Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello, My Love!

The first installment of author EJourney’s Between Two Worlds series, Hello, My Love!, is an alleged modern imitation of Jane Austen’s novel, focusing on an intelligent and beautiful law student named Elise Halverson, who takes an interest in a playboy named Greg Thorpe, although she discovers that he has promised his live to another woman, Lori Williams, who vows revenge upon Elise, with a passage of two years when Elise becomes the victim of a hit-and-run automobile accident. The Amazon page says that food allegedly plays a prominent role in the story, although eating is only referenced less than a handful of times.

The narrative itself opens with a quote from Anatole France about how in love, like in art, instinct is enough. Greg works for Elise’s college professor father, Dr. Charles Halverson, most characters introduced in the first chapter, the second taking readers back to a year before, where Greg is first introduced to Elise, not in person, but rather on television, where he sees her participating in a protest at Sacramento, California, with plentiful popular culture references abounding such as war films that include Apocalypse Now, the subsequent chapter taking the reader back to the present, where they have sexual relations.

The novel deals with issues such as abortion and extramarital relations, and is ultimately an enjoyable read that doesn’t take sides in the controversial topics upon which it touches. A reversal occurs in the segments of the story that occur two years after the initial chapters, with a major reversal occurring during the narrative. Overall, this is an enjoyable romance novel, although some of the chapters feel a little slow, and there is occasional confusion regarding certain events that occur early on in the story, although this reviewer certain gives the book his seal of approval.

Author's Bio:

EJourney 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.

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