Thursday, September 23, 2021

Review: Letters From Grace by C.J. Carmichael

Finding old love letters in her father’s closet inspires a teen to play matchmaker.

Jessica Shanahan is off to college next year, but she’s worried about leaving her father, Levi Shanahan, alone. He’s been a single dad since his wife died when Jessica was only a toddler. He reassures her that he’s too busy running his family general store, taking care of his aging parents and volunteering in the community to be lonely. But Jessica has her doubts—especially when she finds old love letters from his high school sweetheart.

Travel photographer Grace Hamilton is promoting her latest book when a student from her hometown reaches out about a research project. Curious, Grace meets with her and when the teen invites her to the Woodland Foliage Arts Festival, Grace accepts. Though her career’s been successful and fulfilling, she’s never met a man who touched her heart the way Levi Shanahan once did. Maybe a trip home will finally help her to move on and find the one thing that’s eluded her throughout her years of travel—love.


My Review:

Heartwarming and real.

This book was such a joy to read.  Jessica and her father, Levi, were very close and she worried about him being alone when she left for college.  So, when Jessica discovered a box of letters from her father’s old girlfriend, Grace, she set out to find her with the intention of setting them up.  Old feelings and memories arise, but is it enough to bring Levi and Grace back together.

This book was such a feel-good story, I just couldn’t get enough of it.  It was easy to get lost in it.  Not only was Levi and Grace’s story fun to read, but Jessica and her best friend, Max, we’re struggling with their feelings and unsure how to go from best friends to a romantic relationship.  The characters, plot and setting all worked extremely well together to make this an unforgettable story. 

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