The Love Letter ~ Review

The Love Letter
By Rachel Hauck

Chloe Daschle has been typecast almost from the moment she began acting at six years old. She's known for her dying roles - she always dies. And unfortunately for her, her real-life romances seem to be going the same route always dying. Which for Chloe is awful as her dream is to find her one-true-love, her soul-mate, get married and have a family that lasts and to not die in a film. Her happily ever after isn't going too well but she may have found the perfect role in which she would live...

Jesse Gates a screenwriting newbie has created Bound by Love based on an old family heirloom - a letter written in the late 1700's but never sent - a love letter that was never finished. Jesse's screenplay is his answer to this letter and chance at love lost and rediscovered. And his female lead Esther Kingsley is Chloe's role she knows it and she's determined to convince the director that she is Esther!

But who are Esther Kingsley and the man who has captured her heart, Hamilton Lightfoot?  Esther and Hamilton grew up as neighbors and friends and though they seem perfect for one another their path to marriage is one that may never occur. Caught on opposing sides of the revolution that is sweeping the American colonies their unspoken love seems doomed from the moment the reader is introduced to them. Esther's father is a Loyalist and a peer of the nobility. Hamilton is a farmer, the nephew of a Presbyterian minister, and friend to those seeking representation. With war on their very doorstep, their loyalties to each other and to those they hold dear will be tested. Can love stay true or will it be yet another casualty of war?

The Love Letter is a story that told from the viewpoint of two times centuries apart and from the varying perspectives of four people who are most affected by this letter. I like the back-and-forth between both characters and time as the story progresses. There isn't a jarring change as the scene changes and actually helps the story flow. The book opens with Hamilton on the field of battle and it doesn't look good for him. Then we are taken further back and Esther and Hamilton's backstory unfolds. Could Jesse's story be true or was the path of love destroyed by a Revolution and family loyalties?

I've read several of Rachel Hauck's books in the past and I can honestly say I believe this is my favorite. For once I like all the main characters and am invested in their stories. I enjoyed the path of the letter and how it ties everything together and the final outcome - well you'll just have to read the book to know if anyone finds the love they seek. You won't be sorry and there may be a surprise or two just off stage.

I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher through TLC Book Tours with no expectations of a positive review - all opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:

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.

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About Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck is the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower.

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