The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

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.

Death is one thing that actress Chloe Daschle knows well, both on the big screen and in the world of love. As her career is quickly going down the path of typecast destruction, her out-of-the-ordinary search for her one true love seems to be doing no better. Then—a chance at a role that lives. A chance meeting with someone who immediately makes her feel unlike any other man ever has. And her life is forever changed. While she takes on the role of Esther—someone so like herself—she learns and grows in ways she never knew she needed and finds healing for her deepest hurts, and holds out the hope that true love is still a possibility for her.

At the same time—yet over 200 years ago—the real Esther Longfellow is fighting the same fight for love. Her father has forbidden any relationship with her beloved Hamilton, but Esther knows that he is her future and that she cannot let him go. While the war for freedom wages on, Esther strives for a life with the man that she loves, hoping that he truly does love her in return and will one day share those feelings she believes he carries for her. Their love story changes the present day lives of Chloe and Jesse forever, and prove that through it all, God has a plan for everything.

The Love Letter is one of Rachel Hauck’s most recent releases, and is just one of the many novels she has written that I have read. I honestly cannot remember how I stumbled upon her work many years ago, but I have been an avid fan of Rachel’s ever since. Everything she writes is full of real emotion, true hurts, and an accurate picture of the world, but paired with the inspiring love of God and the way that her works everything out perfectly, and of course FANTASTIC romance.

One of the things I have loved about Rachel’s novels recently is the way that she has been writing contemporary novels that are actually half historical as well. She takes the present and the past and weaves them together into a tapestry that stuns you with its beauty by the end of the story, and gives a real, inspiring picture of the way that even people who are long gone can still affect our lives today in wonderful ways. For example, this story all comes back to one, solitary love letter that was written over 200 years ago. Without that letter, Chloe would not have had the opportunity to play that role, to learn her true strength, to heal. And to meet Jesse, who turns her heart upside down. Without that letter, Jesse would not have been able to find his true passion, and move on from the tragedy of his first love. Getting to see their story unfold, while at the same time learning the true story of Esther and Hamilton was such a perfect pairing that kept me captivated from the very beginning all the way to the beautiful, happy end, and has only reminded me why Rachel is one of my favorite authors.

Rating: 5 bookshelves

Recommend? YES!

All credit for the italicized synopsis and the quote goes to Rachel Hauck and Thomas Nelson.

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