- File Size: 1260 KB
- Print Length: 300 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1949935000
- Publisher: Orange Blossom Publishing; 1 edition (February 1, 2019)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07L47Z6GL
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,916 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
How I Met My Other: True Stories, True Love: A Real Romance Short Story Collection Kindle Edition
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While each story shared a meaningful message or was otherwise enjoyable to read, I definitely have my favorites. In the first section, "How Sweet it Was," my favorite story was "A Rose, Frozen in Time," by Michelle Tweed. In addition to the irony of Michelle finally meeting the right person when she vowed to work on herself, I've always wondered what it would be like to live in Antarctica. I was definitely transported by the wonderful descriptions, particularly the ice caves and nightlife, throughout. There's also a bit of magic in this tale . . .
In the second section, "How Funny it Was, Part I," my favorite story was Robert Bellam's "Eddie and Me." Talk about the rollercoaster ride of love! In addition to Bellam being an excellent storyteller and versatile writer, his sense of humor slips through in just the right places. This story also shows how all it can take is a moment (and a humorous one at that) for us to heal the past to choose love and commitment.
Remember my earlier comment about being curious about the other half's version? "Out of the Park" was written by both Tim and Arielle Haughee, and is in the third section, "How Timely it Was." I love how they go back-and-forth to share their story of connecting, disconnecting, and then reconnecting with each other. And yes, perhaps it really is about timing—that, and maturing enough to be yourself rather than who you believe others want you to be. Definitely a home run!
There are more thematic sections in this collection, complete with some wonderful love stories. While I won't ride on an actual rollercoaster, this collection definitely inspires hope. If those of us who are single can just breathe through the vertigo that accompanies actual physical and emotional heights, we, too, can meet our proverbial others and experience true love that lasts.
I loved how the individual stories spanned different decades, generations, occupations, locations and life styles. Each story is unique. Even though you knew it had a happy ending you could feel yourself rooting for the two to get together. The unexpected surprise was being able to jump to the Orange Blossoms website at the end of each story to see an update and picture of the couples featured. Such a great way to continue the connection you feel with the couples you just read about.
It's easy to forget how beautiful, crazy, awkward and exasperating new love can be. So many times I thought about how I "Met My Other". Our first date, impression and our lives since. It's a nice reminder with still a "new" marriage of 6 years and Valentine's Day coming up. With the busyness of our daily life (work, kids, household) we can sometimes forget the beauty and magic of the love that drew us together. Each story allows you to travel to a different time or place. How it is when parents don't approve or you have preconceived notions of how a relationship or person should be.
I highly recommend this book as a sweet read for yourself or a loved one.
How I Met My Other - True Stories, True Love is an anthology edited by Arielle Haughee and offers a glimpse into the hearts of over a dozen storytellers. Each reflects upon the island of being alone, the mainland of finding love, and the bridge between. Not a sappy-sweet read, the stories cover different times, cultures, stages of life, sexual preferences, socioeconomic backgrounds and interesting characters. Additionally, the writers themselves range from novices to award winning published authors. Some stories are so well crafted, I was left wanting more! Even those that are more rudimentary illustrate that we all have our story to tell, and when it comes to love, the story is dear to our heart. I’m reminded that stories of meeting our soulmate can be stories of adventure and of taking chances. Is finding your mate easy and dreamy? No! Remember, these are true stories and that includes all of the awkward and embarrassing moments that intertwine with the hope and joy we do typically associate with finding “The One.” As I read this book, memories surfaced and gave me pause as I recalled how I met “my other.” Whether you are looking for your other, are just fine on your own, or have already met your special someone, I recommend this book and believe it will give you pause as well.