Love Another Day-Review by Author Anna Furtado in the November edition of Just About Write e-zine.
Park Ranger Samantha Takoda Tyler is assigned to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The majesty of the park does little to soothe her painful memories and old regrets. Sam leads the quiet life of a loner, doing her job and interacting with her coworkers on a superficial level. So when she is assigned to escort a young photographer and journalist named Halie Walker on assignment in the Tetons for an international wildlife magazine, Sam isn’t very happy. At first, she’s annoyed with Halie’s interloping presence, but slowly, Sam warms to Halie, and the attraction the two women feel for one another becomes inevitable.
As Sam and Halie explore the park and their relationship blooms, Sam’s fears of starting a new liaison, only to lose the person she cares deeply for, interferes with the progress of the budding romance. In addition, there are the park-related difficulties of keeping people out of trouble, and Sam proves to be a classic Hero figure in this compelling story, saving children from drowning and intervening when an abuser attacks his wife while vacationing in the park.
When Sam goes to work on a fire line in a nearby forest, she begins to realize that she can no longer deny what she feels for Halie. She decides that she should try to mend their broken relationship by trying to be honest with the object of her affection. However, because of Sam’s jealousy of another park employee who has tried to develop a relationship with Halie, albeit, a possibly predatory one, Halie acts impulsively, boarding a helicopter with people of questionable background and motives on a lark, which leads to disaster for all aboard.
Just as Sam returns from the fire, determined to talk to Halie, she discovers that Halie was on the helicopter that went down in the mountains. This begins the Hero’s final journey. If she can overcome her exhaustion and her fear of history repeating itself to reach the chopper and rescue the love of her life, she may well be delivered from the demons of her past and find both love and salvation. However, there are roadblocks to be overcome—both internal and external—and whether or not Sam will be successful is in question throughout the last half of the book.
Hanel gives us vivid descriptions of the beautiful Grand Teton area throughout the story. Sam is a strong, though flawed, character for whom the reader will root. In spite of her debilitating and painful past, we want her to recover and succeed. Halie is an innocent with something to prove, especially to Sam. We recognize her beauty and her potential to play a part in Sam’s healing, but wonder if she’s strong enough to endure. In the pages of Love Another Day, a story unfolds that is both challenging and compelling—and sure to hold the reader’s interest page after page.
Reviewed by Anna Furtado
Also, check out another review of Love Another Day below, posted on Amazon.com:
Nice debut romance, August 11, 2011
By TerryB "Lesfic fan" (Truro, UK)
This review is from: Love Another Day (Paperback)
Law Enforcement Park Ranger Samantha Takoda Tyler, (Sam) works at the Grand Teton National Park. She's been doing the job for five years and she loves it. Her personal life is a different matter. Sam keeps on reliving a devastating loss from her past and suffers nightmares that therapy has failed to cure. Halie Walker is a photojournalist for The Wild International. She has arrived at Grand Teton to do an article on the area.
Sam is called in to her chiefs office and given the task of taking Halie around the area. Sam is not pleased with her babysitting task and the two women initially do not get off to a good start. As time passes, Sam and Halie find that they actually do enjoy each others company and begin to spend more time together. Sam however, can't allow herself to have a relationship with Halie. She can't bring herself to talk about her past to Halie and explain why either. When Sam's ex lover shows an interest in Halie, the fragile relationship between Sam and Halie breaks down completely. When Sam eventually works through her demons and feels ready to talk to Halie, it may be too late. A helicopter in which Halie was travelling has crashed in the forest. Will Sam reach the crash site in time to save Halie? Will she get the chance to love again, the love she almost threw away?
This is Regina Hanel's debut book. I really enjoyed the storyline, although I thought the book was a bit on the short side. Nice for an afternoon read though. The two main characters, Sam and Halie complimented each other. The story went beyond a romance and had a few diversions to provide some excitement. I don't want to provide any spoilers here, but I thought that there was one storyline in Halie's apartment that didn't do anything to progress the overall story. It just seemed out of place. In fact, I kept looking for a follow up on it. But apart from that one small gripe, I thought this was an excellent first book and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.