Rachel Hauck. The Love Letter. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2018.
For fans of Ms. Hauck’s work, did you know that one of her novels was recently turned into a Hallmark film? The movie version of her novel, Once Upon a Prince, was just released in early April! In the meantime, we have a new novel to look forward to from Ms. Hauck.
In The Love Letter, Ms. Hauck writes another novel based on the concept of split time storylines, combining both historical and contemporary aspects that are united around a single item or location. This particular novel focuses on a love letter between a couple during the American Revolution. Esther Longfellow and Hamilton Lightfoot were best friends growing up, but find themselves on opposite sides of the Revolution. Their love letter becomes a point of inspiration to Jesse Gates, who uses his family’s Revolutionary era love story as the basis for a Hollywood script. Chloe Daschle has made a career for herself as the “Queen of the Death Scene,” but she hopes to change her typecasting when she lands the role of Esther Kingsley in Jesse’s historical film. Bridging two epic love stories of love, loss, and second chances, one love letter shows its impact across generations.
Ms. Hauck returns with another, much anticipated novel that bridges historical and contemporary love stories. Readers who loved The Wedding Dress and her other works will definitely add The Love Letter to their must-read lists!
Overall, I quite enjoyed reading The Love Letter. Ms. Hauck consistently develops well-written novels with an inspirational bent. Personally, I did not find the characters and storyline of this book to be quite as compelling as some of her other novels. However, I can see readers who really enjoy the American Revolution or modern-day Hollywood filmmaking to find this to be among one of their favorite Ms. Hauck stories. Ms. Hauck has made a name for herself in recent years for similar, split-time novels. I am eager to see her try a different concept in her future works, as I still believe that her strongest works are those that solely focus on contemporary storylines. Personally, I have found her Royal Wedding series and Nashville-inspired books to be among her most entertaining. However, I still find myself going back to Ms. Hauck’s novels again and again, while always anticipating her newest release.
Fans of Ms. Hauck’s recent novels, including The Wedding Dress, The Wedding Shop, The Wedding Chapel, and The Writing Desk, will definitely enjoy reading The Love Letter. In addition, readers who enjoy split-time storylines and those that include Hollywood filmmaking and Revolutionary War components will find this novel to be well worth reading.
Special thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for the complimentary copy of The Love Letter! Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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