Dearest Josephine.

Mourning her father’s death, Josie heads overseas to a family-owned manor. There she discovers 200-year-old love letters addressed to a Josephine by an elusive author. In 1820, novelist Elias, suffering from unrequited love, seeks solace in a fantasy world dominated by a quirky soulmate. As fiction blurs into reality, can they battle time and find one another?

My Thoughts:

My relationship with this book is complicated because I loved it, but it also hurt my feelings. {I won’t focus on the hurt-my-feelings part because that’s a personal problem. I just need you to know so that if you read this recommendation and then proceed to read the book, you don’t come for me. I hinted at the possibilities, people!}

The writing is absolutely gorgeous! I read almost the entire book in a day and highlighted so many beautifully written sentences. I loved the format (emails, texts, letters, AND novel). I know some readers find different formats distracting, but I personally love it. It feels fun.

I loved the whole cast of characters. Well, almost the whole cast of characters. The ones I didn’t like I wasn’t supposed to like, so it all worked out. And the storytelling was so intriguing that I couldn’t put the book down because I had no idea how the author was going to pull this off.

The story is beautiful and emotional and romantic. And though I found it a little frustrating because of my emotional cheese puff heart, this book is good. There’s a deeper message that comes through and I would recommend this book on the merit of the writing craft alone. It’s available now.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel. All expressed opinions belong to me.

Purchase: Amazon | Christianbook | Barnes & Noble | Baker Book House

Book Boyfriend(s):

Elias and Oliver. Elias has all the words. Wonderful, beautiful words. And Oliver has all of the actions. Wonderful, kind actions. I love them both.


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