Saturday, August 3, 2019

Reviewer's Bookshelf: "Yours Truly, Thomas" by Rachel Fordham

Book Summary (Goodreads): 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.

My thoughts...I picked up this book to review because I'd heard so many good things about it. I've never read anything by Rachel Fordham, so I was interested to experience her writing style and was curious about the story line of "Yours Truly, Thomas." My overall impression was very good! The story was very sweet, and when I finished I had that happy, satisfied feeling. 
     The premise of this novel is one that I haven't read before. Penny works for the Dead Letter Office (which reminded me of a show I really love called "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" that has a similar plot line), and takes a personal interest in Thomas, a man that writes deeply heartfelt letters. I love Penny's character. She genuinely wants to help someone without gain for herself. Her compassion really shines in this story. Thomas is a vulnerable, broken man, which is honestly the kind of male character I love the most. They have space to grow in a story, with so much potential to soften and change, especially when a heroine enters their life. 
     I love the journey these two go on, especially the courage they both display to face their fears. The pace is steady and the romantic tension is more sweet than edgy. Overall, I enjoyed this novel and would read more by Rachel Fordham. 

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in order to give an honest, unbiased review, which I did.**