Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Written in Love

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FULLER, KATHLEEN
WRITTEN IN LOVE

"Dear Mr. Chupp" - with those three words a pen-pal relationship is ignited and two lives are changed forever.

Jalon Chupp has a past he isn't proud to claim. He's worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his Amish faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can't help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the highlights of his days, and with a hopeful heart, he suggests they meet in person.

Phoebe, too, looks forward to every one of Jalon's letters. Living with her overbearing aunt, Phoebe doesn't have much to look forward to. Then Jalon suggests they meet, and she panics -- although she has shared some of the deepest longings of her heart with him, she hasn't been enitrely truthful about her past. But when Jalon shows up at her aunt's doorstep, everything is revealed. And she can only pray he'll forgive her for holding back the truth.

My Review:

I am quite captivated by novels that include letter writing so this series really appeals to me. Written in Love is the first book in An Amish Letters Novel series and I love the way the author has set the stage for future novels. (At least I hope I'm right in making that assumption.) Because this story is filled with engaging characters and now that I have a feel for this close knit Amish community I can't wait to learn more.

Jalon and Phoebe's love story is sandwiched between a series of fast and furious letter writing. Loved the way the letters morphed into something so much more and yet for all that is said, even more is left unsaid and that leads to no end of complications.

Fuller has crafted an emotional tale of  love and longing and the desperate need to be accepted. Both hero and heroine have made mistakes in their past that not only shadow their present but threaten to destroy their future. Finding their happily ever after involves digging deeper into their faith. Actually allowing the peace that comes from fully accepting God's mercy to work a change in their lives so that a relationship based on faith and love can flourish.

A compulsive kind of read that inspires and delights with promise of more to come in future novels.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Written in Love, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and reader announced on Sunday August 13 2017. Good luck!

38 comments:

  1. In the age of technology and instant communication, this would be a refreshing read! My husband and I had a long-distance relationship before we ever got together in person (we did know each other though). A lot of letter writing and expensive long distance calls went on between us. I still have boxes of our letters though, a treasure trove of our romance story. :-) I pull them out every once in a while and sigh with contentment!

    Anyway, Kathleen has a new one coming out August 15th according to Amazon entitled "The Promise of a Letter". It says it's book two of three, so you'll have plenty to look forward to :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. First -- how exciting that you have kept those letters, Trixi! There is something so much more romantic about an actual letter than a text message, isn't there? LOL

      And thanks for the tip on the next book in the series coming out this month. I just checked...interesting because it's not the story I was expecting would be next. But it is about Jalon's sister -- woot! Thanks for the tip, Trixi. And good luck.

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  2. I too love stories that involve letter writing. In today's world it is a lost art.

    I haven't read anything by this author before so I would love to try her work.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Letter writing is a lost art, isn't it? I used to love getting mail but now all I get are bills...well, books too. :-) Good luck, Cindy.

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  3. I am trying to keep my kids letter writing - to pen pals and relatives. It is a lost art! I need to check this one out! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. In Ontario they are even removing cursive writing from the curriculum! I think it's fun for a kid to get mail...for anyone really (unless it's bills!) Good luck, Susan.

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  4. I love letter writing . My husband and I wrote many letters to each other while he was in the Army before we were married. Pictures and the written word are treasures.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I hope you kept those letters, Melanie! What keepsakes! Good luck.

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    2. I do still have they letters, Kav. They were written 43 years ago.

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  5. This book sounds like a wonderful start to a great new Amish series. I love the letter writing aspect of the book. I still write to two dear friends. Thanks for the great review Kav.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Yes, I'm excited about this series and, as someone pointed out earlier, the second book is releasing next week! Woot!!! Good luck, Maryann.

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  6. Sounds like a lovely story. I was about to say book 2 releases next Tuesday, but I see others beat me to it. ;)
    Thank you for the chance to win.

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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    1. You're welcome, Melody. Good luck!

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  7. My husband and I wrote many letters (over 60 yeas ago now) while he was attending one college and I another. We couldn't afford long distance calls, so we had to rely on "snail mail." Sad to say, letter writing seems to be a lost art today. This sounds like a delightful story, and I would love to win a copy of the book. Thanks for the chance.
    gobersATembarqmailDOTcom

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    1. I hope you still have those letters, VanG. Something so romantic about exchanging letters with a beau. Good luck!

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  8. I'm a big fan of Kathleen Fuller's books and your review has me looking forward to this series with great anticipation. Thank you for your great review, Kav!

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. I think I've missed a few of Kathleen's books -- more catch up for me to do! Good luck, Diane.

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  9. Loved this book. Good luck ladies.

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    1. We're reading a lot of the same books, Lucy!

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    2. Yes, we seem to do that a lot. 😊

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  10. oh this sounds wonderful. I love stories that involve letters. not sure why. love, longing and the desperate need to belong sound like a book to read.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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    1. I think we tend to put more thought into a letter than we would an email or (obviously) and text message. Good luck, Lori.

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  11. My husband and I wrote letters when he was away with the army in the beginning, but on his last deployment, we mostly exchanged emails. I'd love to read this book.

    bonnijean dot marley at gmail

    PS if we are logged in when we comment, doesn't that give you our email address?

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    1. Hmmm...that makes me wonder -- do y'all keep your emails the way you would letters? Or is that correspondence lost forever?

      I don't see your email address anywhere unless you add it to your comment. If you don't want to add your email, that's fine -- you'll still be included in the draw -- it will just be up to you to check the posted wins on Sunday and contact me to claim your book. Good luck, BJM

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  13. I love Amish stories and the wonderful art of letter writing so WRITTEN IN LOVE sounds like an amazing book to me. Thank you for the review and the wonderful chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. This books sounds like it was written just for you. I love the Amish genre as well. Good luck, Kay.

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  14. It has been a while since I've read one of Kathleen's books. This sounds like a great beginning to this series. Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. I think I missed a whole series by Kathleen Fuller somehow! Must check on that. Hard to keep up, isn't it? Good luck, Donna.

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  15. This sounds very sweet and secretive too
    Thanks for the chance to win
    I've kept all my childhood letters (Not A Lot from Boys, Mostly My Girlfriends but I'm still happy to have them for reminiscing
    Thanks iamabho AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Oh, those would be fun to read over! Bet they've been a source of entertainment and a few chuckles as well. Good luck, Linda.

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    2. Yes they were We have really only done it one time but I'd love to do it again before we lose anyone else
      Thank You

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  16. She's one of my favorites. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. And this is the start of a new series -- yay!!! Good luck, Kim.

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  17. This book sounds really good! Thanks for the chance!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Samantha. Good luck.

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  18. As always, can't wait to read this Amish series!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I can't wait to read the next book -- coming out next week, I believe. Good luck, rubynreba.

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