Sunday, June 18, 2017

Book Review: The Summer Letters by Elyse Douglas

The Summer Letters
By Elyse Douglas
Genre: Women's Fiction, Historical Fiction, Contemporary Romance

When Vanessa finds a rusty coffee can filled with old letters hidden away in a summer beach cottage, she learns of a haunting and secret affair dating back to the 1950s.

Determined to find the woman whose life parallels her own in many ways, Vanessa searches for the woman and her lover, uncovering past and present secrets that finally reveal a shocking truth.
Over the course of the summer, Vanessa’s own life is transformed by the possibilities of love and new beginnings, even as she confronts the lingering pain of her own past.

The Summer Letters is a celebration of the enduring promise of hope and the unbreakable bonds of love.

My Review

I have a special place in my heart for stories that jump from the past to present in a smooth and meaningful way. When done right, it can add so much depth to the story. Elyse Douglas did just that in The Summer Letters. I found the story to be lovely and I became caught up in the passionate relationship between Hal and Rhonda. Their romance is told through 60-year-old letters that are found in a cottage by its current resident, Vanessa. The character development was great, I remained intrigued, and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys an emotional love story. 

About the Author 

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington.  Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated with a degree in English Literature. Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers, and attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, playing piano professionally for 15 years. His great grandfather lived to be a 134 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1922.  Their cat, Sir Eaton, loves parties and a few sips from a good glass of Pinot Noir.

Some of Elyse Douglas' novels include: "The Other Side of Summer," "The Christmas Eve Letter," "The Christmas Town," "The Christmas Diary" and "The Summer Diary." They live in New York City.

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