‘I posted a book review in a Facebook group. ‘Thank you for your review.’ It was the author.’: Woman shares chance encounter love story, urges ‘don’t ever stop talking about your passion’

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“I have read books ever since I learned how to spell my name. I remember people teasing me, saying things like ‘You should marry a writer when you grow up. He’ll write and you’ll read endlessly.’

Who knew, fate smiled on their remarks.

I kept on reading and reading until I hit a serious reader’s block. I couldn’t read anything for months. It was 2015, and the Book Fair was knocking on the door. Even though I rarely managed to read books back then, I wasn’t gonna miss the book fair! So, I went and got a bunch of books.

Fate smiled on those books, again.

On the miraculous night of February 18th, I took a book into my hands. The summary seemed interesting, so I started reading. The name of the book was Archon, a new book that just came out two days prior.

It was an amazing book. So good, so unputdownable, I couldn’t keep my eyes off of the book for a minute! It absolutely cured my reader’s block.

I sat still after finishing the book and thought about what I just read. I knew I had to share this feeling with someone. I was a silent member of many Facebook groups related to books. I posted a review of Archon in a very popular book group.

To my utter surprise, the writer commented on my post. He thanked me for the review. By his comment, I got to know Archon was his first original book and he was somewhat nervous about its acceptance, and my review reassured him.

The writer’s name is Tanzim Rahman. And that’s how we met.

Young couple on their first date take a selfie together after meeting in a Facebook group about books
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We got married pretty quickly, currently living our happily ever after. But he always bemoaned how he never got to propose to me.

So, after 5 years of being together, 2.5 years into the marriage— he proposed.

On top of a mountain, where clouds were passing over us. We had the perfect day, to make it even more perfect; he got down on one knee and asked me to be with him, forever. I said yes.

Man gets down on one knee to propose to his wife in romantic setting
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Now I’m the beta reader to all his stories. I love talking about anything and everything with him. We spend hours talking about books, movies, philosophy, art, and traveling. Together, we’re writing the pages of our own story.

Not a morning goes by where I don’t wake up to the sweet smell of tea he makes for me. And honestly,  there is no better view for me than quietly watching him write. So, it won’t be even the slightest bit of exaggeration for me to say, I’m living my best life.

To everyone who’s reading this, don’t ever stop talking about your passion. Because you never know which great destinations a great passion can lead to.”

Married couple take a photo together, both looking happy as can be
Courtesy of Sabrin Islam

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Sabrin Islam of Dhaka, Bangladesh. You can follow her journey on Instagram here and her husband on Instagram here. Be sure to subscribeto our free email newsletter for our best stories.

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