I still have a packet of letters written by my cousins when we were young.
I first met them when I was in second grade. Their family, another aunt, and my grandmother had all come to our house for Christmas. It was a time of excitement and establishing new friendships.
Before Robin and Donnie returned home, we agreed to be pen pals. I know I started out with the best of intentions. Sadly, I was not the most faithful correspondent. Several letters that ended with a plea for me to “write back”. Perhaps this was just the cute thing girls put in their letters at that age but I have a sad feeling this was not the case.
Regardless of my ability to stay in touch, I valued their missives and thus the bundles of letters I have kept. I still pull them out to read from time to time.
Yours Truly, Thomas
by Rachel Fordham
Published by Fleming H. Revell Company
Publication Date July 2, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: Iowa Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
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 really 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.
While this isn’t the first time I’ve heard of the Dead Letter Office, it is probably the first time I paid attention to what it would be like and what happens there. I loved learning about the people who are letter detectives, trying to figure out how to correctly redirect a misdirected letter or package.
And, oh, how I loved the characters!
Penny, with her wide-eyed, idealistic views about love and romance. Her tender heart caused her to weep when reading the letters of complete strangers, though she was merely doing her job. That she would pray over the people she read about was so touching Despite experiencing tragedy, she maintained optimism and did what she needed to continue.
Thomas was such a broken man, having seen the tragic results of his callous attitude. When we first meet him here, he is changing and becoming a man to be admired. I enjoyed watching him mature and become a man the entire town respected and stood behind.
Combining tender moments with light humor, spiritual growth, and elements of mystery and danger, Ms. Fordham has written a story I highly recommend for readers of Christian historical fiction.