Letters To Kelly Hardcover – 13 Aug 2004
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.