Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer


It’s a virtual romance that begins by chance. When Leo mistakenly receives e-mails from a stranger named Emmi, he replies–and Emmi writes back.  Soon, secrets are shared, sparks fly, and erotic tension simmers. Even though Emmi is married, it seems only a matter of time till they meet. But will their feelings survive a real-life encounter?  And, if so-what then? Funny and fast-paced, Love Virtually offers plenty of twists, turns, and satisfaction.

In a nutshell:

I liked it:  x  Yes       No

For people who like: epistolary novels, e-mail romance, who think that life on the net is real and not just fluff.

My thoughts: 

I first read about this in a post by Stu about epistolary novels which I like a lot. “Love virtually” is the modern equivalent, a novel in e-mails instead of letters. It sounded like something I might enjoy, so I got the original German version (called “Gut gegen Nordwind”) right away. And read it within one day which says a lot, given that I am a rather slow reader (not because I am slow at reading, but because I have not much time to read, I might add). But this was worth losing an hour of sleep over.

I loved how Emmi and Leo slowly, slowly got closer, from a polite and short exchange about a wrong email address to a deep friendship and (possible) romance. The conversations were sometimes extremely short, sometimes very long, very witty, sometimes loving, sometimes truly angry. They sometimes stopped writing for a couple of days but in the end they couldn’t leave each other alone.

Why at some points they didn’t revert to chatting I didn’t get. Instead of emailing a 3-sentence-mail every 20 seconds they could have gone and chatted more effectively. But I suppose this would have interrupted the thought of a 100% e-mail correspondence.

One thing I must complain about, however, is the abrupt ending. This just was too quick and disappointing for this reader. But not all is lost. I heard from LoveVirtually on twitter that there is a sequel (something I was oblivious to) called “Every seventh wave” (German “Alle sieben Wellen”). Good news after all. Do I need to say that I already ordered it?

Product info and buy link :

Title Love virtually
Author Daniel Glattauer
Publisher SilverOak
ISBN 978-1402786747
Buy link Buy Love Virtually


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

Stu’s review at Winstonsdad

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