Thursday, May 24, 2018

C Reviews: The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Releases: June 12, 2018
352 pages
About the Book:
Romance has never been actress Chloe Daschle’s forte—in life or on screen. But everyone knows who to call for a convincing death scene . . . and it might be killing her career.

When Chloe is given a peek at the script for an epic love story, she decides to take her destiny into her own hands and request an audition for the lead female role, Esther Kingsley. The compelling tale, inspired by family lore and a one-page letter from the colonial ancestor of scriptwriter Jesse Gates, just might break her out of this career-crippling rut. Jesse would rather write about romance than live through it after his past relationship ended in disaster. But once on-set together, the chemistry between Jesse and his leading lady is hard to deny.

Centuries earlier, in the heart of the Revolutionary War, Hamilton Lightfoot and Esther Longfellow wrote their saga off the silver screen. Esther’s Loyalist father opposes any relationship with Hamilton, but Esther must face her beloved father’s disapproval and the dangers of war in order to convince Hamilton of their future together. Hamilton has loved Esther for years, and on the eve of battle pens the love letter she’s always wanted—something straight from the heart. 

Set in stunning upcountry South Carolina, The Love Letter is a beautifully-crafted story of the courage it takes to face down fear and chase after love, even in the darkest of times. And just maybe, all these generations later, love can come home in a way not even Hollywood could imagine.

The Love Letter Quote 1

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟    (4 stars)   

Releases June 12th!

I have very much enjoyed previous books by Rachel Hauck that have a unique mix of historical and contemporary storylines which end up tying together beautifully, so I was excited to dig into The Love Letter. As historical books are not typically my favorite (especially a war story), I did not enjoy that part of it as much, however that is just my personal preference. I did still really enjoy the storyline between the historical characters. The Love Letter was filled with well-developed characters and interesting stories that beautifully tied together both historical and current day storylines in a way that pulled me in and I could not wait to see what really happened with each character.

It was obvious the entire story how the historical storyline with Esther and Hamilton is tied together with the current day storylines of Chloe and Jesse as the screenplay was based on the letter, however I did like that there was still some new developments that were not fully revealed until the end (although it was predictable and I fully expected it), it was a heartwarming touch to the story.

Learning the whole story of Esther and Hamilton was endearing to see the restoration and to see how things worked out for them when they followed God in their lives. I mostly enjoyed the storyline of Chloe and Jesse as they worked together and got to know each other. This story is filled with redemption and loyalty and I enjoyed how the influence of others made an impact on Jesse’s journey towards faith. When Chloe and Jesse were sharing with each other about their past hurts, I liked how it was them each sharing little parts of their story, however there were a couple of times at the beginning especially where it was confusing as to which person was speaking.

The Love Letter Quote 2

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley.
Opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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