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Posted December 26, 2013
I liked how the author made you feel the insecurities of Dex and his problems. I didn't like the rush ending, maybe if she included an epilogue of even 24 hrs., I'd be happier. The next book is almost $10.00 and I am not going to spend that much money, when I am not sure that book will leave you hanging. Granted the book is free and a novella., but I have read many novella's and wanted to read more by an author. Not this time. (ljb)
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Posted November 22, 2013
Although not normally a reader of this genre, I totally enjoyed Melissa Jagears’ Love By The Letter. The author brought this interesting historical era and setting to life with humorous characters and a captivating plot. Dex, who suffers from dyslexia, is both intimidated and enthralled by Rachel, the town’s pretty little smart girl. But she’s out of his league, so he resorts to advertising for a mail order bride to accompany him to a raw homestead in the opening of western Kansas. But he makes the mistake of writing his own letters… He decides to receive tutoring from his secret true love whose commitment to attending college in Tennessee, should protect his heart from unrealistic expectations—and his reputation from ridicule. The believable plot twists and turns keeps you cheering the hero and heroine on and turning the pages.
I enjoyed the characters, the sibling rivalries between Rachel and her sister, and the banter between Dex and his brother and bachelor friends. The author’s dry sense of humor and spiritual insight made Love By The Letter a fun evening read. I’m looking forward to more from Melissa Jagears.
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Posted October 8, 2013
This book is a prequel novella to Bride For Keeps - Unexpected Brides. As such, it was meant to introduce you to characters that are featured in the following book. Dex and Rachel fight through their insecurities to find out that they both may want the same thing.
It was an enjoyable and quick read and made me want to get the next book. I do wish there was a little bit more to it, but, then, it wouldn't be a novella.
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Posted November 5, 2013
Wonderful historical piece!
I wrote in my review of A Bride for Keeps that “meddling Rachel and faithful Dex…are highly entertaining and almost steal the show.” When I learned there was a companion piece highlighting Rachel and Dex as a couple, I jumped for it. My initial thoughts on these two were correct – they totally steal the show.
Love By The Letter introduces us to the characters of Rachel and Dex before the time period of A Bride for Keeps. Bachelor Dex is heading out to start a new life for himself with others from town. He’s kind and hard-working but has very little education which makes reading and writing difficult for him. If he wants to get the attention of a mail-order bride, he knows he needs help with his letter writing.
That’s where Rachel comes in. Smart, studious and crushing hard on our Dex, she’s everything he could want and nothing he feels he deserves. They’ve basically avoided each other for years, both interested in the other but neither ready to risk the possible embarrassment of showing interest. But when Dex shows up at Rachel’s door asking her to help him improve his reading, these two kids start one of the most awkward and bumbling friendships/unknown-courtships I’ve ever read.
The concept of God opening doors was strong in this piece. Rachel even went searching through the Bible to find verses having to do with doors and ended up more confused than ever. The message is clear – God will open the doors but you need to find the courage to walk through them. Both Rachel and Dex brought this up multiple times throughout the piece and kept that message at the forefront of their thoughts. Beautifully done!
I give Love By The Letter five stars. I adore this novella. Melissa’s writing style shines in this format, and the characters practically jump right off the page. Gorgeous and sweet, Love By The Letter will keep you smiling from the very first page. I will be looking out for the next book in this series based on this novella alone.
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Although I read the entire novella, the sophomoric writing and the author's lack of imagination to keep me interested made it difficult at best. The illiterate farmer in love with the overly-educated (for her time and place) lady. Really imaginative story here....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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