126 Days, 11 Minutes

Our Love Story

Romance - Contemporary
364 Pages
Reviewed on 10/02/2020
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Larry Indiviglia's 126 Days, 11 Minutes: Our Love Story is a story of love and compassion, unlike anything you may have read before. Larry was 64 when he met Gayle. He got divorced some years ago, and he was ready to find his soulmate. Larry didn’t let the heartbreak of the past stop him. He found the woman of his dreams in Gayle, a 68-year-old dashing beauty with a huge heart, a soft spot for Tango, and the resolve of a soldier. She was fighting off stage 4 breast cancer with a spirit that could rival even the fiercest of battle heroes. A connection online turned into the most beautiful 126 days of his life. This their story of love, friendship, and companionship that transcends age and life.

At first, I could not understand how the cover of the book complemented the story, but as I read, I realized the book would be incomplete without the cover. I adored the chapter titled The Scent of a Woman. That was something special, something personal and so very beautiful. I read a lot of romance, but very few of them had ever touched me as this one did. That final chapter was cathartic yet so very heartbreaking at the same time. I enjoyed the narrative a lot because it was open, transparent, and incredibly rich in detail. Larry didn’t hold back when he shared his happiness with readers and didn’t hold back when he shared his grief. Larry Indiviglia's 126 Days, 11 Minutes is one of those novels that I read in one sitting because I didn’t want to let Gayle and Larry go.

Gobi Jane

Larry Indiviglia's 126 Days, 11 Minutes: Our Love Story is a great love story that begins online. The story starts at the beginning of the first week of the new year when Larry decides to go online on dating sites after being away from them for almost a year. He thinks to himself: “The heart is a lonely hunter, and maybe tonight, the lion would connect with the woman of his dreams.” So, this is how he meets the “Tender Lioness” looking for a man within 20 miles from her and who lives a fulfilled life, has a strong character, and with a good sense of humor, sensitivity, sensuality, and kindness. That man happens to be the Lion, Larry. From their first phone call through the rollicking adventure of romance, and through Gayle’s challenges with Stage IV breast cancer, the two souls get deeper and deeper on an intimate ride.

I was gripped from the very first page and I loved the way that the two connected. From the very beginning, Gayle and Larry come across as a pair sculpted for a wonderful ride. I loved the fact that they opened up to each other from the start, with Gayle being open about her past relationships and her struggles with cancer. The reader immediately feels the excitement in Larry in the way he describes her voice: soft, welcoming, and warm, putting him at ease. Larry Indiviglia's 126 Days, 11 Minutes: Our Love Story is a true love story between two mature people who quickly learned to value and treasure each other, and it is a story that flows from the heart and the inner world of the author. It is rich in language, inspiring, and filled with insightful writing.

Christian Sia

Larry Indiviglia's 126 Days, 11 Minutes is a wonderful true story that follows Larry and Gayle who meet online and fall in love in their sixties. In this engrossing narrative, the author shares that uplifting, inspiring journey of love and shows readers how they became a gift for each other. The story is filled with surprising moments, exploring the hearts of the characters and the precious moments they shared. Larry and Gayle are a wonderful pair and the reader follows them through an experience of passionate love and caring through terminal illness.

In sharing this story, Larry shows readers that true love is possible and that as long as the heart stays open, love will always come to us. Maturity, selfless giving, attention, and compassion enrich this love. While it is a story of Larry and Gayle, it is also a powerful testament of love and a story that offers insights and tips on reaching deeper levels of intimacy in relationships. Larry Indiviglia's 126 Days, 11 Minutes: Our Love Story is a wonderful book that shows Larry as a great lover and a wonderful human being, but it also makes him come across as a great storyteller. The writing is as gorgeous and as sweet as the love Larry has for Gayle. There is so much in this book to inspire and encourage readers to allow themselves to be loved and to love unconditionally. It is a wonderful story.

Romuald Dzemo

Larry Indiviglia's 126 Days, 11 Minutes is a true story of love that is packed with inspiration, life, and the beauty of genuinely surrendering to another human being. It is the story of Larry and Gayle, two people in their sixties who meet online and fall in love. Larry has set his intention for the new decade to meet a woman he can love with all his heart and she, him. Then he meets Gayle and at a time that they most need each other. In this story, the author shares that incredible, inspiring journey with readers, and allows their experience of love and giving to come alive in the pages, from the moment they meet each other through Gayle’s battle with stage-IV cancer.

This is a wonderful story and, at times, it is hard to believe it is real. First, it is well-written, and the author notes that he relied on his diary entries, text messages, and memory to reconstitute the facts of the story. It is hugely inspirational and I was thrilled while reading the solicitude and compassion that Larry and Gayle had for each other. Larry Indiviglia's 126 Days, 11 Minutes: Our Love Story is not the run-of-the-mill kind of romance, but a story that is deeply moving, deeply human, and shows readers what it really means to love another human being. In this book, Larry demonstrates the many ways they have been a gift to each other and allows their strong connection to come out in the writing. This is a book that will make anyone think about the way they treat their significant other. While it entertains readers, it also offers powerful insights on the real meaning of love.

Jose Cornelio

Larry Indiviglia's 126 Days, 11 Minutes: Our Love Story is a true love story that brought tears to my eyes. Larry had quit using dating sites until the first week of a new year when he decides to try again, in the hope of finding someone to love. And there, he discovers that Tender Lioness has seen his profile, so he engages her and, quickly, they get connected. Thus, begins a love story that takes Larry and Gayle through a fantastic ride. Readers will read about their fun moments, their strong connection, their enduring love for each other, and Gayle’s courage living through Stage IV breast cancer. After I turned the last page of the book, I wanted it to continue.

Larry Indiviglia's 126 Days, 11 Minutes is a beautiful love story that will appeal to fans of contemporary romance and anyone looking for an inspirational love story that has relationship lessons. Larry tells the story from the heart in a voice that is gripping and a passion that reflects the love he has for Gayle. The prose is excellent. I have always been very wary about online connections and this author has shown, by their love story, that it is possible to find true love, even on dating sites. The honesty with which the relationship begins is striking and it is interesting how Larry and Gayle quickly move into each other’s world. It is a love story between two mature people in their sixties and the author shares how they strove to give value to everything they shared, from their romance to the caring attitude that characterizes the narrative. Larry Indiviglia pulls readers into their romantic world and shares an experience that communicates hope and inspires love. This is the story of two hearts that beat in unison, a marvelous story that will make anyone want to be in love.