Last week, I shared a review of the first book in a series from a new-to-me author, E Journey. I enjoyed Hello, My Love--Book One in her Between the Worlds Series--and looked forward to reading the second book; Hello Agnieszka. It seemed that the 2nd book was written as both a "prequel" to the first book--and as stand alone second story for the characters. What did I think of Hello, Agnieszka? After you read my review--you may wish to enter for a chance to win a book from the series--or the entire series in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!
I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in a blog review. All opinions are my own.
Quick Description for Hello, Agnieszka! (Book #2): A raw tale of early love, rivalry and betrayal. Her oldest son’s suicide attempt shocks the Halversons and forces Agnieszka to reveal a past she has kept from her children.
Passion for music. Hearing her talented, irrepressible grandaunt Jola, a concert pianist in Poland, give a piano recital; young Agnieszka discovers a passion for music. Jola hones her talent and feeds her dreams.
Shattered dreams. Real-world problems, thorny relations with a mother tied to her roots and betrayal by Jola shatter her dreams.
A 70s love story. Agnieszka falls in love, but fate deals her first love a death blow. She rises from the losses she has suffered and gets a second chance at happiness.
A mother’s youthful dreams thwarted and renewed, amidst the exciting promise of the 70s.
Hello, Agnieszka Takes Readers Deeper into Elise's World. As Agnieszka's, Elise's mother's, life story unfolded in her words to her children--readers were taken further into Elise's family. Secrets, betrayals and hidden stories from the past surprise the family as their mother opens up and tells all. E Journey tells a wonderful story from Agnieszka's point of view--and keeps readers turning the pages through the emotions all the way to the end.
E Journey Creates Very Realistic, Human Centered Fiction. This is only the 2nd book that I've read from E Journey--but, her stories flow easily and completely--making her one of my new, favorite storytellers. This book tugs on the heart strings of mothers--and hits home as well for many daughters. E Journey keeps the emotions real and the scenes well focused, well grounded, and realistic enough for readers from so many walks (and stages) of life to relate. The characters are very human and very real.
Hello, Agnieszka! Offers Two Stories in One. Generally, I love books set in the present while allowing the characters to narrate the stories of the past. This probably comes from living with a storytelling grandfather! Sometimes; however, this format may be distracting. I think E Journey accomplishes the two stories very well--with no reader confusion or distraction. The scenes of the book flow smoothly and allow for a full "life" story by the end of the book.
Would I recommend Hello, Agnieszka! by E Journey? I think, as a mother, I enjoyed this book a little more than the first of the series. Again, I love stories where characters relive their pasts--and share the good, the bad, and the less than perfect of their struggles. Readers will gain some insights into the characters--and their flaws and personalities. While I think this book would really stand alone as a complete story--there is always a better sense of order when the entire series is read as a whole. If you enjoy life stories--with, again, the good, the bad, and the less than perfect--this book was a wonderful second book to E Journey's series.
Buy Hello, Agnieszka!
Buy Hello, My Love! (aka: A Modern Love Story) (Between Two Worlds Book 1)
About the Author
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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