Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
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.
At first, I had to check again a couple of times, “Am I reading the right book? Is this really by Rachel Hauck?” Yes, it is a little different than some of her others. It has a feel of “The Wedding Chapel” though.
The two time slip storylines become so melded that you do sort of forget that you are going between different worlds as well as the script written about the historical world.
Once again, Rachel Hauck challenges us to think beyond the story, beyond what we are reading to search within ourselves what lessons we can learn from the story.
This story seeks out a love story, and asks you what is love? Is it a feeling or something that we conjure up? Filled with twists and turns, it gives you a reason to keep on reading.
I obtained this book from the publisher and NetGalley. My opinions contained herein are my own.
This book is available for preorder to be released on June 12th. It is well worth ordering!