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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

15-time award-winning love story (inspired by real letters)...

"This novel features an original and fascinating premise... Readers will be compelled to keep reading until the very end." (Booklife by Publishers Weekly)

When our souls fall in love before our bodies meet... 

Looking Glass Friends is a story about finding your soul's reflection, the ideal person put on this Earth just for you. But what if you are already married? What if you have kids? This quest for happiness lies at the heart of all our lives. Many of us face the choice that turns the conflict of this story. Many of us know that our life will be utterly different in 20 years depending on the choice we make today. It is an intersection that changes everything forever. This award-winning novel seeks to show that what seems insurmountable can be done...and should be done. Discover its poetry and wisdom for yourself. 

  • 2018 Hollywood Book Festival - WINNER 
  • 2018 Great Northwest Book Festival - WINNER 
  • 2018 Beach Book Festival - WINNER 
  • 2017 New York Book Festival - WINNER   
  • 2017 Los Angeles Book Festival - WINNER 
  • 2017 London Book Festival - Runner-up  
  • 2017 Pacific Book Awards - Finalist   
  • 2017 BookVana Award - Finalist
  • 2017 Readers’ Favorite - Finalist
  • 2018 Paris Book Festival - Honorable mention 
  • 2018 San Francisco Book Festival - Honorable mention 
  • 2017 New England Book Festival - Honorable mention 
  • 2017 Florida Book Festival - Honorable mention 
  • 2017 Southern California Book Festival - Honorable mention 
  • 2017 Great Midwest Book Festival - Honorable mention
©2016 Tal Boldo (P)2016 Tal Boldo

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Dreamy narration perfection

Listening to Looking Glass Friends by E.L. Neve was a dreamy experience. The narration, performed by the author was delightful; her voice is ethereal and makes the reader feel transported into the romance and escape of main character Faye’s newly found relationship. The voicing of characters doesn’t dramatically change from character to character, though as the story progresses, listeners may notice some subtle changes: Jake gets smarmier, Johnny sounds young. Annabella, one of my favorite characters, is the exception and has a definitive southern accent that is well-done.

“She had known that she was glazing a lie with a tint of half-truth.”

It is interesting that readers can hear/see what each of characters Neil and Ellie are thinking on opposite sides of the computer while they are emailing each other. (Yes, emailing! Not texting, not IMing, not SnapChatting. It is 1997, folks, and I love it there.) Listening to the story had me remembering when I met my husband, and the excitement of seeing an email from him in my inbox, the constant thinking and re-thinking of our last exchanges, and how I printed the emails so I could re-visit them without using the dial-up modem. (Ha! I am old!) Ellie speaks of the “soul-lifting emails” from another person who was so much like her. I could relate. Perhaps it is also my own experience of a different time, in my life before I met my husband, that makes me struggle a little. Even though I was pulling for Neil and Ellie, to me, their emotional involvement counts as infidelity because each is giving something to the other that isn’t being given to their respective spouses. It is complicated, and they each feel pangs of guilt and know they are wrong, but they convince themselves that keeping their relationship to email is okay; one even says, “Their effect on each other's spirit was too great to allow their bodies to meet.” They know they are playing with fire – which makes it all the more delicious.

“The winds of change were steering the heavy branch.”

Author E.L. Neve’s writing is philosophical, lovely, and descriptive and perfectly sets the moods – at times melancholy and other times joyful. Her characters are complex and fleshed-out so that readers get a sense of knowing them. As I said earlier, my favorite character was the colorful character of Annabella, who is someone I think I would seek out on a regular basis. I must share a few of her fabulous sayings:
… as confused as a fart in a fan factory
… cold enough to freeze the balls off a pool table
It sticks in my throat like a hair in a biscuit.
Annabella provides some much-needed perspectives to our main character and some equally much-needed comic relief when the story feels heavy and hopeless.

I still would like to re-visit this story in print so that I can better absorb and ponder the bigger questions it poses about the very essence of love and happiness and the costs of finding and keeping it.

I highly recommend the audio book, which clocks-in at just under six hours (and for once, I listened at regular speed). Thank you to the author for providing me a free download in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.

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loved it!!

Beautiful excellently written love story of two souls finding happiness with each other. well narrated!

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Definitely an Adult Romance - not for teens!

So it starts out Ellie is married to Jake and Neil is married to Faye. Ellie believes she is happy but Neil knows he is not. On happenstance Ellie gave Neil (who works at a bakery where she gets baked goods for her son) a book in which they fell in love with intelectually with each other. They exchanged emails and then phone numbers. Thus began a love affair of the minds. Both spouses knew they were communicating with each other but neither knew they were falling in love without even meeting. I say this is not a book for teens because it is more of an intellectual love rather than your usual teen romance story. And then the story really takes off and we find our secrets, plots and twists to each character. The narrator, who is also the author, did an amazing job. I usually do not like books where the author reads their own work because I believe it should be interpreted by a 2nd party and read from their POV, but on this book, she was spot on. Not a lot of range in voices but enough to know who was speaking. I think this author has a hit with this book and would do amazing with a love trilogy. I will definitely listen to this author as an author and a narrator again.

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