The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck ReviewThe Love Letter by Rachel Hauck
Published by Thomas Nelson on June 12, 2018
Genres: Christian, Historical
Pages: 352
Also by this author: The Writing Desk
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My Rating: four-half-stars

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With the colonies at war and his country divided, Hamilton Lightfoot must choose sides: Fight for the British Crown or for the Independence of America. But after witnessing the death of his family at the hands of redcoats, he fears he’ll fight for revenge instead of honor. On the verge of a great battle, he pens a letter to Esther, the woman he loves.
Esther Longfellow is in love with Hamilton, but her father is a loyalist, living in upcountry South Carolina and working for a wealthy British lord. When the Revolutionary War comes to her doorstep she is forced to choose between devotion to her father and her love for Hamilton.
Chloe Daschle is the daughter of Hollywood royalty—a great director and an Oscar-winning actress. Yet her career has taken an unexpected turn: She’s the queen of death scenes. Trying to break out, she accepts a supporting role in a revolutionary war film. But she longs for the perfect role and the perfect real-life romance. Does happily ever after only exist in the movies?
After a life-changing tragedy, MIT graduate Jesse Gates decides to leave his life behind and move to LA to try his hand at acting and screenwriting. When he finds a page from one of his ancestor’s letters, he becomes consumed with the love he finds there. Determined to help his grandfather find happiness at the end of his life, Jesse writes and sells a screenplay based on the events surrounding the lost love of previous generations.
When Jesse meets the woman he has cast to play Esther Longfellow—his grandfather’s one true love—the stories of all four collide across time and space. The love letter from the past might have more power to affect the future than any of them could have imagined.


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I'm not a fan of historical fiction, but Rachel Hauck has been winning me over with her dual time period novels. In The Love Letter, we are thrust into the life of Hamilton Lightfoot as he faces a decision-does he fight for the British Crown or the Independence of America? As he gets ready for battle, he writes a letter to Esther, the woman he loves.

Jump to present day as we meet the actress who is dubbed “the queen of the death scene”. Chloe Daschle want's to change her “dying” reputation and accepts the role on a revolutionary war film.

Jesse Gates moves to LA to write and sell a screenplay based on the events surrounding the lost love of previous generations. As he and Chloe meet and work together on the film, the story develops, both in the past and present day.

Hauck brought this story together in a beautiful way. While there were parts that moved a little slower at times, the story was thoughtful and charming. I enjoyed the dual time aspect of this story and the way the letter fit into the story.

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