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Letters from Home (Love Beyond Reason #1)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  235 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
An Army doctor, Lena Rodriguez has always been too busy with school or the Army for romance. But the letters she received during deployment have captured her heart. Back home for the holidays, she awaits Christmas morning to meet the man who has turned her life upside down.

When Zack Benson watched his best friend's sister Lena leave for Afghanistan, he knew he had to tell
ebook, 80 pages
Published November 25th 2013 by Entangled: Bliss
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Cheryl Sanders
Nov 11, 2013 Cheryl Sanders rated it it was amazing
Someone was writing Lena anonymous letters from home, while she was deployed, and she was falling in love with him. He vowed to tell her who he was Christmas morning at the park. Zack has known Lena and her family for 25 years. He is her brother Mike's best friend. He's also the one writing the letters. She's on leave for the holidays and while she's home, Zack is making every effort to show her how he feels. She still doesn't know he's the anonymous one or at least that's what he thinks. Wait u ...more
Nov 26, 2013 Calatasde rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
WOW! This one was a very cute story.

Elena aka Lena is an army Doctor. She left her hometown for the army. In the same time after she left home,she received a lot letters. And this captured his heart. Returning home for holiday the letter man and Lena is going to meet on Christmas Morning.

Zack is so in love with his best friend's sister. He was in love in a long time snd he had to tell her how he feel.So he send her letters. Now she's home and he's so afraid that he could lose her forever.

Now he
Nov 20, 2013 Dee rated it it was ok
**Review Copy Provided by Publisher**

Ever since I read about Steven Spielberg’s War Letters, I’ve been fascinated by books, both romance novels and non-fiction that feature war letters. So when I saw this one in the list of ARC reviews, I was intrigued. Unfortunately, while the premise was good, the story just didn’t quite work for me. Novellas are hard for me because invariably I end up wanting more. In this instance, I felt like the author had a good idea – the secret admirer writing letters –
Teresa I.
Nov 19, 2015 Teresa I. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet quick read. I liked the characters. I even shed a few tears. What can I say? I'm a sap.
Nov 21, 2015 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Christmas day is always a magic day. But for Lena Rodriguez, a doctor and a soldier who has never had enough time for love, it may be even better. Because this Christmas she is going to meet her soul mate, the man who won her heart through some love letters she received during deployment. The only problem is that she has no idea whom he is! Can a love blossomed thanks to some beautiful, romantic letters become real? Yes. If that man happens to be the person you have wanted to be with since you w ...more
Lauren ♥ Inked in Chapters
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2.5 Stars

Zack Benson has been in love with Elena Rodriguez for… um… forever? He just hasn’t ever gotten up the balls to tell her and when he FINALLY decides to do it, she’s stepping onto a plan headed for Afghanistan. After graduating medical school, Lena joined the Army, and was on her way to her first deployment. I guess what they say is true, timing is everything. Zack gets this bright idea. He’ll send her one letter for each month of her tou
Nov 15, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-review
I’m a big fan of unrequited love and when I came across the synopsis to Bethany Strasser’s LETTERS FROM HOME, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review it.

Character development is difficult in a novella because you’re limited with what you can do and Stasser gives us strong characters. Lena is a doctor in the United States Army and likes to keep busy. She can come off a little too strong and at times I didn’t like her, but it’s easy to understand why she acts the way she does. Then we have Za
Anna Marie
Mar 04, 2015 Anna Marie rated it did not like it
There is nothing that makes me more stinkin' mad than an author who writes a book with 'LETTERS' in the title that contains *NO* letters. You LIED to me! Here I am, wanting to read the correspondence that makes the woman fall in love with this man, and there are sentence-long exerpts TWICE in this book... and that's it!

Worse, the author doesn't develop characters or relationships. We're thrown into this HUGE Mexican family with siblings and friends and people coming and going (who are never desc
Romantic Reads and Such
Dec 04, 2013 Romantic Reads and Such rated it really liked it
I’m a sucker for these stories of friends-to-lovers and this one was super sweet. There are so many complications that stem from moving yourself from an honorary member of the family to potential love interest and Zack has decided that his feelings for Lena make it worth the effort. I loved how he seduced her with anonymous letters but didn’t realize how effective it was until she came home. Now he has to battle not only her brotherly feelings for him but her romantic feelings for her mystery ma ...more
Shelley Chastagner
Jan 26, 2014 Shelley Chastagner rated it really liked it
This was a really fun quick read. I liked the taste we got of Lena's large Catholic, Hispanic family. Her over protective older brother Mike was great. The only thing that wasn't made clear was WHY it took Zach so freakin' long to tell Lena he wanted a relationship with her. They grew up together yada, yada, but really? The woman has gone through college, medical school and joined the military with a tour of duty under her belt. They even spent some of her time in the military working together a ...more
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
3 Stars

This was a cute (and quick) holiday read featuring a military heroine who receives mysterious love letters while overseas. I really liked both main characters and most of the side characters especially the heroine's family. I'm not dying to read more in the series, but I might if they go on sale someday.
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Nov 20, 2015 Mayas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I truly enjoy Elena and Zack story. It was light, romantic, and awe-inspiring. This is a must read holiday theme with a military theme as well.
Mar 07, 2017 Shaz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story of two people who have grown up together. Loved each other for years and finally admitting it to each other.
Dec 08, 2013 Sapphyria rated it it was amazing
Zachary Benson has a secret...He's in love with his best friend, Mike's sister, Elena (Lena) Rodriguez. Unfortunately, there's the "code" to adhere to plus she's a busy gal. Enlisting in the Army and becoming a doctor has consumed all of Lena's time. And then she gets deployed to Afghanistan, leaving Zack on the tarmac not even knowing he showed up to see her depart - and possible tell her how much he cares for her.

Elena is from a large family and likes to indicate that she joined the Army for s
Nov 19, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Book Soulmates

Elena (Lena) Rodriguez, an Army doctor, has been deployed for a year and is about to come home for the holidays. She has received an anonymous love letter every month, plus one for her birthday. Through these letters, the secret admirer has stolen her heart, and she’s anxious to finally meet him face to face on Christmas morning. Because of the small town gossip included in the letters, Lena is pretty sure the letter writer is someone that she already knows--she just c
Kathy Wideman
This was a great fast read. Lena is at home on leave for Christmas. She has been getting letters from an anonymous admirer for the past year. In the last letter he asked her to meet him at the gazebo in the park on Christmas morning. Zack tried his hardest to get to her the day she left for deployment however he arrived just in time to see her get on the plane. He thought by writing her the letters he could show her a different side to him but now that she is home he is realizing that she may ne ...more
Elena or Lena or Lanie (she is referred to all three ways) is a Doctor in the Army. Her older brother's best friend Zack has been in love with her forever but avoided her because of the bro code. He wanted to tell her before she deployed overseas but he missed her - so he decided to write to her anonymously instead.

Now, a year later, Lena is home for Christmas. She has fallen in love with her mysterious letter writer and he has suggested that they meet in the park on Christmas Eve.

Zack hears con
Amanda (Hootie) Clark

"Letters From Home" was a quick little romance reflecting the "best friends little sister" trope. It wasn't exceptionally deep but it was a light and sweet and heartwarming.

Zack and Elena have lived down the street from each other most of their lives with Zack being her brothers best friend. When she starts getting letters during her deployment she realizes she has a secret admirer waiting to meet her. Upon her arrival back home on leave though, Zack starts showing interest she only dared to dre
Nov 14, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, read-2013
Finally, a military romance that I actually found enjoyable! Letters From Home is the story of Elena, an army doctor who is home for the holidays. During the year she was in Afghanistan, she received a bunch of heartfelt, love letters from a secret admirer. If it’s possible to fall in love with someone through their words, Elena has done so. She has no idea that it’s her long time friend, Zack, who has been spilling his heart to her all this time. She does hope it’s him, since she realizes she’s ...more
Nov 10, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful story. It grabbed me from the prologue and didn't let go till the epilogue. It was a heartfelt story that will have you feeling even more grateful to your service men and women.

I loved the premise of this story, it was fantastic to see the hero making a big gesture in the form of simple letters to the woman he loves, even if she didn't know he felt that way. The fact that Zack, our hero took the time to send letters to a serving officer in Lena made my heart melt.

When Lena
Dec 31, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it
I loved the premise of this one--falling in love through a year's worth of love letters, one per month plus an extra one on Lena's birthday. Add to that the fact that the letters are written anonymously and that they're from her brother's best friend, and the delicious factor ratchets up a notch. Great plot!

I really liked both Lena and Zack--Zack especially is just so adorably romantic--but at times their stubbornness became a bit frustrating. His insistence on waiting until Christmas morning fo
Dec 01, 2015 Rifkee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zack is a coward man who never tells his girl that he likes. By the time he wants to tell her, it is too late because she goes far away from him for a year. The title is Letters from home that was written by Beth Rhodes. The dialogue of this story is so effective because there are many ideas that can teach you inside this story. For example, Zack is coward to tell Lena that he loves her. Zack is also honest with his love because he had been waiting for her for many years from her mission at Afgh ...more
Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog
4 star

The story has laughs, secrets, and heartbreak.

This is Lena and Zach’s story. When Lena left for her last tour Zach tried to make it to see her before she left but he missed her. He wants to tell her he loved her. So he put all those feelings into anonymous love letters to her while she was on tour. Now she is back in town and she believes she loves the letter writer. What happens when he makes his move without revealing the letter writer? Can he get her to love all sides of him not just t
Kristin (These Pretty Words)
Originally reviewed on These Pretty Words.

This little story is romantic novella perfection. From strong, independent yet emotionally reserved Lena – home on leave from the Army – to handsome, witty Zach with his never-ending crush on his best friend’s sister. Zach and his beautiful letters have won Lena’s heart, but she has no idea it was him writing those pretty words. As Zach vows to win the girl he’s loved for years, Lena is wondering about the man who captivated her with pen and paper while
 Reading In Pajamas
Dec 22, 2013 Reading In Pajamas rated it really liked it
Review: Letters from Home (Entangled Flirts) by Bethanne Strasser
Publication Date: November 25, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/Donna
Rated: 4 Stars
Blog post:

A lovely little story about love, longing and family. The story was well written and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see how things worked out for Zack and Elena. I liked them both immediately and also felt like I was a part of the family. The author built the romantic tension up nicely to a very s
Brittany Shivers
The characters invite you into their story.

Lena Rodriguez has heen receiving letters from an unknown writer from her hometown. Is it possible to fall in love with someone through their letters? One such letter invited Lena to meet him on Christmas morning.

Zack Benson is in love with his best friend's sister. When she enrolled in the service he wrote her of his true feelings but keep his identity secret.

Lena is home for Christmas. While she worries about meeting the mystery man she grows closer t
Jan 03, 2014 Radiant rated it liked it
Zack loves Lena from ever,but when he loses the opportunity to meet her when she goes to Iraq for military,he starts expressing his feeling in letters anonymously to her,he wants her to see him more as brothers friend.Lena is shocked that someone notices and knows about her as much she does and more ,and falls for the writer of letters,whom she will meet soon.When she arrives home,she is excited to meet the writer,but also sees Zack in different light.With her feelings confused and time less,wil ...more
Dec 21, 2013 Mandy rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
Y'all know I'm a sucker for a military romance. This little novella has veteran and an active duty characters. This one is a bit different in that Lena is the main character and an active duty Army doctor. Zack, her longtime family friend, has been out of the Army for a year or two and has decided that he has feelings for Lena. Like deep, we aren't just friends, but the I love you and I can't live without you feelings.

I really enjoyed this story. It is a perfect Christmas Eve day read.
Sandy Ross
Nov 17, 2015 Sandy Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great tale of love and hope. Lena is a girl home on leave for Christmas and the New Year. Zach has secretly loved his best friend's sister for years. He tried to catch her to tell her before she deployed but missed the plane. He has been writing her letters secretly on her deployment, and Lena has fallen in love with her mystery writer. Once, she comes home as she is around she starts to realize her feelings for Zach. What will she do on Christmas Day when she realizes that they are the same per ...more
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