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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
The here and now, or the hereafter? A Day in Eternity by Kathryn Gabriel Loving addresses this question. After crash landing his plane, Anson Roe wakes up in a place he knows well, the Panhandle of Oklahoma. He feels off, in a bizarre state of mind, it was as if he was “plucked from one place and inserted into another.” Is it real, a dream, or something much more? Oklahoma had been his in between place, his place between what he had and what he longed for, a place of “liberty and sovereignty.” On the airstrip, barely standing, trying to get his bearings, he encounters John Magee, a somewhat familiar, yet mysterious man. Over the course of the day, they share their backgrounds, discovering that they have many similarities. They both are passionate about flying; they are risk-takers, a bit reckless, and have loved a woman passionately to no end. Anson finds himself in the place of in between once again. Challenged by his future, he must decide - do I stay or move forward?
Kathryn Gabriel Loving blends fiction with reality in A Day in Eternity. Loving includes real people in her fictional plot. The narrative provides the reader with ample room for thought. There are many poignant and reflective lines to consider and ponder. The poetry of Elinor Lyon and John Gillespie Magee Jr. is magically woven into the story. Loving provides subtle hints of what is to come, the moment of truth, and the climatic turning point is reluctantly expected. The transcendence of time and place, and the building of the characters as they grow, ascend and fly through the rising action is stimulating. However for me, the story lost its appeal a little during the denouement. Inspiration turns into philosophy, stealing the dynamic of the story away from its characters. The conclusion provides little regarding what the future holds, but then again, maybe that is the whole point of A Day in Eternity.