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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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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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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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beautiful

I enjoyed listening. my heart cried for her and filled with joy when everything went well. this emotional roller coaster brought me to realize that my world needed expanding. thank you for sharing your beautiful story with everyone

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Beautiful

Loved this story, especially as a follow up to "M2 WTF". Your stories are inspirational, and keep me looking on the bright side of my own transition, though much later in life.

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Wholesome love story

I have found myself completely enthralled in Samantha's story I've spent hours listening to her previous book and this one and don't regret it for a second thank you for opening my eyes to what it means to be a woman. 😻

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There's some repetition between this little memoir and the other one I just listened to by the same author. But they are both honest, informative, tender, and sweet.

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A beautiful transgender love story!

This book made me “awwwww” out loud so many times! My own cis-trans queer love story has many similarities, and I loved hearing so many things my own partner has told me about transness echoed by the author in her own beautiful voice. Well written, raw and authentic.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the book

This gave me such an insight to the bottom surgery and what other women go through. I wish I would have discovered this book at the start of my own journey.

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short, comforting love story

This is short story of how the author met her wife. There are some twists and turns, but nothing that is too dark or overly euphoric. It's not written as a detailed history or a dramatization. It's almost like meeting an old friend for drinks after dinner.