Elise Halverson-Thorpe thought she knew her mother. But when her oldest brother attempts suicide, dark secrets are about to be revealed. Agnieszka Halverson must now tell her children a past she has kept from them.
As a child in the seventies, she hears her talented, lusty grandaunt Jola, a concert pianist in Poland, give a piano recital. Agnieszka discovers a passion for music. Jola hones her talent and feeds her dreams. But too poor to continue her training, her dreams of being like her grandaunt are shattered. And her thorny relationship with her mother worsens.
Agnieszka meets Lenny Weisz and they fall in love, renewing her hopes for happiness. But forces beyond their control end their love.
Her family—weighed down by its roots—casts her aside. Can music and memories of her first love help Agnieszka make a life for herself all alone? Can she rise from the losses she has suffered and get a second chance at happiness?
A tale of a mother’s youthful dreams, thwarted and renewed amidst the exciting promise of the 70s.
Hello, Agnieszka! has been written so it can be read on its own.
About the Author
" ... a writer who writes, rather than someone who authors a book ... " SPR (Self Publishing Review) Independent Woman Author Awards, on awarding Evy Journey the 2015 bronze. Evy has always been fascinated with words and seduced by beautiful prose. She loves Jane Austen and invokes her spirit every time she spins tales of love, loss, and finding one's way--stories she interweaves with mystery or intrigue. She's lived and traveled in many places, from Asia to Europe. Often she's ended up in Paris, though--her favorite place in the world. She's become something of an observer-wanderer. A flâneuse, as the French would say. The mind is what fascinates her most. So, she chose to work in mental health , researching and developing programs. And writing like an academic. Not a good thing if you want to sound like a normal person. So, she's written fiction (happy fiction) as an antidote. Her author website: Evy Writes at https://www.evyjourney.com Her book blog:Escape Into Reality at http://www.margaretofthenorth.wordpress.com Her blog on art, food, travel (mostly Paris): Artsy Rambler at https://eveonalimb2.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I liked the cover,I didn't read book one,so I was a little skeptical at first.I fell in love with Elise's character.I started reading and literally couldn't put it down.I will have to go back and read book one.I voluntarily reviewed this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
Having read the first book in the series, I was a bit skeptic and hesitant to read this book, as I found the first to be a bit jumpy for my taste. Elise’s story progressed way too fast for my taste. This book was one big surprise. Agnieszka’s story was so heart wrenchingly beautiful and narrated with so much depth that Elise’s story paled out in comparison. I don’t regret one bit reading this book! In the second book the writer, Evy narrates the story of Elise’s mother – Agnieszka – a woman with enough courage to break through the societal stereotypes of the 70s. Lost dreams of being a pianist, heart break beyond control and parents who were too rigid – She handled it all and eventually lived through it. The choices that Agnes makes defines her life and leads to where she is now – a doting mother of three children who has managed to raise all of them with values and strength to handle even the toughest situation the life presents with. Comparison between books in a series is inevitable. I really had a hard time believing that this very writer had written the previous book in the series. Agnes’s characterization had so much depth and her choices were well justified, while Elise’s (Agne’s daughter) character lacked that in the first book. But thankfully for me, the writer exactly gave that much needed depth for Elise’s character in the end of this book by comparing her mom with her. The writing was brilliant and perfect with all emotions being portrayed to dot. Being from a different era and a different geographical location, this story proved to be an interesting read as it was set in the 70s when USA apparently wasn’t as liberal as it is today. These stereotypes remind me of the very society that I live in today. Though I couldn’t exactly visualize the story I was able to associate with it. MY SAY: A soulfully beautiful read. Worth reading totally! RATING: PLOT: 8/10 CHARACTERISATION: 8/10 NARRATION:8/10 BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/10 (Lower the better) OVERALL RATING: 8/10
A mother's love is endless This book is very emotional to read. It is full of emotions. I cried few times while reading this book. Ms. E Journey knows how to rip her reader's heart apart. This book is full of mother's love. It is endless in so many ways. Some of us are not privilege while growing up. I for one like Agnieszka grow up to be poor. My mom is not even supported of me. I thank my Aunt who is in heaven now for being there for me to support me especially with my studies like Aunt Jolo, Agnieszka great-aunt. She is there for Agnes to fulfill her dreams. This book is full of love, dreams and family. It is also full of heart ache. I admire how strong Agnes is. She is one admirable Mom who loves her kids and support them unconditionally. I wish all mothers are like her. If you love to read a drama, then book is for you. Prepare a tissue box with you because you will needed it to bad. It is a beautiful story and has a happy ending.