Tuesday, August 7, 2018

TLC Book Tour Book Review: The Love Letter

Author: Rachel Hauck
Title: The Love Letter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publish Date: June 12, 2018
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 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.

Review: I've read two of Rachel Hauck's previous books, The Wedding Dress and The Writing Desk and both were 5 flower reads for me, so I was excited to read The Love Letter, especially after reading the blurb. I love family sagas with a touch of mystery.

I wish I could say this book impressed me as much as the other two books. The story was told in present day as well as from Hamilton and Esther during the Revolutionary war. That was the part of the story I liked the most.

The story in the present wasn't quite what I wanted. Trying to decide if I could believe in a religious actress was a bit much for me. Of course, when I think of religious people in Hollywood, I get a creepy feeling.

I like my Hollywood stories to be more tough and gritty or more like the Jackie Collins variety. I've never really dealt well with sweet romance and Hollywood types, because we live in a TMZ world where we get to see everyone's dirty laundry at all times. Sure there are people of faith in Hollywood, but they aren't interesting and I think that's what has happened with Chloe. She's not interesting, at least when paired with Hamilton and Esther's story.

What I liked about Rachel's other books was that they didn't come across as preachy, but sadly this book is way too ...I'm not sure what word I'm looking for but it was more than faith based. It was a bit obnoxious, especially at the end. Honeymoon or not when you are up for an award I think most actresses would be present.

Now Esther and Hamilton's story was perfect. Its really the reason to finish this book. My heart broke for these two characters so many times. I loved learning what happened to them, even though the ending was a bit hokey.

Overall this was a good read, but only because I loved Hamilton and Esther so much.

Rating: 3 flowers


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being on the tour.

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