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Letter Perfect (California Historical Series #1)

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IF HER OWN TWO FEET DON'T END UP TRIPPING HER, Ruth Caldwell's mouth is likely to get her into equal trouble. But Ruth has the best of intentions. Truly. It's just that her attempts to live up to her mother's expectations of how a lady should act have often yielded...well, less than impressive results.

Josh McCain is speechless when he sees Ruth step off the stage in Folsom...more
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Published August 1st 2006 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2006)
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Misfit
First off, I confess I did not know this was a Christian book until after I purchased it at the big warehouse store. And I'm glad I bought it there instead of full price, this was a total waste of a day to get through this.

It's disappointing, as the story line could have had great possibilities and I loved the way Ruth was originally portrayed as a bit of a klutz. However, the characters were flat and uninteresting, either black or white with no gray areas between. There are pages and pages of...more
Tweety
May 09, 2014 Tweety marked it as nearly-died-of-it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy Jen Turano
DNF

So, with so many people warning me of why I wouldn't enjoy this, why did I ever pick it up?

I love humor, but this was ridiculous. Ruth is completely incompetent, she grabs table cloths instead of her napkin, she gets between a horse and her foal and she falls off street sidewalks, she even runs across the ranch yard strait through a mud puddle. That could be funny, if she had some saving grace, but she doesn't. She can't do anything with out messing it up. I shudder to think of her painting...more
Sheri
This book had great potential, but many flaws.

First, and most importantly, the first half and the last half were like totally different books and poorly connected. The antagonist is around for the entire first half of the book as a minor character who is nice and friendly. Then halfway through he abruptly turns into this sinister arch-villain whose every move is lecherous and creepy. It transitioned poorly and was a wee bit ridiculous.

I didn't like that I could hear into everyone's thoughts. Th...more
Margaret
This was an enjoyable book all and all. For those of you who may know the other authors I read and adore, I would say this was similar to reading Mary Connealy. This was my first experience with Cathy Marie Hake and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

I am not sure if it is the pregnancy hormones or things that need to be done, but I did not zip through this book. It took me a while to read it. When I was not with it, it did not call to me like some books where I think I w...more
Jane
It figures that I would read Bittersweet before Letter Perfect even though I rented them from the library at the same time. Reading the two books in reverse chronological order was not detrimental to the story though.

I like the characterization of Ruth and Josh. Their gradual learning to trust, admire, and love each other could have been a little better though. Ruth's penchant for finding dirt and trouble was both a part of her character and part of the plot. Many of the more minor characters w...more
Muriel
I picked up this Christian novel inadvertently and decided to give it a shot. I really wanted to love it because I really liked the characters and the plot wasn't half-bad but boy did the writing make it a struggle. I don't mind the Christian values of the book but just as I'd get into the story I'd be in the midst of a sermon that would take me out of the story. I just noticed that this is part one of a series, wish I liked the writing more because I would actually be curious to see where the a...more
Emily
Sep 17, 2013 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fun
I really enjoyed this book. I loved getting to know the different characters and seeing their faith shine through. The faith aspect, for the most part, felt genuine and not too forced. The romance was sweet and light. Ruth said she had to respect a man before falling in love with him - her man was honorable, respectable, protective, and a strong leader. He accepted her even though she didn't "fit in" and helped guide her to see her unique worth and value. He also helped her to understand that ev...more
BJ Rose
A 19th century story about a young woman who traveled to California to live with her father after her mother died of consumption - and then discovered that her father had died two years earlier, and that nobody out West knew she existed. Ruth is very klutzy & eager to please, but also something of a suffragette, and Josh is a gentlemanly rancher who initially believes that women should depend on men and do what they're told. He, of course, soon sees the light. A sweet but rather bland story.
Brooke
This is the first book I've read by this author and I have to say I really enjoyed it. The character development was great and the story line had enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. I only had moderate expectations of the book since I found it on the bargain rack (I figured it might not have been good and so it was clearanced)but I was surprised by the level of writing. I would highly recommend this book and I am currently reading a second title by the author.
Laura
This was a free offering on BookBub and I will admit I did not at first realize this was Christian lit. I chose it for the cover (insert joke here) because I often like period novels. Personally, I did not find the "Christian" part of the story off-putting although some might. I did find it a bit forced in parts of the book (mostly the second half).

The book started out well; I found the characters engaging and charming. The storyline is a well-trod road; familiar to any romance novel reader. Gir...more
Gmc
Letter Perfect by Cathy Marie Hake

Ruth Caldwell has always tried to live up to her mother’s expectations of what a lady should be…often with less than impressive results. But when she’s forced to journey west to meet the father she’s never seen, Ruth hopes that this might be the place she’ll finally fit in. But her arrival brings about more mayhem than even Ruth is used to.

Josh McCain, the son of her father’s business partner, but discovers some startling news: Her father passed away years ago....more
Anya
I thought this would be better based on marketing promise of being a humorous read. That did not deliver at all. The plot idea was sound but the writing style just didn't cut it. The main characters were so busy falling over themselves to take blame (ridiculously) and trying to outdo in charity at every turn. They reminded me of Chip and Dale, "Oh noooo! After you, I insist!"

I am not a reader who does not appreciate the Word of God woven into a story, quite the contrary. But this author is just...more
Idalia
I'm not sounding insensitive, but it was terrible. I wanted to burn it.
Ann
Ruth Caldwell is thrown out of another finishing school in the 1800's. Then her mother dies, leaving a will that tells her to go live with her father in California. She rides the stage coach out only to learn that her father is dead and her inheritance ranch is being run by a very nice family. I only make it to page 150 as it was so slow and boring, non-descriptive. Although this was a christian novel, it was just not engaging enough for me to stay with it. In fact, I don't care how it ends and...more
Monkeyface
Listened to Letter Perfect (California Historical Series #1)by Cathy Marie Hake. IF HER OWN TWO FEET DON'T END UP TRIPPING HER ... Ruth Caldwell's mouth is likely to get her into equal trouble. But Ruth has the best of intentions. Truly. It's just that her attempts to live up to her mother's expectations of how a lady should act have often yielded ... well, less than impressive results. Josh McCain is speechless when he sees Ruth step off the stage in Folsom, California. Sure, it looks like she'...more
Kiersten
This was interesting enough for me to finish, but overall I didn't find it that special. The plot was very predictable; unoriginal even down to many of the small details, such as the cigarette case and her mother's fan. Though I think the revelation of the villain was meant to be a shocker, it didn't really surprise me when it came. I thought the romance (which we could also see coming from the first page, so the way the author kept directing her attention elsewhere was rather pointless) was som...more
Samantha
Ruth promises her dying mother that she'll go across the country to be with the father she never knew. Once she gets there she finds that he has passed away and she might possibly be part owner of a ranch that she didn't know existed.

Josh is outraged to find that Ruth could possibly own half of the ranch that he's put his blood sweat and tears into for years. She is an accident waiting to happen, and somehow he's supposed to let her become a partner of his ranch.

Ruth has spent her life getting...more
Julie
I thought the gist of this book was very good and fun. I loved the main character. I started out loving the book, but after the first 2/3 of the book it didn't hold my interest as well. Also the ending really bugged me. The part where they were trying to get the father to profess his belief in God in the very last possible moment before he died. I just don't believe that a person who hasn't lived a good life, and then just before they die they say that now they believe (obviously lacking sinceri...more
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Sarah
Ruth Caldwell is a 'misfit'. She just can't seem to do anything right at those finishing schools her mother has sent her to. No matter how hard she tries, she always does something wrong and get sent back home again.
When Mrs. Caldwell dies, Ruth is sent out west to California to meet the father she never knew- and to start a new life. Surprises meet her when she arrives and Ruth must learn what choices she wants to make.

Life on the Broken P Ranch is going smoothly for Joshua McCain- that is,...more
Wendy Sparkes
Cathy Marie Hake very quickly became a favourite Christian author of mine & this story doesn't disappoint.

Ruth Caldwell tries her best to be a lady actually complete a finishing school, but with one mishap after another, she is sent home (for fun try counting with Josh & Laney just how many schools she's been sent home from by the mention of the headmistresses that enter the conversation!)

Joshua McCain Jnr isn't at all happy to see Ruth when she arrives at the Broken P Ranch to claim her...more
Janine
"Letter Perfect" is a perfect story of accepting each other as we are. I just loved how the book takes a look at what is in the heart and now how we act. I loved the scripture references to show where our true strength lies.

I am not a mystery person, and though there was some mystery as to what was going on, it was done in such a way that at first I didn't realize it was even happening. Then when it started to nudge me something was happening I thought I knew what was happened only to find out...more
Tiffany
This was a fun book. Ruth's clumsiness was endearing and I wish the author would have put a few more of her clumsy scenes in the novel rather than just referring to them afterwards. I thought the author dwelt on the fact that Ruth was clumsy too much in the beginning. Putting a few of the clumsy scenes in would have established the point rather than just talking about it all the time. I also thought that in the beginning Josh didn't know her well enough nor did he spend enough time with her and...more
Adrienne
Ruth Caldwell has been kicked out of the latest in a series of finishing schools and returns home only to find out that her mother is dying. Her mother's dying wish is for her to go to California and find her father, so Ruth complies, only to find that her father has passed away as well, having never known of her existence. The fact that she does exist invalidates his will, which leaves his ranch to the McCain family, who have been helping him run it. The McCains invite her to stay with them whi...more
Rosie
I'm not a big "romance" reader, but I thought I'd try Perfect Letter. Well, it was nice and refreshing to read a novel that was not littered with swear words and steamy sex; however, I am not encouraged to read its sequel(s). The story line was okay but not very appealing the way in which it was written. The two Francine Rivers books (Redeeming Love & The Scarlet Thread) I've read were so much more enjoyable.
Courtney
This may actually be the worst book I've ever read. Getting through it was near torturous, mostly because of the complete lack of comprehension of historically consistent language. The premise of the story was just terrible, not to mention wholly predictable. I picked this up thinking it would be a quick and enjoyable beach read - next time I'd even prefer something a Kardashian wrote.
Because_I'm_Batman
This was a sweet book. Ruth was a wonderful character with believable faults but a heart as pure as gold. I loved the christian morals they put in managing to keep it a main part all the way through. Ruth and Josh had a good relationship, starting out with arguments, then a friendship and then love, there engagement was a little spontaneous but the story was quick and sweet!
Lynsay
Great story, though the whole thing about Ruth's accidents not being accidents didn't come into play until way later. To me with that being mentioned in the back blurb I expected to read about that theory much sooner. Still a great book thought.

One thing with the ebook edition, there were a couple spots where random numbers appeared in the middle of sentences.
Cari
Alrighty. Here goes.

I started this looking forward to an engaging read, and for the first half I really enjoyed it. The characters were very likeable and well-developed. Ruth was hilarious. All the scrapes she got into - LOL.

And then - BAM! Suddenly one of the characters turns into a bad guy... never saw it coming. Then it turns into a murder mystery(ish) story, including embezzlement and more attempted murder. That pretty much threw me off... along with the fact that a couple of the characters...more
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