'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.