiction - handsome guy, desirable woman and challenges that threaten their ability to build a life together. It never gets old. However, what has changed in recent years is the women are strong individuals who face serious, intriguing challenges head on. When we meet Elise, she is just finishing law school and has a passion for working with the disenfranchised. She is intelligent, thoughtful and has a well developed social compass. Greg falls into more traditional lines - a wealthy business owner and playboy who is drawn to Elise's initial indifference. There is love lost, a satisfying career pursued, love found and love threatened.
These types of books really are more about escapism and enjoyment, but how can you not love a novel with an underlying theme that intelligence and strength are traits men can and do admire in a woman - that it's okay if a woman wants to make a difference in more ways than being wife and mother. The choice is theirs and there are men that will embrace them whatever path they choose.
Kudos on a well-written book. I can't wait to start book two - Hello, Agnieszka!
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Meet the Author
To read a behind the scenes interview with author E. Journey - click HERE.
E. Journey is a realist who thinks she has little imagination. Credit that to her training (Ph. D., University of Illinois) and work in mental health, writing for academics and bureaucrats, and critiquing the work of others. She’s been striving ever since to think and write like normal people.
She’s a well-traveled flâneuse—a female observer-wanderer—who watches, observes, listens. And writes. A sucker for happy endings, she finds enough that depresses her about real life, but seeks no catharsis by writing about it. For her, writing is escape, entertainment. She doesn’t strive to enlighten. Not deliberately. But the bias of her old profession does carry over into her writing. So, instead of broad shoulders and heaving bosoms, she goes into protagonists' thoughts, emotions, inner conflicts, insecurities, and struggles to reach balance and grow.
(note - E Journey was just awarded the Bronze Prize in the Independent Woman Awards at SPR)
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