Hello, My Love is the first instalment in the Between Two Worlds series from author E. Journey. From reading the synopsis alone, I had a feeling that this would be a sophisticated story that holds numerous smart conversations. At the same time I expected it to be boring and stiff also basing it on the blurb. But were my assumptions correct? Find out in a bit.
Title: Hello, My Love! (Between Two Worlds #1)
Author: E. Journey
Published by: Sojourner Books
Publication Date: September 30, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Copy Given by Publisher and Tour Organizer
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.
I'm going to say this with the risk of being hated by thousand of people: I've never been a fan of Jane Austen. I've only read one of her books because a friend of mine told me I should give it a shot; I didn't finish it because I found it serious and lifeless. The reason I'm sharing this with you guys is because when I read the blurb, I figured that Hello, My Love will hold some resemblance to the famous author's work. That scared me somehow; but I decided to give it a shot and see if I'll like it. Here's my short answer: I didn't hate it but I wasn't crazy about it either.
For me the book started out strong. Elise is a strong character; she is smart and does not fall for men's BS. But then a few pages later she's sleeping with Greg, who is already engaged to be married by the way. I understand the feelings that may have developed during their brief conversations, but things got out of hand way too fast. There were also more than a few times when I felt like the book was jumping and not changing from one scene to another. The switch between POVs also made my head ache as it was unorganized and sudden.
But putting all those things aside, I actually see the potential of the story. It may not have worked out for me but there is a certain charm to it that some people might like. It's classy and sexy with some humor, drama, and suspense. There's a tinge of darkness floating about in the story that keeps the characters on their toes. I will be giving Hello, My Love 3 stars.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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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