In 2010 teacher Lisa Anderson has almost given up on love after a failed, longtime relationship and Internet dating disasters. In a cluttered attic, she discovers an antique writing box labeled “Courting Letters.” Untying the beribboned packets inside, she finds tattered envelopes, their contents penned more than a century before. As Lisa begins to read, she learns that in 1907 in Ipswich, England, the authors, Gertie and Fred, meet. Just as their friendship deepens into something more, Fred and his family emigrate to America in search of a better life. Hopes for the budding relationship fade. Long months pass. Then a letter from Fred to Gertie arrives. The two begin a dance of written words, but the romance is fraught with obstacles, not the least of which is the Atlantic Ocean. Separation and distance also conspire against Lisa when her intriguing new beau must return to his native Spain. Dear Heart: The Courting Letters weaves a tapestry from two intersecting love stories. Will the threads hold or pull apart?
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I can hardly put this book down! The author did a stunning job of weaving together the turn-of-the-century, actual love story between Fred and Gertie, and the fictional, modern day story of a young woman named Lisa. Although the two stories take place 100 years apart, the book beautifully conveys how the quest for true love is not bound by time or place. The illustrations, from the real letters, photos, and postcards sent from Fred (in the United States) and Gertie (in England), add a depth of loveliness to the book. It is fabulous! This would make a wonderful book club selection or gift, as well as a wonderful addition to your own bookshelf. A must-have for all who love a beautifully written, heartfelt story for the ages.