I Love You, Send Money

A Wild Adventure into Online Dating

Non-Fiction - Social Issues
354 Pages
Reviewed on 06/23/2017
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Author Biography

Canadian born and raised, Jordan left her hometown of Oshawa, Ontario to live in the wild west of Canada before heading down under to New Zealand twenty years ago. She has enjoyed working in operational and strategic roles in North America and Australasia, and is currently Managing Director at Pangaea Consulting. Jordan engages in strategic and change projects, facilitates groups and enjoys coaching individuals. She now lives in Wellington with her two daughters. This is her first book. Visit jordanalexander.me for more details.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

I Love You, Send Money by Jordan M Alexander is a wild adventure into online dating. In the next 20 years or so, we can expect a high percentage of new relationships to begin life on the internet. Internet dating is the in thing right now and is no longer seen as a seedy, desperate pastime. It’s THE place to be, THE place to be seen, and the very best place to meet a well-matched partner. At least that’s why Alexis and James joined. Alexis has no time for relationships; she is too busy with family and work. James is successful, he gets about in his job, and he dotes on his son. He lost his wife 8 years before and thinks the time is right to start again. Neither of them is expecting to find the right person, but they still sign up. So, pour a glass of wine, settle in, and join Alexis and James on a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions.

I Love You, Send Money by Jordan M Alexander was a great read. Internet dating doesn’t have to be bad, it doesn’t have to be for the desperate, and it definitely isn’t always dangerous. This was a riveting read, full of emotion with a dark twist to it. It is funny, sad, romantic, and adventurous all in one. The writing style gives you the feeling that you are peering over someone’s shoulder, reading what they write, watching as they fight through the battles of each chapter. Although it is a real story, it was written to feel like a cosy novel with a harsh touch of reality. This was incredibly well-written, heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time, and a fascinating read. Looking forward to the next one.

K.C. Finn

I Love You, Send Money: A wild adventure into online dating is a quirky and interesting work of non-fiction penned by author Jordan M Alexander. Written in the form of a fictionalized experience in the world of online dating, this sharp and fascinating work explores the ever-growing phenomena of relationships that start online, and in learning who to trust and how such dynamics work (or don’t work) in the modern day. We meet Alexis and James, two singletons searching for love online in an increasingly complex world, and journey with them through the highs, lows, truths, lies and the very prevalent dark side of this brave new world of modern love.

Author Jordan M Alexander pens her social commentary as a reality read, and I really loved the atmospheric inclusions of food, drink, music and visual stimuli which became as essential to the reading experience as the plot itself. Although the account is largely fictional, there is a confidence and a wry sense of irony in the narrative that reminds us that we are watching cautionary and exploratory tales play out, as if a dear friend were describing their online dating experiences to us. As the title suggests, there are tropes in the online world that we all know and have a laugh about, but Alexander touches on lesser-known elements and showcases both success and failure in this light but poignant read. Overall, I Love You, Send Money is an excellent and eye-opening work that fans of both social issues, non-fiction, and romantic comedies can enjoy together.

Ankita Shukla

In I Love You, Send Money, Jordan M Alexander (the author) has shared her true life experience of the internet dating era. Alexis, a single mom to two daughters, decided to take control of her romantic life. Sipping a glass of her favorite drink (wine) and wearing her heart on her sleeve, she went online in search of her perfect companion. When the online dating service matched her with James Norman, a railway consultant, she found herself thrilled beyond belief. They both fell in love way too fast over emails and MSN chat. Ignoring the blunt criticism of her skeptical friend (Edie) and her own common sense, she chose to believe in love. She noticed many red flags along the way but decided to put the believer in her in the driving seat. But, was trusting in a man she had never met in person a smart thing to do?

There were so many instances where I wanted to shake Alexis vigorously and ask her to wake up and smell the coffee; however, I could not hold any of her actions against her. She was a woman in love, and James knew it. Her witty narration kept the book upbeat regardless of the dark turn of events. Out of the two of her friends, it was easier to like the romantic Oliver and hate the cynical Edie. However, with every dubious text from James, I could not help but wish for Edie to grab her superwoman cape and save Alexis from doing further destruction. Alas! Nobody can shake sense into a person in love.

Jordan M Alexander is a master with words. She has sprinkled her knowledge of various diverse topics throughout the book. Ranging from the scientific facts backing oysters as being aphrodisiacs to stereotypical sheep references to the references to TV shows and movies, she has included all the right ingredients to keep readers hooked. And hooked, I was! I Love You, Send Money by Jordan M Alexander is a much-needed wake-up call for all eager-to-fall-in-love romantics who ignore red flags, even if those flags slap them across their faces. Alexis' story is the funniest possible version of the truth about online dating. Jump into love with all you have, but don't ignore the facts and never ignore your gut.

Christian Sia

I Love You, Send Money: A Wild Adventure into Online Dating by Jordan M Alexander is a book that many readers will relate to. I found my ex-girlfriend on a dating site. I met my current girlfriend on a dating site. Yes, true love does happen in the virtual space and this story captures that reality and the twists that come along the way in a vivid, realistic, and downright entertaining manner. Meet Alexis, a feisty lady with a strong penchant for good wine and the beach. She is successful but hardly finds time to mingle or look for love. James is a railway consultant, the ideal man for a free-spirited woman. He travels a lot and has a son. He has loved and lost. When Alexis and James connect online, the chemistry is strong. But as the story develops, it takes the reader to places they never imagined.

This story is gorgeous. The prose is gorgeous. The characters are gorgeous, with the wine rituals and the gourmet food. Jordan M Alexander makes online dating feel so real, infusing the story with relatable episodes and realistic scenes that bring it home to readers. I enjoyed the journey the characters take into each other's hearts. But the twist is so good that the effects will linger on after the last page is turned. The characters are written with solid backgrounds, the story is filled with humor, and the descriptive nature of the prose adds a deeper layer to the story's entertaining potential. Jordan M Alexander keeps it real.

Asher Syed

I Love You, Send Money: A wild adventure into online dating by Jordan M Alexander is the author's memoir about their leap back into the dating pool, when dating websites were still a fledgling industry but growing by the second as the newest marketplace for the single and ready to mingle. Or just hook-up, depending on who you ask. Canadian-born New Zealander Alexis jumps in for the first time, a single mother with two daughters, two pets, and a demanding career. James is an American widower with a son and a job that has him globe-trotting. Written in a fantastic triage of narrative, emails, and instant messages, Alexander pairs the chapters and storyline with references to music, art, food, and an adult (usually) beverage.

Jordan M Alexander is my hero. I Love You, Send Money is ridiculously on point when it comes to the dating experience, and the things that come out of Alexis' mouth and mind, and claw through the pages, are on another level. This is Bridget Jones if Bridget Jones were a real person. She's not—but Alexander is, and the mantra of “humor in adversity” that Alexis adheres to is basically the theme of this book. The creativity here is astounding and the writing is sublime. Yes, it's a memoir, but it reads like fab fiction, even when it feels soul-crushing. “I’ve given you everything I have, James, my heart, my time, my love, my finances.” Alexis is in a complete nosedive, a victim with a real story to tell that needs to be read—particularly as it took some serious bravery to write.

Rabia Tanveer

I Love You, Send Money: A Wild Adventure into Online Dating by Jordan M Alexander is a modern-day love story where the characters are trying to find love and make it last. James is a man who enjoyed success in every avenue of his life. He has a successful career that provides him with the opportunity to travel the world, has a very handsome teenage son whom he adores, and all that he is missing in his life is a companion. After almost a decade of losing his wife, he is ready for a relationship. Alexis is a happy and elegant woman trying to find her center and ready to find that special someone who will love her for all her flaws. She doesn’t have the time to go out and find love though, so she does what any sane person would do: online dating. Fate brings James and Alexis together and soon they realize that finding your life partner online is really not a bad thing.

I simply couldn’t put this book down because I loved it so much. This was such a fun, light and entertaining story to read. Alexis and James are the perfect match; they both have their flaws and they understand that. They allow the other person to grow, to show them what they want and to take their relationship from there. The narrative itself was amazing; the author allowed the story to continue at its own pace and let it have its moments. The characters were fully developed, they were given room to explore and the pace was just perfect for them to develop their relationship. This was such a refreshing novel to read!