Focused on a career in medicine and not on romance, Willa Duvall is thrown slightly off course during the summer of 1865 when she discovers a never-opened love letter in a crack of her old writing desk. Compelled to find the passionate soul who penned it and the person who never received it, she takes a job as a nurse at the seaside estate of Crestwicke Manor.
Everyone at Crestwicke has feelings–mostly negative ones–about the man who wrote the letter, but he seems to have disappeared. With plenty of enticing clues but few answers, Willa’s search becomes even more complicated when she misplaces the letter and it passes from person to person in the house, each finding a thrilling or disheartening message in its words.
Laced with mysteries large and small, this romantic Victorian-era tale of love lost, love deferred, and love found is sure to delight.
What I Loved: Love is in the air in the most unlikely of places. Where only bitterness and strife seem to survive, the members of the Crestwicke household has the makings for true love hidden around every corner. From the distant husband and wife, the unappreciated servant, the miscommunication between spouses, secret love between friends, and the desire for affection from all of those involved, the unsigned love letter touches everyone in its path in the most peculiar way.
It didn’t take long for me to be swept up in its path myself. And I promise you, this isn’t a novel you’ll want to miss reading for yourself.
The Biblical truths of genuine love and the destruction of bitterness are woven into every chapter in the most natural way.
I could go on and on, but some stories are best experienced, so please take my advice. Go. Pick. Up. A Copy. Then you can tell me how this memorable love letter touched your heart.
Rating and Recommendations: As one of the top books I’ve read all year, I give it 5 stars and then some. I highly recommend it to Christian historical fans of all shapes and sizes. Trust me, you’re going to love it.
~ I received a copy from Revell. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one.