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    Wonderful true story

    If you love stories about WWII that challenge your view and give you hope, I think you will enjoy this one. It starts out as a story about something found that leads to a mystery that covers two time periods and two continents.
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    Sorry

    Unless your into font the book was a let down . The
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    Intriguing

    This book captured my interest from the beginning. I loved the connection the author had to Marcel, whose letters she acquired from an antique store, drawn initially by his penmanship. Her search to find out more about Marcel and to create a new font based upon his writing style was a fun journey to share. And Boo to the person who had more letters but couldn’t be bothered to find or share them!
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    SPOILER ALERT - Captivating Book

    SPOILER ALERT – There is no way to review this book without talking about the outcome. Please don’t read this if you have any intention of reading the book! Carolyn Porter is a graphic designer who picks up a bundle of handwritten letters in an antiques store in Stillwater, Minnesota. She looks through them and immediately falls in love with the swooping letters. The letters are written in French and she has no idea what the words say, but she is sure that the letters will make a romantic font. They are signed by Marcel, and his M is a graphic designer’s dream! Porter begins designing her font, which would take her more than 10 years. It was a project to be done after work, in her free time. During the process, she began to wonder about Marcel and the content of his letters as they were dated during World War II. She decided to have one of the letters translated, and learned Marcel Heuzé was in Berlin, and his letter was written to his wife and daughters living in France. Curiosity became an overwhelming need to learn how Marcel’s letters found their way to Stillwater, Minnesota as well as Marcel’s fate. Thus begins Porter’s search. Porter knows that Marcel was conscripted to a Daimler work camp, so she starts there. She also searches genealogical records but hits a dead end. Enlisting the help of family, friends and acquaintances, a network of people search for Marcel and his family. I also needed to know what happened to Marcel. He clearly loved and missed his family, and his writing is full of endearments. He address his daughters as mes petites chéries, and sign his letters to his wife as your big guy who loves you with all his heart,and sends you his best love and kisses. I really wanted the book to have a happy ending and it does as she eventually finds Marcel! My biggest criticism of the book is perhaps what it took to make the book. Porter is obsessive! Not only is she obsessive about finding Marcel, but about everything in her life. She overthinks and dissects everything, over and over. And at least once again for good measure. I kept thinking her marriage must really be in jeopardy, but her husband, Aaron, was patient and understanding. I was also a bit unsatisfied once Porter found Marcel and met his family. It felt like Porter completed her task, she found Marcel and that’s the end of the story. I would have liked to have had some more depth to Marcel’s life between the letters and his death. More stories. More anecdotes. What were his quirks? His likes and dislikes? What about his wife? I wanted Marcel and his love for his wife and children to be brought to life! Ooooh, am I becoming obsessive?! I’d still recommend the book. You’ll be drawn in and want to know Marcel. www.candysplanet.wordpress.com
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    Loved it!

    It’s been a while since I read this story, but I enjoyed it very much! Even went on line afterwards and watched the author’s Ted Talk and interviews. I disagree with the reviewer who said you wouldn’t enjoy the book if you weren’t into fonts. This whole true story wouldn’t have happened if not for the author’s interest in fonts. I personally don’t have an interest in fonts and I loved this story, and also the author’s determination to find the fate of the letters’ writer. I found it to be an amazing story!
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