Book Review: Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham

About the Book:

  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Revell
  • Publication Date: July 2, 2019

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.

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My Thoughts:

Yours Truly, Thomas was everything I expected it would be. As a fan of Hallmark’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I loved the dead letter office angle. I found this element creative and unique, pulling something from history that few people think about. I enjoyed Penny’s tenacity in finding the writer of the letters and her desire to see Thomas and his true love reunited. As a fan of Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart, I fell in love with Azure Springs as it reminded me of Hope Valley. The townspeople care about each other and they unite as one against those trying to harm one of their own, even those outsiders that they’ve “adopted.”

This book contains multiple letter correspondences between characters, as you would expect in a book about letters. Ironically, these letters pulled me from the story, and I was tempted to skip them. I did not. Some are fairly lengthy and felt like a replay of the things we had just seen happen in the book.

I loved the theme of forgiving others and forgiving yourself that ran through the story. I enjoyed how the author brought this to a realistic and satisfying conclusion. I don’t want to spoil anything, so let me just say that I found the ending super sweet and a super “Aww!” moment.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction, especially lesser known parts of history. I would also recommend this book to any fans of the before mentioned TV shows.

I give the book a four out of five stars. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Rachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children’s bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.

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