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Letters to Elise: A Peter Townsend Novella (My Blood Approves #4.5)

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In My Blood Approves, Peter Townsend fell in love with Alice Bonham, but she wasn't his first love. In a new novella told through his letters, his history is revealed.
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Published December 19th 2011 by Audible, Inc. (first published December 20th 2010)
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Laura YA indie princess
I loved seeing more of peter and his life before my blood approves series. I didn't like Elise at all in this book and think peter is better off without her also i really enjoyed when peter talks about Mae and jack and alice coming into his life. The ending of this book gives me hope that Amanda will write a 5th my blood aproves book because i need more and still kind of hope that Alice and Peter get together. =)
Tiffney
In the past I have really enjoyed the authors previous work. I was a little hesitant to read Letters to Elise because it is completely in letter form. It is also the back story of one of the characters that she has already wrote about in the My Blood Approves series. I decided to read it because of my devotion and love of the same character. I am so happy that I did.

The writing was wonderfully beautiful in this book. As a reader we are able to look into Peter's life and get to know him in a way
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Paula Griffith
Jan 23, 2011 Paula Griffith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My Blood Approves readers
This novella tells the backstory of Peter and his first love, Elise. In the My Blood Approves sequels, the reader only knows Peter from Alice's point of view, and Alice is not an objective view. The reader cannot really understand why Peter treats Alice the way he does, but this backstory completes the picture for a fuller understanding of one of the books' main characters, Peter. We find out how Peter comes a vampire and understand more about the relationship between Ezra and Peter. In this act ...more
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
This was AMAZING! I love Peter's character but this book helped me love his character even more! I truly loved this story!

I'm glad it gave me an insight to Peter's life before he was turned and how he met Ezra. I enjoyed reading about his feelings toward Ezra & Mae because of the brother/sister bond they shared and how Peter struggled once Elise had died.

The letters that shocked me the most, was were Peter describes his feelings towards Jack - so full of love and happiness, like a father/so
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Kanchi
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Kashish Kaur
Wow... this audiobook was capable of making me cry, all the time there was such an agony in the words that i could not help it but wish to be Peter happy.. :/

Peter was made for Elise. but he was bound by Alice too. Almost two same names, same love, same bond and same fate for Peter. :(

Earlier, before i listened this book, i admired Jack alot, I thought that Peter is a trouble all the time but i was wrong. Alice was meant to be with Peter but somehow, nature vs. nurture rule engulfed the bound de
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Sue Tint
I love the My Blood Approves series, so I was looking forward to reading more, especially about mysterious Peter. However, this installment fell a bit flat to me. I found the mechanism to tell Peter's story and his life with Elise in the form of letters to her - both while she was alive and after she was dead - to be a little awkward. Once I was able to get around that, it was an enjoyable read. However, I felt that some of the mushy, gooey eyed love letters were not very believable coming from ...more
Laura
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Shannon
This was extremely underwhelming.. Peter was a sexy and mysterious character to me in all previous My Blood Approves books.. but then I read this and being inside his head made me realize he's not mysterious or interesting at all. What a huge disappointment. He's kind of a sissy. He spends years pining for his long lost love but doesn't even seriously consider avenging her death until 150 years later? Ridiculous..

Despite the story, the writing was kind of terrible as well.. I love Amanda Hockin
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Heather
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Carie
Probably better than much of the companion series. I really liked getting more insight into Peter and events from the past before the series began. There are the usual editing problems, which are annoying. But, my biggest problem was probably just that much of it didn’t read like letters--not when conversations were related in excruciating detail and other things that no one would record like that in a letter or journal. The idea of letters as the format seems like a good one, but it just didn’t ...more
Shelly
I am not sure what to say about this...I will say this,I liked Peter in the MBA series, sometimes even more than Jack, but I don't like him as well after reading this. Maybe some things are better left to our imaginations. I would maybe have liked this better if it had just been a short story instead of trying to cram all of it into letters. For me the content didn't translate well in letter form. When you write a letter, the person you are writing to knows what you are writing about. You don't ...more
Melanie
I loved it, i love Peter awww he is so filled with emotion on the inside which is definately not what you find on the outside, the way he loved Elise, the depths of that love and what he would do for her was just astounding. It was heartbreaking when he lost her and the way he struggled to come to terms with it and eventually it took Jack to help heal him. At least now you can understand how hes stepped back in My Blood approves, he thinks he isnt capable of giving his heart to another or hurtin ...more
Amber
This Novella is from Peter's POV. I've read some other Amanda Hocking books and I really liked those, but this was a little hard for me to get through and I didn't feel any connection with it at all. It was sad to read about Peter's longing and sadness due to the death of his beloved Elise. I did however, like that it showed the brotherhood between Ezra and Peter and how they relied on each other for their existance and will to carry on.

It was just an okay read for me and glad it was just a Nov
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Ari
Letters to Elise

En este corto libro nos explican la vida de Peter narrada por medio de cartas.
Peter escribe su historia desde que se convirtió en vampiro
hasta encontrarse enamorado de Alice.
Peter trata de abrir un poco más sus sentimientos, siente
agradecimiento por Ezra ya que lo salvó y tiempo después
encuentra a una chava que puede ser el amor de su vida.
Alice y Peter son felices, se casaron y vivieron años
de casados, él era demasiado feliz, pero luego sucede una
tragedia y Peter no vuelve a
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Felisa
I was really looking forward to a book that gave another story about a character I love from the the "My Blood Approves" series, and this just wasn't it. It was interesting to read parts of it, but I felt over all the story lines were underdeveloped. Maybe my expectations were skewed from from I should have had, but this book didn't grant the same "satisfaction" I got from reading the series.
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This is the "My Blood Approves" novella featuring "Peter". First, let me say, in this series, Jack, Peter's "brother" is my favorite. However, I absolutely LOVED this novella. The reader gets to know Peter a bit better, know what's in his head, heart and soul. I'm not ashamed to say I broke out in tears a couple of times as well. So...have your kleenex ready. :)
Kat
It was nice to have the opportunity to get into Peter's head a bit more. My heart really broke for him throughout this novella. I really hope that the "My Blood Approves" series continues.. I will certainly be looking forward to more from this author.
Melly
Aww I love Peter! My heart breaks for him. It was interesting to see a different side to both Peter and Ezra. I enjoyed reading about Mae, Jack, and Alice too.
Tita [TMI News en Español]
-- Contiene algunos spoilers de Lazos de Sangre --

Cartas para Elise conocemos la historia de Peter Townsend y cómo llegó a ser como es en la saga Lazos de Sangre.

Peter, el Lazos de Sangre, está unido a Alice, quién a su vez está enamorada de Jack, todo un triángulo amoroso, pero Peter no tuvo una vida fácil, y Alice no fue su primer gran amor.

A través de una serie de cartas escritas por Peter, conocemos el inicio de su historia como vampiro, como se convirtió y como Ezra se hizo cargo de él y se
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Jen (A Book and a Latte)
Originally posted on A Book and a Latte:

Letters to Elise was a treat to read, and a must for fans of the My Blood Approves Series! I really liked Peter and was fascinated with his character when I read the first three books in the series a couple of years ago. In the other books, you only get to know Peter from Alice’s perspective. So I enjoyed learning more about Peter through his letters that he writes to his first love, Elise, before and after her death.

This novella begins with Peter being tr
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Nicky
This is essential if you are a fan of the My Blood Approves series. It's as if the series has finally become more logical. I always enjoyed these books and was drawn in by the distinct and detailed world that Hocking created but I was still left with many questions about the logic of how Alice was pulled into this love triangle dilemma. I just never understood Peter's past and motives and even the feelings Jack initially had about Alice and Peter's bond. So for me it made the entire series so mu ...more
Jody
I loved this companion book to the My Blood Approves series written by Amanda Hocking! I would definitely recommend reading it along with the series. I love Amanda Hocking who is a wonderful storyteller. Although all vampire books are now compared to Twilight, I really feel that Ms. Hocking tells an orginal story that readers of the paranormal genre will love.

This book is a series of letters from Peter to his first wife and bondmate, Elise. I would recommend reading this book in between My Blood
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JanBreesmom
Letters to Elise by Amanda Hocking is the perfect novella: it gives background for a character in a way that would have been difficult in the book and fills in blanks that allow us to better understand the character, in this case, the character is Peter from her 'My Blood Approves' series. This novella tells Peter's story, starting in the mid 1800's and spans the globe from New York City, U.S. to the green grass of Ireland to the freezing cold of Russia and back to New York. During the span of t ...more
Deanna VanSciver
I was so close to putting this book down and calling it a day. I was so tired of Peter getting the shitty end of the stick and this was like the icing on the cake. Learning about his family and what led to his transformation was very interesting though. Once he met Elise everything about being a vampire changed for him. He was no longer a monster, he was loved by this amazing person.

They get married, finally get intimate with one another, and get ready to move back to the U.S together.

Then trage
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Richelle
I think Hocking is better suited to short stories. This one was better than either books 3 or 4 of the main series. Saying that, it was still only "ok." While it was kind of interesting to know more about the past of Ezra and Peter, it actually made me dislike them. I had actually liked Ezra. He'd seemed the most real/normal/mature of them all. Obviously everyone goes through that "teenager pushing the limits" phase, but Ezra was the "father figure" - did we really need to be told about him havi ...more
Stormy
I have to say, any man in touch with his emotions would weep from a love letter from Amanda Hocking. :) She is amazing at writing love letters. They are so touching and captivating. Goodness!

I've always felt for Peter. You can just tell that his life has been hell and that he's been though a lot. Losing your lover and feeling their death the exact moment they were dying while you are so far away in another country is an extremely sucky thing to go through. I know that his pain and heartache was
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Erin
I'm never been much for Novellas, but I was interested to read something from the point of view of Peter after reading the 'My Blood Approves' series.

I liked knowing what happened between Peter and Elise, and his pain at her loss was evident in the way the letters were written. I did find some occasional confusion where the letters reflected dialog more then the way someone would write a letter. I would forget that I wasn't actually reading the present time and when it jumped back it confused m
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Rachel
Letters to Elise is a novella in the My Blood Approves series that spans the life of Peter Townsend from the very first moment he became a vampire. It is a beautifully told narrative in the form of letters written by Peter to the love of his life Elise, both before and after her death. This story can be read whether or not you’ve read the other books in the series.

In this story, author Amanda Hocking has really elevated the level of her writing. It is written with such eloquence and beauty and i
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