Hello everyone! Today I'm participating in the blog tour for young, Christian author Willowy Whisper's new novel, The Letter. :)
First it was just a letter, maybe a joke, a coincidence. Now it was more than that. Now it was a living nightmare, threatening everyone he loved, pulling his greatest fear into a reality . . .
As the letters keep coming, Brock Sumner watches his world shatter at his feet. Building a wall around his heart seemed like the only answer. Is there any other way to protect the woman he loves?
A drunk, with no incentive to change; a runaway, with a price on his back; a young child, afraid in the dark . . .
Will the letters, perhaps, pull their lives together? Or will the killer find a way to destroy them all?
Wow. Let me start by saying this book is incredible. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it tore my heart out and trampled it with like a herd of stampeding horses...
*cough* But seriously. I'm writing this review two days after I finished the book because I'm still trying to recover from the barrage of emotions it brought along with it. ;)
I'm quite terrible at writing coherent book reviews, so let's move on and talk about the splendiferous characters. ^_^
Brock Sumner is the main character. He's...just...so...amazing. Everything he goes through made me want to cry. (Oh, wait, it did make me cry.) How he pushes everyone away, thinking he's protecting them and himself, was so heartbreaking. :'( Then there were others times I wanted to slap him, but he was always a wonderful, realistic character. ;)
Lacey Moore has been attracted to Brock Sumner since they were kids. But he's never seen her as more than a friend...or has he? Brock and Lacey's romance was so sweet! <3
Harvey and Abigail were such a sweet couple. Usually I'm saying that about dating/courting or engaged couples, but not in this case. :) I loved how this young couple were there for each other no matter what. Through whatever life threw at them or tried to steal from them, they always had God and each other.
Jake was another fabulously written character. His struggle was so real and believable. Ahh! *hugs the characters*
Quinny – how could I not mention Quinny? His story from destruction to redemption was...so incredible.
Emma Mae was one of those characters that I didn't like at first, but she grew on me. I think I didn't like her because I couldn't really relate to her. But later...everything going on with her and another character was...amazing. :)
Don't even get me started on the killer. *shudders* What a horrible, evil person! I certainly wasn't expecting that!!
For there to be so many different people, different lives going in various directions, going on – I didn't find it confusing. At first I was a little lost, but a couple more chapters and I had it all sorted out. ;) The wonderful way the author weaves all these different lives together was so amazing and very well-done. :) Lots of plot-twists I wasn't expecting AT ALL. Yay!! :D
I wouldn't recommend this book for children for several reasons. There's lots of sadness, darkness, and death along with some murder, violence, and drinking.
There's also lots of romance in this book. A scene or two as kind of 'border line' for being too much for me, but other than that I was fine with it. Several kisses between unmarried people, so if that bothers you just a heads up.
The faith-strands of these characters were so deep and real. People surrendering their lives to the Lord while others are learning to trust in Him, lean on Him, and find comfort in His arms no matter what. :)
Even in the darkness of desolation when it seems all hope is lost and there is nothing left, He is always there. Good triumphs over evil! God is in control of all!
*I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.*
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Willowy Whisper is a seventeen-year-old author. Living in the quiet hills of West Virginia, Willow writes novels, short stories, and blog posts. She is a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, and an incurable romantic.
You can visit Miss Willowy's blog HERE.
You can purchase The Letter HERE.
Willowy Whisper's other books can be found HERE.
Thanks for reading all! :D Posts coming soon include a short story, my April recap, and a couple tags. ;)