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For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people's mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more--a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people's mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more--a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient. Thomas left his former life with no intention of ending up in Azure Springs, Iowa. He certainly didn't expect a happy ending after what he had done. All he wanted to do was run and never look back. In a moment of desperation, he began to write, never really expecting a reply. When Penny's undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter and yet she finds herself caring--perhaps too much--for the one who wrote it.


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For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people's mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more--a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people's mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more--a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient. Thomas left his former life with no intention of ending up in Azure Springs, Iowa. He certainly didn't expect a happy ending after what he had done. All he wanted to do was run and never look back. In a moment of desperation, he began to write, never really expecting a reply. When Penny's undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter and yet she finds herself caring--perhaps too much--for the one who wrote it.

30 review for Yours Truly, Thomas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book: “For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people's mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more--a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient. Thomas left his About this book: “For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people's mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more--a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient. Thomas left his former life with no intention of ending up in Azure Springs, Iowa. He certainly didn't expect a happy ending after what he had done. All he wanted to do was run and never look back. In a moment of desperation, he began to write, never really expecting a reply. When Penny's undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter and yet she finds herself caring--perhaps too much--for the one who wrote it.” Series: Connected to “The Hope of Azure Springs”. Spiritual Content- A couple Scriptures are read; Talks about God; ‘H’s are not capitalized when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of blessings; A few of churches & clergymen; A few mentions of sins; *Note: A few mentions of evil men. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘blasted’s; A mention of a curse (said, not written); Some eye rolling; A fire, smoke, & passing out (barely-above-not-detailed); Punching a man after he shared rude comments; Mentions of fires & death; Mentions of a hostage situation, guns being aimed/shot to threaten others, & a death; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, drunks, & saloons; Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of hitting a person; A few mentions of lies & lying; A couple mentions of gambling; A couple mentions of tobacco. Sexual Content- two fingers kisses, three hand kisses, a nose kiss, three cheek kisses, four forehead/head kisses, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, and two semi-detailed kisses; Touches, Embraces, Dancing, & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); Wanting to touch & dance; Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of saloon girls & men making comments about them; Mentions of romantic & mushy letters from lovers; Mentions of kisses & seeing a couple kiss; A few mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of having someone warm in bed with you on cold nights; A couple mentions of blushes; A mention of a wedding night; A mention of flirting; Love, falling in love, & the emotions; *Note: A couple mentions of being womanly & wearing a dress that fits each curve; A mention of animal husbandry. -Penny Ercanbeck, age 22 -Thomas Conner P.O.V. switches between them Set in 1883 309 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- Two Stars Early High School Teens- Three Stars Older High School Teens- Four Stars My personal Rating- Four Stars One word to describe this book: sweet. Three words to describe this book: sweet, sensitive, and caring. Rachel Fordham became an author to watch in my book after reading and truly enjoying her debut novel, “The Hope of Azure Springs”. While I’d say I still enjoyed that novel a bit more than “Yours Truly, Thomas”, this new novel was still a good read. Penny completely won me over within the beginning pages. Her caring and sensitive soul is something I relate to in more ways than one. I loved seeing those traits in a Christian Fiction book. Thomas was a good hero as well, but I don’t believe I connected with him as much as I did with Penny. I only have two things that I wasn’t the happiest with, though: How short this book is and that there were a few too many convenient parts that happened too quickly. It was still a sweet book and I enjoyed seeing some of the characters from Azure Springs again. Link to review: https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author. *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sundin

    With an intriguing concept, Yours Truly, Thomas delivers a sweet and appealing romance with a healthy dose of humor. Rachel Fordham‘s characters grapple with grief and guilt and becoming a new person, which adds depth and heart to this warm story. Pour yourself your favorite beverage and prepare to lose yourself in this delightful story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Reading for endorsement. ❤ July 2019 release date. “Reminiscent of Grace Livingston Hill’s enchanting novels filled with adorable heroines and sweet love stories, Yours Truly, Thomas is a pure and simple romance sure to delight readers.” —Dawn Crandall, award-winning author of The Everstone Chronicles series Reading for endorsement. ❤️ July 2019 release date. “Reminiscent of Grace Livingston Hill’s enchanting novels filled with adorable heroines and sweet love stories, Yours Truly, Thomas is a pure and simple romance sure to delight readers.” —Dawn Crandall, award-winning author of The Everstone Chronicles series

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I adore when a story brings to light a concept that I’ve never read about, or in this case, an entirely new thing to me. In this case, it's the Dead Letter Office. Penny works as a clerk in this office and opens other people’s mail when there is nowhere left for them to be delivered. One frequent letter writer, Thomas, has captured her attention, which eventually leads her on a quest for closure for him. Fordham’s second novel is a touch lighter than her debut; it is such a simple, enjoyable stor I adore when a story brings to light a concept that I’ve never read about, or in this case, an entirely new thing to me. In this case, it's the Dead Letter Office. Penny works as a clerk in this office and opens other people’s mail when there is nowhere left for them to be delivered. One frequent letter writer, Thomas, has captured her attention, which eventually leads her on a quest for closure for him. Fordham’s second novel is a touch lighter than her debut; it is such a simple, enjoyable story in which characters have to deal with more internal matters than external threats (though there is a bit of that as well). This isn’t to say that everything was easy or not fraught with strife in some parts, but the plot progresses with such a graceful ease that big, shocking moments are not needed. Does it make sense when I say that some stories suffer because the author throws in one too many wrenches in to the plot? Fordham doesn’t do that one bit. The story is completely and effortlessly satisfying Penny is perhaps a bit naïve of a character at first, but as the story progresses, some of her fancifulness gives way to a genuine hopefulness even in the face of disappointment. Thomas has already had his share of disappointment prior to the book’s start, so his journey is one of finding joy again and forgiving himself. Their meeting in the middle of these hard places is sweet and endearing. My favorite secondary characters are Honey the dog, who is always up to something, and Margaret, who owns the boardinghouse. I love the setting of Azure Springs – it’s neat to see characters from the first book again, and it’s just such a charming place (with a few notable exceptions, of course). I wouldn’t mind if Fordham set another book or two there. That said, there is nothing that happens in the first book that has much to do with the events in this story, those characters just make a couple of cameos. I did enjoy having read the first book already because I feel like I knew the town and was back for another visit. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher; I was not required to post a positive review, and the opinions expressed here are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Letter writing is pretty rare these days. I have fond memories of writing and receiving letters throughout my school days extending into college. There is something special about receiving a written letter. I can relate to Penny in that way. Penny works in the dead letter department in Washington DC. Who knew there was such a thing? She and others in her department read undelivered letters and try to find their intended destination. Rachel Fordham's sophomore novel is just as sweet as her debut. Letter writing is pretty rare these days. I have fond memories of writing and receiving letters throughout my school days extending into college. There is something special about receiving a written letter. I can relate to Penny in that way. Penny works in the dead letter department in Washington DC. Who knew there was such a thing? She and others in her department read undelivered letters and try to find their intended destination. Rachel Fordham's sophomore novel is just as sweet as her debut. It's a bit like eating a warm cinnamon roll. It just makes you feel satisfied. I enjoyed spending time in Azure Springs with Thomas and Penny and reading about the hijinks of her dog Honey. Yours Truly, Thomas is about having the courage to take risks and overcoming past mistakes. I loved both the prologue and epilogue. My gratitude to publisher Revell for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    Rachel Fordham's sophomore novel, Yours Truly, Thomas, is as delightful as her debut, The Hope of Azure Springs! From cover to interior formatting to the story itself, this historical fiction novel is a beautiful journey. Penny and Thomas are wonderfully realistic and charming characters. I must admit, I struggled to get into the story in the beginning, but a few chapters in and I was hooked. Penny is a bit naive, but I think that only adds to the attractiveness of her character. Thomas is runni Rachel Fordham's sophomore novel, Yours Truly, Thomas, is as delightful as her debut, The Hope of Azure Springs! From cover to interior formatting to the story itself, this historical fiction novel is a beautiful journey. Penny and Thomas are wonderfully realistic and charming characters. I must admit, I struggled to get into the story in the beginning, but a few chapters in and I was hooked. Penny is a bit naive, but I think that only adds to the attractiveness of her character. Thomas is running from his painful past, and is finally ready to put it behind him when he reaches the small town of Azure Springs. These characters are quite the opposites, which brings about an engaging story. Fordham's writing style is very simplistic and perhaps a bit unsophisticated, which is not usually my favorite style to read, but I think it lends a great deal of charm to the historical setting of her novels. And her descriptions are nonetheless beautiful and enjoyable. The small town of Azure Springs and its people that she has created (which is also featured prominently in her debut novel) is so darling and enchanting, I wish it were a real town I could visit. The supporting cast of characters from Margaret, Abraham, the twin girls, Dinah, and even Jeb and Eliza is unique and colorful, lending diversity to the story. There is a bit of a mystery thread to the story that had me very intrigued, and the action towards the end wrapped up the story well. I won't lie, I'm a sucker for a sweet romantic storyline, and while it was not the main feature, the romance was incredibly sweet, pure, and realistic. I think that romantic storylines may be Fordham's greatest strength. I also enjoyed the inside look into the United States Postal Service's Dead Letter Office. That is a subject that has always fascinated me, and in this historical setting, even more so. All in all, I highly enjoyed Yours Truly, Thomas and recommend it to all lovers of historical fiction and sweet romance. FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for promotional purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    A sweet story with a fun twist! Penny and Thomas don't meet until much later in the book than usual, which made me anxious for the story to get on with it. And then she doesn't tell him about her connection to him with the letters, which made me even more anxious for them to get on with it! I liked the small town of Azure Springs and the sense of community there, especially with the woman who runs the boardinghouse and helps the wanderers understand what they are searching for. I didn't feel muc A sweet story with a fun twist! Penny and Thomas don't meet until much later in the book than usual, which made me anxious for the story to get on with it. And then she doesn't tell him about her connection to him with the letters, which made me even more anxious for them to get on with it! I liked the small town of Azure Springs and the sense of community there, especially with the woman who runs the boardinghouse and helps the wanderers understand what they are searching for. I didn't feel much chemistry between Penny and Thomas, but I liked them both as individuals. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    The premise of this story was amazing: a dead letter office worker who feels pity for a man who’s running out west yet yearning for his love back home. As the story unfolds, there are many more juicy story bits that are creative, but it’d spoil it to tell you. The romance in this story was sweet and there really wasn’t any moment I felt it was inappropriate. Penny is definitely a romantic dreamer at heart, but she does get a taste of reality through the story. There were references to God and thin The premise of this story was amazing: a dead letter office worker who feels pity for a man who’s running out west yet yearning for his love back home. As the story unfolds, there are many more juicy story bits that are creative, but it’d spoil it to tell you. The romance in this story was sweet and there really wasn’t any moment I felt it was inappropriate. Penny is definitely a romantic dreamer at heart, but she does get a taste of reality through the story. There were references to God and things being ordered by Providence, but it seemed that the characters who “are changed now” were changed by circumstances and people, not God. Thomas mentioned reading the Bible and there was one verse shared (that I remember), but it wasn’t a super strong spiritual thread. The writer in me did not wholly enjoy this book. There were fantastic ideas, but I felt like the story was dialogue-driven and I wasn’t really allowed to *feel* the characters because they were always talking. But I do try not to let the writer in me shade my review rating too much. If someone just wants a sweet read with a twist of a mystery, they may enjoy this one. *I received this book from Revell reads and happily provided my honest review*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    It was so much fun revisiting Azure Springs again. I feel like the characters are friends that I could stop in and have a cup of tea and a piece of pie with. Can you remember the last time you wrote a letter ? I can't either though I do remember having a foreign pen pal as a teen. What fun that was. This book is about those unfortunate letters that can't be delivered for various reasons. They then end up at the dead letter office. Postmistress, Penny work at the dead letter office and she is a compa It was so much fun revisiting Azure Springs again. I feel like the characters are friends that I could stop in and have a cup of tea and a piece of pie with. Can you remember the last time you wrote a letter ? I can't either though I do remember having a foreign pen pal as a teen. What fun that was. This book is about those unfortunate letters that can't be delivered for various reasons. They then end up at the dead letter office. Postmistress, Penny work at the dead letter office and she is a compassionate soul and letters by a man, Thomas touch her heart. She makes it her mission to find the recipient of these letters, with unexpected results mind you. She also even meets, Thomas in quite the undignified way, let me tell you. Not in a bad way but it's quite funny. I loved Penny's dog, Honeysuckle aka Honey. Ah, that dog is always up to mischief. You'll love reading about his antics! As we find out Thomas's backstory we see he is a broken man unable to forgive himself, looking for a new start in Azure Springs. Compassion,forgiveness,understanding and a little mischief make this a very enjoyable story you'll want to revisit more than once. I know I will! Published July 2nd 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own. Check out this review and many more on my blog and please follow. https://cnnamongirl.wixsite.com/website

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC Disclosure: Revell Reads gave me a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts. The cover is what first drew my attention to this book. I was so intrigued by the barn and the letter that I really wanted to know more about this story. It didn’t take long to learn that the leading lady worked for the dead letter office, which completely reminded me of the movie and TV show called Signed, Sealed, Delivered, which also features a dead letter o FTC Disclosure: Revell Reads gave me a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts. The cover is what first drew my attention to this book. I was so intrigued by the barn and the letter that I really wanted to know more about this story. It didn’t take long to learn that the leading lady worked for the dead letter office, which completely reminded me of the movie and TV show called Signed, Sealed, Delivered, which also features a dead letter office. That aspect of this book hooked me in early on. Penny’s naïveté and passion for romantic love stories made me root for her right away. She was charming and delightful and easy to imagine. The love she had for her dog and for helping her fellow man were further proof that she was the perfect heroine for this tale. Though the setup was completely different, the way the dog brought people together somehow reminded me of the opening to the animated 101 Dalmatians movie. This story’s usage of a hairy pet was completely unique, yet the tone of the dog’s antics held a little something that was very reminiscent of that fun and entertaining film that I enjoyed many times through my childhood (and adulthood, truth be known). On the flipside, there were a few inconsistencies and inaccuracies that bothered me a bit. Probably just the editor in me noticing things. One example: A razor wouldn’t be slid “back and forth” on a man’s jaw, at least not to leave “smooth skin” behind. This was a little hard to imagine without flinching in pain at the nicks that apparently didn’t happen when he dragged the blade the wrong way over his skin. The thing that really irked me was how pushy and aggressive the townspeople were toward both leads at various times throughout the book. One-on-one, they were nice and friendly and welcoming (mostly). But put them in clusters or groups, and they came on awfully strong in a forceful, controlling manner. I could never really tell for sure whether this was simply because of the townsfolk or because of the overall tone slipping into a preachy or dictatorial sort of mode. I can’t really put my finger on it, and it didn’t happen a ton throughout, but it was enough to rub me the wrong way. This book is not being marketed as a sequel to The Hope of Azure Springs, but it really should be. I felt like I missed a lot and was lost a little in patches since I hadn’t read that other book, because there were a ton of references to Em and Eliza (and a couple of other characters I didn’t jot down names for), who apparently had much bigger roles in “book one” in this “series.” I felt like I should have already known these characters better before jumping into this book, but how was I supposed to know that without its being presented as a series? It does not read like a standalone novel to me because of the feeling that I’d missed several characters’ stories and was missing some key information because of that. It just seemed like so much would have been explained simply by there being a label on the book declaring it a book two. Then, I would at least know to back up and find book one to catch up with Em and Eliza and whoever else I’m forgetting at the moment. A couple of friends and I were buddy reading our copies of this one, which was great fun! One of them said in our chat, “I kinda almost loved it.” I have to agree. Many aspects of this story—the plot, the lightness to the telling, the dead letter office, Penny and Thomas, the twists and turns—charmed me, and I often found myself smiling or releasing a happy sigh. Yet, other times, I was frustrated and put off by the abrasive pushiness that crept into it somehow. I feel like if that aggressiveness were toned back a lot, that I would have loved this story to pieces and been able to award more than three stars. Overall, there’s potential here for a completely charming tale of hope and lost letters and redemption. While I haven’t found a new favorite author (that’s often tough for me to do, because my favorites have been claiming those spots for years now), I think Mrs. Fordham will find lots of devoted fans because of this book. I wish her the best in the next step in her writing journey.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    We are back in Azure Springs, Iowa and have visits with former characters from The Hope of Azure Springs, and it is beginning to feel like home! We first meet Penny when she is working in the Dead Letter Office, a different sounding job, and they are on the lookout for valuables to the delight of the Government, but she is drawn to a letter from a man she has yet to meet, Thomas. Thomas is running from his past, but fate has placed him in Azure Springs, and he seems to like it here, but danger doe We are back in Azure Springs, Iowa and have visits with former characters from The Hope of Azure Springs, and it is beginning to feel like home! We first meet Penny when she is working in the Dead Letter Office, a different sounding job, and they are on the lookout for valuables to the delight of the Government, but she is drawn to a letter from a man she has yet to meet, Thomas. Thomas is running from his past, but fate has placed him in Azure Springs, and he seems to like it here, but danger does lurk! Now fate enters with bold moves by Penny, and these two are places together, and you will have to see if a relationship can take place between these two. There are surprises here, and they keep unfolding right up to the end of this story, and you will be quickly immersed here. I for one would love to continue, and I thank the author for the epilogue! I received this book through LibraryThing, and was not required to give a positive review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    What a fun story! I think I'm pretty partial to any story that has letters at its heart. I know I've shared this in a couple different reviews but I grew up with the best pen pals in the world. My grandparents! I loved checking the mailbox everyday and receiving a letter from one of my grandparents. It was like I had won the lottery! I still feel that hope and excitement in me when special occasions come around and I'm checking the mailbox for the daily mail. Although, I will admit to feeling a What a fun story! I think I'm pretty partial to any story that has letters at its heart. I know I've shared this in a couple different reviews but I grew up with the best pen pals in the world. My grandparents! I loved checking the mailbox everyday and receiving a letter from one of my grandparents. It was like I had won the lottery! I still feel that hope and excitement in me when special occasions come around and I'm checking the mailbox for the daily mail. Although, I will admit to feeling a little disappointed when there's really not anything in the mail. I've thought about that often, how those feelings still linger even though all but one of my grandparents have passed away. And my living grandfather is over 90 and doesn't write letters. My maternal grandmother was a postmaster for many, many years. It was run out of a little room in her house. It was so much fun going to visit her and watching all the people in town come and stop by to get their mail, newspapers, penny candy or a variety of other reasons, and to just check in for the day with grandma. I think that's partially where I get my bubbly/make friends easy personality from, watching my grandma visiting and truly caring for those she interacted with daily. Did I mention she also had a gas pump out front of her house? It was a really cool old fashioned one! Oh, so many wonderful memories. My grandma and I wrote letters consistently throughout my life until she passed away. I cherish those letters. There's something so special and sweet about letters. For hundreds of years that was the only way to communicate and to share special happenings, sorrow, and everything under the sun. I think my personal connection with letter writing drew me closer and helped my connection with Penny in this sweet novel. With her job at the Dead Letter office, she opens and reads mail. She's reading about droll and random things as well as momentous and happy or sorrowful moments. When she stumbles upon a letter from Thomas, filled with sorrow and pain, she can't help but feel for him and wish to find where the letter should be sent on to. Penny has known her own sorrow and is striving to live life the best that she can whilst trying to be happy as well. It hasn't always been easy for her, but I loved her attitude. A few circumstances have Penny needing to make a decision. And that decision leads her to search out Thomas. I loved their first meeting...and each subsequent afterwards! I enjoyed this story and the sweet healing that comes for both Penny and Thomas. I loved the people in Azure Springs and want to go back and read the first book in this series. Yes, you can read this one as a stand alone. But I became curious about the back story for the characters and can't wait to return to Azure Springs at some point to be a part of their world again for a short time. There are secrets and sorrows throughout this book. But I loved the friendships and love that overcame and helped heal those secrets and sorrows. Best of all, I loved Penny's dog, Honeysuckle. Every time I read her name I couldn't help but take in a deep breath and think of the smell of the Honeysuckle flower (one of my all time favorite smells)! This dog is mischievous and full of life which had me laughing and giggling when another of her escapades was on the page. Overall a sweet read and one I would highly recommend. And if you're old enough like me, you might just have some remembrances of having letters coming to you in the mail from a pen pal...or you might relate with emails being sent back and forth...or maybe something else of its equivalent for this day and age. Content: Clean. Some moments of peril. Some talk about God but I think most readers who shy away from Christian fiction would enjoy this one and not feel overwhelmed by that aspect of the story. Some kisses but nothing further. I received a complimentary copy from the author. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham is an emotionally engaging Christian novel. I found myself deeply immersed into the characters' lives. What they felt and saw, I too felt and saw. A young woman works at a dead letter office. Letters that get lost or cannot find their destination are sent to the office. Penny reads the letters. Sometimes, she can feel a connection with the writer of the letters. One of these letter writers has deeply touched Penny. It comes to a time, when Penny decides to g Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham is an emotionally engaging Christian novel. I found myself deeply immersed into the characters' lives. What they felt and saw, I too felt and saw. A young woman works at a dead letter office. Letters that get lost or cannot find their destination are sent to the office. Penny reads the letters. Sometimes, she can feel a connection with the writer of the letters. One of these letter writers has deeply touched Penny. It comes to a time, when Penny decides to go looking for the mystery writer and help him. Or help his lover find his letters. But what Penny finds is more than she bargained for. Romance, mystery, and danger are bound in this book. Every page was just as exciting the one before it. I could not stop reading this novel. I was hooked. Yours Truly, Thomas is one of those reads that sinks its teeth into your skin and never lets go.  I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    Yours Truly, Thomas is a sweet historical romance. It is about a young woman who works at the dead mail center in Washinfton DC. She is a bit of a romantic and fell in love with the author of a letter she read. She goes in pursuit of the author. This is a cute book if you are in the mood for a light romantic read. 3.5 stars *I was give a copy of this book by the publisher. This is my honest opinion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    This book was so sweet. It made me smile, laugh, and I connected with everything in this book so quickly. I did not read The Hope of Azure Springs, before reading this but I still understood everything that was going on. I connected with the characters, plot, and story line quite well. Thomas and Penny were such realistic and charming characters. I fell in love with Penny's character in just a few short pages. Her personality is one that I could easily be friends with. We would be quick the drea This book was so sweet. It made me smile, laugh, and I connected with everything in this book so quickly. I did not read The Hope of Azure Springs, before reading this but I still understood everything that was going on. I connected with the characters, plot, and story line quite well. Thomas and Penny were such realistic and charming characters. I fell in love with Penny's character in just a few short pages. Her personality is one that I could easily be friends with. We would be quick the dreaming duo. Thomas, sweet Thomas. I also fell for his character quite quickly. His character development throughout this book had me smiling. Ms. Fordham's writing style was beautiful and something that I look forward to reading more of. Her writing makes everything and everyone come to life. It makes you feel like you are in the story living it out. It was easy to picture myself traveling with Penny from DC to Azure Springs. It was easy for me to imagine going through everything Penny and Thomas went through in this book. The plot of this book was a lot of fun. It was of course historical fiction, romance, but it also had a bit of suspense of mystery sprinkled in there. This book had my heart thumping in anticipation at what would happen next. It was quite a journey. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I will most definitely be checking out The Hope of Azure Springs and any other books this author publishes in the future! *FTC: I received this book from the publisher through Interviews and Reviews in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Rachel has outdone herself on this one!! She has you hooked from page 1! I'm really gonna have to say that I didn't want to come back to the present. I wanted to stay!! I didn't want to leave Penny, Thomas, Margaret and Honeysuckle. I have to admit though that dog made me laugh until I cried! Silly dog!! I do feel sorry for people like Penny's mother who is so very short sighted to see the wonderful daughter she has. Plus other wonderful things life has to offer. Love is special. Love can be found i Rachel has outdone herself on this one!! She has you hooked from page 1! I'm really gonna have to say that I didn't want to come back to the present. I wanted to stay!! I didn't want to leave Penny, Thomas, Margaret and Honeysuckle. I have to admit though that dog made me laugh until I cried! Silly dog!! I do feel sorry for people like Penny's mother who is so very short sighted to see the wonderful daughter she has. Plus other wonderful things life has to offer. Love is special. Love can be found in the most unusual places. Love can come softly or hit you full in the face so that you didn't know what hit you. Forgiveness is important too. Forgiveness is more for yourself so that you can live in peace knowing that you did all you could do. If you don't it can eat you up from the inside out. The other person walks away and doesn't think twice!! I definitely learned this the hard way. I couldn't forgive my father until two years ago. I got tired of it eating me up on the inside and out. My father was a horrible man. I'm not sure what he really done but other ppl has told me and his words were hateful towards me. So in a way he reminds me of Penny's mother. I love the town of Azure Springs and it's people especially Margaret!! Margaret cracked me up. Margaret should be a councilor if she was a real person. I feel like she wouldn't make fun or tell other people's secrets. She'd be a fun lady to get to know. I hope her story gets told! I received this book from the publisher. No communication was received. All opinions are my own

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    Yours Truly, Thomas is a sweet romance. It is about a young woman who works at the dead mail center in Washinfton DC. She is a bit of a romantic and fell in love with the author of a letter she read. She goes in pursuit of the author. This is a cute book if you are in the mood for a light romantic read. 3.5 stars *I was give a copy of this book by the publisher. This is my honest opinion.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Becky Fleming

    First thing I love about this book - the theme of the forgotten art of writing letters, handwritten letters. There is such power in the written word and when someone takes the time to hand write a note or a letter it adds intimacy and shows such love. The beauty of the handwritten love letter is the recipient can keep that letter and reread those words of love again and again. What a treasure! Secondly - I love the pure sweetness of this story. Penny is just so lovable - she longs for adventure a First thing I love about this book - the theme of the forgotten art of writing letters, handwritten letters. There is such power in the written word and when someone takes the time to hand write a note or a letter it adds intimacy and shows such love. The beauty of the handwritten love letter is the recipient can keep that letter and reread those words of love again and again. What a treasure! Secondly - I love the pure sweetness of this story. Penny is just so lovable - she longs for adventure and romance and is not willing to settle in life and yet is willing to self-sacrifice for those she loves. And Thomas’s story is so familiar and relatable- learning how to live with regrets and how to forgive yourself. Third thing I love about this book - it made me laugh! Yes, it has tender sweet romance and danger and mystery and adventure, but it was also funny! I loved the dog - Honeysuckle, also known as Honey. Everybody needs a Honey in their life for companionship, loyalty, and comedic relief!!! This book has all the”feels”. It will really warm your heart. And as you finish the last page and close the book, you’ll lean back with a sigh and a happy, contented smile. I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mayda

    It is 1883. Suffering a reversal of fortune after her father’s death, Penny now works in the Dead Letter Office in Washington, D. C. Her mother is bitter, longing for the old days when they were part of the society scene. Penny is captivated by letters from someone called Thomas writing to Clara, letters that all end up in the Dead Letter Office. She decides that she must reunite these two people, whose love has been interrupted by something unknown to her. Thus begins Penny’s journey to Azure S It is 1883. Suffering a reversal of fortune after her father’s death, Penny now works in the Dead Letter Office in Washington, D. C. Her mother is bitter, longing for the old days when they were part of the society scene. Penny is captivated by letters from someone called Thomas writing to Clara, letters that all end up in the Dead Letter Office. She decides that she must reunite these two people, whose love has been interrupted by something unknown to her. Thus begins Penny’s journey to Azure Springs, to find Thomas, and perhaps find a new direction in her own life. There is a bit of mystery in the tale, as well as some intrigue and adventure. There are strong themes of redemption and hope, and also of forgiveness and friendship. The characters are well developed, and the story is well plotted. The author does a very good job of describing the plight of a young working girl finding her way after suffering a loss as well illustrating the sorrow a young man brings on himself through his own selfish actions. Well written, this novel has much to commend it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becca-Rae Weidel

    Rachel Fordham has done it again! As soon as I read her debut novel The Hope of Azure Springs, I was an instant fan, and have been anxiously waiting for the arrival of this one. Although it's a standalone, it also takes place in Azure Springs, and so we are visited by some of our favorite (and not so favorite) characters from her debut.  I was quite excited to see the Margaret (who runs the boardinghouse), return for this novel. She's like the town "aunt." She's caring and compassionate--but will Rachel Fordham has done it again! As soon as I read her debut novel The Hope of Azure Springs, I was an instant fan, and have been anxiously waiting for the arrival of this one. Although it's a standalone, it also takes place in Azure Springs, and so we are visited by some of our favorite (and not so favorite) characters from her debut.  I was quite excited to see the Margaret (who runs the boardinghouse), return for this novel. She's like the town "aunt." She's caring and compassionate--but will also straighten you out and tell it like it is. She's both tough as nails and a soft shoulder to cry on. You also can't forget her witty sense of humor. She's the perfect blend of what people need to get through the tough stuff in life. I hope if Rachel pens another novel in Azure Springs, that we will get to see more of Margaret. The world needs more Margarets. It's quite sad really how lost of an art letter writing has become. In today's world we take for granted what it took 100 years ago for a person to be able to send a letter or communicate in any way with another loved one. Today we have cell phones, social media, TV and more that are able to connect us with loved ones even when they are across the globe. This novel takes place in 1883. People couldn't just pick up a phone and call their mom or dad three states over. They couldn't just jump in a car and drive to Grandma's. In many ways letter writing was the only form of communication they had and so it was greatly cherished. Yet even with all of the technology we have today--doesn't it still feel good to receive a letter in the mail? I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I received a letter just because. However I do remember as a young child getting very excited when I would receive a letter in the mail from my Grandma when she was in Florida for the winter. I also remember sending and receiving letters from friends I'd made at summer camp over the years. There is something about letters that touches our hearts and makes us feel special--no matter what year it is. Thomas and his letter-writing? Whew.. ladies! Men should read this book and take notes! Thomas was such a wonderful character and I can see why Penny found herself swooning over him. I appreciated that he wasn't created as a perfect, flawless man--but a man with a past of his own and  desire to learn from his mistakes. He's a character you won't quickly forget! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend to historical fiction and romance fans. Once again I find myself impatiently waiting for the author's next release. *I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    I wanted to like this book so badly. It's about the Dead Letter Office (So, kind of a Signed, Sealed, Delivered like book), it's got a great premise, and the MC seemed to be really sweet. Just a note though, this is marketed as a standalone, but it very connected to her first book. So, I was pretty lost with a few characters that I was supposed to know but didn't since I didn't read her first book. The first thing that really got me was the writing style. I typically can stand whatever, but this I wanted to like this book so badly. It's about the Dead Letter Office (So, kind of a Signed, Sealed, Delivered like book), it's got a great premise, and the MC seemed to be really sweet. Just a note though, this is marketed as a standalone, but it very connected to her first book. So, I was pretty lost with a few characters that I was supposed to know but didn't since I didn't read her first book. The first thing that really got me was the writing style. I typically can stand whatever, but this style bothered me a bit. I mean, we had a dialogue where two characters were describing something that was right in front of them. Like, no one talks like that. There was a lot of people comparing themselves to objects (e.g. (Loose quote) "I feel like that tree, burned and gnarled.) One of my least favorite things. It also skipped over a lot of really important scenes, only to tell about them in letters later. So... we didn't really get to "see" a lot of the cool stuff. Past that it was just a lot of little things that bothered me. Like Penny running away (I hate characters running), and one very veiled reference to sex (was it super vague and easy to miss? Yes. Was it necessary in the story? No.), most of the characters felt pretty cliche (The MC's being the only people with a lot of depth), and she complimented her own book: "If I did (tell you Em's story), it would be a novel no one could put down." Em's is the MC from her other book. I hate it when authors do that. I wanted to like this book. I really did, but I just didn't end up finding anything I really loved. The only thing I ended up liking was the strong roll letters played in it, and the fact that Penny had a great opportunity to lie, but did the hard things and told the truth (Can we have more MC's that do this? It was incredible) Overall, this was a very clean book, with a Christian base.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    Yours Truly, Thomas is a sweet historical romance about finding love through second chances and overcoming the past. Penny Ercanbeck works at the Dead Letter Office, and is drawn to the tales she finds in the penned letters. But one, written by a Thomas to his lost love, particularly tugs on her heart. She is determined to help Thomas reconnect to his sweetheart. When the opportunity arises for Penny to track Thomas down and return to him his lost letter, she jumps at the chance and journeys to A Yours Truly, Thomas is a sweet historical romance about finding love through second chances and overcoming the past. Penny Ercanbeck works at the Dead Letter Office, and is drawn to the tales she finds in the penned letters. But one, written by a Thomas to his lost love, particularly tugs on her heart. She is determined to help Thomas reconnect to his sweetheart. When the opportunity arises for Penny to track Thomas down and return to him his lost letter, she jumps at the chance and journeys to Azure Springs. There, she finds more than she could have expected, as well as the chance to finally find freedom and maybe even a home. Penny is a total romantic and dreamer, so it comes at no surprise that she connects so quickly to Thomas via his letters. Penny has no intentions, though, to fall in love with Thomas, but even as she first meets him (though she doesn’t yet know that it was him) and later reconnects with him, she can’t deny the connection she feels to him and his loss. It took me until the section where Thomas and Penny meet and start interacting face-to-face to really fall in love with this story. Fordham has such a wonderful way of writing their interactions - part humorous, part deeply touching, and part simple, glorious romance. This is not just a romance, though that forms the majority of the story. There is intrigue and a touch of suspense as Penny and Thomas must face down the ghosts of the past before they can move ahead with their future. Honey is a wonderfull, doggy addition to the story. There are also a few guest appearances of characters readers will remember from Azure Springs, and boardinghouse keeper, Margaret, has some fun with matchmaking. Yours Truly, Thomas is an enjoyable and deliciously romantic historical romance story. The power of the two main characters and their undeniable connection breathes life into the story. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    Gentle and sweet, this prairie romance put me in mind of Janette Oke's novels. It's the kind that can renew one's faith in humanity--that though there is evil in the world, there is good too. Though there is hurt, there is also healing. I loved learning about the Dead Letter Office in Washington DC and the clerks who did their best to get illegible and wrongly addressed letters to their intended recipients. Penny's fascination with letters was a good reminder of how encouraging and how potent the Gentle and sweet, this prairie romance put me in mind of Janette Oke's novels. It's the kind that can renew one's faith in humanity--that though there is evil in the world, there is good too. Though there is hurt, there is also healing. I loved learning about the Dead Letter Office in Washington DC and the clerks who did their best to get illegible and wrongly addressed letters to their intended recipients. Penny's fascination with letters was a good reminder of how encouraging and how potent the written word can be--deeply personal, yet written to be shared. It's a sweet, enjoyable romance.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I found this book because it had a DLO (Dead Letter Office). I'm a huge fan of Signed Sealed Delivered on Hallmark which has given me a love of all things mail. This book did not disappoint! I thought I had a pretty good idea of how the story would go from the back cover and I'm happy to say I was totally wrong and there were many delightful surprises along the way. I loved the story, the romance, the humor, and most of all the Christian faith filled nuggets of wisdom tucked throughout the book. I found this book because it had a DLO (Dead Letter Office). I'm a huge fan of Signed Sealed Delivered on Hallmark which has given me a love of all things mail. This book did not disappoint! I thought I had a pretty good idea of how the story would go from the back cover and I'm happy to say I was totally wrong and there were many delightful surprises along the way. I loved the story, the romance, the humor, and most of all the Christian faith filled nuggets of wisdom tucked throughout the book. One of my favorites "I think God knows we need reminders from time to time. He wraps up a little blessing in a sound or a smell. A testament of his love. That smell, that memory is a gift for just you." Read this book! You'll love it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dee/ bookworm

    Not your average love story but that is what draws you to it. The mystery, the wanting the two characters to meet. The very unforgettable and not your average meeting. This novel is endearing and so normal! It was an epic fail that was completely adorable. I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)

    GUYS! THIS BOOK IS ABOUT THE DEAD LETTER OFFICE!!!! I REPEAT. THE. DEAD. LETTER. OFFICE. *insert ALL of the heart eyes* Last year my mama, sister, and I found the TV series "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" that Hallmark produces, and ever since I've been obsessed with the DLO. When I found out Rachel was doing a story based around it I might've totally screamed. I just love how her heroes are always sweet & gentle! They have the biggest shift of perspective and mind-set throughout the story. Her her GUYS! THIS BOOK IS ABOUT THE DEAD LETTER OFFICE!!!! I REPEAT. THE. DEAD. LETTER. OFFICE. *insert ALL of the heart eyes* Last year my mama, sister, and I found the TV series "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" that Hallmark produces, and ever since I've been obsessed with the DLO. When I found out Rachel was doing a story based around it I might've totally screamed. I just love how her heroes are always sweet & gentle! They have the biggest shift of perspective and mind-set throughout the story. Her heroines are normally a little naive & self conscious. They have the biggest shift of self love and assurance. Each character grows throughout the story, normally because and with each other. These characters were no different, and I loved them. Penny & Thomas had less than graceful falls from society, they felt that hiding was the proper response. But through fate and letters they found that hiding isn't all it's cracked up to be. Together they learned to live life fully. I really enjoyed the addition of the dog in the story! Honeysuckle was a hoot, but she was the perfect companion when she was needed. I JUST WANT SOMEONE TO WRITE ME A LOVE LETTER! Okay, that is all. 😍😭😍😭 Though not a series, we do get to back to Azure Springs in this adorable story, and I am SUPER excited about it! I've loved Azure Springs and the people there since "The Hope of Azure Springs", that came out last summer. Stories are a HUGE aspect to Rachel's books. I love seeing how includes her love of stories into her writing. Rachel writes the sweetest, most wholesome stories chock full of hope and healing! I look forward to see what story this author releases next. 4/5 stars! *I received this book from the author**All opinions are my own*

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

    Original Review, June 30th, 2019: Reserving rating for the time being. I just don't feel right about it until either this book gets a few more reviews or I've cooled down enough to give the rating I feel a great author/writer like this deserves. :P Which sounds dumb, but there 'tis. This was one of my most highly anticipated reads for the year, which is perhaps why I expected so much of it. So it's not fair for a book to take on my expectations + my pet peeves + my snarkyness all at once! It's jus Original Review, June 30th, 2019: Reserving rating for the time being. I just don't feel right about it until either this book gets a few more reviews or I've cooled down enough to give the rating I feel a great author/writer like this deserves. :P Which sounds dumb, but there 'tis. This was one of my most highly anticipated reads for the year, which is perhaps why I expected so much of it. So it's not fair for a book to take on my expectations + my pet peeves + my snarkyness all at once! It's just not fair. If you really, really loved this book, I would highly recommend you skipping this review, because I'm not going to be all positive because I didn't love it. I ended the book angry, thinking it had gone from 4 stars to 2 stars in 50 pages. Let's start with the bad things: -I started out really hating the people in this book I thought I would like most - the Azure Spring crowd. I don't know why, but at the start of this book, the people who had once charmed me drove me mad. They were too sugar-sweet, too perfect, and too up in everyone else's business. I get small towns - they're charming and fun. But leave Thomas be! Just let him be miserable. None of your beeswax! They did grow back on me (that sounds ... interesting) by the end, but still. Annoying beginning. Margaret was especially annoying me. -At the beginning, there's a scene where Thomas has to knock a guy out. But then we act like ... that shouldn't have happened? Don't get me wrong - I'm all for reserving anger when possible. But that was a, "No, you definitely need to knock that guy out" circumstance. Sorry, but it was. -Penny takes her job WAY too seriously! And this is just a me perspective, as my mom (yes, I got frustrated enough to bring this up to my mom) agrees that, perhaps, in that era, letters were important enough that it was a job that needed done. But ... still. STILL. I love how Penny's forgettable best friend was like, "Wow, I don't even see the people behind the letters anymore. I'm not nearly as good a person as you are." Like ...?????? These are letters, not war victims, y'all. -One does not simply become an author. Sorry. No. It's hard. It takes perseverance and passion. It requires more than, "Well, I said I am so now I am." xP -Penny is living in a romantic paradise. Also, Thomas writes letters too well for the man he is. xD Okay, but like ... that whole element felt underplayed. Is the author saying that we ought to be more romantic? Or that Penny over-romanticized her life and this was a bad thing? If so, then there was no real consequences for her over-romanticizing EVERYTHING. I wanted her to get into big trouble so bad, but she didn't. UGH PENNY GROW SOME REALITY GLASSES AND TAKE A PEAK AT THE WORLD. There was a bit of a nod to reality and all, but it was cheapened by the fact that the conclusion was super easy. Like ... I cannot believe how easily this book resolved. It killed me inside. It was so idealistic and sickly sweet. Which brings me to ... My Biggest Problems: -THE CLIMAX. Ugggghhh. I was already spoiled for the book by the time I reached this point (more on that when I talk about my biggest of all problem), so maybe that made me more critical ... but still. Basically, (view spoiler)[the climax with Jeb, Eliza, Clara's father, Thomas, and the gang was HORRID! Over-dramatic, too easily solved, and eyeroll-worthy. HOW??? How is it SO bad when we know the author is capable of SO much more?? It was just ... ugh. Every moment I was blinking and winking my eyes, unable to believe this was what was really happening. (hide spoiler)] Another minor detail about the climax: (view spoiler)[PUT CLARA'S FRICKEN FATHER IN JAIL. PUT. HIM. IN. JAIL. GRIEF IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO ACT OUT IN HORRID, LIFE-RUINING WAYS. Let's scream it for the kids in the back: GRIEF IS NOt AN EXCUSE TO ACT OUT IN HORRID, LIFE-RUINING WAYS. Even discounting the fact that Clara's death was SO not Thomas's fault that it's not even funny how dumb it is that even Thomas himself thought it was, her father is a LUNATIC. PUT HIM IN A MENTAL ASYLUM. THROW AWAY THE KEY. I kid you not. This man BURNT DOWN A MAN'S BARN, ALMOST KILLING THE MAN'S HORSE, HIS GIRLFRIEND'S DOG, HIS GIRLFRIEND, AND THE MAN HIMSELF!!!!!! That is psychopath behavior, y'all. IT IS. IT ISSSSS!!!! And no grief, nothing short of mental instability, which would require serious help to overcome, can excuse that behavior. (hide spoiler)] No spoilers here, but let's have a quick talk about forgiveness vs. enabling. Forgiving someone is something you should do for your own mental sanity, because God said so (most important in the middle), and because you need forgiveness, too, for a bajillion other things. Now, enabling is when you allow people to do some psycho and get away with it and omit punishments because ... why? (view spoiler)[Your thoughts weren't pure? Because you have money to rebuild a barn anyway? What if you hadn't had money to rebuild the barn/didn't have an alternate money-making scheme??? Would you have let him go so easily then? Also, PUT HIM IN JAIL, LET HIM ROT, UGGGGHH!!! (hide spoiler)] THERE IS LITERALLY NO REASON FOR THIS MADNESS. But now I have my biggest problem ... this is a spoiler(ish), but I can state the basics: the author many times cheated us out of emotional, important scenes but relaying them via letter. Now I get doing that with some of the Thomas stuff. But when your CLIMACTIC, RELATIONSHIP-RESOLVING, ALL-IMPORTANT, WHOLE BOOK IS BUILDING UP TO THIS MOMENT scene is relayed by LETTER, you have a problem. Because the rest of the book, the rest of the character development, the rest of everything feels wrong. It feels cheap. It feels like I missed a chapter. And I as a reader feel wronged, unimportant, like a friend shoved into a closet and not truly allowed into the characters' relationship, life, etc. There are some things letters can't and shouldn't do, and portraying that scene was one of them. More details: (view spoiler)[In this particular scene, as I said, the author had been building up and building up to this all-important, deal-breaking scene where Penny and Thomas discuss their pasts, their secrets, and basically EVERYTHING. Their relationship rides on this scene. The book rides on this scene. And how do we get it? Via a letter Penny writes to Dinah, a friend of hers, about the conversation she had with Thomas. HOW IN THE WORLD, HOW IN THE UNIVERSE, HOW IN REALMS REAL AND SPIRITUAL DID THIS HAPPEN? I'm telling you, this conversation was the one who whole book was leading up to. For their relationship, it was the do or die, make or break scene. And WE DIDN'T GET TO SEE IT! I was so furious I almost threw the book across the room and screamed. HOW???? I don't blame the author for now seeing what a horrid mistake this was. She knows the characters. The scene already played out in her head. But how did editors miss this? HOW??? As I'm writing this, I am again angered. Oh, the emotional cheat! Yes, I know letters are important in this story, but they're given too much screen time if they steal emotions, steal reality, steal awesomeness from the story. Also, if the main characters are together for much of the book, there is no NEED for these stinking letters! But to have the all-important scene be cut off before it begins and relayed in boring, dry narrative (albeit Penny's voice which is fun when it's not ripping the heart, soul, and excitement out of the story as it was here) by the leading lady to her best friend play by play ...!!! Even if I were to grant that the author has the right to steal life from the book and try to replicate it in a letter, there's a reality problem. Now, I tell my best friend everything, but even I wouldn't share this with her. Did Penny tell Thomas she'd be sharing his backstory with her friends? What kind of relationship will you have if nothing is sacred to you? I would never tell Penny anything if I thought she was just going to turn around and tell it to everyone else she meets. I AM SO MAD! Ugh, I just can't stand it. I feel like simple words will never be enough to portray the cheat. In the letter, for instance, it mentions Thomas breaking down and crying. All right. But we didn't see it. We didn't SEE him crying! How can I form an emotional bond with a character if you don't let me experience the scene? I just ... ugh. This is not a good book for me to read because I like seeing character's emotions. I like reading about their grief, their joy, their every little thought. And yet the author decides I'm not allowed to view said all-important scene. I'm not allowed access. For the rest of the book, I hated Penny and Thomas. Their every move felt unreal and stupid and without base because I never saw them have this huge, emotional scene. To me it never existed because all I saw was the author telling me it happened. Look, I believe the author when she tells me it happened ... with my head. But my heart says, "No! They're not ready! We didn't see their special scene!" ...... I'd better stop. I'm just ranting. BUT WOW, this infuriated me! (hide spoiler)] Just ... how. How did this amazing premise with amazing characters and amazing setup and an amazing setting and so much fun, emotional, and cool elements go so horribly astray? Why did we have to settle for undercomplicated, overly easy conclusion? Why did the relationship development turn to fate for succor? Why did the themes fall flat on their face? Why did all the fun of the Dead Letter Office die a certain death? I don't know. I'm sad, but already wanting the author's next story. I might reread The Hope of Azure Springs. In conclusion: brilliant setup ... but it died.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Lewis

    Have you ever read a book so good you cried when it ended? Yours Truly, Thomas was that book for me. I didn't actually cry because I'm not much of a crier, but my heart and soul definitely did. This book was heart-warming, soulful, and full of beautiful, compassionate people. So many times my heart broke for these beautiful characters and the losses they endured, but then they pieced my heart back together with their ability to rise again and fight. And boy did they fight. They fought for love, for f Have you ever read a book so good you cried when it ended? Yours Truly, Thomas was that book for me. I didn't actually cry because I'm not much of a crier, but my heart and soul definitely did. This book was heart-warming, soulful, and full of beautiful, compassionate people. So many times my heart broke for these beautiful characters and the losses they endured, but then they pieced my heart back together with their ability to rise again and fight. And boy did they fight. They fought for love, for freedom from their pasts; they fought for joy and peace within their hearts. They fought for each other. And they fought for what they knew in their hearts was true. This tale was chock full of wisdom for the weary soul. One of my favorites was a sentiment from Penny's late father. "I firmly believe that if we are here on this earth than we still have work to do. We have a purpose even when we cannot see it." Mr. Ercanbeck believed we should always fight for joy and purpose. I agree with him. The love story (with a few side ones thrown in) touched my heart deeply. Penny and Thomas's love was an unconventional one. They met through his letters detailing his love for his dear, sweet Clara My heart ached for the broken man sending letters describing his broken heart. The letters that dug deeply into his soul and touched not only Penny's heart, but my own. My heart was made a little more complete with this beautiful tale of Christ's love, forgiveness, and a fight for joy. Plus there was a little bit of mystery and a few bad guys thrown in. But love always wins. These characters have an unbelievable ability to overcome. I can't thank Rachel Fordham enough for writing these characters so I could invite them into my heart to stay forever. Grab your copy of Yours Truly, Thomas because you will not regret it! **I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way obligated to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are purely my own.** -Rebekah

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    My dear reader friends, I could not put this book down! Seriously. I read the whole book with only one very necessary break. My heart melted while reading the letters, especially the last one. Don't peek. Yours Truly, Thomas is officially one of my favorite books this year. Penny is a sweet young lady. After her father dies, she goes to work while her mother sits and misses their old wealthy lives. Penny is not naive, she knows what she must do and she does it without complaint. She has a huge h My dear reader friends, I could not put this book down! Seriously. I read the whole book with only one very necessary break. My heart melted while reading the letters, especially the last one. Don't peek. Yours Truly, Thomas is officially one of my favorite books this year. Penny is a sweet young lady. After her father dies, she goes to work while her mother sits and misses their old wealthy lives. Penny is not naive, she knows what she must do and she does it without complaint. She has a huge heart and longs for romance. She does get a little more involved with her dead letters than she should, she has an issue with putting special ones in the disposal bin. When a chance at returning to their old lifestyle comes up, Penny's mother jumps at it. Penny, however, does not. She takes a different leap. Thomas is running from his past, running from the man he used to be. He ends up in beautiful Azure Springs where he is welcomed by the friends we met in The Hope of Azure Springs. (This book is a stand-alone novel. You don't have to read the first book but I think you will want to.) It was wonderful to see how the people and town have progressed and changed. Margaret is still running the boarding house, still giving good advise. There are dangerous characters lurking about the little town, creating quite a bit of mystery and edge of my seat reading. No spoilers from me though. I loved the mystery. I loved the romance. I loved the story. Your book-loving friend, Andrea *I thank the publisher for providing an early release copy of this book. A review was not required. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cara

    Rachel Fordham's newest book is a treat for both fans and new readers. She writes like a seasoned pro, luring you in with enchanting characters and charming settings. The main character Penny is the romantic in all of us, the part of us that dreams of a grand love story for ourselves. Yet her character does not come off as whinny, annoying, or lovesick. She is a good friend, a dog lover, and Fordham did a wonderful job rounding her out and making her a full character. Page by page I grew more co Rachel Fordham's newest book is a treat for both fans and new readers. She writes like a seasoned pro, luring you in with enchanting characters and charming settings. The main character Penny is the romantic in all of us, the part of us that dreams of a grand love story for ourselves. Yet her character does not come off as whinny, annoying, or lovesick. She is a good friend, a dog lover, and Fordham did a wonderful job rounding her out and making her a full character. Page by page I grew more committed to her story, her dream, and her ideals. I was engrossed and did not want to put the book down! This book is not just full of the hope that comes with Fordham's work, but contains wonderful text about God and creates a strong Christian story line as the characters discover God and how He can work in their lives to help them better themselves. A charming and unique love story, you won't be able to set this book down! I am thrilled to be able to give this book five stars! I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or wants a unique spin on romance.

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