I was truly moved by reading Love Is Never Past Tense. Janna brings to life the true story of her torrid love affair that unfolded during the Cold War Era, proving that love in the Soviet Union was anything but cold. The lovers do not live out a fairy tale romance but must genuinely struggle to overcome societal pressures and family expectations in order to hold on to one another. Add to this a dangerous scheme to defect to the USA when malevolent forces threaten her life, and you have the makings of a genuine thriller.
I love the way Janna writes. From one paragraph to the next, you never know what to expect. This book did not insult my intelligence, like a lot of pop culture novels. It is intellectually engaging, written in a manner that Hemingway would have respected. It not only granted me the opportunity to see the U.S.S.R. from the inside like I had never seen it before, but it also brought back many memories of a time when I feared all Russians and had no understanding of what they were personally living through across the ocean.
I enjoyed this book so much that I approached Janna about adapting it into a screenplay, and we are currently in the process of shopping the completed script around. But do not wait until the film is made to hear her story. I highly recommend her book – love, suspense and history at its best!
– J. Walter Cohen
See the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quPSNk7EnoA