Author: Rachel Fordham
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: July 2, 2019
For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people’s mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more—a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.
Thomas left his former life with no intention of ending up in Azure Springs, Iowa. He certainly didn’t expect a happy ending after what he had done. All he wanted to do was run and never look back. In a moment of desperation, he began to write, never really expecting a reply.
When Penny’s undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter and yet she finds herself caring—perhaps too much—for the one who wrote it.
I loved the premise of this book. Actually one look at the cover and I was confident that I would like it. And over all, I did. I liked the main characters and the growth they achieved over the course of the story, especially Thomas.
I noted as I read that there were things that people wouldn’t like. For example, sometimes events were described in a letter instead of us seeing the scene first hand. They were pivotal scenes that normally one would want to read but I kind of liked that the author used letters to tell what happened. The letters are the plot point underlying the entire book. Without letters, the book never happens so why not use letters to tell parts of the story. So while some may not like that, I did.
There is lots of angst in the story as Thomas first runs from his past and then decides to become a better person. And what will Penny do? Continue as a working woman struggling to get by or go to her uncle and live by his rules? (Never any question which she would choose in my mind).
The people of Azure Springs are quite nosy and “in your face” but I think that was part of the charm of Azure Springs. I loved Margaret and her butting in. She was a fun character. And I enjoyed the twins though they kind of disappeared as the book went on. It is okay since they weren’t big characters but I did enjoy when they were present.
I enjoyed the story and might have given 5 stars until I got to the ending. Through out the book, I understood that Thomas and Penny would end up together but I hadn’t really been able to predict anything else in the story. Who was the man on the black horse? I didn’t know. How and when would Penny tell Thomas the truth? I didn’t know. I was just enjoying the read and then suddenly I knew exactly what was going to happen and the dialog felt stilted or stiff and unnatural. I felt like the ending was written by a different person or something. It just didn’t feel like the rest of the book. Everyone got their happily ever after in terms of romance but I just didn’t enjoy the ending as much as I did the rest of the book. And truthfully, my life got crazy as I was reading the book so it took me longer to finish than I typically need. It is possible that the book felt different at the end because of my mood more than the writing. I still didn’t love the dialog though.
This book follows Hope of Azure Springs but you don’t have to have read it first. The main characters of that book are mentioned in this book but not major players in the story. You might feel like you should know who they are but it really doesn’t matter to the story if you don’t.
Over all, I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the next by this author.
Violence: yes, not graphic