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, constantly on airplanes, 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, she must decide whether she will risk trying to answer those questions. Her decision will change her life.
I was certain that I had written my review for this book months ago, but evidently I haven’t and just compose posts in my head that never see the light of the Internet. Ironic since Lisa (and Mike’s) story would never have come to fruition without the Internet. It acted as the great equalizer of time and space bringing together two people on opposite ends of the world, beautifully orchestrated by God’s purpose and humour.
Love at the Speed of Email is a resonating memoir unlike any I have ever read. Lisa McKay does not romanticize or sugar coat any aspect of her nomadic life. She is a highly educated, driven, world traveller with a delightfully sarcastic sense of humour. She has produced a sensational account of her travels and personal life, wrought with adventure and a scintillating (albeit unconventional) love story. Lisa recounts her biography with authenticity, candor and humour, wielding her writer’s pen with purpose instead of self-indulgence.
Even though the lives we lead are very different, Lisa’s story resonated with me and through introspection I found implications for my own life. Like me, Lisa is a thinker and doer not to be satisfied with simply letting life happen. Particularly engaging was her personal investigation in to the theme of “home”. Lisa was raised all over the world and continued her transient lifestyle as a professional but she often mused about the meaning of home. What does it look like? Is it a place, a feeling, a community? Whether you have a serious case of wanderlust or love the comfort of setting roots in one area, Lisa’s story will make you think and will settle in to your heart with an enduring reading experience.
**Disclosure: review copy provided by author**