Hello, My Love! (aka: A Modern Love Story) (Between Two Worlds Book 1)

ABOUT E Journey

E Journey
I'm a realist in my writing, as well as my art. I don't have as much imagination as many other writers—a handicap (or strength) that comes partly from my training and experience as a mental health researcher/evaluator and program developer. I'm also a flâneuse—a female observer-wander More...



Bright, blonde, beautiful Elise Halverson, focused on a law career and inexperienced in love, distrusts playboys like Greg Thorpe. Dark, good-looking, internet-business owner in the San Francisco Bay Area, he finds Elise intriguing, so unlike his fiancée Lori, the type of dark-haired, seductive beauty he escorted around.

Elise and Greg butt heads at her parents' dinner parties. She discovers someone more than a flashy playboy and, he finds that she touches him at his core like nobody else has. A strong attraction grows between them and leads to an unexpected night together two days before his wedding.

Lori threatens revenge. Her machinations tear Greg and Elise apart, revealing doubts and insecurities they have within themselves and forcing them to make choices. They reunite but Greg is in for a surprise and their lives are thrown again into disarray when Elise becomes the victim of a hit-and-run. The specter of Lori's revenge looms.

This modern-day pastiche of Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell novels is
an engaging romp into deep powerful love, with a good dose of realism
and a twist of mystery.

Goodbooks Today.com says:


Few authors can capture the deep feelings an individual forms for that person who is destined for him. ......the author is one of those rare and fortunate individuals who knows exactly how it feels and what it is like to instantly be attracted to a person and be truly consumed with passion and desire for this individual on a deep intellectual and personal level. It is only through living this once-in-a-lifetime experience that a writer can so aptly, perfectly and knowledgeably write of this type of relationship. This romance novel almost, but not quite, becomes a thriller when Elise is involved in a hit-and-run accident. The person behind the accident remains a mystery almost to the end of the story.


Someone asked me not too long ago if there was something in Hello, My Love that reflected my worldview or my philosophy of life (as opposed to that of the characters). I assume, of course, that there would be since what we write comes from within us. On the other hand, someone else said that a book of fiction is not a place to expound on an author’s world view, especially not coming from the mouths of characters. I’m not sure where such an idea comes from. The thing is, we write for so many different reasons. Distinction is often made, for instance, between literary and genre fiction—the oft-cited one having to do with their reason for being: genre is plot-driven and literary, driven by character growth or as someone said, meaning. But nothing is ever that simple, especially where writers and literary analysts who tend to split hairs are concerned. So, this distinction is frequently debated. Of course, many writers don’t sweat such details. They just write. One passage in a New Yorker article resonated with me, in particular: A good mystery or thriller (genre fiction) isn’t set off from an accomplished literary novel by plotting, but by the writer’s sensibility, his purpose in writing, and the choices he makes to communicate that purpose. For me, much resides in this quote, for I agonize all the time why I write and why I choose to write the fiction I have so far produced. I can do little about “sensibility.” I assume, by now, that is a given since I have already amassed my own unique history. So, why have I written romance novels? The main reason, of course, is I like reading a good well-written romance. My love for reading, after all, was sparked and sustained by devouring Jane Austen. I like happy endings. I find enough that depresses me about real life, but seek no catharsis by writing about it. I want escape, entertainment. And yet, I do prefer writing which shows much thought has been put into choosing the most economical, liveliest prose possible. I strive to do this in my own writing. Have I succeeded in doing this or not? I don’t really know. But I think (or, at least, I hope) I get a bit better with every book I write and making choices is becoming easier.

“The unexpected surprises and emotional encounters of this novel keeps the reader enthralled until the very last page.”
  ... unlike anything I expected.  The book takes a literary, novel approach ...  A lot of things are going on that have nothing to do with the romance, but that shapes characters into three-dimensional people one can easily relate to.