15-times Award-winning Love Story, Inspired by Real Lettters
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 pages of this story. Many of us know that our life will be utterly different in twenty 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.
THEY FELL IN LOVE over email, discussing Ayn Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged. Neither remembered the other’s face clearly. Both were married already. And she had a five-year-old son. But in the span of a few letters each discovered his soul's mirror-image. So how could they live apart?
Woven with poetry and philosophy this is a story about the nature of love, its enchantment or curse, and the heartbreaking question: Can a mother secure her child’s happiness by sacrificing hers?
Plot: At times it feels like the plot of this novel is circling a predictable outcome. Nonetheless, readers will be compelled to keep reading until the very end.
Prose: The letter writing between the characters is well done and their missives feel quite sophisticated. The prose tends to be overly detailed and stiff in spots, and this slows down the action.
Originality: This novel features an original and fascinating premise that will please readers.
Character Development: The characters here are solidly constructed and relatable. Some readers will root for the characters, while others may judge them harshly. But this speaks to their depth and nuance.
Date Submitted: May 31, 2018
A unique and refreshing love story is chronicled in Looking Glass Friends: A Novel Inspired by Real Love Letters by E.L. Neve. The relationship that grows between Neil and Ellie begins with her gift to him of a book, Atlas Shrugged. Neil worked in the local bakery that Ellie frequented, and she felt compelled to share this work with him. This book literally changed Neil’s life in many ways. Through email communications, they discovered a connection not felt in each of their marriages. The deep level of sharing and understanding between them did not exist elsewhere in their lives. Ellie is devoted to her little five-year-old son and thinks it would be devastating to disrupt his life. Whether this soulmate relationship survives at all, or if it will culminate in a permanent relationship, is the main theme of the story.
E.L. Neve has written a compelling story in Looking Glass Friends. The focus is on the meeting of minds, rather than a physical sexual relationship – and that is truly refreshing in today’s romantic genre of books. The quality of the author’s writing is superb and thought-provoking. The development of the four main characters – Neil and Ellie, and their spouses Jake and Fay – is certainly intriguing. Likewise, the concepts of what qualities a meaningful love relationship should entail is interesting to mull over while reading this novel. This is a novel to be cherished and considered, not read through quickly - a true gem in the contemporary world of love stories.
E. L. Neve's contemporary romance, Looking Glass Friends, has received its 15th literary award. The novel was recognized in the following indie book competitions:
~ 2018 Great Northwest Book Festival WINNER ~
~ 2018 Hollywood 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 ~