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Publisher's Summary

In this funny and poignant novel, two strangers learn that their soul mate might be both as close as breath and as distant as a star, from British Fantasy Award recipient Sarah Lotz. 

Bee thinks she has everything: a successful business repurposing wedding dresses, and friends who love and support her. She’s given up on finding love, but that’s fine. There’s always Tinder. Nick thinks he has nothing: His writing career has stalled after early promise, and his marriage has disintegrated, but that’s fine. There’s always gin. So when one of Nick’s emails, a viciously funny screed intended for a non-paying client, accidentally pings into Bee's inbox, they decide to keep the conversation going. After all, they never have to meet. 

But the more they get to know each other, the more Bee and Nick realize they want to. They both notice strange pop culture or political references that crop up in their correspondence, but nothing odd enough to stop Bee and Nick for falling hard for each other. But when their efforts to meet in real life fail spectacularly, Bee and Nick discover that they’re actually living in near-identical but parallel worlds. Now to beat impossible odds, they’ll have to face impossible choices - and their worlds will see unthinkable consequences....

©2022 Sarah Lotz (P)2022 Penguin Audio
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  • Categories: Romance

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Love in the Multiverse

An extremely well written novel of parallel universes overlapping in cyberspace. Lots of love, sex, & intimacy across time & space, though ultimately sad. These characters will stay with me for a long time. Clearest message: genuine connection is the most important aspect of genuine love.

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Bitter sweet

Thus a love history and find it weirdly satisfying and I love the end, being so perfect. Enjoy !

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A multiverse romance

Interesting characters. Satisfying ending. Probably better to get the written version if possible. The audio version reads a lot of repetitive email account names. It gets annoying since you can easily tell who’s talking as there are 2 very different vocal performers.

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Delightfully Different

This is one of those books that will be best enjoyed if you go in blind. Don't read a bunch of reviews. Don't get into spoilers. It's romantic. It's very sweet. It's got a really unique sort of twist. There's a little bit of suspense but not a terrible load of angst.

I could not stop listening to this, and after it ended, I was satisfied but sad it was over.

I actually liked both of the main characters. The things they said and did were, for the most part, the kinds of things real people would say and do. Neither is a horrible person. Neither is annoyingly optimistic or ridiculously perfect; in fact, both of them have glaring flaws that get dealt with over the course of the story. There is solid development and growth in both characters by the end, and the reader gets to be proud of them and happy for them as that growth happens. Neither is abusive. Neither wastes time mistaking manipulation or melodrama for romance. Neither of them is naïve or stupid. The characters are actually grown adults. The problems they face are real problems that real people encounter (you know, except for the main conflict in the story, but that's...I mean, it's a novel).

It's *actually* romantic. It will make you genuinely sad, genuinely reflective, genuinely happy...and you will smile and laugh pretty often. The narration is fantastic. The story is so very well constructed and well-written. You will love these people, and it will be one you remember because it's just so delightfully different.

All the things I love about a good romance story are here and none of the things that annoy me about romance stories are here. It's worth the time and a credit. Just give it a go.

If you *must* have spoilers in order to purchase:

MILD SPOILER (but I highly recommend you don't read it).

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Okay, fine: Here's the spoiler:

This is a Lake House type scenario, and the characters go on for quite a while before they realize the predicament they're in. It's very well done, and it's very different from other "can't be together b/c of cosmic force of some kind, but somehow can communicate" stories I've seen. It is so good. Get it. Definitely worth a credit.

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So good!

I loved this! Creative, fun, and engaging. Tough to put down, and loved the twists and turns.