18 August 2015

Review with Giveaway: Hello, Agnieszka! (Between Two Worlds, #2) by E. Journey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Some things just couldn't be protectd from storms. Some things simply needed to be broken off...Once old thing were broken off, amazingly beautiful thing could grow in their place.” 

---- Denise Hildreth Jones

Evy Journey has penned a heart touching love story, Hello Agnieszka! that is the second book in the Between Two Worlds series, that tells the story of a mother-daughter relationship where the past smoothly sips into the cracks and edges of the present to make it look worthwhile. This is a remarkable story of past and at times some moments can be quite heart-wrenching that tells us how a woman sacrifices for the sake of her own children.


A raw tale of early love, rivalry and betrayal.

A 70s love story:

“Can music save your mortal soul?”
—Don McLean, American Pie

Short Synopsis
A passion for music. Her oldest son’s suicide attempt forces Agnieszka to reveal a past she has kept from her children. A young Agnieszka discovers a passion for music upon hearing her grand-aunt Jola, a concert pianist in Poland, give a recital. Jola hones her talent and feeds her dreams of becoming a concert pianist.
Shattered dreams. But real-world problems, thorny relations with a mother tied to her roots and betrayal by lusty Aunt Jola a shatter her dreams.
A 70s love story. Young Agnieszka finds love that renews her hopes for happiness. Sadly, it ends, cut short by forces outside anyone's control. Sustained by music and memories of her first love, Agnieszka grows and gets a second chance at happiness.

Agnieszka's son, Peter, attempts to take his own life out of depression., who then starts talking after her son's suicide attempt to her daughter Elise about her past, when she was a little girl, when both her mother and her aunt ruled over her. Although she grasped the passion for piano from her aunt who was a musician. And Agnieszka's love and passion for piano was the only comforting thing in her rough childhood. Elise understands that it is necessary for a mother to secure the future of her children, no matter what.

The writing is layered with emotions and is very articulate with even more evocative narrative style that will keep the readers engaged till the very last page. This story is connected between two timelines and the two are perched very distinctly. The author has intricately described her plot that sways with a smooth pace and the story of Agnieszka is so heart-breaking that it will grip the hearts of the readers with questions till the very last page.

The characters are realistically developed by etching out their strong as well as flawed features. The protagonist is a strong woman and is an epitome to every mother in this land. The book is high on moral grounds since the story revolves between generations of family history that is both deep and rich in content.

Overall, this is an interesting story that is poignant yet enlightening in a way.

Read the review of first book here

Verdict: If you have followed the first book, then do grab a copy of the second book.

Courtesy: I received the book for a blog tour. 

Author's Bio:

 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.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting my book tour on your blog. I love your quotes as intros to your reviews. I'm also on Goodreads, by the way, and would love to connect with you and your readers there:
    I also have a book blog site: https://margaretofthenorth.wordpress.com/ for both fun and serious stuff about books and a blog on travel (Paris mostly), food, and art: http://evelonalimb.com


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