In the Gould family archives lie the fading love letters of Grandfather Martin, written in fine script to his future wife, Allie, who was 20 years his junior. Dated 1895, the letters are now over 100 years of age, yet the tentative, formal, Victorian vocabulary sheds light upon the girl to whom they were written.
Martin and Allie were separated by some 90 miles - and the gossip of her townspeople, who were scandalized by Martin's previous divorce. As Allie struggles to overcome the acid tongues of her community, the two are kept together by only their letters, which, in keeping with propriety, refrained from obvious references of love being written down for all to see. Instead, they were filled with veiled references to the emotions that Martin dared not commit to paper.
In reading and rereading the letters, author Jackie Gould began to imagine what those times were like, and her curiosity was piqued to know more about the young woman to whom the letters were addressed. Her only clues were gleaned from the letters that Martin wrote to his Allie, and as she read and reread the letters, Allie and her story came to life. The letters in this book are real, but the story from Allie's point of view is imagined. However, the young girl's spirit will invade your thoughts as she whispers to you about her life and times, and the love story between Allie and Martin unfolds.
|Publisher:||Acacia Publishing, Inc. AZ|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)|
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“Letters to Allie” by Jackie Gould tells the tale of Allie Herrington and her letters from her soon to be husband Martin Gould in 1895. While the letters are the real letters from Martin to Allie, the story woven between them is historical fiction. For her first novel, I thought Gould did a great job portraying the time through the language, clothing, and day to day things that in today’s world are very different. It was very interesting to see Allie and Martin’s relationship progress over a year before they were wed since most of the relationship took place through letters, something very true to that time. Even though they only lived 90 miles away, which today seems like nothing, in the late 1800’s that was still a very long distance. There is nothing quite like finding your first true love, and for Allie, her dreams come true when she meets Martin. For a cute historical fiction read about first love, pick up this book, you won’t be able to put it down.