The Love Letter is a beautifully penned tale of life, love, faith, pain, and redemption. Although a tale of two love stories, set hundreds of years apart, it reads a bit as a tale of three stories. There is the contemporary story, the historical story, and the screenplay that the reader is allowed to experience in bits and pieces. This is the “what if” tale that Jesse, the main character of the contemporary tale has created.
I appreciated the way this story was crafted. It felt as if the author captured Hollywood reality fairly accurately. Chloe was entrenched in Hollywood. Her parents, friends, and sibling embraced worldly trappings and had a hard time understanding Chloe’s belief in one true love.
The Revolutionary War tale also felt very true to me. Esther and Hamilton faced an uphill battle with families on opposite sides of the war. I liked getting to see what was really happening in their lives, while comparing it to Jesse’s screenplay.
Faith, or the lack thereof, was an essential part of both stories, both past and present. It was woven in with a mysterious touch here and there, helping the characters to navigate life and love.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
With the colonies at war and his country divided, Hamilton Lightfoot must choose sides: Fight for the British Crown or for the Independence of America. But after witnessing the death of his family at the hands of redcoats, he fears he’ll fight for revenge instead of honor. On the verge of a great battle, he pens a letter to Esther, the woman he loves.
Esther Longfellow is in love with Hamilton, but her father is a loyalist, living in upcountry South Carolina and working for a wealthy British lord. When the Revolutionary War comes to her doorstep she is forced to choose between devotion to her father and her love for Hamilton.
Chloe Daschle is the daughter of Hollywood royalty—a great director and an Oscar-winning actress. Yet her career has taken an unexpected turn: She’s the queen of death scenes. Trying to break out, she accepts a supporting role in a revolutionary war film. But she longs for the perfect role and the perfect real-life romance. Does happily ever after only exist in the movies?
After a life-changing tragedy, MIT graduate Jesse Gates decides to leave his life behind and move to LA to try his hand at acting and screenwriting. When he finds a page from one of his ancestor’s letters, he becomes consumed with the love he finds there. Determined to help his grandfather find happiness at the end of his life, Jesse writes and sells a screenplay based on the events surrounding the lost love of previous generations.
When Jesse meets the woman he has cast to play Esther Longfellow—his grandfather’s one true love—the stories of all four collide across time and space. The love letter from the past might have more power to affect the future than any of them could have imagined.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.
Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie and aired in April 2018. It was the #1 show for it’s time slot and #3 for the week in cable programming.
Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.
A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference.
In other news, she’s the comical sidekick to Susan May Warren at the amazing My Book Therapy.
At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at a local gym semi-enthusiastically.
A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Urban Meyer.
She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.