The Love Letter

The Love LetterThe Love Letter by Rachel Hauck
Published by Thomas Nelson on June 12th 2018
Pages: 352
ISBN: 0785216685
Buy on Amazon

Long lost love and redemption

The Love Letter is told in alternating timelines.

In the past:

Ester and Hamilton are childhood friends who fell in love. Their future appeared bright except for the fact that the Revolutionary War was being waged and people were asked to pick sides. Ester’s father is a loyalist and will not hear of his daughter being in a relationship with Hamilton. Ester is put in the position of defying her father and choosing Hamilton or losing Hamilton to make her father happy.

In the present:

Chloe is an actress who has been typecast as dying in every moving in which she stars. When she is given the script for a historical love story, she knows she is meant to play Ester Kingsley. Jesse is the screenwriter who wrote the movie. He has been in a rut but was inspired by a one-page letter written by his colonial ancestor.

I will admit, that I requested this book for two reasons – 1. The cover and 2. It was classified as a romance. I like to throw in a romance once is a while to break up all the psychological thrillers I love to read. An added plus was that there is a historical romance involved which made the book even more enticing! What I did not realize was that this was Christian Romance. Which I have no problem with but goes to show that I did not read the entire description. So, since I mentioned it is Christian Romance, I will say that this book does not feel preachy or overly religious. I don’t mind reading books about people of faith regardless of what their faith might be. If it works in the story, then I am fine with it.

Typically, with alternating time lines/story lines I tend to like one more than the other. That was the case here. I enjoyed the past/historical part of the book the most. I enjoyed reading those sections. Perhaps because these characters feel as if they have more obstacles, there is a war, her family is on one side of the war, his on the other. I enjoyed their story and although things did not end as I thought they would, I realize the story ended how it should have ended. I had a harder time connecting with the present-day story set in Hollywood. For whatever reason, I was not as invested in that story-line. Of course, there is a connection between the past and the present. The one-page letter but there is another connection as well. It is not a big stretch but works her nevertheless.

Overall, an enjoyable read but not one that will stay with me. I doubt I will be thinking about this book in months to come. This is a perfect case of it is me and not the book. Many are loving this book and I can see why. I think this book is perfect for those who love a lighter romance book. Had this book just been set in the past, I most likely would have enjoyed it more. I also think fans of Christian Romance will enjoy this book.

Thank you to Thomas Mercer Fiction and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *