I once had someone tell me that history was aptly named, because it was just one person’s perspective. One person’s story, his point of view of what transpired. This thought was constantly on the forefront of my mind as I read Rachel Hauck‘s novel being released tomorrow. The Love Letter.
“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.”
The collision of the fear and uncertainty of the revolutionary war and the glitzy facade of modern day Hollywood was a bold move to make in a story line, and it was splendidly done.
Rachel Hauck handled the historical side of the story remarkably well. Taking a vantage point that many skim over. Giving Esther the heart of a loyalist in love with a “rebel” reminded me that though to me they were revolutionaries and heroes; to some they were traitors and rebels. This view point added an additional depth to the novel.
Chloe and Jesse’s connection seemed an obvious plot point from the beginning, but I was delightfully surprised with the direction she took Esther and Hamilton’s story.
I appreciated the second chance at love she gave them both and the faithfulness and honesty she attributed to them during their conversation near the end. It added beauty to a heart rending story.
The story was a little more religious than I usually read, but was handled well and never felt overtly preachy. The beauty of the message that God can make much more of our lives that we can was more an underlying theme that resonated with my own experiences.
The characters were well developed and the relationships beautifully woven together to create an overall awe inspiring story.