The Australian Pen Pal

The Australian Pen Pal

by Michelle Linn-Gust


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ISBN-13: 9780972331869
Publisher: Chellehead Works
Publication date: 06/21/2011
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Michelle Linn-Gust, Ph.D., is an international author and speaker about finding hope after loss. She is the author of several books including Rocky Roads: The Journeys of Families through Suicide Grief and Ginger's Gift: Hope and Healing Through Dog Companionship. Her first book, based on the suicide of her younger sister Denise, Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling, inspired siblings around the world in their survival after a loved one's suicide. She is the President of the American Association of Suicidology The Australian Pen Pal is her first published fiction. Read more about Michelle at

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Australian Pen Pal 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Michelle_Linn-gust on LibraryThing 10 months ago
In The Australian Pen Pal, college English professor Rachel Monroe realizes life is about connections.Before her husband Tom¿s death from cancer, he made her promise she would pursue all the goals anddreams she had left behind in her life. Knowing even in death Tom is leading her, Rachel completes herfirst fiction manuscript; one of the goals she had never accomplished, and finds a second career as a writer.When a publicity tour takes her from her Kansas home to several cities in Australia, she has the opportunityto find her Australian pen pal, Jenny Phillips, who had quit writing near the end of their senior year of highschool. Rachel visits Coolum Beach, the oceanside town where Jenny lived most of the years the two girlscorresponded. Rachel can sense a change, that Tom isn¿t guiding her as he once was. She struggles with anew manuscript and reconciling her hope that somehow she¿ll find Jenny.
SAMANTHA100 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
On the surface, Rachel Monroe, the protagonist of Michelle Linn-Gust's novel The Australian Pen Pal, is an accomplished woman. She is a college professor and a successful novelist. This is a story of her losses, as well. During her teen years she corresponded with Jenny, who lived in Australia. The relationship meant a great deal to Rachel. Without an explanation Jenny stops writing. Years later, Rachel loses her husband to cancer. He had asked her pursue her goals and to move on after he was gone. His silent presence remains with her.Rachel travels to Australia promote her book. Once done, she vacations where Jenny had lived. Her intention was to work on a new novel and to try to find Jenny. While at the resort she meets an Australian man, Jamie and a relationship develops. The story is told by giving both Rachel's thoughts and the dialog with Jamie.The characters become three dimensional. The author skillfully intertwines both the past and the present state of mind of the characters. Their relationship moves slowly and leads to a surprise. Sometimes life's losses lead to unexpected gains. It becomes obvious that the results of the trip are more complex and meaningful than the original purpose.I found this book easy to read and it held my interest to the very end. It is well written and leaves the reader with much to think about.I received this book at no charge through the LibraryThing Members Give Away .
Dlmcgow on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The Australian Pen Pal is Linn-Gust's first attempt at fiction. The book follows the main character, Rachel, an American author, on her promotional book tour in Australia. While on the tour the story develops three themes; how she became an author after the death of husband, her relationship with a man she meets while on the trip and the search for her childhood pen pal from Australia. The strength of the book is how Linn-Gust effectively weaves together all three themes as she develops her characters and the story. The first few chapters moved too slowly and reminded me of the movie "P.S., I Love You" which has a similar theme of a deceased husband guiding his wife to a new direction in life. By the middle of the book the story picks up steam and I found myself eager to find out the fate of Rachel. Though some of the narration and descriptions seemed superfluous and disrupted the flow of the book, overall it was a nice read. I look forward to Linn-Gust's next book.
kristincedar on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The Australian Pen Pal is a great book. Throughout the main character's journey to Australia, and her drive to find her long lost teenage penpal, the reader feels and understands what exactly Rachel is going though. The connection to all the characters, not just the still-grieving, yet not-mourning Rachel, and the very adorable Jaime, for whom this book should be made into a movie, just to see this excellently written person on paper come to life. I suggest this book to anyone; it's a rare find to have a book so good.
bookwoman247 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Rachel Monroe has lost her husband, Tom, to cancer. During Tom's illness, she promised him that she would pursue the dreams that she had deferred during their marriage and his illness. Honoring Tom and her promise to him has enabled her to become a successful novelist.When she is sent to Australia on a publicity tour, she seizes the opportunity to search for her teenage pen pal, who abruptly stopped writing.What she finds is that life, in all of its aspects and fullness, can indeed move forward again, after loss.I found Rachel's story moving. It was satisfying and inspirational to witness Rachel's heart learn to open up again.
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