Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hello, My Love (aka: A Modern Love Story) (Between Two Worlds Book 1)

Hello, My Love (aka: A Modern Love Story) (Between Two Worlds Book 1)

About the Book:

What would Elizabeth Bennet be like if she had been born today? In this modern-day tale inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, bright, beautiful law student Elise Halverson looks forward to a promising career. The last thing she needs is to fall in love with well-known playboy Greg Thorpe. Besides, he's engaged to be married.

Greg finds Elise so unlike the women he used to date and he’s deeply intrigued. But distrusting the image she has of him, Elise tries to keep away.

Elise’s parents invite Greg to their frequent dinner parties. There, Greg and Elise butt heads. She’s surprised to find that, behind his rich playboy persona, he’s intelligent and engaging. They can’t help feeling drawn to each other.

The night before his wedding, they give in to their mutual attraction. Although Elise expects nothing more from that night, Greg is in for trouble. His jilted fiancée strikes back, intent on revenge.

Two years later Greg and Elise get a second chance but they find that the way to their happy-ever-after is not so easy. For one, Greg is in for a surprise. Then, his former fiancée comes back and trouble returns to haunt Greg and Elise again.

At the core of this women’s fiction is a literary and realistic romance spiced with a twist of mystery. Hello My Love is Book 1 in the series Between Two Worlds, a family saga about three strong women. In three tales of loss, love, second chances, and finding one’s way, they cope with issues contemporary women face.

My Impressions:
When I first got “Hello, My Love”, I expected the typical romance book with all the fluff and stereotypical language you find in most romance books. Needless to say, this is not your typical romance book. I will admit it did take me some time to adapt to the story and get my mind off what I expected and learn to enjoy what was in front of me. Ultimately this book is not a romance novel, but a journey of self-discovery and learning to listen to what you want, versus what is expected of you.

Greg, is pretty much your standard wealthy, bachelor/playboy personality that is engaged to the typical ultra-beauty, graceful, Lori. Elise is the complete opposite of who Greg saw himself with and yet she challenges him in every way possible, building his attraction for her until it reaches a breaking point. 

The book is well written and takes the reader on a few well developed twists that keep you both loving and hating several of the main characters. Like I said at the beginning, this is a slow moving, intricate, layered book of discovery. If you like contemporary romance books, you will enjoy this one. It’s an easy read that is enjoyable, but pretty sultry too. 

About the Author:
Evy Journey, 2015 SPR (Self-Publishing Review) Independent Woman Author awardee, is a writer, a wannabe artist (since she was nine years old), and a flâneuse (feminine form of flâneur). Her pretensions to being a flâneuse means she wishes she lives in Paris where people have perfected the art of aimless roaming. She’s visited Paris, even lived there a few times as a transient; that is, she stayed from two to six months.

She’s a writer because beautiful prose seduces her and existential angst continues to plague her even though such preoccupations have gone out of fashion. She takes occasional refuge by invoking the spirit of Jane Austen and spinning tales of love, loss, and finding one’s way—stories into which she weaves mystery or intrigue. Then, she sets them in various locales.

In a previous life, armed with a Ph.D. and fascinated by the psyche, she researched and shepherded the development of mental health programs. And wrote like an academic. Not a good thing if you want to sound like a normal person. So, in 2012, she began to write fiction (mostly happy fiction) as an antidote.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from PumpUpYourBooks in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

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