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Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: The Love Letters by Ashley Pullo / @AshPullo

Title: The Love Letters
Author: Ashley Pullo
Publisher: Gimlet Girls Publishing
Release Date: February 12, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Ashley Pullo

Ma femme,
If my love for you was strictly of a physical nature, then this would be easy. But it’s more than a passionate touch or a sensual kiss – our love is immeasurable.
xx Zach

The Love Letters is a collection of notes shared between two lovers separated by war. In a series of romantic correspondence, Natalie LeGrange and Zacherie Parker intimately document their whirlwind romance and plan for an uncertain future - full of humor and heartache, but absolutely no regrets.

When was the last time you wrote a letter? Like a pen and paper letter? I can't remember the last time I did. It's like Latin, I think. A dying art, you know?

It was interesting to watch a love story unfold through a series of letters. Not just a love story, but a relationship as well. Natalie and Zacherie's relationship began normal enough. They met on a train. *smiles* Seriously, that's the stuff romance movies are made of! And it seemed like they were meant to meet. The similarities in their personalities and needs were uncanny, and how well they meshed was a little eerie. I've heard the term "soul mates" but have never seen it like this before. The first half of this book showcases their physical relationship, as in they're actually together. There are a smattering of letter exchanges when Zacherie went off to war, but nothing like the second half.

I enjoyed the story as a whole, but I am blown away by the perspective of it. The idea of sending love letters when email wasn't an option is refreshing, to say the least. And the way their relationship developed was so...refreshing. They wrote about how much they missed one another, how much they needed one another, but they also wrote about their days. Life didn't stop because Zacherie was gone, and one indiscretion on Natalie's part proved how hard their separation was for her. The forgiveness that Zacherie gave her though spoke volumes. Mind you, not everyone is as forgiving but they were each other's world. To be able to forgive and move on showed how much they wanted this to work despite the distance.

Thank you, Ms. Pullo, for giving me the chance to review this for you. It's heartwarming, nostalgic, refreshing and humorous. I hope you write more like this one because it's a terrific break from the style of romances I normally read. Your unique take on a long-distance relationship and a dying form of communication reminded of when I was a kid, when I'd send letters to friends and eagerly await the mailman's arrival because he brought with him the hope of a return letter. I can only imagine how much more that anticipation is for two people who are in love and dream of a future together.

Once upon a time, a girl from Dallas moved to NYC to chase a dream. The result? A husband, two children, a Boston terrier, and enough material to write comic gold for years.

NYC is an amazing place to find inspiration - the random and the ordinary that make up reality. My writing showcases inspired ideas, as well as my love for dichotomy, authenticity, pop-culture, and humor.

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