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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,130 ratings  ·  525 reviews
With the colonies at war and his country divided, Hamilton Lightfoot must choose sides: Fight for the British Crown or for the Independence of America. But after witnessing the death of his family at the hands of redcoats, he fears he’ll fight for revenge instead of honor. On the verge of a great battle, he pens a letter to Esther, the woman he loves.

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Thomas Nelson (first published June 2018)
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Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Long lost love and redemption

The Love Letter is told in alternating timelines.

In the past:

Ester and Hamilton are childhood friends who fell in love. Their future appeared bright except for the fact that the Revolutionary War was being waged and people were asked to pick sides. Ester's father is a loyalist and will not hear of his daughter being in a relationship with Hamilton. Ester is put in the position of defying her father and choosing Hamilton or losing Hamilton to make her father happy.

DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Chloe never understood how one could simply fall out of love. Was it an open window, a trap door?

Hollywood is getting tired of me. I’m fifty-seven going on a hundred. I refuse to have plastic surgery and… I refuse to play one of those horny old cougars who makes a fool of herself by falling for some hot thirty-something who only has one thing on his mind.

My Review:

While the premise sounded interesting, I struggled to remain engaged with this book, it wasn’t my cup of tea. Written
Melissa Tagg
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!

I’m a big fan of split time novels…but quite often I end up loving one storyline a lot more than the other (and it’s almost always the historical plot I love and the contemporary one I’m not as into). But I can always count on Rachel Hauck to get me super invested in BOTH stories and I love that. And the way she ends up weaving both plots together in The Love Letter…ahhh, it’s so good!

Some of my favorite things about The Love Letter:

-Hamilton Lightfoot! I love that he’s a quie
3.5 star...loved the historical side of the time hop!

I really liked the historical side of the time hop, but I didn’t relate to the present day. The main character wanted marriage...a real one. I absolutely LOVE her idea of it...she understood that it was work. However, she also knew it would be worthwhile. However, the story of her parents union and the instant attraction part just fell flat for me. That’s really all I can say without spoilers. Don’t just take my word on this, tho, as I’m sure
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favoritereads
When I finally stop crying, I'll write my review.

For now, I'll allow the five stars and shelf choice speak to the fabulous-ness of "The Love Letter".


Okay, I'm ready, emotions under control!

"The Love Letter" is another powerful novel from one of my all-time favorite authors, Rachel Hauck. It's an epic love story that covers centuries and follows the lives of two couples:

Hamilton and Esther, during the Revolutionary War, and Jesse and Chloe, from the Hollywood of today. The
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I've read several Rachel Hauck novels and some I really enjoyed and others not as much. The Love Letter was very good!

In this time slip novel, readers spend time with Hamilton and Esther in South Carolina during the Civil War and Jesse and Chloe in present day Los Angeles. I was drawn in to both story lines and quickly turning pages looking for an HEA in both time periods. The common thread between the two time periods is a love letter between Hamilton and Esther.

A lovely novel.
Cara Putman
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet story and I loved how the storylines intertwined. The stories were artfully told. While both were enjoyable, I loved the twists and turns in the Revolutionary War story most. A read that will delight those who love a slip time story that ties disparate characters and arcs together.
Ashley Nikole
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
I tried so hard to get into this one, but I just couldn't seem to swing it. Though I did enjoy some moments between Esther and Hamilton and Chloe and Jesse--to me, the plot felt rather disjointed, going from current day to the War of Independence, switching mid-scene or mid-action. It left me staggering and thinking "what is going on?" at times.
All the Hollywood-isms got on my nerves. Seemingly every character had a soap opera name (I cannot remember when something as simple as character names g
There was so much to like about this split time novel that had past time in the Revolutionary War period and present in a Hollywood film making setting. I loved the involvement of the old letters and the history of the Revolutionary battle of Cowpens in South Carolina in the historical time line. I loved how genealogy played a role in the contemporary setting. Hauck did an excellent job of winding the two together with the actual happenings in the past connecting to Jesse's film in the present i ...more
Who doesn't like a good love story, or romance film? This was a story of both. The love story of Hamilton Lightfoot and Esther Longfellow in 1780's South Carolina, during the beginnings of South Carolina's involvement in the Revolutionary War. Their story brought to the Hollywood screen by Jesse Gates and Chloe Dashle in present day. But along the way, Jesse and Chloe also fall in love. Jesse writes the screenplay to Hamilton and Esther's story, not knowing that Chloe Dashle was going to play su ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Rachel Hauck writes complex plot lines and for a large portion of this book - despite the understanding the connection between the past & the present, I really didn’t get the feel for it. I actually feel like both would be fantastic stories in their own right. There were aspects that really bothered me about Jesse & Chloe. The insta-connection. The complete lack of ‘listening’ each time they had a very important and serious conversation. They say something about themselves. Then the other says s ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Chloe Daschle is pretty sure she is cursed. All the characters she has portrayed until then have died. She's ready for an upgrade; she wouldn't cry for a minor role if she just stays alive in the movie. When she reads a manuscript about the love story of Hamilton Lightfoot and Esther Longfellow, she's pretty sure this is her chance.

Hamilton Lightfoot is certain he is cursed. His loved ones have a propensity of being cruelly killed by Loyalist. At first, he is set against fighting for revolution
For some reason this is literally the first time I've ever done it (DNFed something officially) but... DNF. At least for now. Maybe forever. I just couldn't get into it. I didn't care about the story, I didn't care about the characters, and I was just...bored. And the romance? UHM. Too fast. Simply too fast. Not to be spoilerly or all negative, but personally the romance was repelling. The contemporary-MCs meet, spend some time together (dancing) at a wedding, decide to eat pizza that evening to ...more
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Rachel Hauck knows how to tell a story that tugs at the heartstrings, and The Love Letter is an interesting and enjoyable read. For the longest time, the dual storylines, separated by 240 years, seemed to have no connection, although I knew there would eventually be a link – and what a great one it was! Chloe and Jesse’s story is a contemporary one set in Hollywood, while that of Esther and Hamilton takes place during the Revolutionary War er
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a longtime admirer of Tinseltown celebrities, this is right up my alley. I enjoyed both the historical and current stories, and the ending made me smile, even though I saw it coming a mile away. Fans of Christian romance novels will definitely enjoy this.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5! Boy, was this book an attention-keeper!
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
4.5 stars

Buckle in - this is gonna be a long review! lol

Y’all. This book did not go at all the way I thought it would. And I’m giddy about that. Giddy at the power of story. Giddy at well-woven plot lines. Giddy at redemption and restoration and stories that don’t turn out the way we plan but are all the better for it.

From word one, I was captivated by Hamilton and Esther’s story. How could I not be? Star-crossed loves whose families are on opposite sides of the War for Independence, both hoping
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hauck's latest is a gorgeous melding of two timelines into an unforgettable story. She does an incredible job balancing the two and the pacing works perfectly. The historical tale drives the modern-day tale, and the way they intertwine builds tension throughout, yet is ultimately uplifting. What makes this story shine is that it isn't what readers will be expecting, but it will be what readers need. Themes of redemption, love, sacrifice and loyalty resonate throughout.

Chloe Daschle has made a na
Fiction Aficionado
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s hard to imagine two more contrasting settings than modern-day Hollywood and war-torn 1780s South Carolina, but they pair up exceptionally well in this latest dual-timeline story from Rachel Hauck. Even better, they explore some of my favourite questions about love: Is the idea of ‘one true love’ the stuff of fairy tales, or does it exist in our world? What is ‘true love’ anyway? And what does it take to find it?

Even betterer (don’t tell my children I just used that word!), although the hist
Karen R
Unrequited love, in the past and present, play out in a movie script on and off screen. A fledgling screenwriter finds his dream coming true when a studio picks his screenplay for their next movie based on a family heirloom: a letter dating back to the Revolutionary War.

"Fight in a time of war as the man you want to be in a time of peace."

This author is one of my favorites for dual timeline stories, pulling both periods together with creative plot twists, and a bit of divine help. The past stor
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a hard book to read for me.

It follows two couples: Chloe and Jesse are the contemporary couple and Hamilton and Esther are the couple from the 18th century. The narrative goes back and forth among these four characters (apart from one scene or chapter in Hamilton's mother's POV, which didn't need to be included).

For some reason, I really couldn't get into the historical narrative. Maybe because this is an historical period that doesn't interest me too much and therefore I didn't connec
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Remember me as Before. When my Deeds, if not my Words, proved my Heart."

Actress Chloe Daschle has finally gotten the opportunity to live . . . . . on screen, that is. Up until now, her best roles have been ones where Chloe's characters have met their demise, but playing the part of Esther Longfellow in "Bound by Love" will give her the opportunity to erase that stereotype, once and for all, won't it?

Writing a screenplay based on a curious love letter penned by his ancestor Hamilton Lightfoot,
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck is the most delightful Christian contemporary and historical novel that enthrals from the start. This is a book that is just crying out to be read. You do not want to miss it.
The reader is in for a real treat as the action alternates between 1780 and present day. There are pairs of star crossed lovers who fight their own personal battles against the backdrop of the War For Independence. We are all in a spiritual battle as the devil fights to distract us from God.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story!
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! Read it one day. Drew me in completely. Though I have to say I think I was more invested in the contemporary storyline than the historical, but by the end I came to appreciate both!
Anna (bibliophiles_bookstagram)
I absolutely loved Rachel Hauck's Once Upon a Prince series. I think it's because I'm a hopeless romantic who LOVES Hallmark Christmas movies. I was excited to read another book of Rachel Hauck's as I've only read the first three in the Once Upon a Prince series. Unfortunately, for me, this one fell pretty flat. I didn't love the writing, but I could get past it--there were just some cheesy lines that I read out loud and cringed (now, I'm reminding myself how much I love Hallmark movies so I sho ...more
Beth Erin
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review on Faithfully Bookish

Hauck treats readers to a delightful journey of faith and love with authentic, complex characters and cleverly entwined storylines. This book is an exceptional reading experience… emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually engaging and satisfying.

The Love Letter balances the stark hot and cold contrasts of tension and conflict with warm friendship, attraction, and budding faith. The characters are relatable and the story flows smoothly throughout the point of v
Janine Rosche
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel offers two powerful love stories for the price of one. Ms. Hauck is the queen of the time slip, entwining stories across generations so both historical and contemporary fans are pleased. The 18th century story has everything that a good separated-by-war story needs. And Hamilton Lightfoot is a hero for the ages. The 21st century story is set in a place not necessarily known for its long-lasting romance: Hollywood. Yet, this story is so refreshing and sweet, it will have you believing ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, historical
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rachel Hauck is becoming one of my favorite authors. I didn't quite get into her book "The Wedding Chapel" as much as I loved her "Royal Weddings" series so I wasn't quite sure what to make of this one. But I was not disappointed.

Hauck weaves a interesting tale set in both the War for Independence and modern day Hollywood. Normally I don't like novels with two storylines because it tends to confuse me but this one I found easy
Jul 31, 2018 marked it as dnf
I had a hard time getting into this one. I didn't like the modern day storyline. ...more
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New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.

A RITA finalist and winner of Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year, and Career Achievement Award, she writes vivid characters dealing with real life issues.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, was made into an original Hallmark movie.

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