“Letters to my Wife” by Terry Dean #Spotlight

For #ThrowbackThursday I’m sharing some of my favorite past reads WITH review!


“Letters to my Wife”

by Terry Dean

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Family Life

Release Date: July 1, 2012

Amazon KUPublisher review:

This is a little book that delivers a gigantic wallop! The story is told in a way that touches readers at every level. It’s funny and sad, but so very poignant… telling a family’s story. You’re immediately drawn into Kevin Clarke’s life, how he fell in love and how he made relationships work. This novel – this story – is simply magnificent with its many twists and turns. As Kevin “talks” to his wife via a blog, the world starts noticing. It’s life in a tumultuous nutshell. Quite frankly, it’s a story that will stay with you for years to come.

Book synopsis:

Kevin Clarke is telling his story, his way. He’s writing love letters to the only woman he’s ever loved – his wife. He posts the stories on a blog, hoping she might read them. Little does he know, the neighbors across the street are reading the letters, as is the cop who took him into custody one night. In fact, most of the world is reading the private stories Kevin is telling through his letters to his wife. But while the blog is anonymous, Kevin slips up and the world discovers him. What happens after that is a love story for the ages.

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Felicia’s Review

February 3, 2013

5/5 Stars!

This story touches you and stays with you!

*WARNING: Grab the tissues… lots of them!

It’s been over two months since I completed this book…the first time. I have re-read it twice and still go back to read parts that really touched me.

The whispering! OMG, I loved the whispering!

I cannot remember when a book affected me as much as this one has. I could feel Kevin’s loss – he’d loved Ellie his whole life and wasn’t prepared for life without her. I could feel his regret – he’d taken his family for granted, not being there when he was truly needed because he allowed the job to rule his life. I had issues with his children’s reluctance to reach out to him as they all mourned Ellie’s passing, but eventually came to understand the “distance” between them. I cheered for all of them as they slowly broke down the barriers to become a family again. (And Paul is a gem!)

It’s sad that Kevin ends the letters – they grow on you – but it’s his step from mourning and dwelling on the past, to enjoying the memories and living for the future.

I wasn’t ready for the ending…I never am. I want to continue on with Kevin in his journey, but he has a different path to take, but at least he won’t be alone.

Terry Dean has crafted a work of art in “Letters to my Wife”, and it is definitely a must-read…for men and women. The letters will make you remember meeting and falling in love with your spouse…and you’ll fall in love with the letters.

Enjoy!

BONUS!

Terry Dean wrote a companion piece to Letters to my WifeLetters to my Friends. Same rules apply… about the tissues!

“Letters to my Friends”

by Terry Dean

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Family Life

Release Date: June 15, 2013

Amazon ButtonSynopsis

I won’t add the blurb here – there are spoilers in it! You’re on your own!

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Felicia’s Review

June 30, 2013

5/5 Stars!

Perfection!

I have now read two perfect books in my life…both written by Terry Dean. Letters to My Friends is a perfect conclusion to Letters to My Wife – perhaps a little too perfect.

We met Kevin Clarke in LTMW, and we spent the entire book getting to know him and some of the dynamics of his relationships, especially with his wife. We come to understand the fractured relationships of the Clarke family…as they’re being mended, but we never see how well Kevin knew his neighbors or how deeply he affected them until LTMF.

Terry Dean not only brings Kevin’s friends fully into the story, he masterfully gives the reader their backstory and insight into who they are. Long before the story ends, you’re rooting for Sam and Sharon; you can feel Blake and Cari’s pain – and you wonder why anyone puts up with Julie, especially Clay. I was really afraid for Amy, and Nathan was truly starting to annoy me…until I understood why. Wish we had met his wife – she sounded like a jewel. I love Jimmy Mackler! His wise words on people being placed into your life for a reason foreshadowed the key role he would have. Wish I could have seen the video Blake made that morning! Timmy was new to the story, but very important as he was able to supply more details from the day Kevin was shot. And Diogi..OMG! For someone who doesn’t consider herself a “dog person”, this dog grabbed my heart and didn’t let go.

So, I say Mr. Dean’s sequel is almost too perfect…because Kevin’s friends and family have become MY friends and family. And I would like to hear from them and know how they’re doing. I’d like to be there for the birth of both babies, see Julie and Chelsea spend time together, and watch Sam woo Sharon. Are there any more letters? Probably not, but this story will always be with me.

I highly recommend it!

Enjoy!

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