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Letters To Kelly Hardcover – 13 Aug 2004

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; 1 edition (13 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786268603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786268603
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
'Letters to Kelly' has wit, style and a great deal of humour; it need all of these to counterbalance the truly grim backstory of Jax Winchester, true romantic and devoted would-be lover of Kelly O'Brien. This story is constructed so that the present day action is interspersed with flashbacks spanning eleven years, but this is done so smoothly that they flow naturally from the action. In some respects, 23 year old Kelly seems less mature than at 12 or 16, but I suppose enough emotional bruising can make anyone regress a bit. Jax, on the other hand, is lovely, a true romantic hero; passionate, faithful, persistant, self-sacrificing to his love's best interest and drop-dead gorgeous! And the hero of the romantic novel Jax is writing is not half bad, either. Its in the creation of the novel within the novel that the funniest sequences happen, as 'Jared', Jax's romantic lead and alter ego, has his own views on both his own situation and Jax's, and doesn't hesitate to express them. This book is a definite keeper, and a round of applause to Ms Brockmann for creating such rounded, credible and sympathetic characters.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A great and moving read.i have read a number of her books and so far this is the best well worth a read.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Touching Story 1 April 2003
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I was not sure if I would like this Brockmann book, especially after being disappointed with her last novel, although about 80% of what she has written I consider keepers. But this is a different style of book than her norm. To begin with, this is not a SEAL book. Plus you have the whole "romance writer talking to his character" aspect, along with running a story over an (abbreviated) eleven year period, so I started out a bit leery. Was I surprised at how good this book is!
The characters are well developed, the letters amazing, and the plot interesting. I didn't put this book down, but read the whole thing in two hours. It is very different from her other works. Usually someone is in danger or there is a conspiracy to uncover, or both, which is what usually moves Brockmann's plots along. This time it is a persistent hero fighting for the trust of the women he loves.
The only complaint I have is that the ending wrapped up way to fast when Kelly learned about why Jax left and didn't come back. The last few pages felt abrupt. But other than that, I put this up there with Prince Joe, Forever Blue and Frisco's Kid. In the end, I really liked the fact that the main characters had known each other for years. I get tired of the contrived aspect of two people falling in love when they have known each other for 72 hours. This seemed much more believable, which made the story all the more poignant and memorable.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent..... 15 April 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Lets just be up front.
This is NOT her usual Navy Seal Alpha Male....
I was at first a little unsure what to expect, because I was used to her writing. Or so I thought so.
This book was excellent.
I loved the humor in it.
Ms. Brockmann gave us a more sensitive male who is the one wanting a commitment and knowing that he loved this woman no matter what. He was the one who was in touch with his feelings and she had issues with hers.
It isn't Ms. Brockmann's usual Navy Seal Guy, but it shows how talented she really is.
I liked this book and would say to buy it.
To a new reader of Ms. Brockmann I should say that you should read her other books, but not to expect this type of story, but good nevertheless!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read Book! Heart Warming & Heart Wrenching! 27 Feb. 2005
By JADE - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
LETTERS TO KELLY was such an incredible reading experience.

The story is about a journalist (Ty) who went into a Central American country just to get an exclusive interview and instead ended up becoming a political prisoner after being set up on trumped up false drug charges. He was imprisoned, beaten, starved for almost 2 years before Amenesity International managed to help him get released. During all this time he was held in this hell hole, he managed to keep his sanity by writing imaginary love letters to his sweetheart (Kelly) at home, whom he promised to marry when she turned 18. Not a day went by that he didn't tell Kelly how much he loved her, missed her and promised to marry her. Unfortunately her 18th birthday came & went and he was still imprisioned. It broke his heart that he couldn't be with her and it broke Kelly's heart that she thought Ty had abandoned her. Kelly never knew about his Central America assignment, all she knew was that he just dropped out of sight after a prom date and the empty promises of loving her. When he was finally released, Kelly had already married another guy and he was devastated. However, when that marriage fell apart, Ty couldn't believe his luck given a second chance and pursued Kelly relentlessly.

The story was so well written. Usually I get really fustrated when a couple is apart for a number of years and even more fustrated when the truth that keeps them apart is not revealed for really stupid reasons (like pride). However such was not the case in this story, everything made sense, however I did want to shake the heroine at a few points when she refuses to love the hero back when it was so apparent how much he loved her.

This was such a tortured hero, I fell in love with Ty from the beginning to the end. This book will warm your heart and bring tears to your eyes, so read it with a full box of tissues next to you.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Letters to Kelly 13 April 2003
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I just read Letters to Kelly by Suzanne Brockmann. I finished it in one sitting. There was no way I could put it down. I think it might just be the most romantic story I've ever read, and I've read hundreds of romance novels. Jax, Kelly, and their histories - their shared history, and each of their separate paths - were woven into an incredibly beautiful tale. There were some funny moments to keep things from becoming overly intense, including a few priceless scenes where Jax was arguing with his own characters.
Letters to Kelly is not especially steamy, or action-oriented, or suspenseful, or a lot of other things that often make a book good. None of those elements would have added a thing to the story. It's all about the characters, their relationship, and their emotions. It's truly one of the best books I've ever read. If you are a fan of Suzanne Brockmann, romance in general, or even think you might like to give a romance novel a try, don't miss Letters to Kelly.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 30 April 2003
By Judy - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A wonderful book
This book covers all the emotions. You will laugh, cry and be filled with joy. Jax Winchester fell in love with Kelly O'Brien when she was a teenager. Circumstances kept them about for seven years. Jax returns as a best selling author and his plan is to make Kelly his own. Kelly has a lot of trust issues to work through before she can give her heart to Jax. The story within a story of Jared and Carrie really blends and adds to the main love story. Letters to Kelly is a treasure, definitely a keeper.
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