Monday, September 10, 2018

The Love Letter

The Love Letter
Rachel Hauck
(Thomas Nelson)
ISBN: 978-0310351009
June 2018/352 pages/$15.99

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.

Read an excerpt.


Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall 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. Visit her online at; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.


It takes a gifted author to seamlessly weave a historical tale with a modern-day story and Rachel Hauck more than proves her proficiency in this stirring novel. Hauck cleverly uses the making of a movie to intertwine the historic with the contemporary. I was captivated by this novel as it alternated perfectly between past and present. My heart ached for Hamilton and Esther and the obstructions their love faced. And though I am usually not a fan of Hollywood, Hauck managed to make me care about Chloe and Jesse as well. The Love Letter generated a plethora of emotions as I read and the unexpected ending induced a satisfied sigh and a smile that lingered long after the final page was turned. Don't miss this remarkable novel.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson Publishing and The Fiction Guild. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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