First Line Friday — The Love Letter

22 Jun

Happy First Friday of Summer! It’s officially Summer Reading Season! I dug into The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck two days ago, and it is with reluctance that I leave Chloe and Jesse and Hamilton and Esther’s worlds to come back to mine. LOL! What book are you reading that has captured your imagination?

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Romance has never been actress Chloe Daschle’s forte—in life or on screen. But everyone knows who to call for a convincing death scene . . . and it might be killing her career.

When Chloe is given a peek at the script for an epic love story, she decides to take her destiny into her own hands and request an audition for the lead female role, Esther Kingsley. The compelling tale, inspired by family lore and a one-page letter from the colonial ancestor of scriptwriter Jesse Gates, just might break her out of this career-crippling rut. Jesse would rather write about romance than live through it after his past relationship ended in disaster. But once on-set together, the chemistry between Jesse and his leading lady is hard to deny.

Centuries earlier, in the heart of the Revolutionary War, Hamilton Lightfoot and Esther Longfellow wrote their saga off the silver screen. Esther’s Loyalist father opposes any relationship with Hamilton, but Esther must face her beloved father’s disapproval and the dangers of war in order to convince Hamilton of their future together. Hamilton has loved Esther for years, and on the eve of battle pens the love letter she’s always wanted—something straight from the heart.  

Set in stunning upcountry South Carolina, The Love Letter is a beautifully crafted story of the courage it takes to face down fear and chase after love, even in the darkest of times. And just maybe, all these generations later, love can come home in a way not even Hollywood could imagine.

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Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She is a Christy Award Winner and a double RITA finalist. Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Club.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, and a former sorority girl, Rachel and her husband live in central Florida. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

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29 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Love Letter”

  1. susandyer1962 June 22, 2018 at 7:33 am #

    Happy Friday!😊

    My FLF comes from Claiming Her Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe

    If Lucy Maxwell had learned one thing, it was that when life appeared to be going smoothly, it was time to listen closely for the other boot to drop!

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!📚😎

    • rbclibrary June 22, 2018 at 8:24 am #

      Isn’t that the truth! LOL! Have a happy Friday!

  2. Anneliese Dalaba June 22, 2018 at 8:05 am #

    Happy Friday! The book I’m featuring on my blog is “The Country House Courtship” by Linore Rose Burkard. Since I’m still reading this novel, I will share the first line in Chapter Seventeen here. “Mrs. Royleforst finally made her public entrance among the guests after taking breakfast in her room and spending much of the day abed.” Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary June 22, 2018 at 8:24 am #

      She sounds like a lady of leisure! Happy reading!

  3. joyofreadingweb June 22, 2018 at 8:16 am #

    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Karen Witemeyer’s More Than Meets the Eye. There is also a giveaway running on the Author Interview post with Karen on my blog. Please stop by and enter to win an author autographed print copy!

    • rbclibrary June 22, 2018 at 8:23 am #

      Wow! Thanks!

  4. Suzie Waltner June 22, 2018 at 8:34 am #

    Another wonderful read from an author on my must-read list (which is getting long).

    Here’s the first line of The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman (I hope to finish this one this weekend):

    The Lady Gallant in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean – January 1792
    “Keep your brother away from my sister!”

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary June 22, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

      I love that line!

  5. Becky June 22, 2018 at 9:36 am #

    This is waiting for me to read too. 😀

    I’m sharing about “Just Let Go” by Courtney Walsh on my blog today, but I have “The Hawaiian Discovery” by Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter waiting for me to read next.

    Middlebury, Indiana

    Ellen Lambright finished sweeping the kitchen floor and paused from her work to brew a cup of tea.

    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary June 22, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

      I’m reading Just Let Go. Only a few more pages!

  6. Paula Shreckhise June 22, 2018 at 9:51 am #

    Mine is another Rachel Dylan book: Lone Witness:

    “Guilty. That’s the only possible verdict”

    • rbclibrary June 22, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

      Loved that book!

  7. bellesmoma16 June 22, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    Happy Friday!!!

    Today on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from As The Tide Comes In by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall. Here I will share the first line from a short story I’m currently reading. It’s called “A Lady of Scandal” by Heather B. Moore. It’s very good.

    “Hugh couldn’t help but think of his biggest question about Anthony and Lady Bridget. Why had Anthony offered to marry her?”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend filled with good reading time!

    • rbclibrary June 22, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

      Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Friday!

  8. hjsnyder28 June 22, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this book–it looks wonderful! Happy Friday and happy reading!

    • rbclibrary June 22, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

      It is! Have a great weekend!

  9. carylkane June 22, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    It was going to be a fine day. Behold, Here’s Poison by Georgette Heyer

    • rbclibrary June 22, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

      The first line sounds good until you see the title. Yikes!

  10. Colletta June 22, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

    Wow! I’m adding this to my wishlist right now! I hope you can stop by:


    • rbclibrary June 22, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

      Good move. LOL! Have a great weekend!

  11. thebeccafiles June 22, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    The book I’m sharing this week is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte but I’ll share here the book I’m currently reading which is Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey: “Luke crouched behind an orange shipping container, dreading to think what it held.” Have a great weekend and happy reading!

    • rbclibrary June 22, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

      Great book! I’m reading Dead Drift next month.

      • thebeccafiles June 22, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

        I have a copy of it right next to me I was given a copy for a blitz tour on the release day 😁

      • rbclibrary June 22, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

        Hope you love it!

      • thebeccafiles June 22, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

        Thanks me too! 😉

  12. lelandandbecky June 22, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

    GREAT book!! Happy Friday! My first line is from Light My Fire by Susan May Warren:

    “His knee had turned into a melon, achy and soft, and Tucker Newman’s entire body throbbed, right down to the marrow.”

    • rbclibrary June 22, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

      Ouch! Have a great weekend!

  13. Beth Erin June 24, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

    I just finished reading The Love Letter this morning! Love it!

    • rbclibrary June 25, 2018 at 6:32 am #

      Glad to hear it Beth! I love all Hauck’s books, but I think this one is my new favorite.

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