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Love Is Never Past Tense... 

Box Set, Books 1-3

Written by Janna Yeshanova

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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*An Epic Russian Romance Saga Based on a True Story*

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?

This epic story traces two lives across decades and continents.

Drawn together in Russia on a romantic Black Sea beach, Serge and Janna fell headlong in love and rushed into marriage. Their divorce, months later, led to years of "if only..." Pressured apart by family and fate, they repeatedly crossed paths, never quite reconnecting, never quite letting go. Changes in the world and their careers caused them to surrender to external influences.

There could hardly have been a worse time for them to be in the Soviet Union. With the country on the verge of collapse, their secure lives turned into a desperate struggle for survival. Serge faced economic turmoil and personal demons within the country. For Janna, social pressure and sectarian violence led to escape in America, separating them in both time and distance…

Long time later distant memories of passionate love spawn emails reviving intimate romantic connection to remind them—and us—that Love Is Never Past Tense...

This is why, when you regretfully turn the last page, you understand: if you do not love and you are not loved, life is not real – it’s missing that which makes your soul hurt and fly, cry and laugh, your heart sing or bleed profusely. Those who love will understand it. Those who don’t will envy our heroes and will want to fall hopelessly in love.

Janna Yeshanova brings forth her personal account of courage in the face of impossible odds, her indomitable spirit, and a heart of gold that held onto a lost love for decades.

Experience this poignant tale of a love that spans decades and continents, as this amazing couple travels the world, escaping one peril after another in their desire to forge a new future together.

*These stories are unconventional women’s fiction, told in the uniquely Russian voice of Janna Yeshanova. Though she was forced to flee her beloved homeland, leaving a piece of her heart behind, she will always and forever be Russian.*

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Love Is Never Past Tense... 

Box Set, Books 1-3


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Love is Never Past Tense

(book 1 in the box set)

Most romantic novels follow one story line: boy meets girl, boy sweeps girl off her feet, the couple has challenges to their romance; but love wins out and they live happily ever after.

In Love Is Never Past Tense, Janna Yeshanova dares to explore that "happily ever after" part. What happens when two young people meet and marry while they are madly in love, but whose differing life goals tear them apart?

Set in Russia while the Soviet Union fell, the book tells the story of a passion that refuses to go away. It paints its canvas with the rich and sometimes dark colors of the Russian spirit, at the same time giving non-Russian readers a fascinating glimpse into everyday life in a country that seems strange and distant to us.

Like most men, I do not generally care for romance novels. Too often, the genre seems to be filled with too much silliness, sweetness, and sentimentality; or with graphic sex lacking emotional context. This book is completely different. It speaks honestly of real adult emotions in real life.

A good romantic novel should entertain, but the best of them will stir the soul. Love Is Never Past Tense rewards the reader by doing both.

Love Is Never Past Tense... was as much of a cultural experience for me as it was an enjoyable read. The novel did an excellent job of immersing me (an American reader) in Russian culture, through the eyes of a character experiencing extremely turbulent times for that region.

One thing I particularly enjoyed about this book was the relationship between the two love interests. This isn't some Disney fairytale - their relationship is messy, passionate, subtle, and always complicated. In short, it feels like a real relationship between two evolving personalities. As such, I kept turning the page to see how the two love interests would end up, since it wasn't predictable from Act 1 (like so many fairy tales are).

Also, watching the main character as she struggled to escape the Soviet Union's collapse (with a young daughter and elderly mother in tow) was captivating. This section of the novel is written in vivid detail, and we've spent enough time with the characters by this point to have real concern for their outcome.

Love Is Never Past Tense... was a fun read, and I'd highly recommend it.

— Mrlin13

Author Bio

Janna Yeshanova

Janna Yeshanova, M.A., M.Ed., founder and principal of Life-Spark LLC, is a dynamic and powerful life coach and trainer. Janna leverages her passion and engaging style to help others overcome adversity, achieve their goals, and spark the possibilities of their lives.

Originally from the Soviet Union, Janna began her career as an editor of scientific and technical information in her native Moldova, one of the Republics in the Soviet Union. Later, she taught college level Russian language and literature in Kishniev.

Janna escaped to the United States when persecution became violent during the crumbling of the Soviet state. She left behind house, social status, citizenship, and every friend she had to seek a new life in America. Arriving in the United States with her mother and daughter in tow, $126 in her pocket and knowing not a soul, she earned a Masters Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Wright State University, and became a US citizen. She taught at Antioch University and participated in the Dayton International Peace Conference on Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Today, she continues to pursue her passions of teaching, training, life and executive coaching and public speaking. Janna's experiences rebuilding her own life have helped her serve as a living model of the power of persistence to individual and organizational clients.

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