Book Review: The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

the love letter rachel hauck book review

The synopsis on the back of the book:

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.

  • Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction
  • Published: 6/2018
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Pages: 352
  • Goodreads Rating: 4.22 Stars
the love letter by rachel hauck
Marriage is the one place where no one can go but you and your spouse. One man. One woman. In a union that has baffled humanity since the beginning of time. It’s a treasure, something to be guarded with every part of your being...Joined by God.
— Chloe

Why I Chose This Book

I am participating in the Instagram tour today for this book. While a book review is not required - I went ahead and wrote one. I actually wanted to read this one - so why not! 

First Initial Thoughts

Chloe is a 30 something-year-old actress who always plays the person who dies in the story. She feels that she is cursed because she can never land a part where the person actually lives throughout the entire story. She also has struggled with relationships in the past and feels like she will never find love. She is a newbie in the Christian faith and is rediscovering herself. I felt like I could relate to Chloe. I remember when I discovered Christ, I felt like I was rediscovering myself as well. And I still do! 

Jesse, the other main character in the modern day story is a screenwriter. I didn't know what to think of Jesse at first. His story didn't really develop until later on in the story. He also harbored regrets like Chloe so I think that made them come together. They both had that common ground to build a relationship on. I also found him to be similar to Hamilton in certain ways. 

Esther is a young English woman residing in North Carolina. She just came back from a trip over in England after being presented at court. She didn't want to marry any of the men she was presented with and thus came home to her father. I really liked this about Esther. She had a mind of her own and made decisions for herself. 

I really liked Hamilton. I appreciated that he was more of a soft-spoken hero. He stood up for what he believed but he was not arrogant or forceful about it. 

Setting

I absolutely loved both of these settings. Rachel did an amazing job immersing the reader into the two completely different worlds. She did throughout research on the revolutionary war and the time leading up to it. It was a very difficult time for our country and me happy that she emphasized that. 

Keep your innocence, my dear Guard the kindness and tenderness of your heart. Let not fear nor greed or selfish ambition take hold.
— Hamilton

Final Thoughts

Usually, with split time stories in novels I usually like one story more than the other. However, Rachel had me thoroughly invested in each story. As each chapter ended and went back to the other time period, I was looking forward to seeing what would happen next. Speaking of dual time periods- the link between the stories was a really good one! I will just leave it at that. ;) 

I haven't read too many books set in Hollywood in the celebrity scene. What I really liked about this book was that it wasn't just about the glitz and glam. Each of the characters in Hollywood had their flaws and personal issues. Just like everyone else. And that made it relatable.

Chloe also struggled with her newfound faith. I liked that she questioned things around her when before she found Christ she wouldn't have thought anything of it. For example, when her friend Stella confided to Chloe that she really didn't know if she loved her boyfriend and there were always "options " out there. However, when Stella's boyfriend proposed she said yes. Chloe didn't understand why someone would take such a union so lightly. She also struggled with this with her own parents. Her parents never married and have been together for 35 years. 

Oh, young love. Esther and Hamilton's story was unique. I really liked them together. Their personalities meshed well. The ending of their story in the book was not what I was expecting. I am not going to spoil anything - but let's just say I have never come across a similar ending in any other Christian or mainstream romance. 

Would I Recommend? 

Yes! I think anyone would particularly enjoy this one. This would also be great for those new into the Christian faith. As it emphasizes the hardships one has to go through - even after finding Christ. It's definitely a positive and inspiring novel that anyone will enjoy! 

 

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Do you also enjoy books set during two different time periods? 

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Note: I was sent an ARC of this book by the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.