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Dear Kate

(The Letters #1)

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Kate Beckett has always had a plan—get her professional life to the highest level, then focus on her personal life. She preferred things in a certain order and liked to check them off accordingly.

When her best friend loses her battle with cancer, Kate starts to wonder if maybe she's been living life all wrong. And, when letters from the dearly departed start to arrive, she
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Published June 2017
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Dear Kate by Elizabeth Lee is a sentimental, inspiring, and uplifting story of love, life, happiness and friendship. This is one of those special and rare stories that can relate to anyone not just romance fans. Life is about living it to the fullest and are you doing that? Am I? And so begins a dramatic and soulful journey of three best friends as they navigate what life has in store for them? To what new chapters they must embark on and w
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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It feels like it's been forever since I read an Elizabeth Lee book, so I was thrilled to learn she was releasing a new one. When I heard about Dear Kate, I knew I would have to read it and not just because I love Elizabeth's writing. The book sounded fantastic and like it would be right up my alley when I'm in the mood for a more emotional read. It should be no surprise at all that I really enjoyed it. 

I expected this book to be an emotional jour
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Post Mortem Stars

"Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion."
- Mr Truvy, Steel Magnolias

I love Elizabeth Lee. This is fact. I was so excited for her new book.'s a series! Happy Dancing in Texas!!!

Hope is the glue that holds her friends group together. She has a lovely husband and 2 cute kids. But this is not her story. This is the story of what happens after her death. Hope reaches out to her loved ones to make sure they are taken care of after she is no longer there t
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Dear Deacon, I hope this letter finds you well. As you may have heard – I’m dead.

For a split second she thought he might kiss the back of her hand – and she kind of wanted him to – but then she remembered what year it was.

Do you want me to kick his ass? … I will if you want. I’ve got some friends… I mean we’re all soccer dads and not really in prime fighting shape, but we could at least rough him up a little.

My Review:

Elizabeth Lee has mad skills and quickly pulled me into the s
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There isn't a single thing that I didn't love about this book. This is a touching story about the importance of friendship, love, and finding happiness within yourself. I loved that this wasn't just a love story. It explored so many other things that are important in life like friendship and self worth.
David Maher
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Kate was once part of a tightly knit group of four friends comprising of her, Willa, Vanessa and Hope. Tragically, with no thanks to the scourge of breast cancer, that group has been reduced to three.

Hope didn't just leave memories behind her though. She also left behind a husband to whom she entrusted their two adorable young children, and a box of letters. Knowing that she wasn't going to win her battle, Hope had written dozens of letters, not just ones to be read by her children on special oc
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dear Kate, my 1st read of Elizabeth Lee's is such a beautifully written story, (love her style.) a story about love, life, & finding happiness (some must needed balance) in your life. Kate Beckett and her 2 close friends Vanessa and Willa are dealing with an extreme huge loss of their best friend Hope (who was 32, who has left behind a husband & 2 young kids.) to breast cancer. My recommendation is be sure to have tissues handy. This is a very emotional read, I enjoy that, when an author ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kate, Willa and Vanessa’s best friend, Hope, died and she left letters behind for her best friends. Hope’s husband will give those letters when the time is right. Kate is the first person that Hope will help through her letters.

Kate is a lawyer and a workaholic, but she doesn’t mind it. She loves her job and always dreamed of being a partner in the company where she works. It has been a long time since Kate had a boyfriend and Hope wants to change that. Hope also wants Kate to enjoy life more.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What do you do when your best friends dies and leaves you letters telling you that she wants you to live a little?

That is what Kate has to handle after receiving her first letter from Hope, who has just passed away from breast cancer. Deacon, Hope's husband's best friend, also receives a letter. Together, they begin to help each other. And it's quite the experience to watch it happen! This story shows you what is important in life- friendship, family, love.

This story hit me from the beginning.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars - Review to Come!
Shannon Daniel
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dear Kate by Elizabeth Lee

Have you ever been so goal oriented you never realized you were missing out on the one true happiness in life, love? Our Kate is that person. She is striving for partner at one of Chicago's largest law firms and it's just within her grasp when she loses one of her best friends to cancer.

Hope fought as long as she could but the cancer finally took its toll. Once she found out how sick she was Hope sat down and penned letters to all of her friends, her husband, and her c
Rebecca Austin
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Kate Beckett is doing one of the hardest things she has ever had to do - give the eulogy for one of her best friends, Hope. But then Hope surprises her a month later when they read her will and discover that she has written letters for her making her question her life and loves.

Professionally Kate is a hard working lawyer who is finally being recognized for everything she has contributed but in her personal life she is lacking as she never has time for a man in her life.

When Hope introduces Kate
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘Dear Kate’ is the latest book by Elizabeth Lee and in it we get to know Kate as she comes to terms with the death of a friend and as she deals with the impact of this. I know that books are often described as emotional but this one really does tug at your heartstrings as you read. This was a 5 star read for me.

Being part of a such a close group of four friends Kate has had the support from each of them but when one of them is taken away by breast cancer the three left behind have to find a way
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first read the idea for this series I was hooked. There is just something about reading how different people deal with grief that holds a special place in my heart. I have, like so many others, have had my fair share in my life and each time it's different. For every person in my life it's different. Seeing my kid deal with it is different, and well eye opening. Kids are tiny superheroes sometimes.

What happens when your fierce foursome of friends is suddenly a tear filled threesome? That
Michelle Monroe
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
----- She let her eyes wander down the church pew to the faces of Willa and Vanessa—her two living best friends. For so many years there had been four of them. Four friends who did everything together. Four friends who shared secrets, dreams, and countless bottles of wine. They knew each others’ favorite things, and, even more, they knew who, what, and why someone or something pissed off the other. They were the kind of friends that most women wished for. The kind of friends that women were jeal ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy, romance
Three friends are forced to face life without their fourth best friend, Hope. Hope left behind a trove of letters with insights into the happiness of those she left behind. While the trio (Kate, Willa and Vanessa) desperately misses their fourth, the guidance she left behind in her letters is upending the lives they thought they wanted.

Kate is a career-focused lawyer who hasn't found someone in her quest to make partner at her law firm. She is so stuck in her routine she hasn't made time to exp
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kate Beckett and her two closest friends Vanessa and Willa have just lost their best friend Hope to breast cancer. Hope was the glue that cemented their incredible friendship together and she is greatly missed. Hope's husband Greyson and her two children are absolutely devastated by her death. Hope maybe gone but she assured she will not be forgotten. Before her death she wrote enormous amount of letters to her close friends and family asking them to honor her last wishes and requests.

Her first
Lora Lynn
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had been patiently waiting to get my hands on another Elizabeth Lee book and Dear Kate was definitely worth the wait! This story of loss and love is one that everyone can relate too. Hope loses her battle to cancer at the young age of 32 and now her three best friends must learn how to go on with out her. Little did they know Hope wasn't done being there for her girls and widowed husband. Through letters Hope left behind Kate is forced to take a look at her own life. Is she really living or ju ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an unexpected and beautifully crafted romance. How do you move on when you lose your best friend? Kate, Vanessa and Willa and facing that reality but their friend Hope, the queen of lists, doesn’t leave this earth without leaving something behind. Hope left a box of letters with instructions on when to deliver for her husband Greyson. Kate’s letters from Hope force her to really look at her well-ordered, career driven, no fun, life. Is this really the path she should be following? This is a ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy to be able to enjoy this first book in the Letters series, Dear Kate by Elizabeth Lee. It was also the first book I have read by Elizabeth Lee. It was simply beautiful. Heartwarming and moving, the story of four friends, facing the challenges of life including the loss of one of these friends. She tries to aid her friends through this difficult time of loss with letters addressed to each of them containing advice to help them move on and maneuver their way through. From the grave ...more
Carol Seymour
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy to be able to enjoy this first book in the Letters series, Dear Kate by Elizabeth Lee. It was also the first book I have read by Elizabeth Lee. It was simply beautiful. Heartwarming and moving, the story of four friends, facing the challenges of life including the loss of one of these friends. She tries to aid her friends through this difficult time of loss with letters addressed to each of them containing advice to help them move on and maneuver their way through. From the grave ...more
Danielle from Short and Sassy
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Kate looses her best friend, her life take a turn. It seems her friend, Hope left her letters, making her question her life and her choices.

Hope seems to know what everyone in her life may need once she is gone. She has always been the friend who knew it all and whom everyone turned to. Hope had always wanted to introduce Kate to Deacon (her husband's college friend). Crazy as it is, she sends Deacon a letter too. She knows Deacon is what Kate needs. The person to make her see there is mor
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dear Kate - The Letters # 1 by Elizabeth Lee 5 Stars

Dear Kate is one of those stories that grabbed me from the very beginning and wouldn't let me go until the epilogue. If only we could all have friends like Hope, Kate, Willa, and Vanessa. I laughed "I thought red hair was in now?...I think it lost its negative connotations when Ed Sheeran came along"; I cried "They were the kind of friends that most women wished for. The kind of friends that women were jealous of. And now there were three."; I
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!!

A beautiful story of love and loss and learning to let go.

Kate's best friend dies and in her will, she leaves a series of letters for her loved ones. In her letters to Kate, Hope provides encouragement and love in her words. She pushes Kate to live her life, to be open to possibilities. Hope also plays matchmaker from the grave.

This was a beautifully written story that has cross-genre appeal. I am admittedly a sap, so I should warn you to have your tissues ready. There was sad momen
Heather Brown
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the author in exchange for a review.

Elizabeth Lee is a new author to me, I saw a sign up for Dear Kate a few weeks ago and after reading the blurb I decided to add it to my TBR and hope to be chosen. I am happy I took a chance with this one. The story was well written and I enjoyed the characters. I look forward to reading more from Elizabeth soon!

Thank you for allowing me the chance to read and review.
Juliana Ignácio
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I read by Elizabeth Lee and I can say that I simply loved it!
The story is very well written and the characters are captivating, and I found myself rethinking my life, whether I'm really living it to the fullest, or just existing.
The decisions that Kate decides to make after receiving letters from her dearly friend are not easy, but in the end they are worth it to make her truly happy.
This is a beautiful story, I loved it!
Lori R
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Hope dies after a long battle with cancer she leaves behind a box of letters for her husband to mail at different times. Some of the letters are for her two children and some are for her three best friends. The impact Hope had on their lives continues even after she is gone. This is such a poignant and thought provoking book. It touched my heart on so many levels and brought me to tears at the end.
I received an advance copy of this book and I willingly chose to write an honest review.
Brynne Hounsell
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great start to what is going to be an emotional series about life-long friends that are pulled even further together due to the passing of Hope - these ladies literally lost their Hope but she can pull them together even after her passing. Kate is a lawyer continuously trying to move up and up while working 60+ hours and leaving no time for a social life. Deacon Yates has left the conventional corporate world to travel and work on the road. Can these two make their obvious chemistry work or will ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: elizabeth-lee, 2-read
[1.5 stars] book was just "meh". the plot was not bad, i think the problem lies in the execution. the connection between deacon & kate felt a little weak, like i cant feel "the pull" that links them together. and there isnt much details about the characters as well so dont really understand much about them either. i think its quite a disappointing book.
Barbara Abney
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a beautiful, emotional story! Makes you stop to think about your own life. We all need to stop and "smell the roses" from time to time and enjoy life. This story about Kate and Deacon was very well written with a gripping storyline. Held me throughout! It was sad, happy, emotional and sweet. Loved all the characters! Can't wait until the next book releases in this series!
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