Friday, July 19, 2019

Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham

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Yours Truly, Thomas
by Rachel Fordham

ISBN-13: 9780800735388
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Revell
Released: July 2, 2019

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people's mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more--a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.

Thomas left his former life with no intention of ending up in Azure Springs, Iowa. He certainly didn't expect a happy ending after what he had done. All he wanted to do was run and never look back. In a moment of desperation, he began to write, never expecting a reply.

When Penny's undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter and yet she finds herself caring--perhaps too much--for the one who wrote it.

My Review:
Yours Truly, Thomas is a Christian romance set in 1883 in America. Penny is extremely romantic and has longed to receive love letters since she was a child. As an adult, she hasn't received a single letter of her own, but she delights in reading the love letters that end up at the Dead Letter Office. Her heart aches if she can't find a way to send these letters on to the intended recipient. When heartbroken, longing letters signed by Thomas end up in her hands, she's determined to get his letters to his true love so she'll forgive him and go out west to join him in Iowa. But when reuniting the two turns out to be impossible, she's left deeply worried about the man she's come to care for but hardly knows.

I cared about what happened to the main characters (even though extremely romantic characters do not often appeal to me). Penny's ideas about love and what makes a loving marriage change slowly throughout the story. She's a caring, kind person. Thomas endeavored to become a better person after a terrible accident revealed to him how selfish and uncaring he'd been in the past. The two bring out the best in the other, so they're a good match. The historical setting provided a backdrop for the action. The ending seemed a bit...unlikely, but a lot of the story pushed the edge of proper or reasonable behavior for that time period.

There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable romance.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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