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A Virtual Affair by [Podger, Tracie]
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A Virtual Affair should come with a Virtual Defibrillator because my heart has been broken, warmed and shocked in the space of 12 hours. I started this book last night and basically read it in 2 straight sittings. I think I have managed to feel every emotion known whilst reading this gorgeous story including loss, grief, love, lust, sadness, happiness, tears and laughter. This book is more than a story, Tracie Podger has created characters that feel so real and part of your life that you can't help feeling all the emotions. A truly wonderful book and strongly recommended by me! 5 stars - TracyF, TBConFB

From the Author

Thank you, readers, for taking the time to read A Virtual Affair. Virtual was the first book I ever wrote, many years ago. It wasn't for publication, just a way for me to deal with my depression and time in the 'nuthouse'. Some of what you'll read in Virtual is true, it's my experience. I was encouraged to rewrite Virtual and release and I think this was the most scared I've ever been when releasing a book! I do hope you enjoy the read.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2423 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publication Date: February 12, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01AEVAIN8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I don't often feel like I am sitting beside the protagonist when I'm reading a book. I mostly read from a distance, comfortably removed. And although books and their characters can move me, Jayne rocked me to the core.
She is me, my friends, my sisters.
She is brutally real and heartbreakingly recognizable.
She is the reflection in my mirror at the end of another day, and she's the hope that lives in my heart.
She is the beautiful woman I've come to know, who portrays a lighthearted and confident exterior, but suffers in silence.
I love stories that tell of a journey, that describe the transformation from despair to hope. Stories like this, that teach us it is possible to dig deep and find the strength to face the next day.
With our head held high, our face to the sun and a seed of hope in our hearts.
It has been years since I've been moved this deeply by someone else's story, and I feel the desperate need to hug.

If you are not afraid to be challenged emotionally—to recognize yourself in someone else's words—read this story. If you want to believe there is hope—despite a life that has proven again and again there is none—you need to pick up this book and believe with me.
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How can one write an accurate review about a book close to real life? A Virtual Affair is a personal tale of Jayne as she navigates life with an unfaithful husband, a distance daughter, and a doting son.

I loved this story. While the title suggest an affair, that is not the case. The affair can describe how one can cheat on oneself by not allowing a life deserved. Can sacrificing yourself for others be the way to happiness? Sometimes in life, situations happen beyond our control. When life events are too tough to overcome, help is needed.

One topic addressed in this story is depression. Depression is a real illness. Not one you can see on the outside, but very real indeed. Because of depression I have walked in Jayne's shoes. Tracie Podger gives the reader an accurate portrayal of depression. The feelings are real. The sadness is real. The overwhelming tiredness is real.

Thank you Tracie for sharing a piece of yourself with your readers.

Ashley
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Favorite Quotes:

“I smiled when I thought of my parents. They lived nearby in Crinkly Bottom as they called it. It was a complex for the elderly.”

“Before I turned out the light I noticed a white shirt in the laundry bin. It was one of Michael's. I pulled it out and held it to my face. It smelled of him, of his aftershave. It smelled of her perfume too. I took the shirt into the garden and lifted the lid off the BBQ. I squirted lighter fuel over the top and with my lighter, watched it go up in flames.”

“Watching my dad die, witnessing the process of death, would live with me forever. As would the smell. There were no words to really describe the smell of death, but it permeated the air, my clothes, and my hair. It was acrid with hints of acetone.”

“I'd never slept naked before. I had that silly thought instilled from childhood – never sleep naked in case the house caught fire. I had a fear of the fireman having to help me down a ladder with my bare arse on show.”

“I wanted you from the moment you stumbled on a speed boat. I don't know what it is about you but I need you. I've never connected with someone the way I connect with you. You pull me, all the time.”

“'I can't let go of you,' he said. 'Don't let go of me,' I whispered.”

My Review:

I finished Tracie Podger's latest masterpiece of A Virtual Affair with my bruised yet hopeful heart in my throat, tear tracks down my face, and a smile on my lips. Poignant is a word that comes close to describing this book – but it doesn't quite do it justice. Let me add in real world, relevant, heart squeezing, painfully honest, highly emotive, cleverly insightful, masterfully written, and sneakily humorous.
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I read this book in one sitting, and it has shot to the top of my favourite books read in 2016 thus far. What truly makes this book special is not the story, the characters, or the setting. What makes it special is the fact that the author has put so much of her own story into its pages, bearing her very soul to the readers. I take my hat off to her for being brave enough to do this.

The book itself is, I believe, one of two halves. The first half of the book concentrates on Jayne's quest to break free from a life of drudgery, heartache and missed opportunities. She has been put down so much by her husband since they married that she can't remember at times what she was like as a person. She has to battle against the life she knows as a wife in order to find the woman she knows she can be. She can finally see a much happier future for herself.

The second half of the book is the most heartbreaking tale I have read for a while, moreso because I realised while reading that a lot of it was based on real life events. What happens to Jayne is something I wouldn't wish on anyone. The happiness she is starting to believe she can have is taken from her in an instant. The aftermath of this event brings her lower than she has ever been before, and getting her life back is a long hard struggle.

Throughout the book the female characters are portrayed as strong people, but they have to deal with circumstances beyond their control. The friendships between the female characters in particular is what makes the book so good at times. There are also family connections which are difficult to understand, and certain actions which are only explained later in the story.

When all is said and done, family is for life.
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