Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Ana by Gary Hope is a humorous, witty, cynical, ironic, highly charged romance novel that is oozing with love, pure unconditional love. A Salt Lake City advice columnist, Noah lives in the little tourist town of Moab in Utah. He has a varied reader base to whom he dispenses his always ironic and always funny words of advice. His life in Moab settles into a predictable routine that is shattered when he receives an email from Ana. What started as a seemingly casual exchange of emails turns into an intense online love affair. Sight unseen, Noah falls hopelessly in love with Ana and, in a twist of fate, he meets Dorothy during one of his hiking trips.
Ana by Gary Hope is truly an entertaining read. It is a unique love triangle romance that is as thrilling as any popular movie showing in the cinemas today. It helps a lot that Gary Hope writes with the paintbrush of a landscape visual artist so that the enchanting beauty of the Utah wilderness becomes vivid and real. And he has a lot of wit and wisdom to share that borders on the hilariously funny. But what makes Ana such an unforgettable novel is probably the intensity of his main protagonist's emotions, so much so that anyone could get carried away by them. This is a story with a deceptively simple plot, one setting, with not so many characters, and a dash of wisdom here and there, but it comes out as complex as human life itself!