cover image Leap of Faith: Finding Love the Modern Way

Leap of Faith: Finding Love the Modern Way

Cameron Hamilton and Lauren Speed. Gallery, $28 (272p) ISBN 978-1-982167-13-4

Hamilton and Speed, who fell in love and married on the Netflix reality show Love Is Blind, dispense advice and revealing stories from their lives in this touching memoir. The first section explores the couple’s lives before casting, from Hamilton’s first girlfriend in the ninth grade to Speed’s “consecutive” long-distance dating. They met at the taping of Love Is Blind and share behind-the-scenes memories of their time on the show, such as when Hamilton delivered a plum tree to Speed as part of their fifth date, as well as their interactions with other cast members (“He was too smooth,” Speed reminisces about Carlton, a contestant “the girls were crazy about”). The newlyweds also share their experiences, after taping wrapped up, of adjusting to married life, including Speed’s reluctance to give up her own apartment after moving in with Hamilton. Throughout, the couple give fresh relationship advice—for instance, they recommend running a marriage like a business with weekly planning meetings to discuss short-term and long-term goals. Fans of the show will find much to love. Agents: Cindy Uh and Kate Childs, Creative Artists. (June)