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#TheVisitor by @dodaistewart

By Pamelascott

Maybe it's true: love is just around the corner. But in this bittersweet true story, what's a hopefully romantic New York City woman to do when that corner is three thousand miles away?

One cold, lonely night, Manhattan writer Dodai Stewart meets a charming stranger on an internet dating site. He's sexy. He's smart. He's funny. There's an instant spark. And one unavoidable catch: adorable Marco lives in San Francisco. So how far is Dodai willing to go, and how much will she sacrifice, to find that elusive One she's heard so much about? Cross-country travel, emotional outbursts of love and time will inevitably tell.

Dodai Stewart's The Visitor is part of The One, a collection of seven singularly true love stories of friendship, companionship, marriage, and moving on. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single sitting, with or without company.


Two frigid days into New Year, huddled under a double-weight down comforter in a freezing two-hundred-square-foot apartment on the Lower East Side, wearing blue bunny-print pyjamas with long johns underneath, I made a resolution to redo my online dating profile. THE VISITOR


(Amazon Original Stories, 30 July 2019, 32 pages, e-book, borrowed from @AmazonKindle #PrimeReading)



I'd never heard of the author before so had zero expectations for this tale. Sometimes that can a good thing. I really enjoyed this. It's very much a tale about heterosexual love so probably shouldn't appeal to a dyke like me, but it did. Love is universal and most people experience similarities in their pursuit of love and romance, regardless of sexuality or gender. I had a very brief long-distance relationship with a woman about twenty years ago. I could relate to Dodai's experience and her concerns that the distance was too great and love might not survive.

#TheVisitor @dodaistewart

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