Series: Between Two Worlds: Book Two
Author: E. Journey
Type of Book: Softcover
Genre: Drama, Romance
Length: 273 pages
Release Date: June 19, 2014
Publisher: Sojourner Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
~ I received a free softcover copy of “Hello, Agnieszka! – A 70s Love Story” free through the Goodreads Giveaway program. A review is not a requirement of receiving the free book, but the authors and publishers do appreciate receiving feedback (good or bad) from readers.
This is the second book in the “Between Two Worlds” series, however, it is not necessary to read the books in order since each one is its own stand-alone novel.
This book begins with the suicide attempt of a young adult named Peter. Fortunately the attempt was unsuccessful, but this single event triggers a tsunami of family revelations – all centred around Agnieszka.
The tale turns to the past and specifically to Agnieszka’s life from age ten to twenty.
Agnieszka’s Great Aunt Jola was a renowned beauty and pianist in her native Poland. However, she, along with Agnieszka’s grandparents fled Poland and the Nazi invasion and emigrated to the United States. It was in the U.S. that Agnieszka was born.
At the age of ten Agnieszka heard Aunt Jola play the piano for the first time and she was captivated.
That love of music shaped her life for years to come. As a teenager in the early 1970s, you would think that Agnieszka would have been experiencing the “free love” era, but she was a very sheltered young woman and spent all of her time either at school, at home or practicing the piano. At the age of 17 she had never even had a boyfriend.
That all changes when she meets Lenny and falls deeply in love.
Betrayal and heartbreak, along with love, lust and a mother who is stuck in the past all conspire to change Agnieszka’s life forever.
This is a tale of young love, first loves, heartbreaks and the power of music to soothe the soul.
If you are trying to decide whether or not to read this book, there are certain things that you need to take into consideration.
1. Are you looking for a steamy romance with detailed sex scenes? If so, this is NOT the book for you. Yes, there is sex in this book, but the act itself is secondary to the story and the author obviously decided that graphic sex scenes were unnecessary. In my opinion, this is a good thing. This book seeks to appeal to the reader’s heart, much more so than their libido.
2. Are you looking for a modern day setting? Again, if that is the case, this is NOT the book for you. But, if you want to read a story that is set in the 1970s during an era of change and exploration, this is EXACTLY the book for you.
3. Do you enjoy superficial characters that are completely lacking in depth and that readers are unable to relate to? That is the exact opposite of the characters in “Hello, Agnieszka.” The author’s character building is excellent. Readers learn more and more about each character as the story emerges and readers will find themselves beginning to be invested in the lives of Agnieszka, Lenny and Aunt Jola.
4. Are you looking for a book that contains only simple and straightforward emotions? If so, this is NOT the right choice for you. The emotions and actions of the characters in this book are complicated and often perplexing, but always realistic.
So, in conclusion, this book is more of a drama than a romance. Yes, the romance is central to the story, but it is about much more than that.
I enjoyed this book and will definitely read more books by author, E. Journey in the future.
Overall, I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
To purchase this book visit http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L5IHKZ4
To learn more about this author visit http://www.evyjourney.com