British Pilot Anson Roe will ignore borders and strain relationships to land a career in Ag-aviation. But when he dreams of crashing his airplane in a remote corner of the world, all he can think of is the whereabouts of his journalist girlfriend, Vivianne Keene. He awakens at a small airstrip in rural America, a year backward in time, suffering from apparent heatstroke and random amnesia. Brought to his knees, he is rescued by a World War II Spitfire pilot and poet, John Gillespie Magee Jr., and makes a shocking discovery.
Mere flesh and bone could barely contain John Magee’s lifeforce as he grew into a young man. A self-made intellectual as a teenager, he didn’t expect to live past his twenties. When stranded in America at the onset of Britain’s war with Germany, he was hellbent on returning to England and his love, novelist Elinor Lyon. At age 19 he finally went back as a pilot officer with the Canadian Royal Air Force. Exuberant with newfound freedom and powered by a Supermarine Spitfire, he ”trod the untrespassed sanctity of space ... and touched the face of God,” thus birthing his sonnet, “High Flight,” the aviator’s anthem for more than 75 years. Blending history with fiction, John Magee’s own words on love and death in A Day in Eternity resonate for all time.
The poetry of [John Magee] is magically woven into the story. ...The transcendence of time and place, and the building of the characters as they grow, ascend, and fly through the rising action, is stimulating. — Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
The philosophical element adds significantly to the plot, while also making the book inspiring. — Reviewer, Online Book Club
Plot: The author explores the mysterious aftermath of an accident, raising questions about the very nature of temporal and physical reality (is the protagonist’s life flashing before his eyes?). Loving creates an effectively surreal story that maintains clarity and forward momentum.
Prose: Loving weaves a lyrical psychological puzzle through flashbacks to the protagonist’s former life and the tenuous present. Characters are easily differentiated by their distinctive voices, while Loving integrates poetry in a manner that exists in harmony with the prose.
Originality: The central character’s predicament is a decidedly unique one, and Loving explores his fractured psychological state with power and grace.
Character Development: Loving crafts both central and secondary characters from the inside-out, creating subtly impactful interactions and maintaining intrigue.
Blurb: This penetrating adventure of the mind and spirit soars through the lives of two aviators and their passion for flight, life, and romance—and their unique perceptions of death.
Date Submitted: May 30, 2018
A Day in Eternity by Kathryn Gabriel Loving was named a finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Inspirational Fiction category. Winners and finalists were announced at a reception on June 1 during the BookExp in New York City, NY. In its eleventh year of operation, the Next Generation Book Awards is the largest awards program for independent authors and publishers. Presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG), the awards program was created to recognize the most "exceptional independently published books" in more than 70 cetegories.