Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Dear Henry, Love Edith by Becca Kinzer (Review)

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Tyndale House
Released: January 31, 2023
359 pages
About the Book:

After a short and difficult marriage, recently widowed Edith Sherman has learned her lesson. Forget love. Forget marriage. She plans to fill her thirties with adventure. As she awaits the final paperwork for a humanitarian trip to South Africa, she accepts a short-term nursing position in a small Midwestern town. The last thing she needs is a handsome local catching her eye. How inconvenient is that?

Henry Hobbes isn't exactly thrilled to have Edith, who he assumes is an elderly widow, dumped on him as a houseguest for the summer. But he'd do almost anything for his niece, who is practically like a sister to him given how close they are in age. Especially since Edith will be working nights and Henry works most days. When he and Edith keep missing each other in person, they begin exchanging notes--short messages at first, then longer letters, sharing increasingly personal parts of their lives.

By the time Henry realizes his mistake--that Edith is actually the brown-eyed beauty he keeps bumping into around town--their hearts are so intertwined he hopes they never unravel. But with her departure date rapidly approaching, and Henry's roots firmly planted at home, Edith must ultimately decide if the adventure of her dreams is the one right in front of her.

My Rating & Thoughts:    

I will admit there were some funny scenes that made me laugh, but due to the characters' choices, I could not root for this relationship. Edith moves in to the upper floor of Henry's house after her summer accommodations fall through. She believes Henry to be an old man and Henry believes that Edith is an old woman. They keep missing each other and therefore exchange notes instead. In these notes they do bare a bit of their souls. They do meet outside the house but they don't know who each other are at that time until much later. Henry lies to Edith about who he is for a while and also kisses Edith a few times while still dating someone else. Because of this I could not root for him. Edith also keeps information from Henry at one point as well. I felt like there were bunch of crazy scenes (fluff) that went on much longer than necessary and didn't really add to the story.

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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