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Love in a Letter: Christmas in the Mail by Britney M. Mills

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.





Connected by an enduring friendship. Will the power of a few letters bring them closer?

Davey Burke never imagined life would lead him down such a challenging path. Widower. Stroke survivor. Single parent. There have been ups and downs, but his late wife’s best friend, Lacey White, was a key figure. And until now, he’s never seen her as more than a friend.

Lacey White uses her job to hide from the world. Losing her best friend left a hole in her life and a fear of losing anyone else. She begins receiving letters from her late best friend urging her to step outside her comfort zone. Her world shifts as she regains her passion for art, as well as finding a connection with her neighbor.

Will Davey and Lacey turn a blind eye to what could be, or will they embrace the challenges and carve a path to a new life…together?

TW: death of a loved one from cancer, talk of past stroke, past divorce.

By day, Britney M. Mills is the wife to a builder and mom to five, but by night, she turns into an author, writing YA & contemporary romance stories.

A book lover, former college athlete, and Jane Austen fan, she crafts stories with the idea that anyone can find love. When she's not writing, she spends time playing games with her kids, or shuttling them to and from their activities, watching Sanditon and Murdock Mysteries, or dreaming of future characters while she folds a mountain of laundry.

You can find excerpts of her next project at http://www.britneymmills.com.



Love in a Letter is the sixth book in the Christmas at Coldwater Creek series. I had not personally read any of the previous books in the series and found that it read just fine as a standalone as well. 

This was a bit different than the books I've read from this author in the past. I had only read her romantic comedies, whereas this one is still a contemporary, but took on some more serious topics like loss and grief too. It was also a later in life romance as well. Admittedly, I don't read a ton of later in life romances and those I do tend to be a little more hit and miss, as I find I don't relate to the characters as much. While admittedly, it might have taken me just a bit longer to find myself drawn into these characters too, I found that I actually really enjoyed this one a lot! Despite its weightier topic, there was something really fun about these letters and challenges being sent years after Davey's wife had passed that was really sweet... and maybe a little bit mysterious too! I loved how she seemed to know just what her best friend and husband were going to need after she was gone, and it really just made this such a unique and sweet love story. The idea of having Lacey fall for her best friend's widower is one that could have been really difficult to make work... but their story was told absolutely beautifully, and I enjoyed every minute of their story! 

While this is part of a Christmas series, it wasn't an overtly holiday read with only a brief portion of the story taking place over the holidays. It had just enough holiday cheer to make it great for the holiday seasons, but not so much that you couldn't enjoy it anytime throughout the year too! 




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