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Love at the Speed of Email: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Lisa McKay
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Book Description

Lisa looks as if she has it made. She has turned her nomadic childhood and forensic psychology training into a successful career as a stress management trainer for humanitarian aid workers. She lives in Los Angeles, travels the world, and her first novel has just been published to some acclaim... But as she turns 31, Lisa realizes that she is still single and increasingly wondering where home is and what it really means to commit to a person, place, or career. When an intriguing stranger living on the other side of the world emails her out of the blue with an extraordinary proposal, she must decide whether she will risk trying to answer those questions. Her decision will change her life.

Praise for Love At The Speed Of Email


Love at the Speed of Email is part grand romance, part travel memoir and part essay on life’s most precious gifts. Lisa McKay is a phenomenal writer; clever and comedic, poignant and pitch-perfect. You will love this love story.”
(Susan Meissner, award-winning author of A Fall Of Marigolds)

"A page-turner and a modern-day fairytale. I can’t recommend this extraordinary book highly enough."
(Nicole Baart, best-selling author of After The Leaves Fall and Sleeping In Eden)

"The promise of romance and a whirlwind story perfect for plane rides and beach weekends. Such a treat—a well-crafted memoir, written with a journalists’ elegance."
(Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards, HONORABLE MENTION)

“A travel memoir with a deep soul, Love at the Speed of Email takes us around the world but always brings us back to the heart of the matter: humanity's longing for place, purpose, faith. Lisa McKay's seamless storyteling helps us find ourselves in every corner of her globetrotting and even learn a little about love along the way. A true pleasure!”
(Leeana Tankersley, author of Found Art: Discovering Beauty in Foreign Places)


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About the Author

Lisa McKay is an author and a psychologist who specializes in stress, trauma and resilience. Her first novel, My Hands Came Away Red, was published in 2007, and her essays have appeared in a number of magazines. She currently lives in Laos with her husband and son.

Product Details

  • File Size: 354 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985480904
  • Publisher: Karinya Publishing (May 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083WGTRU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, moving memoir reads like fiction September 14, 2012
Format:Paperback
I first heard of Lisa McKay's book Love at the Speed of Email on the Novel Rocket blog, where she wrote about why she chose to self-publish this memoir. I was intrigued by the notion that her story had too much God to please secular publishers, not enough to please Christian ones. I wanted to know more, so I read her book.

Synopsis: Lisa lives a life many women would envy. Her nomadic childhood has morphed into a nomadic adulthood, which she's augmented with a formidable amount of education, all of which has added up to a successful career as a stress management trainer for humanitarian aid workers. On top of that, she's recently published her first novel. Though she holds both Canadian and Australian passports, she lives in Los Angeles--or does when she's not traipsing the globe as part of her job. As she turns 31, though, Lisa wonders if what she has is enough--especially as those closest to her are marrying, having children, settling down. Making homes. What does home mean? she wonders. Is it a place...or a person...or both? While she's asking herself these questions, an unexpected email arrives from an intriguing stranger--and together, they find answers to her questions that change both their lives.

From start to finish, I loved Love at the Speed of Email. In this thoughtful memoir, Lisa has proven herself to be an exceptional writer and a gifted storyteller. Her skill does not stop with the words strung deftly across the page. It continues into her exploration of human character and her razor-sharp insights of the human condition.

Lisa writes with bold authenticity and breath-taking vulnerability. She's candid about past romantic relationships, but even more revealing about those aspects of her persona that move and challenge and humble her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth investing your time to read and savor! October 4, 2012
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Absolutely wonderful! Completely relatable on so many levels, touching deeply the heart and the soul. And I'm not even halfway through it! This is the first review that I have ever felt compelled to write, despite my love for books and reading which is only one of the things I have found in common thus far with Lisa McKay. "Love at the Speed of Email a Memoir" thoughtfully, honestly, transparently, and engagingly tells the story of life and love. Even more, the author seeks to reconcile the idea of what "home" means when you have spent much of your life helping and serving others across the globe, adjusting to cultural differences, often living among the poorest of the poor, and having part of your heart in each of those places. Lisa's life work is not just a job, it is a calling, a ministry to others where she is confronted with hard questions about the "why" or "how" of life. She writes with depth, clarity, and maturity about how she responds, and how she is challenged by her own questions, and those of a culture that expects a woman to be married with children by age thirty. The use of thought-provoking quotes from various authors including William Inge and C.S. Lewis, as well as heart-felt correspondence shared from like-minded friends and colleagues in the field of humanitarian aid, provide additional proof that so many of us share some of the same feelings, thoughts, and emotions, just not always in the same settings. I cannot digest the wealth of her experience in one setting. For me, taking it slow and reading small segments at a time, makes for an exquisite reading experience! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I am enjoying it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Email romance October 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is Lisa McKay's second book and I really enjoyed it. Her first book My Hands Came Away Red, was fantastic.
In Love at the Speed of Email is a memoir that reads like fiction. You will get caught up in the amazing, fascinating life that Lisa leads and how she came to know her husband and their usual courtship and marriage. I believe marriage through email works because before email I met and married my husband of 30 years though letters. It works and is a great way to find out about your future mate. Like Lisa and Mike we also had a short courtship and God has blessed us.
I find it amazing how some people can travel and live in a different place every few years or so and seem to enjoy it, but that's not for me. You will read many strange and exciting things that have happened to Lisa and how she got though them and moved on with her life.
God has blessed this couple and I know you would love to read their love story.
Lisa is a very witty person and will have you laughing at the strangest things. I'm sure she is a wonderful speaker and has her audience laughing and feeling comforted many times.
A book to read and one you will get simple enjoyment out of. I recommend this book.

Thank you to the Author/Publicist for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern day fairy tale. August 4, 2012
Format:Paperback
I absolutely loved it. I read it in one day, while on a drive from North Carolina to New York. I wish I hadn't read it so fast though as I still needed to drive back and had no book left!
Lisa's second book is part memoir and part love story.
Having lived in many places, Lisa struggles to find the meaning of the word 'home' while her work in humanitarian adds an interesting perspective.
The love story side is an incredible 21st century fairytale. It tells the story of how two people living in opposites sides of the world can be brought together through the internet. Exchanging letters for many months they shared dreams, worries and aspirations. What I loved the most is that Lisa has included some emails that Mike sent her, giving us the opportunity to get to know him a little bit too. It made me see them as real persons and root for them, hoping they would eventually meet and fall in love.
Lisa's book has inspired me to introduce two of my friends who live in opposite sides of the world!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So many insights
Especially for those of us living cross culturally. Thank you for being open and honest about field work and with your relationship with Mike. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Denise Anne Runge
4.0 out of 5 stars Sucessful E-Mail Love Story
Well narrated memoir told by a woman who stumbles upon love over the internet. Through blogs, e-mails, Skype and finally meeting in person, this couple's courtship was inspiring... Read more
Published 4 days ago by AH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good and thought-provoking read.. Knowing that it's a true story makes it even better. Well done
Published 9 days ago by Manrico Bugeja
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous angst
As I was reading this book, it occurred to me that perhaps I was too old to really appreciate all the angst that the author feels. Read more
Published 22 days ago by D.T. Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars I was completely amazed by this book
I was completely amazed by this book. It helped me to realize that being constantly torn between the desire for adventure and the dream of home is not unusual, especially for TCK. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Elena
3.0 out of 5 stars cute story
This is a cute story and I was interested to see how things worked out but it was hard to follow along sometimes as she keeps jumping back and forth in time and location and I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by evelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this memoir full of reflection on home, love, and travel.
Published 1 month ago by Jacki L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Relatable and Honest
Several years ago, I read Lisa's first book, "My Hands Came Away Red", and I loved it. I was intrigued, then, when I saw "Love at the Speed of E-mail". Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An enjoyable read.
Published 1 month ago by S Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Like finding Home...
I lack the facility of words to express how this book resonated in my very being. Not so much the long distance dating... Read more
Published 1 month ago by AKarcher4
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More About the Author

I still get confused when people ask me about home. Raised in Australia, Bangladesh, the States, and Zimbabwe, I have also lived in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Croatia. I am currently living in Laos ...

(The journey to Laos began with writing letters to someone in Papua New Guinea, and that is such a great story that I wrote a memoir about it - check out my latest book, a memoir, Love At The Speed Of Email).

In Australia, I worked as a forensic psychologist with the state police, in a maximum-security men's prison, and on a child death review team.

In Croatia, I worked with a development organization as a stress management trainer.

In Indiana, I earned a masters degree in International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University.

In Los Angeles, I directed the Headington Institute's training and education programs, providing psychological support services to humanitarian workers around the world.

In Laos, while my husband is hard at work for a humanitarian organization, I lie in a hammock by the Mekong River and drink mango smoothies.

At least, that is what I sometimes fantasize about when I'm busy looking after my first child, working as a consultant, or writing.

My latest book, Love At The Speed Of Email, was released in June 2012. It's a book that advance reviewers are calling "a modern-day fairytale" and a "travel memoir with a deep soul". Please take a moment to check it out, or to drop by my website and say hello. I'd love to hear from you.


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