A Day in Eternity

A Day in Eternity

by Kathryn Gabriel Loving


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Finalist, Inspirational Fiction Category, 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

British Pilot Anson Roe will ignore borders and strain relationships to land a career in Ag-aviation. But when he dreams of crashing his airplane in a remote corner of the world, all he can think of is the whereabouts of his journalist girlfriend, Vivianne Keene. He awakens at a small airstrip in rural America, a year backward in time, suffering from apparent heatstroke and random amnesia. Brought to his knees, he is rescued by a World War II Spitfire pilot and poet, John Gillespie Magee, Jr., and makes a shocking discovery.

Mere flesh and bone could barely contain John Magee's lifeforce as he grew into a young man. A self-made intellectual as a teenager, he didn't expect to live past his twenties. When stranded in America at the onset of Britain's war with Germany, he was hellbent on returning to England and his love, novelist Elinor Lyon. At age 19 he finally went back as a pilot officer with the Canadian Royal Air Force. Exuberant with newfound freedom and powered by a Supermarine Spitfire, he "trod the untrespassed sanctity of space ... and touched the face of God," thus birthing his sonnet, "High Flight," the aviator's anthem for more than 75 years. Blending history with fiction, John Magee's own words on love and death in A Day in Eternity resonate for all time.

The poetry of [John Magee] is magically woven into the story. ...The transcendence of time and place, and the building of the characters as they grow, ascend, and fly through the rising action, is stimulating. - Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

The philosophical element adds significantly to the plot, while also making the book inspiring. - Reviewer, Online Book Club

[Kathryn Gabriel Loving] explores the mysterious aftermath of an accident, raising questions about the very nature of temporal and physical reality (is the protagonist's life flashing before his eyes?). Loving creates an effectively surreal story that maintains clarity and forward momentum. Loving weaves a lyrical psychological puzzle through flashbacks to the protagonist's former life and the tenuous present. Characters are easily differentiated by their distinctive voices, while Loving integrates poetry in a manner that exists in harmony with the prose. The central character's predicament is a decidedly unique one, and Loving explores his fractured psychological state with power and grace. Loving crafts both central and secondary characters from the inside-out, creating subtly impactful interactions and maintaining intrigue. This penetrating adventure of the mind and spirit soars through the lives of two aviators and their passion for flight, life, and romance-and their unique perceptions of death. - BookLife Prize Assessment, Score 9.5/10

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983983828
Publisher: SoulJourn Books
Publication date: 09/16/2016
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

A native of New Mexico, Kathryn Gabriel Loving has published seven books. These include (under Kathryn Gabriel): Roads to Center Place: A Cultural Atlas to Chaco Canyon and the Anasazi; Marietta Wetherill: Life with the Navajos in Chaco Canyon; and Gambler Way: Indian Gaming in Mythology, History, and Archaeology in North America, among others. Her first novel, The Logos of Soul, a Novel on the Light and Sound, was a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Awards.

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A Day in Eternity 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite The here and now, or the hereafter? A Day in Eternity by Kathryn Gabriel Loving addresses this question. After crash landing his plane, Anson Roe wakes up in a place he knows well, the Panhandle of Oklahoma. He feels off, in a bizarre state of mind, it was as if he was “plucked from one place and inserted into another.” Is it real, a dream, or something much more? Oklahoma had been his in between place, his place between what he had and what he longed for, a place of “liberty and sovereignty.” On the airstrip, barely standing, trying to get his bearings, he encounters John Magee, a somewhat familiar, yet mysterious man. Over the course of the day, they share their backgrounds, discovering that they have many similarities. They both are passionate about flying; they are risk-takers, a bit reckless, and have loved a woman passionately to no end. Anson finds himself in the place of in between once again. Challenged by his future, he must decide - do I stay or move forward? Kathryn Gabriel Loving blends fiction with reality in A Day in Eternity. Loving includes real people in her fictional plot. The narrative provides the reader with ample room for thought. There are many poignant and reflective lines to consider and ponder. The poetry of Elinor Lyon and John Gillespie Magee Jr. is magically woven into the story. Loving provides subtle hints of what is to come, the moment of truth, and the climatic turning point is reluctantly expected. The transcendence of time and place, and the building of the characters as they grow, ascend and fly through the rising action is stimulating. However for me, the story lost its appeal a little during the denouement. Inspiration turns into philosophy, stealing the dynamic of the story away from its characters. The conclusion provides little regarding what the future holds, but then again, maybe that is the whole point of A Day in Eternity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“A Day in Eternity” combines history, a love story and thought provoking nuggets that stayed with me long after I finished the book. John Gillespie Magee, Jr. and Elinor are real people and the poems and history are based on their lives. Anson Roe and Vivianne are fictional characters with life stories that are similar to Magee and Elinor. Personally reading this story I could feel the common mistake of being a breath away from the happiness of love but missing the chance due to hesitations. Our thoughts do create our lives and reading this book is a fun read and a good reminder.