All I Need You To Say
Jay and Morgan are in love. The catch is they’re also friends. For eight years the one constant in their lives has been their correspondence through e-mail. As both struggle with feelings for the other and a constant fear of ruining that one thing they've always had, their friendship, new love interests begin to threaten keeping the two apart. Are friends in love better off staying friends? More
Jay Minter writes to his friend Tyler Aragon telling him about a new girl he has met. The only problem is he only knows her name so as usual Jay has blown the entire meeting-by-chance out of proportion leaving it up to his friend Tyler to keep him grounded. At about this same time an old friend, Morgan White, writes Jay an email to say hello. She tells him she got married recently and Jay is surprised to hear this because the two used to be such close friends and he had no idea about any impending nuptials. She happens to have perfect timing, Jay explains, because he might have just recently met the girl he is going to marry even though all he knows is her name, Alana Stein. After some prodding from Morgan and Tyler, Jay works to get Alana’s email address and begins to write her. She writes back and they start a regular correspondence. Eventually Jay tells Alana he likes her and she tells Jay she likes him, but has a boyfriend. She also likes his writing. She asks to read more of his email writing so Jay sends her letters he has written.
The story jumps back to years earlier, when Morgan White was still single and just Morgan Bailey. Jay and Morgan write letters back and forth to each other discussing how their lives have intertwined, come apart, and been distant over the years they have known one another. They talk about their loves, their losses and their dreams being open and frank with one another.
The story comes back to real time and Alana encourages Jay to collect these letters and try to write a book. Jay can’t take Alana seriously, wondering who would want to read his letters. Eventually, after Alana agrees to help him edit, Jay says, “What the hell.” Tyler sends news from London that he might have found “the one” and Jay and him continue to advise each other on their love lives. Jay is falling for Alana, who has a boyfriend and is now working with him on a book.
The story jumps back to years earlier with a second batch of letters between Morgan and Jay. Here it is revealed that the two had a relationship that went beyond sending each other email messages. They tried to date, but Jay never let it get very far because he knew it would not work and he didn’t want Morgan to get hurt. Jay now regrets this because he knows Morgan is the love of his life. Morgan has moved on, however.
The story returns to real time and Tyler is happy, finally, in London. Jay and Alana have a good idea for the structure of a new book. And Morgan and Jay have a final blowout. Jay tries one more time to see Morgan, but she refuses. She says, “What’s the use? We are better off like this, faceless email friends.” But Jay disagrees and finally tells Morgan he loves her and she is still a meaningful part in his life. He doesn’t know how their story is going to end…
An epilogue has been included to this novel. When Alana finds out about the true feelings Jay has for Morgan and the situation (she being married and not wanting to see him) she is saddened. But Jay informs her that Morgan just wrote him a few days ago. She just recently divorced and wanted to see him. He told her no. He said she was right, they are better just as email friends. Plus, there is another woman he has fallen in love with.
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