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de Rachel Hauck (Autor)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a story of long-lost love and its redemption in future generations.With the colonies at war and his country divided, Hamilton Lightfoot must choose sides: Fight for the British Crown or for the Independence of America. But after witnessing the death of his family at the hands of redcoats, he fears he'll fight for revenge instead of honor. On the verge of a great battle, he pens a letter to Esther, the woman he loves.Esther Longfellow is in love with Hamilton, but her father is a loyalist, living in upcountry South Carolina and working for a wealthy British lord. When the Revolutionary War comes to her doorstep she is forced to choose between devotion to her father and her love for Hamilton.Chloe Daschle is the daughter of Hollywood royalty--a great director and an Oscar-winning actress. Yet her career has taken an unexpected turn: She's the queen of death scenes. Trying to break out, she accepts a supporting role in a revolutionary war film. But she longs for the perfect role and the perfect real-life romance. Does happily ever after only exist in the movies?After a life-changing tragedy, MIT graduate Jesse Gates decides to leave his life behind and move to LA to try his hand at acting and screenwriting. When he finds a page from one of his ancestor's letters, he becomes consumed with the love he finds there. Determined to help his grandfather find happiness at the end of his life, Jesse writes and sells a screenplay based on the events surrounding the lost love of previous generations.When Jesse meets the woman he has cast to play Esther Longfellow--his grandfather's one true love--the stories of all four collide across time and space. The love letter from the past might have more power to affect the future than any of them could have imagined.… (més)
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Títol:The Love Letter: New from the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress
Autors:Rachel Hauck (Autor)
Informació:Thomas Nelson (2018), 352 pages
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It's a story that transcends generations, so deeply embedded in their bloodline that the love found would not let go despite the loss of body and soul. It takes us on a journey from past to present to make-believe, all the while building our hope, strengthening our reserves, and pointing us towards faith in a higher power, instructing us to embrace that endless love and just let it all go, for while our stories are our own, they are guided by the one that created all.

There are two, nay three story lines that run through these pages...past, present, and the director's cut, so to speak. The present was my favorite, getting lost in Chloe and Jesse's tale as they fought what they felt, while truly trying to open their hurt hearts to one another. You could feel the disconnects, ride the swell of emotion as happier times took hold, and wander through the uncertainties as the ending arrived in all its splendor. The movie angle was my second love, and the way things played out despite the bad influence of the studio was simply stunning. Last place goes to the historical tale being shared, but only just. You see I cared deeply for Esther and Hamilton, but the heartache their tale brought was almost too much to bare...including the conclusion.

I gotta say, the ending of the true story (the historical one) was absolutely killing me. I mean, I was already thinking... what in the world have I just spent my time reading, allowed my heart to become attached to, only to ultimately be left bereft, adrift, and seriously lacking any benefit from all the torture, separation, and strife?!? I got it, putting trust in Him led to a life well lived, a lot in life that was satisfying, and happiness...but seriously, like that? And they were happy? I just couldn't swallow my disbelief... but lucky for me, the story wasn't quite finished, and a HEA was still in the cards...sorta. (You'll have to read it to see!)

In the end, it was a wonderfully rich story with so much more to offer then just a well written tale. It shared aspects of history worthy of exploration, tales of the heart in times of war and peace, hope for the romantic in us all, and a reminder that we're not the only one behind our wheel. Whether in the highs or throes of life, we're never truly going it alone.


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  GRgenius | Sep 15, 2019 |
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.



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This book was wonderful. It is a fast-paced book, the story flows well and keeps the reader interested. The characters are entertaining and easy to identify with. The reader finds themselves in the middle of the storyline cheering the characters on. I enjoyed the mix of past and present in the writing, it helped identify with all of the characters and helped the reader understand each of the main characters; what they were feeling and understanding what their life was like. Full of surprises, twists and fun, this is a great read. I highly recommend this book, giving it a 5-star rating.





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  MaryAnnB1964 | Mar 1, 2019 |
The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck
Source: Netgalley
My Rating: 4½/5 stars

**MINI-REVIEW**

The Bottom Line: While I generally love a book where the past meets the present, I had a hard time with that concept in this book. What I found difficult to deal with is the fact that Esther and Hamilton’s story is so compelling it can easily stand on its own as a proper historical fiction. While I liked, Chloe and Jesse well enough, I don’t feel like their contemporary journey added at all to the overall read. I often found myself rushing through the Chloe and Jesse chapters, so I could get back to the Esther and Hamilton chapters. Between the Revolutionary War setting, the emotional conflict, and the inevitable parting of ways, I found Esther and Hamilton to be absolutely fascinating. What’s more, the ending!! I am a huge fan of a good epilogue and the last several chapters really served as a wonderfully extended epilogue. Finding out the fate of Esther of Hamilton, how their lives unfolded was so very, very satisfying. As always, Hauck’s writing style is smooth and easy, punctuated with dialogue that is pointed, precise, and interesting. Hauck’s characters (in this case only Esther and Hamilton!) are so big, they overtake every other aspect of the read, and that is one of my favorite things about reading. Without doubt, Rachel Hauck is stuck with me as I am quickly becoming addicted to her brand of historical fiction.

P.S. I also got the audiobook from my local library and found it to be a disservice to the story. At the halfway point, I gave up on the audiobook and went back to the physical read which was significantly better! ( )
  arthistorychick | Oct 19, 2018 |
The charm of a Rachel Hauck book lies in the familiarity; the look to the past where a love does not quite go as it should. The move to the present where the two that we all know belong together either haven’t met yet or are denying their attraction. And the item – the dress, the desk, or in this case – the letter – that brings them together. I personally love the mix of contemporary and historical fiction that the author weaves together so well.

Esther Longfellow is the daughter of a wealthy (if slightly troubled) loyalist to the Crown. She has just returned from her Season in London – her mother insisted but Esther loves South Carolina and didn’t want to remain. She also loves Hamilton Lightfoot, the nephew of the neighboring farm owner and a man who commits to the American cause. Their story drives the historical half of the book.

Chloe Daschle is the daughter of Hollywood royalty looking for the role that will make her career. Jesse Gates is a first time screenwriter who has produced a script that has attracted attention and is going to be directed by a friend of Chloe’s father so she begs an audition. She feels this will be the part she needs to explode her career. She meets Jesse at a friend’s wedding and there is an immediate spark between them – but neither one of them is looking for a relationship.

The chapters bounce between the four main characters slowly rolling out the story of Esther and Hamilton’s love and Chloe and Jesse’s attraction. You’ll just have to read the book to see if one or both couples succeed and what happens to them.

I did enjoy this book, as I enjoyed Ms. Hauck’s other novels. The mix of past and present is something I do enjoy and as is par for the course with me I did enjoy Esther and Hamilton’s story more but that is because I always tend to like the historical tales more than the contemporary ones. Each one though makes for very good reading. I read the book in one afternoon and it made for a lovely way to spend the day. I will look forward to the next book from Ms. Hauck to see where in the past she chooses to go. ( )
  BooksCooksLooks | Aug 10, 2018 |
This religious historical fiction novel takes place in two time periods. One is Revolutionary War America and the other is present day in Hollywood. There is a connection between the two time periods that is known throughout the book but it is solidified with a surprise ending. I enjoyed the stories from both time periods but preferred the Revolutionary War couple because their relationship seemed more real. The current day Hollywood couple were both living with extreme guilt from situations that had happened earlier in their lives and continued to adversely affect their day to day lives.

Hamilton and Esther grew up on neighboring farms and their relationship deepened as they got older. But when it came time to choose sides for American's fight for freedom from England, their love became more difficult. Hamilton fought with the Americans and Esther's father continued to support the King and would not allow her to see Hamilton. She was forced to choose between her love for Hamilton and her love and respect for her father.

Chloe and Jesse live in Hollywood where she is an actress and he has just sold his first screenplay to a studio. The movie is about a letter that his great great...grandfather (Hamilton) wrote to his love Esther. Chloe gets the role of Esther and she and Hamilton begin a tentative relationship. She is looking for 'happily ever after' and he is consumed with guilt over something in his past. They must decide whether they will move forward or let their pasts affect their future happiness.

The characters in the two time periods are connected by a love letter and both have decisions to make about life and love and finding happiness.

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own. ( )
  susan0316 | Jul 17, 2018 |
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a story of long-lost love and its redemption in future generations.With the colonies at war and his country divided, Hamilton Lightfoot must choose sides: Fight for the British Crown or for the Independence of America. But after witnessing the death of his family at the hands of redcoats, he fears he'll fight for revenge instead of honor. On the verge of a great battle, he pens a letter to Esther, the woman he loves.Esther Longfellow is in love with Hamilton, but her father is a loyalist, living in upcountry South Carolina and working for a wealthy British lord. When the Revolutionary War comes to her doorstep she is forced to choose between devotion to her father and her love for Hamilton.Chloe Daschle is the daughter of Hollywood royalty--a great director and an Oscar-winning actress. Yet her career has taken an unexpected turn: She's the queen of death scenes. Trying to break out, she accepts a supporting role in a revolutionary war film. But she longs for the perfect role and the perfect real-life romance. Does happily ever after only exist in the movies?After a life-changing tragedy, MIT graduate Jesse Gates decides to leave his life behind and move to LA to try his hand at acting and screenwriting. When he finds a page from one of his ancestor's letters, he becomes consumed with the love he finds there. Determined to help his grandfather find happiness at the end of his life, Jesse writes and sells a screenplay based on the events surrounding the lost love of previous generations.When Jesse meets the woman he has cast to play Esther Longfellow--his grandfather's one true love--the stories of all four collide across time and space. The love letter from the past might have more power to affect the future than any of them could have imagined.

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