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Dear Rick, Dear Teri: A Memoir of Long-Distance Love at the Dawn of the Digital Age Paperback – March 23, 2013
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About the Author
Teri Lynn Brown writes letters, e-mails, blog posts, grocery lists, songs, screenplays, and now books. She is also a stay-at-home mom, an excellent singer, and a decent cook. Her passions include good food, tea, movies, and experimenting with her hair color. She resides with her husband, son, and two dogs in the greater Philadelphia area.
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The majority of the book is a collection of letters that chronicle the relationship of Rick and Teri. Each letter represents a journal entry containing thoughts, feelings and confessions. The letters also provide the couple the means to develop their love. Teri takes us on her journey of self-discovery and emotional growth. We feel her emotions in each letter to Rick. Each subsequent letter is an evolution from getting to know each other, to falling in love, then finally wanting to do anything to be together.
Overall, the book is quite easy to read. The letters that were selected provided a smooth flow and didn't leave any noticable gaps in the storyline. At first I wanted to read more letters from Rick. After reading the book however I felt that the book didn't need them. Teri does a great job recounting Rick's thoughts and feelings from previous letters and phone calls. There were enough of Rick's letters in the book that I was able to identify with his mindset.
This book reminds us of how much easier it is to communicate in today's world. Lost in today's world of instant messaging, cell phones, texts and social media is the timeless art of conveying one's thoughts and feelings through pen and paper. This book gives us a sense of the personal connection that is made by being able to identify with the way someone writes, the color of the paper used and knowing that the other person thousands of miles away actually touched the letter.
By the end of the book I realized that this love story was only the beginning. The foundations of love formed during these initial months shape the couple's relationship today. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to experience how two people fall in love despite the distance between them. Every reader will be able to relate to Rick and Teri's story.
It's amazing how the two met. Timing. Being at the right place at the right time. What a coincidence. And to have a son together exactly 10 years from the date they met!
I've know this couple personally and feels great to have the pleasure of having them as part of my life.