Thursday, July 05, 2018

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck {Book Review}

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A simple love letter binds the past to the present.

Was it enough to bind a Loyalist and a Patriot? 

Will it be enough to bind a screenwriter and an actress?


Present (Hollywood)

CHLOE DASCHLE is desperate to bid good riddance to her death scene typecast. Can't she just live for once? With her career on the brink of extinction, landing the lead female role in the upcoming film, Bound by Love, is her last line of hope.

JESSE GATES longs to find answers to his ancestor's past. He seeks closure by writing an entire script for a heroic love story based on a one-page letter written by his distant grandfather during the Revolutionary War. His script, however, may reveal more about himself than he's willing to admit.

Both Chloe and Jesse have sworn off love for different reasons, but after a chance meeting their attraction to one another is undeniable. When chance meeting turns into spending day after day on set together, will they be able to make room in their lives for love again?

Past (South Carolina, late 1700s)

ESTHER LONGFELLOW, mistress of Slathersby Hill, loves Hamilton Lightfoot. Despite her Loyalist father's opposition to a relationship with the nephew of a devoted Patriot, Esther risks much to follow her heart. And she's willing to wait as long as it takes for Hamilton to declare his feelings for her.

HAMILTON LIGHTFOOT, raised by his uncle since the age of ten, would rather hunt squirrel than men. He'd also prefer settling down with Esther to battling the British. But as tension mounts between the Tories and Whigs, he has no choice but to join the Cause. Bloodied and bruised in the heat of battle, Hamilton tries desperately to cling to the letter in which he finally declares his affection for the woman who holds his heart. 

The Love Letter links these four characters together in a captivating tale of loss and love. The dual plot keeps the pages turning, and the lesson that true Love binds no matter what warms the heart!



My Thoughts

I typically shy away from any type of modern fiction, and a Hollywood setting would almost always be a no for me. However, the dual plot connecting the past to present intrigued me. Plus, I'd recently read and liked two other Christian fiction books that followed a similar format. This was my first time to read a book by this author, and I thought it was written very well.

Rachel Hauck weaves a story of characters who are not only linked by ink and DNA, but who are bound by a steadfast love that sparks separate journeys of faith. Readers can relate to the loss of loves and dreams, but Rachel shows how love can mend even the most broken hearts.

My favorite scenes were by far the ones that took place during the time of Hamilton and Esther, and I couldn't wait to find out how their story ended. I even teared up a little toward the end. I'm not super keen on kissing before marriage, and I'm not too sure I really liked one of the characters named Smitty. But, overall, I liked the story and would recommend it to historical fiction and modern fiction fans alike.


Book Rating: 4.5 Stars

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