This second novel from Rachel Fordham, following her wonderful debut The Hope of Azure Springs, is the story of two people whose circumstances have changed, leaving them adrift and searching for their place and purpose. And the town of Azure Springs welcomes them each with open arms, mostly.
The epistolatory nature of this novel is one of it’s strengths and from Thomas’ first letter read by Penny in the dead letter office in Washington D.C., I was hooked. But a big part of what makes this story work are the citizens of Azure Springs, Iowa and their character arcs are best enjoyed if the reader has first met them in The Hope of Azure Springs.
Penny’s impetuous nature and romantic heart along with Thomas’ determination to be a better man lend themselves well to this story of small town romance between two people after they each fled a big city. And while the plot points involving mystery and danger add to the overall story, it is in the handling of Thomas and Penny’s growing relationship that the unexpected is found, beginning with the dead letter aspect of the story and more than a little thanks to Honeysuckle, Penny’s rambunctious dog.
Yours Truly, Thomas is a delight, and is sure to please readers of Historical Christian Romance. For me, it brought to mind some of my favorite aspects of mail order bride stories, as well as reminding me of the wonderful letters found in Jane Austen’s fiction.
Highly recommended, and strongly suggested that Em and Caleb’s story in The Hope of Azure Springs be read first.
Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham | Revell Books, July 2019 | paperback, 320 pages
This review refers to a finished copy I voluntarily received from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
From the publisher:
For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people’s mail.
Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the dead letter office, and she dreams of something more–a bit of intrigue, perhaps a taste of romance. When she comes across a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love, it becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.
But 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.