Review: The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

"I have to be, must be, the woman who lives." (9)

Title:  The Love Letter
Author: Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: June 12, 2018 
Genre: Split Time / Romance
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a story of long-lost love and its redemption in future generations.

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.


MY THOUGHTS

There's a certain romanticism when I think of a time when love involves the written word, like the verses in Songs of Solomon or the sonnets of Shakespeare. Then there's the beauty of all the romance in a single letter of the profession of love. When I saw the cover and title of Rachel Hauck's newest release, The Love Letter, I was immediately drawn to it. Who wouldn't?

As I read the first page, and then every page afterwards, it's really not what I had envisioned at all, and that's just amazing. Amazing because it's refreshing to not have figured out what's next, but also refreshing because our characters had me love and follow their journey willingly and adamantly. It's not always possible to feel the pull of every character. Not necessarily relate to, but to find each of them compelling in their own way and integral to the story as a whole. I didn't even realize that can happen in a dual time story, and yet it did. Hamilton and Esther's story is every bit connective to modern day, Chloe and Jesse's story.

In all honesty, I've never been overly fond of the Hollywood type characters with actors and actresses, but in The Love Letter, having it acted out was very much a play with the various emotions for our characters as it was for us readers. There's the heartfelt, the little nuances and prodding of spiritual development that touches us in such different ways. As redemption and hope works its way from start to finish, there's something to be experienced.


". . . if she let herself be chained to her fears? Where was her victory?" (287)


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best-selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince. She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans.  Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.  She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

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