Love Is Never past Tense ...

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Love Is Never Past Tense is a true story written as a classic Russian Romance. It is part biography, part romantic adventure, and part behind-the-scenes look at how real people were impacted by the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is a real life second chance romance and a testimonial on how hope, focus and persistence overcome obstacles.

Like The Master and Margarita it has its origins in Soviet culture and connects to events in Soviet times, though these are later rather than earlier Soviet era. Both stories are heavily influenced by the bureaucracy of the government. Both books tell their story through several connected threads, which makes classifying them by genre a challenge.

Like In The Time of Cholera, it is a story of frustrated love that spans the adult life of the couple involved. Unlike it, this is not a love triangle story. Both are essentially second chance romances. Both books use the characters as a lens to examine their respective cultures.

Like Gone With The Wind we see a society collapse through the eyes of a generation growing up in privilege before tragedy struck, working to adapt and survive when the world changed around them. Both books rely on a strong female leading character.

Like Same Time Next Year it is an intimate love story which focuses on the primary couple. All other characters are given minor roles. Both stories stretch over decades.

Like The Notebook,
this is a story which stretches over a lifetime. Both books start with the couple having a summer romance, and both couples are torn apart by interfering parents who disapprove of their child's selected partner.

Unlike any of them, it is a true story set in recent and current times. It shows the Soviet Union when generation of young adults lived happy, cultured, educated lives until the country collapsed around them. Even then, their goal was to find happiness somewhere else. This book gives voice to a group, a time, and a perspective not previously revealed in film or literature, a society living in comfort on the other side of the iron curtain that America hasn't heard about.

As a contemporary romance, this book will appeal to the broad range of women romance readers.

As a true story, it offers a look at everyday life in late and post-Soviet Russia. Readers of The Master and Margarita would find the look into late Soviet times intriguing.

As a study of the human condition, it offers a contrast between the indecisiveness that cost Serge his marriage and nearly cost his life with Janna's decisive action leading to a new life in America.

It also offers a cultural differences study. Janna's different heritage inspires Serge's parents to force a divorce and it eventually compels her to seek refuge in America.

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From the Author:

LOVE IS NEVER PAST TENSE was first written in 2009 in Russian.  Later, it was translated into English as series of three books.
LOVE IS NEVER PAST TENSE starts the series with a romantic true love story.  It is told over decades and across continents.  It sets the stage for a two sequels.  
IN THE LAND OF SCARABS follows Serge and Janna after they have reunited. They are older and wiser, but their past still shows up to haunt them from time to time.
ZEBRA FISH is the third and final piece of the trilogy. A vacation venture t
urns into an unexpected desperate struggle for survival. 

As requested by readers, all three volumes are available in an ebook box set LOVE IS NEVER PAST TENSE...

From the Inside Flap:

How could he possibly know that she, a complete stranger, would inexplicably affect his life and be with him forever, whether she was at his side or not?

Drawn together in Russia on a romantic Black Sea beach, Serge and Janna fall headlong in love and rush into marriage.
Their divorce months later leads to years of "if only ..." Pressured apart by family and fate, they repeatedly cross paths, never quite reconnecting, never quite letting go. Changes in the world, their careers, and their lives, cause them to surrender to external influences.
As they build separate lives and families, their destinies, shaped by post-Soviet political intrigue, collapse into a struggle for their very survival, and dreams of a better life.

Long time later, distant memories of young, passionate love spawn emails that lead to international calls reviving an intimate, romantic connection to remind them-and us-that Love is Never Past Tense.

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