Cover Image: Dear Henry, Love Edith

Dear Henry, Love Edith

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

I love miscommunication stories and falling in love sight unsees and this one was definitely one for the books. I loved the whole world building and storyline and I look forward to reading more by Kinzer!

Was this review helpful?

A fun rom-com of misunderstanding and miscommunication!

Edith takes a short term nursing job in a Midwestern small town, where she believes that she is staying with an elderly man names Henry. They begin to communicate through letters, and hilarity ensues.

A hilarious over the top rom com, that had me a stitches multiple times. I loved the situational comedy, and the misunderstandings that added to the hilarity. It had a fun premise, and it was fun seeing how far it would all go.

I did think that Henry could have been more upfront with how he handled things, and that was something that I didn't like. I mean I could see how it happened, but like he could have made the effort to bring clarity to the situation instead of just waiting to see what would happen.

Overall, it was a fun read with great interactions, great comedic timing, and for the most part likable characters. I did really enjoy it, and I will be looking for more books by this author in the future.


I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Was this review helpful?

Dear Henry, Love Edith was a disappointing read. It started off SO good and I was loving the story; but, once a certain thing happened, I found my enjoyment fade. I wasn't a fan of how it was handled and I also found myself rolling my eyes more and more as the story went on.

All in all, not a book for me. I wish I would have kept enjoying it like I did in the beginning.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Was this review helpful?

Charming ROM com!

This was such a fun romance. I laughed a lot while reading it.
The mistaken identity and miscommunication were hilarious. I really enjoy letters in books too, so that was a bonus. I liked the small town feel and the characters gossiping made me laugh too.

Since I read some heavier books this was a nice break. Edith and Henry were good people. I liked the sweetness of the romance. A very good debut which I am selling at the store.

4 stars

Thank you to Net Galley the author and publisher for the opportunity to review the book. Highly recommended

Was this review helpful?

How cute was this book?! I loved this book and can't wait to read more from this new-to-me author.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves epistolary novels, inspirational fiction, wants to smile and feel good about life, and is looking for a great weekend read. This is a perfect summertime beach read, a rainy day book, or a book to share with friends.

Was this review helpful?

I adored the first 40% of this book and was so excited how delightful, funny and fun this book was. But after that, I really struggled with it. It seemed really disjointed and got slap-stick funny instead of genuinely funny. It is hard to find comedies in Christian Fiction, so I will still probably recommend this book to those looking for romantic comedies, but with a disclaimer about the 2nd half. It got to where I wasn’t interested or invested in the characters and that made me so sad because the first part was so much fun.

Was this review helpful?

I wanted to love this book. But It was all over the place. It was cute and entertaining but It was hard for me to get into it and stay engaged. Overall fun.

Was this review helpful?

Dear Henry, Love Edith is a difficult book to review. It was sometimes hard to figure out what decade the story was taking place in. The characters had cell phones, but they kept using old-timey language. Phrases like "bombshell" and "hubba hubba" were common as were references to Goldie Hawn and Abbott and Costello. I think the author chose this language because the story centered around each of the two main characters mistakenly thinking the other one was an elderly person, but I found it to be very distracting. The mistaken identity was funny at first but went on for so long that it became frustrating. The same was true for their wavering honesty about their feelings for each other. I think this writer has potential, but this book needed a lot more editing.

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers and NetGalley for a review copy of this book.

Was this review helpful?

I love a good trashy romance as much as the next girl, but this romance was a delightful change of pace. A sweet, clean romance with a fun set-up and reveal that were completely believable. The townspeople characters were fun, too, and I enjoyed all the mis-understandings and complications. The only part I disliked was when Henry...can't say without spoiling the last few chapters. I was sad to realize that this is the author's first book because that means I cannot go read every other book she's written; I must wait for her to write more.

Was this review helpful?

This charming story stole my heart right from the beginning! In this rom-com with an epistolary flair, Henry and Edith’s relationship starts off as a comedy of errors, with neither of them realizing the other was the one they were sharing a house with. The spark between them jumped off the page, and their witty banter made me laugh out loud! While this is a fun story, it’s not without its serious moments as they are both forced to face where their choices in life have gotten them and how they want to move forward. If you are looking for a light-hearted yet heartfelt story, in the style of Bethany Turner and Melissa Ferguson, you will love this book. I can’t wait to read whatever Becca Kinzer writes next!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Was this review helpful?

This is a cute romance set in a small town that takes full advantage of that setting, creating confusion and a gossip chain that rivals no other and had me laughing at every mention. I enjoyed getting to know both Edith and Henry, as well as their friends both here and abroad. The only thing that bothered me was that it took them so long to get through the mistaken identities; in a small town, how many new people do you get?!! It worked to keep the story rolling, though, and there were some more serious moments that fleshed out the story well. Recommended for those who like wholesome romances with more than a touch of humor.

Was this review helpful?

What an amazing debut! This book has it all - romance that's believable, humor that isn't too far on the slapstick/cheap laugh scale but just leaves you chuckling as you flip pages, and a strong and meaningful character growth arc that leaves you rooting for Henry and Edith as individuals as well as as a couple.

Was this review helpful?

The premise of Dear Henry, Love Edith had me anxious to read it. But it just wasn't what I was expecting. I do however predict that it will at some point be turned into a Hallmark type movie. This is Becca Kinzer's first novel and I think she has great potential. I look forward to reading her next book.

Was this review helpful?

There's plenty of potential in this story and it starts very strong but it didn't keep the same level for the rest of the story and the story fell flat.
I wanted to love this story but it's no my cup of tea.
Many thanks to the publisher for this arc, all opinions are mine

Was this review helpful?

This read was built on a clever plot line and filled with sympathetic characters. How two people attracted to each other - without realizing they are sharing different floors in a house - was fun to explore.

This wasn't a strongly emotive story, but there were numerous subplots (interesting!) and a small-town setting that I really enjoyed. At a couple of points in the narrative, it seemed that there was too great an effort to make this a comic story; It felt awkward and unnecessary. Otherwise this was a pleasure to read, a convincing romance free of graphic sex, and the draw of the original plot line kept me reading to the end.

Thanks to NetGalley and Tyndale House Publishers for the chance to read a book with a great hook! Published Jan 31, 2023, so it's available now.

Was this review helpful?

Dear Henry, Love Edith has an amazing premise. Two strangers staying under the same roof, mistaken identities, mutual crushes, but neither realizing the true identity of each other. They begin writing letters and form a connection, all the while clueless and pining for a stranger from afar.

Sadly, the book took a few weird turns and sort of fell apart. The characters are 30 and 32 years old yet the many pop culture references, including Goldie Hawn, The Golden Girls, and Fred Astaire, feel very niche for that age group.

This story is told in third person but I feel would work much better told in first person. Alternating chapters told in Henry and Edith's voices would help the reader connect more.

I did love the small town setting and cast of supporting character. Very Stars Hollow. Humorous and charming. Great potential but subpar execution. 3.5 stars. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Was this review helpful?

This was a cute little humorous love story that begins with a case of mistaken identity. Some parts of it made me laugh, but I wasn't completely sold on the love story between the two characters. I somewhat lost interest by the time they figured out who was who and became slightly annoyed at the will-they-or-won't they get together aspect of the plot. I think the zaniness of the plot overshadowed the development of the relationship and it just didn't ring true for me.

Was this review helpful?

This was a cute story, I liked how neither of them realized that the person they were seeing around town was actually the person they were living with.

Was this review helpful?

A huge Thank You to The author, The publisher and NetGalley for providing the e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
This was heartwarming, and cute, and everything I've ever wanted,

Was this review helpful?

3.25 stars

This humorous romance had a screwball comedy, zany vibe to it. It took me a while to get into it as it was a long, slow starter. I did feel that sometimes the mistaken identity theme was overdone and ventured into just plain silly.

But, as the book went on, it gained strength. Both Henry and Edith were interesting and nuanced characters. Edith in particular was nicely drawn and I was sympathetic to her desire to have some adventure and purpose in her life.

The town was a character in itself and the residents were certainly an overenthusiastic and zealous bunch, if sometimes misdirected. All in all, a fun, light read. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Was this review helpful?