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The Perfect Letter

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,939 ratings  ·  244 reviews
As the longtime host of ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Chris Harrison has learned a thing or two about romance. Now, in his debut novel, Chris draws on his unique insights and wisdom to explore the exhilarating experience of risking it all in the name of love.

"The truth was something Jake said they should keep, always, between the two of them . . . "

Leigh Merrill
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Dey Street Books (first published April 14th 2015)
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Sarah Becker
Yes, I read this. Yes, I have shame over this fact. But as a Bachelor mega-fan I obviously had to read Chris Harrison's book. It entertained me the whole way through just imagining him writing this.

I thought it was pretty terrible BUT I feel like I need to take it easy on the guy. By trade he is not a writer. (He is brilliant at his day job of Bachelor hosting... BRILLIANT!). But the book was... painful. Just cliches and cheesiness from start to finish. (Any dialogue with Chloe? SO BAD.) And I
J.M. Powers
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Perfect Letter deserves a perfect grade--A+. Chris Harrison has a lot of imagination and writing kudos beneath those good looks of his. I'm surprised he didn't follow the dream of publishing instead of hosting the Bachelor and Bachelorette. Then again, perhaps that's where he garnered so much about Leigh Merrill's, the heroine's, point of view.

I assumed The Perfect letter would somewhat revolve around the world of the shows Chris hosts, but I was wrong. The characters feel real, the mystery
Sep 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
You know how you can't turn away from a train wreck because you're kind of curious about what happened, and when you see it, it's even worse than you thought ? Yep, that.
C.E. Hart
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"For a decade shed been replaying the events of that night in her head over and over late at night, on the subway, at work, wondering what if?"

The Perfect Letter is a perfect blend of romance, heartache, escapism, suspense, and personal redemption.

Its no surprise to me that Chris Harrison, the host of The Bachelor and a multitude of spin-off shows, is a hopeless romantic. Its no surprise he knows how to captivate an audience. But a gifted writer? Who knew?

When Chris Harrison announced he had
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
I really wanted to like this book, b3cause I have a soft apot for Chris Harrison. But it was painful to get through. Slow, dialogue heavy, characters that were contrived and forced plotlines ranging from choowing between two fuys to regrets to random story about race horse doping and finally the cliched innocwnt man goes to prison. Ugh. This book is why Harrison us a game show host and not a writer. Terrible, a waste if Kindle space, and I sped-read the last 1/4 because I simply wanted it over. ...more
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-favorite
The most romantic book, defining the fact that your first love holds a special place in your heart. A fun cowboy romance, set in Texas just light and flirty enough to keep my attention. Talk about a classic romantic conflict, just as the dream man from her new life in New York proposes, the bad boy first love from high school emerges back into Leigh's life. What else would you expect from the host of The Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise other than romantic perfection?
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Curiosity got the best of me... had to see if Chris Harrison could actually write.
Jane Kriel
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
The blurb doesnt give away too much. So whats it actually about? The central character is the Harvard educated Leigh who is working in New York in publishing (I was half expecting Harrison to pick a Bachelor contestant job like spokesmodel, dog groomer, nurse or waitress). Anyway, Leigh returns to her hometown in Texas to deal with her past while she contemplates the recent marriage proposal from her New York boyfriend. Of course, she runs into her former love, Jake who has been out of the ...more
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Chris Harrison, the beloved longtime host of ABC's The Bachelor, explores the perils and rewards of risking everything for love in his first novel.

As the longtime host of ABC's hit shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Chris Harrison has witnessed the joys and heartbreak of men and women searching for everlasting love. A true romantic at heart, he believes that everyone deserves their own fairytale ending. Now, in his first work of fiction, Chris draws on his unique insights and wisdom in a
Madeline Nixon
Chris Harrison, I love you, but I did not love this. I loved the idea and the murder element to this book, but the execution was lacking. A lot of this felt very stilted and emotionally distant. I couldnt vibe with a lot of the characters for this reason. I wish a more experienced author had written this or Chris had written this once he had a little more writing experience. Good effort, not the best product. ...more
Kaitlin S. (stacked_shelf)
In the name of full disclosure, I picked up this book up because I was curious to see if Chris Harrison could actually write. I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, it was your classic chick lit, but that doesnt mean I didnt enjoy it! It was very predictable and as cheesy as a piece of sharp cheddar, but it was very well written and the story line kept me compelled. If you need a quick romantic read with a Nicholas Sparks flare, I would recommend this. ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I didnt expect to like this book as much as I did. I was riveted from the first moment I picked it up until its finished. It wasnt your basic typical romance story. It had twists and turns mystery and love and personal growth. There were so many nuggets in there that even helped me in my own life, Kernels of truth that you dont ever hear in normal every day life. But she didnt feel like you were learning you felt like you were there part of the action walking around with the characters
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly bought this book because I was curious to see how Chris Harrison of the Bachelor/Bachelorette world had stumbled into writing. I did have some trouble reading this because I kept reading in his voice as he writes just like he speaks. This made for a few weird sex scenes lol

Overall the story was well executed. I enjoyed the switch between past to present with storytelling from the letters. I loved the main character Leigh, and she really carried my interest throughout the novel
I was prepared to dislike The Perfect Letter but in a weekend I finished this story that in Chris's words is a cross between Sweet Home Alabama and one of my favorite movies The Notebook.

Leigh's past catches up to her when she returns home to Texas as a successful book editor from New York.

Chris does a great job of outlining an interesting story of a woman on the cusp of knowing who she is and what she wants out of life. A man she loves wants to get married, she isn't sure if it is what she
Lauren Magee
I always find it hard to rate romance novels. While they don't hold a candle to literature, I enjoy them as a guilty pleasure from time to time. I love The Bachelor and had to pick up the host's first novel, and full disclosure: I finished it in 2 days. For a romance novel, it's pretty good. The plot line was interesting, and it had a nice momentum. The details were fuzzy and stereotypical though. Girl born in the country is now a hot-shot book editor with the high rise apartment and rich ...more
Apr 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While Id expected little by way of plot originality from Harrison, I had hoped against all odds that he might be a decent writer, or have hired one. I wondered whether years of hearing identical-looking people spout identical-sounding platitudes at each other on camera might have instilled in Harrison a wariness of cliche. Nope. The Perfect Letter is 300 pages of cliches. It is a novel that includes dialogue like I promise Im real if you are, and phrases like they were free to pursue the path ...more
Katie Van Alyne
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-ve-won
I won this book in a first reads giveaway. I was a little worried that this book wasn't going to be good. I'm a big fan of the Bachelor and Chris Harrison, so I knew I would have to give him a shot. I'm always a little weary when someone that is famous writes a book, but I was pleasantly surprised in what Chris Harrison wrote. It wasn't anything like the Bachelor or about the Bachelor. It was a sweet romantic story about a young couple who share a dark secret. They are separated for ten years ...more
Ronda Wingo
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. Ish.

I really wanted to like this book. I've been a sucker for the Bachelor/Bachelorette for years, and think Chris Harrison seems like a genuinely nice guy. I was expecting the book to be Nicholas Sparks-esque, and to start with it was. The story was laid out quickly, and it was obvious from the get-go where it was all headed, which was fine. But I didn't totally love either of the main characters, and some of their decisions and actions were just plain stupid, over played and over
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a pleasant surprise. Half way through I thought the story was over, but it took some crazy twists and turns that kept me wondering what mess Leah was going to get herself into next and if she'd ever end up with the man she deserved.

I won't list spoilers, but the ending couldn't have been more satisfying... Still though, I sort-of hope there's a book 2 or at least online synopsis of where "they" went.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Perfect Letter is a sweet second chance romance with a touch of suspense that made this quite a pleasant escape from the stresses of my crazy life. I thoroughly enjoyed the mostly likeable characters, engaging story and the setting right here in the great state of Texas. This was an excellent debut by Harrison. I was a little skeptical about reading a romance written by a male author but I was pleasantly surprised. Well done Mr. Harrison!
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finally forced myself to finish this book. As I mentioned, I don't typically read romance novels but The Bachelor/Bachelorette is my guilty pleasure, and I thought I'd give Chris Harrison's book a try. Now I remember why I don't read romance novels - not my cup of tea. That doesn't mean someone else might not love this book. However, to me it is poorly written, repetitive, and makes some major jumps both in time and in logic.
Linda Nguyen
Oh, Chris Harrison. . . I adore you, and had so much hope for The Perfect Letter. After all, you're Chris frikin Harrison. Of all the people in the world who I thought could successfully pull off a love story, you're pretty high up there on the list. Alas, I was met with disappointment. I still love you as a host, but not quite sure if I would check out any of your future novels, if you continue to pursue writing anyway.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was your stereotypical chick lit romance, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. Harrison's writing started off a bit rocky, and had some questionable bits here and there, but for the most part he's a pretty decent writer. Though I did feel his plot was slightly similar to Nicholas Sparks' The Best of Me (which I didn't read, just saw the movie), I did appreciate Harrison's spin on it. I would recommend it!
Jay Gabler
Frankly, I admired Chris Harrisons decision to write a romance novel. Its nice to think he does something with his off-hours besides getting massages and drinking whiskey. I reviewed The Perfect Letter for The Tangential. ...more
Not my usual cup of tea, but as a big fan of The Bachelor I couldn't resist this enjoyable, if somewhat formulaic, romance. See my full review here.

A thrilling and romantic first novel from Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelor!! I enjoyed it very much, perhaps because my expectations weren't super high.
Loved the shoutout to Bachelor Nation in his acknowledgments. Overall, great job Chris, hope you write more.
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author is Chris Harrison, so I knew going in that it was going to be a cheesy love story....and it didn't fail me. Overall it was a cute, quick read, reminded me of Nicholas Sparks. It was predictable but I would read another one if he wrote another.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was like a 5th grader's fan fiction of Nicholas Spark's novels.
The Romance Evangelist
Not as bad as I'd feared but not as good as it could have been.

Full review at The Romance Evangelist.
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