- Tracie Podger
- Release Date
- July 2017
What do you do when your husband dies unexpectedly? You write him a letter, of course. What do you do when someone answers that letter? Dani was mid-thirties when she found herself alone and without her soulmate. Coming to terms with her loss took all her strength and her voice. If Dani thought she'd experienced the worst life could throw at her, she was wrong. Lies, deceit, confusion surround her. A stranger, a builder, and a priest, comfort her. Letters to Lincoln is a contemporary romance about overcoming loss, finding the strength to rebuild a life, and learning to forgive. For readers over the age of 18.
Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Dec 15, 2017 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
9 people found the following review helpful
LETTERS TO LINCOLN is heartwarming, which you might find a weird sentiment considering tragedy is the core of the story. But for me, it's the message of hope shining through that was my key takeaway at the end. The story tugged at my heartstrings from the get-go. The story is tragic and heartbreaking, yet we see the resiliency of the human spirit as Dani tries to cope with the tragedy that had befallen her. And move on with her life. However, she couldn't have coped without her support system, like her dad and Lincoln and the others. Lincoln also enabled her to go onward, due to their shared experiences, someone who could understand what she was going through because he'd gone through them himself, and it is this empathy that I think made her feel not so alone.
I like idea of Lincoln, how the anonymity enabled Dani to open up her deepest thoughts and feelings to another. I also like the way the author portrayed Dani's grief over her husband's and daughter's death and the following betrayal that I didn't see coming. It was so real--I could feel her shock and hurt and disbelief, probably because I was experiencing them, too. I have to commend the author on her ability to draw me into the story and get invested in her characters. The story flowed naturally, and I was captivated from start to finish. The mystery of who Lincoln is was a huge factor, and once I guessed who he could be, I was riveted to how the truth of his identity would be revealed to her, the conflict such would engender and how it would be resolved.
I wish though that there were more scenes of Dani and um, well, Lincoln in his real identity. More connecting. I thought that would have solidified their relationship more and made their resulting real life relationship more believable. As it is, I thought it's a bit unbalanced due to um, their past. (I'm trying not to reveal a spoiler, so if you read the book, you'll know what I mean.)
Another thing that I thought needed more credibility was Daniel and the numerous reasons he and his actions were a hindrance, an obstacle. I thought the reasons weren't solid enough, that there were some holes that wouldn't have hold water. Plus, he wasn't called to account for his actions. Instead, we only got an explanation from his brother, what he thought were the reasons for Daniel's behavior. I find that somewhat dissatisfying.
Overall though, I enjoyed LETTERS TO LINCOLN a lot; it's a worthy read. It even moved me to tears. Get it and swoon over Lincoln and his real life identity, whom I find more compelling and attractive.
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