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When I was in high school, I devoured a ton of chick lit, clean romance, Christian fiction, and cozy fiction. But then I got really bored reading the same type of storyline over again, plus I was really tired of series characters becoming paragons of virtue who experience no growth. I like seeing internal conflicts and I like seeing when characters grow. Needless to say, I quit reading fiction after I realized that my favorite author wasn’t delivering.
Reading Yours Truly, Thomas
A couple of months ago, my friend Jess pitched to our little pod-squad that we should interview her author friend Rachel Fordham since her last book, Yours Truly, Thomas, partially took place in a Dead Letter Office. As we worked on those logistics, I of course had to buy the book. I’ll be honest, I was really nervous that I wasn’t going to like it because of my previous experience with predictable fiction novels.
This book took an unexpected turn pretty early and I was here for it. Below is the actual footage of me reading that part of the book early on.
As I continued to read, I found myself envisioning each scene and each character. Before I knew it, I had read half the book in one sitting. Yours Truly, Thomas would make such a good movie! And it’s the perfect story for Brian Bird and Michael Landon Jr. to develop because it has so many Little House and When Calls the Heart vibes.
Some Highlights (without major spoilers)
- I loved how Thomas’ story was revealed through letters, which is perfectly fitting for the story.
- I loved Penny and Thomas’ meet-cute moment! The entire scene just made me giggle.
- Margaret and Penny reminded me a lot of Elizabeth and Abigail from When Calls the Heart.
- I enjoyed reading how each character developed over the course of the book. It made me want a sequel!
Yours Truly, Thomas is a very quick and easy read. While it was lighthearted, there were a lot of subtle life lessons sprinkled throughout the book. It wasn’t preachy or anything, but it made the characters very relatable.
You can buy both of Rachel’s books The Hope of Azure Springs and Yours Truly, Thomas on Amazon right now. Also, stay tuned for Rachel’s next book A Life Once Dreamed which releases on August 4th! You can also preorder that on Amazon as well.
The fun isn’t over yet! We did chat with Rachel about her books and of course about Signed, Sealed, Delivered. She is so inspiring and encouraging, especially for anyone who wants to write but is terrified to put themselves out there or who lack confidence in their own skills. I have to say, Rachel is on my list of favorite people I’ve talked to in 2020. Here is a link to our discussion! Enjoy!
PS: There is a big spoiler we discuss… just be aware! 🙂