Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Love Virtually” as Want to Read:
Love Virtually
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Love Virtually

(Gut gegen Nordwind #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  20,088 ratings  ·  2,232 reviews
It's a virtual romance that begins by chance. When Leo mistakenly receives e-mails from a stranger named Emmi, he replies--and Emmi writes back. Soon, secrets are shared, sparks fly, and erotic tension simmers. Even though Emmi is married, it seems only a matter of time till they meet. But will their feelings survive a real-life encounter? And, if so-what then? Funny and f ...more
Paperback, 265 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Silveroak (first published August 5th 2006)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Love Virtually, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Saham Sharifi This book is about internet pals. It begins by chance. Leo receives emails in error from an unknown woman called Emmi. They met each other on the virt…moreThis book is about internet pals. It begins by chance. Leo receives emails in error from an unknown woman called Emmi. They met each other on the virtual world and are trying to make it true to pass to the real world. This book is translated to farsi entitled as “مفید در برابر باد شمالی”. I gave mine to Maryam 1 month ago. You can read it just by going to her room and find it. :D(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.87  · 
Rating details
 ·  20,088 ratings  ·  2,232 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Love Virtually
Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
***** *****
Re-read Oct, 22, 2014. Still ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


I don't know where to start to explain you the whirlwind of emotions I experienced last night reading Love Virtually.
But let's rectify something right now...
Who decided to just change the original title of this book? It was called in German : "Gut Gegen Nordwind : Good Against North Wind" And this makes so much more sense!

A little
Emer (A Little Haze)
HALLELUJAH for this little book!!! *happy wiggle*
I needed something to lift me out of my life, out of my head... Just something to make me forget the world for a while and this little book waved hello at me with its friendly looking cover and IMMEDIATE hook!!!
From the first page I was gripped.
It was snappy.
It felt fresh!
In fact it made me want to keep reading and reading and reading, and turning those pages as quickly as my grubby little fingers could manage!!!

The story is told completely in
Ahmad Sharabiani
Gut gegen Nordwind = Love Virtually, Daniel Glattauer
Love Virtually is a novel by the Austrian writer Daniel Glattauer. It begins by chance: Leo receives emails in error from an unknown woman called Emmi. Being polite he replies, and Emmi writes back. A few brief exchanges are all it takes to spark a mutual interest in each other, and soon Emmi and Leo are sharing their innermost secrets and longings. Will their feelings for each other survive the test of a real-life encounter? And if so, what t
A modern, witty, comedy-of-errors look at just what happens when two people connect through a series of accidental email exchanges.

Favourite quote from the book: "Write to me Emmi. Writing is like Kissing, but without lips. Writing is kissing with the mind."

It starts in an unexpected, but not completely uncommon manner.

Emmi, a happily married woman, sends a few e-mails to a subscription service with the intent of unsubscribing to a magazine.

By chance, these e-mails inadvertently somehow always m
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disliked, austrian
I was really intrigued by the idea of this book: a modern epistolary novel written only in e-mails, exchanged between a man recovering from a year-long relationship and a - happily? - married woman who know each other only in the virtual world. A modern topic, with all those internet dating sites and with platforms where people form relationships with others based merely on internet profiles. Besides, Daniel Glattauer has been highly acclaimed by the Spiegel magazine and has written columns for ...more
Yara Yu
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A very cute book , I absolutely loved it 💕
The romance is real and touching, and I liked as the two main characters inspired each other, as they improved as the story progressed.

But I have ambiguous feelings toward the characters.

I didn’t like Emmi. She was self-centered and pushy. She was obviously bored in her marriage, but she didn't do anything about it.

I didn’t like Leo. Sometimes he was kind of rude, sometimes ignorant, other times he was pretentious, meanwhile he tried to remain mysterious.

And I didn’t like Bernhard, but I cou
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
(Still not published in English, read in Spanish)
After having read the earlier Glattauer's novel I had been anxiously waiting for its sequel.
I got it only yesterday, late in the evening.
I finished it today.
Beware, because once you enter Emmi and Leo's world you'll be completely hooked, you won't be able to put the book down.
This might be seen and even reviewed as a trivial, page-turner, modern epistolary love story. Only another of those fresh-and-easy-reading books to take away with you for a s
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was so long since the last time I read a book just in 24 hours. It was so real to me, so intense, so damn real. It wasn't a story, it was like a memory, awaken after a long time.
Started the seconde book right away. And then I'm gonna re-read them again
May 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was frustrating as fuck. I hated Emmi (self centered b****) and Leo was okish.
The end of the book made me really grumpy but at the same time I was very happy for Leo 🤔
Honestly don't understand why this book is praised everywhere...
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 24-ebooks
This felt a bit like watching old people flirt, tbh. Not sure if it was because I read this in German, or the fact that they didn’t switch to a first name basis until the very end but the prose felt quite formal, sometimes stuffy, often very flowery and therefore, old.
Both characters were very eloquent, particularly Emmi. She was quirky and funny, sarcastic, with a very sharp tongue and the story just flew along and was very easy to read, despite what I said earlier about the prose. This, plus
This one reminded me that books where the focus is on the lovestory - or even worse: the only subject, as in this case - are not for me, even when they are as unsentimental as this book. Two stars, one for the interesting style: an epistolary novel consisting of emails, and one star for being so unkitschig.
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austrian
So this book is a bit like vox for the net millennium. I have a weird relationship to this book.

basically the guy that I currently have a "relationship" with is a guy I've known for 6 years online. we hung out years ago in the same forum. I know people in real life that have met him in real life. we both know people online that have met the other in real life. he's been to new york, for all we know in the same room as me. basically the internet is a very complicated network of people who intera
Claire  Admiral
★★☆☆☆ 2.5 stars
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
... It was an interesting premise, but extremely predictable... with an open-ended ending that really left me... wanting a lot more. It raises the questions of how love can be formed in this day & age, online dating, e-mail, never meeting face-to-face. Is love more authentic this way? Less based on physical traits? More likely to last a lifetime? The potential for this book was great, but the execution failed to live up to it. ...more
Translated from the German by Katherina Bielenberg and Jamie Bulloch.


15 January


I would like to cancel my subscription. Can I do so by e-mail?

Best wishes
E. Rother

Original title Gut gegen Nordwind should have been kept even though the body was translated into English.


May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
When I started reading this I could not put it aside, of course I had a big smile on my face! :)
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance
I thought I wouldn't really like this book, as it's clearly a romance, and I don't really love this genre. But Love Virtually was in my TBR; it's been a long time and I decided to read some of the oldest books there! So I gave it a chance.

I didn't know it was epistolary. And I love this kind of novel! Moreover, it was well written, even if it was translated!

Then, the characters. Both Leo and Emmi are either super annoying, or super endearing! They can be sarcastic, ironic, mean, vengeful; but a
Educating Drew
Nov 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, romance
The Short of It

Realistic portrayal of an online affair.

The Long of It

Emmi Rothner accidently e-mails Leo Leike. No seriously. She does. She’s trying to cancel a magazine order and accidently hits an extra period or delete a letter, whatever. Haha mistake happened and both parties involved laugh a little (LOL anyone?) and life went on.

Until it happened again. This time Emmi is a wee bit more irate at magazine company and Leo comes back equally as snarky. Hahaha giggles ensue AGAIN. And the next t
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, germany
This is one of those books where the context of when I read it is probably super important. If I had read it a week ago I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it so much.
Since I read it today, when I was freeeee and not totally stressed out I did enjoy it and finished it in a few hours instead.

The "emails between two characters" narrative device could have been so, so annoying. But it wasn't because they read like actual emails a real person would send (apart from having better spelling), making it f
Emily Hobson
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I literally read this book in about 3 consecutive hours today. Couldn't put it down. Very uniquely written and you can truly feel the emotions the two characters feel... but the ending ruined it for me, it was so not expected and I wish it turned out a different way! Solid three star book.
Anyta Sunday
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Stayed up far too late finishing this book and now I must, must, must read the follow up book right away!
Parisa Bookworm
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, favorites
Just finished it!
It was wonderful and amazing as the the first time I've read it
and now i can began the next book that continues the story!
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every one I love
4.5 stars. 0.5 star due to sometimes wanting to slap the heroine in a non fun way. Review after the holidays...

Ok, so it's after the holidays ( 7 months but hey...)
Go read this book!! Seriously, go read it! How many times do i have to say it?? This book is all kinds of wonderful, sweet (in a non sickening/need a glass of water/call my dentist kindda way), funny (more witty actually), heartbreaking book. And I couldn't put it down, couldn't stop thinking about it when i had to put it down. I fell
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Told entirely through email, this book reads like a romcom featuring Emmi and Leo, who meet by chance online, when Emmi unintentionally emails Leo instead of the magazine she wanted to unsubscribe from.

Their exchange is playful, witty and creative, and I can definitely see people reading this in one go because it's very dynamic, captivating, and there is a lot of back and forth and flow that stands as evidence to the chemistry between the characters. It truly is a charming book, even if it might
Tusam D.Clide
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
No spoiler here.

At first the purpose of picking up the book was to be entertained. Two people, opposite sex, start trading e-mails randomly then soon falling for each other? One heck of cliche right there. The weariness of my head had severed after reading philosophical tributes to significant matters of life by famous thinkers. I wanted to a breeze, and the title (Gut Gegen Nordwind : Good Against North Wind - I honestly think it is stupid to call the book ' Love Virtually ' ) fitted what I lo
Broke  Bibliophile
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book as a joke. I found a copy of it lying in a second-hand bookstore. The back cover had a cheesy dialogue that I found funny and so I decided to read it. I had no idea what I was in for. But more surprisingly, I never thought I'd actually like the book.

The premise is a simple one. A woman writes an email to unsubscribe from a magazine. She gets a reply from a man who informs her that she has the wrong e-mail ID, and thus begins their story. The entire novel is epistolary. The
Veri K
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, the first time I read the book I did NOT like it! I thought that the protagonists never got to the point, I skimmed many parts and didn't read them carefully enough because I just wanted to know how the story will end. Big mistake.
Neither did I like one of the protagonists, Emmi. I thought she was annoying and absolutely impudent (she still is, in some ways). To me she was dislikable in every way. Her attitude was also one of the factors why I didnt enjoy reading it.

But when I r
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Carey
From BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama:
Starring David Tennant and Emilia Fox, Love Virtually by Austrian novelist Daniel Glattauer is a thoroughly modern epistolary novel with one difference - its protagonists Emmi Rothner and Leo Leike communicate exclusively by email.

The European answer to You've got Mail.

Two million copies sold in Germany to date. And bought by thirty-five publishers around the world, Love Virtually by Austrian novelist Daniel Glattauer, is well on the way to becoming a global pu
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is a disappointment :/

It started out okay. An email being sent to the wrong person. It was even cute for a while. The whole back and forth thing. The language was a bit too formal, but it was cute nevertheless. (view spoiler)
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Was weiße Menschen nicht über Rassismus hören wollen (Aber wissen sollten)
  • exit RACISM. rassismuskritisch denken lernen
  • Maria, ihm schmeckt's nicht!
  • Kurt
  • Cherry Red Summer (Kirschroter Sommer #1)
  • Das Café am Rande der Welt
  • Heimweh nach dem Ort, an dem ich bin
  • Starkes weiches Herz
  • Mängelexemplar
  • Tinder Stories: Ein Jahr voller Dates
  • Coming Soon: Orgasmus ist Übungssache - In 10 Schritten zum vaginalen Höhepunkt
  • Tschick
  • Das Geschenk
  • Legende der Einhörner (Die drei !!!, #73)
  • Was man von hier aus sehen kann
  • The Collini Case
  • Sonne und Beton
See similar books…
Daniel Glattauer, geboren 1960 in Wien, studierte Pädagogik (Diplomarbeit “Das Böse in der Erziehung”). Zunächst Hobby-Literat, -Liedermacher und Kellner, später Journalist, zuerst Redakteur bei der Presse, dann zwanzig Jahre Autor bei der österreichischen Tageszeitung „Der Standard“. Zwischendurch und jetzt erst recht: Schriftsteller. Verheiratet, ein großes Kind, leider keinen Hund mehr, dafür f ...more

Other books in the series

Gut gegen Nordwind (2 books)
  • Alle sieben Wellen (Gut gegen Nordwind, #2)

Related Articles

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
30 likes · 16 comments
“Escribir es como besar, pero sin labios. Escribir es besar con la mente.” 188 likes
“No hay que pensar nunca en perder. De sólo pensarlo se pierde” 64 likes
More quotes…