Every Seventh Wave (Love Virtually #2)
by Daniel Glattauer
2013 Challenges: Goodreads, 150+
The eagerly awaited sequel to “Love Virtually”–2011’s wittiest, most compelling love story. “”How will this go on, Leo? The same as before? But where will it go? Nowhere, just on. You live your life, I live mine. And the rest we’ll live together.” ” “Love Virtually” ended as Leo abruptly departed for a new life in the United States, determined to end once and for all the intense cyber-exchange that threatened Emmi’s marriage and his own happiness. But shouldn’t these unconventional lovers–intimates who have never met in person–get another chance?
Have you ever had a love affair with a book? Yes there are books I love, and hate when they end. And there are those select few that I can read again and again and it will never be enough.
Before I read it I knew (hoped) that ‘Every Seventh Wave‘ by Daniel Glattauer would join that collection. Before I go on I must warn you that this book is the sequel to Love Virtually. I will try and avoid spoilers but I can’t promise anything!
I can’t express in words how much I adore this book. For the style alone, it is amazing. It is laid out as a series of email communications, and only emails. As such, the banter between Emmi and Leo made me fall in love with them both. We only know as much as the other person knows. This can be frustrating at times when we are dying to know what happened off email, but I think this is so realistic it just works! Everyone has experienced a moment when they haven’t got a reply to a text or an email, and spend their time frantically refreshing the page. And this is exactly the feeling Emmi has when Leo doesn’t reply, or vice versa.
I can’t really talk about the story without revealing what happened in the first book, but I can say this is an amazing love story that leaves you on the edge of your seat. It is translated from German, and whoever did the translation deserves a medal because it reads so well. The first book ended very abruptly, and left me screaming for more! I have eagerly anticipated this novel since the moment I turned the last page of Love Virtually. Unfortunately for me, the UK publication got delayed, but luckily one of my good friends ordered a copy from the lovely Americans for me!
I cannot recommend this book enough, to anyone who likes an unconventionally written love story. Not just a romance; this is a book you will fall in love with again and again. Oh, and apparently the first book was read on Radio 4 with David Tennant?! Definitely a reason to go and find it now! I will leave you with this quote, and my excessive swooning.
“In any case, you could never be lost to me. I have so much of you within me. I’ve always considered that to be an asset. Every sensory impression of Emmi is a bonus. For me, saying good-bye to you means no longer thinking of you, and no longer feeling anything. Believe me, I’m nowhere near saying good-bye.”