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Publisher's Summary

In this unforgettable meet-cute, Samantha Allen traces her story of self-discovery during gender transition and the life-altering partnership that began with a simple hello in an elevator.

Feeling “unfinished” at the liminal age of twenty-six, the author had already accumulated decades of emotional baggage growing up in a Mormon family and living with gender dysphoria. When she met Corey midtransition, she felt even more like an awkward shape-shifter. Now Samantha shares how taking a chance on that fortuitous encounter meant having the courage to be herself.

Love & Estrogen is part of The Real Thing, a collection of moving, hilarious, and big-hearted essays on the modern realities of friendship, romance, commitment, and love. Each story can be listened to in a single sitting.

©2018 Samantha Allen (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Love, Estrogen, and Excellence

The author's narration of her very own Love and Estrogen made my cis white boy heart flutter and swell with queer love and admiration. Do yourself a favor and pick a quiet place and put on some headphones. An intimate reading, such as this, rewards the listener with nuanced audible ques of every warm smile and welled up tearful reminiscence--and there are many. I found myself enraptured and blissfully lost in the poetic nature of her retellings. How can a story be both so artfully worded yet so intimately detailed?! You will cry, often. The authenticity of this book is evident from the quiet opening scenes at the Kinsey Library to the emboldened closing monologues on womanhood and love. Immediately after, I feel like I know something real about her and her journey. About her respect for hot chx sandwiches, her beloved Corey with game, and her growth with this partner and through a second puberty. I found myself eagerly sacrificing tears and sobs on the altar of admiration, as if they could help her through her inner battles and embolden her magical and serendipitous love. I'm left with a burning desire to hug and hold onto the next loved one I see and tell them I will always love them and they are as beautiful now as they have ever been. I am literally glowing and will be checking back often for more from this author!

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A Beautiful Book!!

Beautifully written and read, this story educated, informed and entertained me. I thought I knew a lot about the transgender experience, but no I had a lot to learn. I’m grateful to this author for what she shared, and how she shared it!

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Brilliant!

I think EVERYONE should read this book. Please Samantha Allen, write more!!!!! Your journey and love story will educate the masses.

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Sweet Love and Transition Story

It was nice to hear a sweet love story while at the same time hear a transition story, get the point of view from someone that went through it, and have some questions answered.

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Brave and beautiful!

Brave and beautiful to say the least! Wonderful ending. Thank you Samantha for sharing your story.

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Learned so much and smiled frequently.

Joyful and educational. Brilliantly drawn. A complex, deeply personal experience presented with candor and relatable humanity.

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Beautiful

A great story about the ranges of love and its depths. Very beautiful and poignant.

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That's number two in the marathon!

I'm still at work, by the way. That's two Samantha Allen books in one shift! (the first was M to (WT)F.) I still find your voice soothing, and I love learning about how you've grown as a woman and a transsapphic, despite being a cis lesbian myself, I love and support my trans sisters (and brothers). I find your book so informative and I'm so glad you've made It!

To anyone reading this review:
You. Are. Valid. Much Love~

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Wow !

I had no idea what this was about But once I started I couldn't stop listening. Being gay myself I never accounted the depth of a trans emotional relationship with others. This was very enlightening for me.

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I'm not crying! you're crying!

I'm a transgender woman. I'm pre hrt at this time and this book covers so many of my fears. Especially with the political climate where lawmakers are assailing our very existence.

This book helps me ground myself. I still have so much fear to process. But this book helps.

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Lovely story

Loved this book. Truthful, honest and raw. Totally worth a listen. All credit to the author for being so open.