Release Date: January 17, 2013
Publisher: Parvati Press
Source: Smith Publicity
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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What worlds would you move to be with your soulmate?
Painter Tessa Barnum is struggling. Her husband left, she's broke, about to be evicted, and has made some serious missteps in her career.
When scruffy Brian Tennyson explodes into her life, claiming to be from an alternate universe, Tessa thinks he's a crazy vagabond - albeit one with mysterious and undeniable appeal.Then he informs her that, in his world, they're married.
Tessa's universe turns upside down as the truth of love and loss, victory and humiliation and second chances, comes home to her. She has to choose love over logic to reach that state of anticipation where miracles unfold.
The secret to her own life was always in her heart.
THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE by Traci Slatton is actually a rom-com and not an erotica novel like what the cover is suggesting. Another example of not setting the right expectation or false advertising as Cat said in my G&G last month. Despite the cunning marketing ploy, THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE was a fun romantic sci-fi read. Its like Time Traveler's Wife meets Big Bang Theory.
THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE, to me, is more about Brian than it is about Tessa. Well at least to me Brian's character stood out the most what with his undying love for Tessa and building a rad cosmic gadget, a decohering device, to transport him to another "universe" where he could see Tessa again and profess his unending love for her. Really dorky but I bet that's what Shah Jahan's people said when he went and built the Taj Mahal in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The thought is so weird, grand and romantic.
When's the last time a man held you and kissed you until your panties crept up under your armpits and your insides turn to plasma? [Only a geek like Brian will use plasma in a pre-coital convo and think its sexy]
In THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE we have Brian, a Doctor of Physics who made a machine that enabled him to do the impossible and that is prove that the string theory or the theory of multiverses exists. When the Tessa in his world dies, Brian was so distraught that he made the decohering device so he can go and find the (other) Tessa in another universe. Unfortunately it wasn't love at first sight but with much perseverance on Brian's side, he grew on (other) Tessa, found his closure and helped our heroine sort her own entanglements in the process.
THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE is a combination of art and science, very radical as the former is spontaneous while the latter is precise. The juxtaposition of Tessa and Brian's character quirks made for great contrast and though I barely understood most of the jargon, I liked how it highlighted Brian's awkwardness and Tessa's naivete and snobbery and thinking how are these two people going to find their HEA? Despite belonging in two different worlds with barely anything in common, THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE is another story on how love can make us do great things and change the landscape of our lives in ways we cannot even begin to imagine.
Doing what you want is the prerogative of the dying. Should be the prerogative of the living, too, but it doesn't always work out that way. [Mrs. Liebowitz]
You don't have to be an art aficionado or a science major to "get" the humor although I'd imagine real art and physics majors will gt a real kick out of this. Anyway THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE was a smart, hilarious and fast read. The plot might sound complicated but TSlatton simplified pulled it off nicely. The characters are a little ridiculous but they carry nuggets of wisdom with them. Shout out to Mrs. L, I love you and you'll be missed! So grab a copy and I'm sure you'll get a great kick from reading THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE.
Traci L. Slatton is a graduate of Yale and Columbia, where she taught freshman composition. She lives in Manhattan, and her love for Renaissance Italy inspired her historical novel Immortal [Bantam Dell], which is currently in film pre-production and reached bestseller status in Italy, Russia, and Brazil. Also the author of novels The Botticelli Affair, Fallen, and Cold Light, Slatton has published The Art of Life, a photo essay about figurative sculpture; Dancing in the Tabernacle, a book of poetry; and Piercing Time & Space, a non-fiction title on science and spirituality. Her forthcoming novel, The Mission, is a meaty historical saga set during World War II.
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