Book: Looking Glass Friends by E. L. Nevecategories: Book, Award-Winning Romance, Literary Romance, Romance Award, Epistolary Romance, Romance Novel, Epistolary Novel, Love Story, Romance Winner, Contemporary Love, Contemporary Romance
E. L. Neveabout this book: When readers realize that Looking Glass Friends won 14 book awards, they always talk about the beauty of its language and especially the love letters. And then they ask about Neil's confession of love in the middle of the book. Is it the actual, real-life letter? So I'll say it officially here: Yes, it is, with minor editing.
When I first considered turning a boxful of letters into a novel, I hung all the letters on my wall. In many cases, there was no date, and I had to figure out the chronology. But once this was done, I discovered a definite pattern hidden in the letters, an emerging love story with a purposeful plot.
There was also a wooing dance that went on between the two lovers. Whenever Neil tried to pull Ellie forward, she would draw back. But if he drew back too, she would step forward.
Perhaps this is true of all love stories, real and imagined. Looking Glass Friends seeks to hold a mirror up to the reader's own spirit. It is a story about finding your soul's mirror image, your soul's ideal mate. And I hope that readers are left with hope and inspiration to seek or cling to this ideal in their own lives.
For romantic love, the story seeks to show, is the most important value in our lives.
P.S.: Because this story touched my soul so deeply, I decided to record the audiobook myself. That was an an adventure that took 6 months to complete.
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Video 1: Award-winning Love Story: "Looking Glass Friends"
Video 2: Looking Glass Friends - This is a story about finding your soul's reflection
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