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    Beautiful Dual-Time Story

    Last summer, I read The Writing Desk, and I thought I had settled on my all-time favorite Rachel Hauck book . . . but at the risk of sounding like a “love the book you’re with” kind of girl, I just finished reading an advanced copy of The Love Letter, and now it’s my new favorite! Man oh man, that girl can write; even the minor characters of this book (a young African-American South Carolina girl in the late 1700s who basically has the medical skills of a surgeon and an Italian Jew from the Bronx who turns out to be an angel) will entertain and inspire you. The two female characters—historical Esther and modern (and so relatable—with her insecurities and her Diet Coke habit) Chloe—are strong women from the start, but as the novel goes on, it’s fun to watch them grow into even more likeable, courageous characters. The same goes for the men that they love; you will root for these guys and enjoy watching them mature and heal. The setting is dear to my heart because I live in South Carolina, where most of the novel takes place. What I enjoyed most about this book is that there are a few little nuggets left to the reader’s imagination; you’ll still feel satisfied with the ending, but you’ll be able to fill in a couple of details on your own. I also want to add that the cover is beautiful; when did book covers start becoming such works of art? The cover isn’t a deal-breaker when I love an author, but it’s a nice bonus to have a pretty book to carry around! I don’t agree with the reviewers who have called this one a “light” read. There are war scenes (which can’t be easy to write), relationship conflicts, and tragedies, but thankfully, she’s an author who will never leave you in heartbreak. Also, if you’re a person of faith, then you’ll appreciate the spiritual depth of this story—and if you’re not, I highly doubt you’ll be offended and will probably agree that the references add to the complexity of the plot. Rachel Hauck’s recent trend of dual-time novels can be summed up nicely with this quote from this book: “Frightening, isn't it? That something I decide today impacts future generations. Beyond my own flesh and blood.” But don’t let the word “frightening” dissuade you from reading these novels, because I guarantee that you’ll close the last page feeling uplifted, challenged, and content. If you’ve enjoyed her other dual-time books, then move this one to the top of your to-read list.
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    THE LOVE LETTER

    THE LOVE LETTER by Rachel Hauck. Thomas Nelson Publisher June 12 A letter that cover centuries of two couples, the choices they had to make. It was filled with frustration, unrequited love, that she has intertwined to give us a story from the past to the present. Characters were very well done, you got caught in their emotions, of fear, and yet hope. Readers will once again be caught in a page turner story, as Rachel does so well. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
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    Wonderful dual time romance

    The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck is a wonderful dual time story--a tale of two couples in love, generations apart. The author has expertly woven their stories together and had this reader enchanted by both. From present time to the Revolutionary War and from Hollywood to South Carolina, readers are taken on two journeys of faith and love that are each stymied by a number of circumstances, war, family, guilt, the past. The author has realistically brought growth and maturity to the characters and enabled them to go forward with their lives despite the difficulties. The characters are strong and vibrant, arousing a variety of emotions as the story unfolds. The scenes capture the imagination and the author has done a fantastic job of portraying the historical aspect of the book. There are a few twists and turns to the story and a couple 'wow, I didn't see that coming' moments that keep interest high. The Love Letter is a poignant story of faith and forgiveness and the legacy of love throughout the ages. "Truth is, we never know the how or why of our ancestors' decisions. We only know our present reality."Another excellent historical romance from a talented author. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
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    The latest novel by Rachel Hauck

    The Love Letter is the latest novel by Rachel Hauck. Chloe Daschle is auditioning for a role that could change her career. She has become stereotyped into roles where she dies, and it is time to change her fate. She gets the role of Esther Longfellow in Bound by Love written by Jesse Gates. The other thing Chloe longs for is her one true love. After several disastrous romances, she wonders if the right man is out there for her. Then Chloe meets screenwriter and actor, Jesse Gates at a friend’s wedding. Based on a letter from an ancestor, Jesse wrote Bound by Love. When Jesse meets Chloe, he wonders if she is the woman for him. He is not sure that he deserves a happily ever after because of what happened eight years prior. Esther Longfellow has been in love with Hamilton Lightfoot for many years. She has returned from two years in London with the hopes of marrying him. However, war is breaking out and their families are on opposite sides. Esther’s father, Sir Michael is a loyalist who will not allow his daughter to marry someone unworthy of her much less a patriot. After a devastating death, Hamilton goes off to war and sees many horrors. One night before a big battle, he pens a love letter to Esther. Four people, two stories, one letter. The Love Letter is a novel about finding someone who will love you, complement you, be there for you during the good times and the bad times. Finding someone to love can be easy but finding your soul mate is a different matter. I thought the story was nicely written and the author takes readers on a journey. The Love Letter is a dual storyline novel that is told from four point-of-views. I did find it jarring with the four POV’s in the beginning (trying to keep the characters and their stories straight). It became easier as I progressed through the book. I found Esther and Hamilton’s storylines more compelling. The author did a wonderful job at capturing the time-period (starts in 1781) with the descriptions of the area, the clothing, the various Revolutionary War battles and attitudes. It was clever how the author connects the four people together (I do not want to spoil it for you). The Christian elements are light but present throughout. Having faith is the main theme. You need to have faith that God has the best plan for your life. I appreciate that the author did not make the characters perfect. She made them realistic with their own flaws and struggles. My rating for The Love Letter is 4 out of 5 stars. It is a lovely story, but I did find the pacing to be slow and the transitions were not smooth (as we switched from character to character). The Love Letter is a satisfying romantic Christian story with an unpredictable, heartfelt ending.
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