Letters from Home [NOOK Book]

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An Army doctor, Lena Rodriguez has always been too busy with school or the Army for romance. But the letters she received during deployment have captured her heart. Back home for the holidays, she awaits Christmas morning to meet the man who has turned her life upside down.

When Zack Benson watched his best friend's sister Lena leave for Afghanistan, he knew he had to tell her he loved her. So he sent her anonymous love letters. Now that she’s home, he realizes he's made a ...

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Overview

An Army doctor, Lena Rodriguez has always been too busy with school or the Army for romance. But the letters she received during deployment have captured her heart. Back home for the holidays, she awaits Christmas morning to meet the man who has turned her life upside down.

When Zack Benson watched his best friend's sister Lena leave for Afghanistan, he knew he had to tell her he loved her. So he sent her anonymous love letters. Now that she’s home, he realizes he's made a tactical error. Lena has fallen for the man in those letters but still thinks of him as a brother. He has to convince her otherwise because if he succeeds, he’ll get the best Christmas present ever. But if he fails, he could lose her for good.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622663835
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/25/2013
  • Series: Entangled Flirts
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 262,629
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author



Bethanne jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she started writing ten years ago and never looked back. She loves to read, run, and spend time with her own handsome soldier-husband and their five children. Her favorite thing to do on the weekend is be outside—camping, hiking, shooting, or lying around in the backyard, soaking up the sun. If she’s not with her family, you can find her holed up in her office with a cup of coffee, working through her next novel.

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

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    This was a really fun quick read. I liked the taste we got of Le

    This was a really fun quick read. I liked the taste we got of Lena's large Catholic, Hispanic family. Her over protective older brother Mike was great. The only thing that wasn't made clear was WHY it took Zach so freakin' long to tell Lena he wanted a relationship with her. They grew up together yada, yada, but really? The woman has gone through college, medical school and joined the military with a tour of duty under her belt. They even spent some of her time in the military working together and he didn't have the guts to start something then? Maybe I missed it and it will be a clearer when I read through it again in the future. Over all the story line was entertaining and all of the characters likable.
    Adult read

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  • Posted December 31, 2013

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    I loved the premise of this one--falling in love through a year'

    I loved the premise of this one--falling in love through a year's worth of love letters, one per month plus an extra one on Lena's birthday. Add to that the fact that the letters are written anonymously and that they're from her brother's best friend, and the delicious factor ratchets up a notch. Great plot!




    I really liked both Lena and Zack--Zack especially is just so adorably romantic--but at times their stubbornness became a bit frustrating. His insistence on waiting until Christmas morning for the big reveal when she was home for days before that and was leaving two days after made me want to give him a friendly but firm push in the right direction. There was also the possibility that Lena might be too hung up on her mysterious letter writer to give the flesh and blood guy in front of her a chance--would his reveal come too late?




    Overall, though, this was a satisfying read. I loved the plot and liked the characters, and definitely will look for more from this author in the future.




    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted December 22, 2013

    A lovely little story about love, longing and family. The story

    A lovely little story about love, longing and family. The story was well written and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see how thing worked out for Zack and Elena. I liked them both immediately and also felt like I was a part of the family. The author built the romantic tension up nicely to a very satisfying conclusion. A great Christmas story that left me smiling.
    ***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    This was a wonderful story and so heart warming! I loved it from

    This was a wonderful story and so heart warming! I loved it from the beginning to the end. This is the perfect story to read right around the holidays and can put you in the Christmas spirit and make you realize how fortune you are. This is a gender reversal as the heroine is the one that heads off to Afghanistan and the hero, is the one waiting at home and writing anonymous letters. As mentioned, this is a wonderful read with great writing and great characters. I would recommend this.
    * Received ARC for an honest, unbiased review *

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

    Adorable! This little story is romantic novella perfection. Fro

    Adorable!

    This little story is romantic novella perfection. From strong, independent yet emotionally reserved Lena – home on leave from the Army – to handsome, witty Zach with his never-ending crush on his best friend’s sister. Zach and his beautiful letters have won Lena’s heart, but she has no idea it was him writing those pretty words. As Zach vows to win the girl he’s loved for years, Lena is wondering about the man who captivated her with pen and paper while trying to deal with Zach’s sudden attention.

    Such a wonderful little story to remind us all that life’s too short for missed opportunities! Charming and adorable, Lena and Zack will have you sneaky reading at every opportunity.

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  • Posted December 4, 2013

    I¿m a sucker for these stories of friends-to-lovers and this one

    I’m a sucker for these stories of friends-to-lovers and this one was super sweet. There are so many complications that stem from moving yourself from an honorary member of the family to potential love interest and Zack has decided that his feelings for Lena make it worth the effort. I loved how he seduced her with anonymous letters but didn’t realize how effective it was until she came home. Now he has to battle not only her brotherly feelings for him but her romantic feelings for her mystery man. I really liked the fact that they started to act on their relationship before she found out his true identity because it meant that their feeling had a stronger base than whatever ideas she had about her writer.

    Letters From Home is a delightful, light romance – full of warmth and humor. With irresistible characters, realistic dialogue and genuine emotions, Strasser delivers an enjoyable holiday treat.
    **ARC provided by the publisher for an honest and fair review.***

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  • Posted December 2, 2013

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    **Review Copy Provided by Publisher** Ever since I read about S

    **Review Copy Provided by Publisher**

    Ever since I read about Steven Spielberg’s War Letters, I’ve been fascinated by books, both romance novels and non-fiction that feature war letters. So when I saw this one in the list of ARC reviews, I was intrigued. Unfortunately, while the premise was good, the story just didn’t quite work for me. Novellas are hard for me because invariably I end up wanting more. In this instance, I felt like the author had a good idea – the secret admirer writing letters – but tried to cram too much into the 80pg(ish) novella. I think it would have worked better as a long story where the characters could be more developed.

    That being said, I had some issues with the age of the characters – Lena is supposedly an Army doctor, but as far as I can figure, she is only in her mid-20′s (maybe late-20′s at the most). The timing just doesn’t work – 4 years undergrad, 4 years of med school. And no mention of her med school within the story line, only her undergrad was mentioned – which kind of just struck me as weird. IMHO, her being a medic (enlisted) would have been more believable and also done away with what would have been fraternization if Zack had remained in the military (as he was enlisted and her an officer). But that is just my military experience speaking out…for anyone not familiar with the military, it probably wouldn’t be as noticable.

    I do think that the author has potential and i’ll be interested to see what she writes in the future – I’m just sorry that this one didn’t quite work for me. Overall, I gave it 2.5 stars.

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  • Posted November 30, 2013

    I¿m a big fan of unrequited love and when I came across the syno

    I’m a big fan of unrequited love and when I came across the synopsis to Bethany Strasser’s LETTERS FROM HOME, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review it.

    Character development is difficult in a novella because you’re limited with what you can do and Stasser gives us strong characters. Lena is a doctor in the United States Army and likes to keep busy. She can come off a little too strong and at times I didn’t like her, but it’s easy to understand why she acts the way she does. Then we have Zack who missed his opportunity to tell Lena how feels! I liked Zack and he’s honorable. He’s had to make some tough decisions, but he’s made them and is ready to move on with his life. We have a variety of secondary characters who play a role include Lena’s family. I liked her family and I really enjoyed how Strasser incorporated them into the narrative.

    While I liked Strasser’s LETTERS FROM HOME, I was never shown why Lena was special. Why did Zack carry a torch for her all these years? We’re told they’ve been friends since Zack moved into the area and grew up with her brother, but we aren’t given any details regarding their friendship growing up other than Lena’s family accepted him. I would have liked that because it would have added a little more depth to their relationship. Also, we’re told they couldn’t be together because Zack is considered family. I can understand the hesitation especially since everyone knows Zack, but if he was okay to hang out with then surely he’d be okay for Lena to date? As for the premise, it’s cute and old fashioned regarding courting someone via letters. I just have to wonder how Zack really went about it. I mean Strasser does explain how the letters were set up, etc, but how much did Zack disguise of their history in those letters to Lena? Could she not have recognized the handwriting? These questions kept popping up and wouldn’t let go. Maybe in the end, Lena did know it was Zack, but didn’t want to believe it was him.

    I don’t want to give spoilers, but my favorite two scenes involved both Zack and Lena. I loved the homecoming party her family gives her. Lena zeros in on a possible suspect for the letters and really liked Zack’s reaction when he realizes who it is. Then of course, the scene when Lena realizes who sent her the letters had me cheering.
    Overall, LETTERS FROM HOME is a cute novella. I can easily see this being adapted for TV and maybe shown during the holidays. If you’re looking for a heartfelt romance, then Bethanne Strasser’s LETTERS FROM HOME is something you’ll want to look at.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

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    Someone was writing Lena anonymous letters from home, while she

    Someone was writing Lena anonymous letters from home, while she was deployed, and she was falling in love with him. He vowed to tell her who he was Christmas morning at the park. Zack has known Lena and her family for 25 years. He is her brother Mike's best friend. He's also the one writing the letters. She's on leave for the holidays and while she's home, Zack is making every effort to show her how he feels. She still doesn't know he's the anonymous one or at least that's what he thinks. Wait until you read about what happens on Christmas morning. SHOCKING!!!

    There was so much love between Zack and Lena. Zack waited so long for her and never thought of giving up. This story was well written and unfolded perfectly for the amount of pages it contained. It's a sexy, romantic, feel-good Christmas story. I loved it! Thank you Bethanne Strasser for writing such a wonderful story set around the Christmas holiday. I definitely look forward to reading more from this author.

    I received a copy for an honest review.

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