The Letter Tree

Narrated by Kira Fixx
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Pub Date 31 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 01 Dec 2023

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Buffalo, NY, 1924

Laura Bradshaw adores stories with happily ever afters. But since her mother died seven years ago, the Bradshaw Shoe Company heiress has been as good as locked away in a tower. Her overbearing father cares little for her dreams, throwing himself instead into his tireless takedown of his competitor, the Campbell Shoe Company. However, Laura has been gifted with a reprieve: a mysterious friend with whom she’s been exchanging letters.

As heir to the Campbell Shoe Company, Isaac Campbell is a sought-after bachelor who has never felt an inkling of desire for the women who constantly bat their eyes at him. His thoughts are consumed by an oak tree in the Buffalo Zoo—or rather, the mystery woman he exchanges letters with courtesy of the tree. She’s been one of Isaac’s only joys in a life consumed by his father’s tireless hatred of Bradshaw. A hatred that, Isaac is coming to realize, may affect him more personally than he ever imagined.

When Laura’s father orchestrates a match between her and an important business owner, she resolves to pursue her only chance at freedom. But Isaac believes their story isn’t bound for a tragic ending. He’s certain there’s more to the Bradshaw-Campbell feud than meets the eye. And he won’t stop digging until he uncovers the truth that might bridge the divide between him and the woman whose words have captured his heart.

Buffalo, NY, 1924

Laura Bradshaw adores stories with happily ever afters. But since her mother died seven years ago, the Bradshaw Shoe Company heiress has been as good as locked away in a tower. Her...


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For readers who enjoy; women’s fiction historical fiction, romance, and rival families this is the book for you!
Set in 1920’s New York and featuring rival shoe companies, a zoo, and a love story. Rachel Fordhams writing and Kira Fixxs narration had me completely engrossed and I could not stop listening.

Thank you to Net Galley and Harper Collins Christian Publishing for an advance copy.

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Have you ever wanted a book to end so that you could know what happens and yet at the same time don't want to finish it because you love being with the characters? That's how I felt with The Letter Tree by Rachel Fordham.

Rachel has long been a favorite author. Her writing style draws the reader into her finely crafted world. This book is told in the third person point of view and has a wonderful romance at its heart. There are other storylines that compliment the romance that have a bit of mystery to them. Overall, it is a well rounded book.

I am a fan of stories told through letters. This book uses that element of some storytelling well, but it includes some Romeo and Juliet vibes as well. One of my new favorites from Ms. Fordham. There are numerous appearances by animals that I throughly enjoyed as well!

I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it. The narrator has a soft tone to her voice and a slight lilt. It took me a bit to adjust to that mostly because I've been listening to Regency Era books and romcoms lately. My ears had to adjust to the non English accent and romcom narrators tend to have a different feel to their reading. She does character voices, both male and female, very well. Each of them had their own voice, even though there were many of both genders throughout the story.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson, Zondervan Audio and Netgalley for the copy. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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The Letter Tree by Rachel Fordham - 5 Stars - AMAZING!

The Letter Tree by Rachel Fordham is a delightful and captivating story that effortlessly weaves together elements of a classic 1920s romance with a storyline that is perfect for lovers of You've Got Mail and Romeo and Juliet. At the heart of this book lies two characters - torn apart by their family feud many years ago. Laura Bradshaw and Isaac Campbell. They were childhood friends at one point but they were torn apart by circumstances unknown to them many years ago. All they know is the Bradshaws and the Campbells hate each other and are to not be seen together.

The twist of this tale comes when Laura and Isaac have been secretly exchanging letters together in the big tree in the Buffalo Zoo in New York for years. The one rule? Never to reveal each other's name to one another. It all started when Isaac found one of Laura's poems she wrote and put in the tree - so he wrote her back many years ago.

So, they have grown to care for one another through these letters, yet neither one know they are writing to the other. Perfect story for lovers of You've Got Mail! There's more then meets the eye to this old family feud....as things would have it, circumstances push them together, things start to be revealed and BOY do we have a GOOD story on our hands!

We have so much more to the story too as we see close friends and business partners that can't be trusted get involved in many business dealings with others and they try to figure that out as well with the help of a private investigator.

I absolutely ADORED this book. The audiobook narrator did a fabulous job and she really kept me immersed in the story. She does great male and female voices in my opinion. Mrs. Gaskin was such a mother figure to Laura - she needed that since she lost her mother when she was very young. I loved her so much and how she truly cared about her happiness as a mother would. I also loved how Isaac truly cared for Laura, he wanted to protect her and the letters were THE SWEETEST.

I think if you are someone who loves a good zoo setting in a book, stories with letter exchanges, the 1920s, Romeo and Juliet references, and just a beautiful clean romance - this is for you! I love Rachel's writing and can't wait to read more of her books. I am SO glad I preordered this because I will be recommending this for a long time.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an audiobook copy to honestly read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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This was the perfect stroll through 1920s history, with characters and situations I will long remember. Isaac and Laura are star crossed due to a feud between their families, so must find their friendships elsewhere. But a tree in the zoo (which I LOVED reading about) served as the perfect place to stash her hopes and fears…until it began a years long correspondence with a unknown person. The mystery about the true reason for the split between the two families, the advent and intention of Abel, the travels they take…all served as the best backdrop for Laura and Isaac’s true love story to begin. The cast of supporting characters helped move the story forward and seasoned it to perfection. I was privileged enough to receive an advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and listened to the audiobook as well, and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

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A family feud between the Campbell and Bradshaw families, is tested when the son and daughter from opposing families want to have a future. Laura is the daughter of the owner of the Bradshaw Shoe Company and after her mother died she has been kept out of the public. She has other ideas and sneaks out to the Buffalo Zoo and works with the animals.

Issac whose family is the competitor with the Campbell Shoe Company is wanted to carve his own path and not follow in his the footsteps of his family. He finds letters at the oak tree of the zoo and starts exchanging letters with a mysterious woman and he is enchanted.

Laura’s father is having her courted and she is not thrilled. She is much more interested in the gentleman she shares letters with.

I absolutely loved this novel. Full of hope, love and creating your own path in life. Do these two find their way and stop the feud between the families? Do they know they whom they are actually writing letters too?

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I adored this book with it’s Romeo and Juliet meets You’ve Got Mail vibes.

After the death of her mother, Laura writes a poem expressing her feelings and places it in the nook of a tree. However, when she goes back a few days later to retrieve the paper, she finds a reply letter instead. Laura and her mysterious pen pal keep exchanging letters for the next seven years forming a close friendship. But there’s one rule: they must not share their names.

This is a story of a secret friendship turned into forbidden love. I loved the 1920s New York setting and all the descriptions of the decade including fringe dresses, prohibition and the Brooklyn Zoo. This is a slower paced story but it flowed effortlessly. The letter writing was my favorite part of this story! I love the concept of two people falling in love over letters. With so many obstacles in their way, I loved how both main characters came together to solve the mystery over their feuding families.

This was such a tender and sweet story and one that I definitely recommend.
I also enjoyed the audiobook. The narrator did an excellent job portraying both main characters.

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for both eARC and ALC. All opinions are my own.

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There is so much about this book to love! A sweetly written 1920’s version of Romeo & Juliet meets You’ve Got Mail … it’s a tender & charming historical romance at its very finest! The flapper girl & prohibition era is one of my favorites and Rachel made me feel as if I was dancing the Charleston right there at the fancy schmancy parties, sporting the latest fashionable hair bob!

The elements to this story were so engaging … you have the suspicious “new to town” businessman with deals of quick money - too good to be true, the mystery behind the hateful feud of 2 prominent families, the search for independence & purpose and the slow burn journey towards love’s happy ending! Plus, some pretty loveable supporting characters & even an ornery talking pet bird.

I enjoyed this one on audiobook & the sweet, lyrical voice of the narrator is a delight to listen to & compliments the book nicely! I especially loved her portrayal of the 1920’s Private Detective … so fun!

If you love historical fiction & sweet, clean romance … this is your new fav book!

Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas Nelson, Zondervan Audio and Rachel Fordham for a copy of this ALC to enjoy and review!

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The Letter Tree by Rachel Fordham is remarkable.
I adored this story set in the 1920s!Fordham captured the aesthetics of this age; the sights, sounds, fashions, policies, and the desire of young women to break out against traditional molds. I especially loved the backdrop of stunts, record breakers, and the zoo!
Laura Bradshaw is an heiress who has been mostly alone since her mom died. She has her quirky, very vocal bird, and her delightful housekeeper who keep her company. And her secret letters. Laura has been exchanging letters with her friend for years. No one knows her better. Then her father introduces her to an associate and she decides it’s time to move on. Laura may be quiet and she may not think she’s brave, but she’s ready for more and willing to pursue freedom, regardless of the cost.
The author herself describes this as Romeo and Juliet meet You’ve Got Mail and I could not agree more!!! So many wonderful moments I don’t want to give away. But wow, Isaac Campbell is a true gentleman who is guaranteed to capture your heart and inspire you to be better! An unlikely friendship unfolds, even though their families are sworn enemies. The way he demonstrated care, concern, and respect for Laura is endearing.
Laura and Isaac together are warm, comfortable, soothing. They speak their minds, explore curiosity, and draw out the best in each other.
I recommend this to all lovers of clean, historical fiction. The characters are very well developed, the plot is engaging, and the twists were unexpected. What you can expect is some creative sleuthing and a whole lot of redemption.
I had the added pleasure of listening to the talented Kira Fixx narrate this wonderful audiobook and as a result, the characters truly came to life in my mind.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley and all opinions expressed are solely my own, freely given.

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I became completely drawn into this story and the heartache and sorrows and hope and desires that was woven throughout the story. The longing for friendship and being accepted and loved pulled at my heart. The beautiful friendship of the two people writing letters left at the Letter Tree was so incredibly touching. I have enjoyed all of this author's books, but this one was truly incredible! Loved it so much and the rich history throughout the book!

Laura Bradshaw and Isaac Campbell are forbidden from seeing each other. Once upon a time they were best friends but a family feud stands in their way of being friends. Isaac finds a new friend in a pen pal and comes to discover that there's more to the story behind the family feud than meets the eye. I loved watching him dig and try to discover what truly happened. All of the twists and turns that happen along the way were so intriguing and kept me engrossed in the story!

Beautifully written! I loved how it all played out and merged together! The audiobook was fantastic! I loved the narrator and the emotion she was able to portray through her talents. I felt it and loved how the writing and story and narration all combined to bring this vivid and poignant story to life!

A must read for Rachel Fordham fans! If you love historical fiction, family drama, a little mystery and suspense and sweet love stories, pick up this book or audiobook!

Content: Clean. Some moments of mild peril. Some sweet kisses.

I received a copy from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, and a copy of the audiobook from the producer, Harper Collins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson), via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

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1924 Buffalo, New York. Two families, once united in business, have been divided for years. Laura Bradshaw yearns for freedom from the isolation her overbearing father has required since her mother died. She finds solace in exchanging anonymous letters in a tree in the zoo. Isaac Campbell yearns for purpose in his life, wishing he could meet the letter writer who has brought such happiness in his life. Will their story end tragically or will they uncover the hidden truths behind their families' feud?

You’ve Got Mail meets Romeo and Juliet in the decadence of the 1920s. I haven’t read many books in this time period, and I liked the details that were woven in. The author balances the romance and the deeper storyline in the perfect way to keep me invested in the story.

Both Laura and Isaac were interesting characters. I understood their motivation and thought their decisions believable. I was rooting for them to overcome the hatred of their parents to find happiness. I very much enjoyed the narrator for this one. She did a phenomenal job making each person come to life.

}I would definitely recommend this to readers looking for a sweet romance set in the 1920’s.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I loved the characters, the storyline, the whole conflict! This author had me from beginning to end. The narrator was amazing and I really loved her inflection and details! Great work!

Thanks to NetGalley for this review copy, all opinions are my own!

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As someone who grew up near Buffalo NY I knew I just had to read this book no matter what. I was not disappointed whatsoever ever. The whole Romeo Juliet type/ you got mail but in the 20s just warmed my heart the entire book!

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If you are a fan of forbidden romance and movies such as You've Got Mail or Romeo and Juliet, do not miss this book! I really enjoyed this heartfelt story by Rachel Fordham set in New York during the 1920s. Laura and Isaac were fabulous main characters and I loved the dual POV which allowed me to understand their hearts and what each was going through personally.
Laura and Isaac are star crossed lovers. Their two families once were super close as their fathers ran a shoe company together, but when secrets and misunderstanding result in a feud, Laura and Isaac suddenly find themselves enemies. Little did they know that through the years, they were actually corresponding through beautiful and vulnerable letters they deposited in a special "letter tree" at the Buffalo Zoo. I loved those letters. I don't know what it is, but something about this type of correspondence just gives me all the feels. I particularly liked the twist Fordham took with the letters and the two's identities. It kept things fresh and even entertaining.
The romance was so sweet and I just loved Isaac so much. I also enjoyed the way the two came together to discover the cause of their fathers' falling out.
I listened to the audiobook of this novel. The book is written in dual POV with a single female narrator doing the audiobook version. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job capturing the feel of the time period in the way she read and spoke. A few times I did have to really focus to know which POV the story was in, but it didn't take long to catch on and overall, I enjoyed the audiobook version.
I received an advance reader copy/listening copy of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This is probably my new favorite novel from Fordham and I recommend this book. This is a clean, inspiration story.

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The Letter Tree by Rachel Fordham is a captivating historical romance set in the 1920s, brought to life by the remarkable talents of audiobook narrator Kira Fixx. Her narration takes you on an immersive journey, making you feel as though you've stepped back in time to the roaring '20s. I very highly recommend this audiobook to everyone who enjoys historical fiction!

Kira Fixx's skillful narration lends depth and authenticity to the characters. With her distinct and nuanced voice, she captures the essence of the era, portraying both male and female characters with finesse. Her delivery adds a layer of charm to the story, enhancing the overall listening experience.

While the book may occasionally shift between dual points of view, Kira Fixx's narration keeps you engaged and entranced. She expertly conveys the emotions and nuances of the characters, making them feel relatable and endearing.

Her ability to bring the 1920s to life through her narration is truly impressive. Whether it's the fashion, culture, or societal norms of the time, Kira Fixx's talent as a narrator adds an authentic touch that transports you to the era.

"The Letter Tree" is a shining example of Kira Fixx's skills as a narrator, making it an audiobook worth savoring. Her ability to infuse the story with warmth and emotion enhances the listener's connection with the characters, creating an absolutely unforgettable listening experience.

I received an audiobook ARC of The Letter Tree from its publisher HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Thomas Nelson Fiction via NetGalley. I am neither obligated to write a positive review nor compensated for doing so. What you have just read reflects my genuine assessment and heartfelt notions of this terrific novel and superb narration.

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I would give this more than 5 stars if I could. Loved the premise of two people falling in love via letters written anonymously over time. The time period was interesting, the characters were well developed, and there was more than just romance. Definitely grab this book if you love clean historical fiction.

(I listened to thr audiobook version of this thanks to Netgalley)

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One of the marks of a good book (in my mind at least) is wanting to know where the characters go after the book ends.

The Letter Tree, by Rachel Fordham, will be published on October 31. Laura Bradshaw and Isaac Campbell grew up together. Their fathers were best friends and business partners. After the deaths of Isaac's uncle and Laura's mother, a rift developed between the men.

Nearly a decade later, Laura and Isaac are being kept in their respective golden cages. She has been banned from socializing with her peers as other girls do. He is eager to learn the ropes of the business, but his father keeps giving him menial tasks.

Both have been conversing for years. with an unknown penpal via a tree in the local zoo. Neither knows who the person is behind the words. Over the years, both have followed their father's hatred of the family. When they meet up as young adults, their hatred starts to evolve into a relationship that is completely unexpected. As they explore the mystery of the disagreement between their fathers, they begin to understand one another.

I loved this book. The best way to explain the narrative is You've Got Mail meets Romeo and Juliet with Washington Square and a dash of Persuasion. I was rooting for them to get together, even before I knew the twist. My favorite character was the Bradshaw's housekeeper. She is the mother figure that Laura badly needs. My only issue is that the other man who starts out as Laura's love interest. He could have been a bit fleshed out a bit beyond the standard 2D baddie trope.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

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Thank you net galley for allowing me to read and give an honest review of this beautifully written novel.
Modern day retelling of Romeo and Juliet with a unique twist of corresponding letters through a tree. The letter tree is set in the 1920s when the world is just getting back to normal after the devastation of the Great War and prohibition just kicking up.
There are secrets and forbidden love that could destroy two families. This is a beautiful soft romance this is very clean and wholesome. Wonderful read for anyone who loves romance and history. I have found a new favorite author.
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5/5

I absolutely adored this book! When I heard it was a mix of You’ve Got Mail (my favorite movie), Romeo and Juliet and set as a historical fiction book, I knew I had to read this book! This book didn’t disappoint and I want to read so many other things by this author!

The narrator was great and did the different voices very well!

I was so invested in this story and loved the mystery aspect along with the romance and Laura’s relationship with her care taker and pet!

This book is everything and I highly recommend it!

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I absolutely loved this audiobook. The narrator did a fine job! I've already messaged several of my Bookstagram friends to recommend this read. My favorite themes and genres were displayed throughout this novel: clean reads, historical fiction, romance, and a sense of mystery, all under Christian notes. The love story mirrored a Romeo and Juliet sort of forbidden love, but the essence of forgiveness spoken throughout the reading made my heart swoon. I loved how this novel mirrored grace at every turn. This was a wonderful book!

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Sometimes you read a book and it just hits you. It is a book that you don't want to end. A book that you want to keep on reading and it never stop. That is The Letter Tree for me. One of my favorites this year (out of almost 130!!). Rachel Fordham does an excellent job with the story. The characters are real and human and they make me want to laugh and cry with them. The story itself stayed interesting and kept me engaged the entire time. Definitely five stars! Thanks #NetGalley and the publisher. Maybe you could tell her we need #book2.

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THE LETTER TREE
Rachel Fordham
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I listened to this one and I absolutely loved it!!! It’s a story of navigating your way through the messiness of family, working toward reconciliation and finding the real truth!!!

The Campbell and Bradshaw families are feuding but no one will speak about why!!!! Laura Campbell lost her mother and stays home and reads. She also enjoys going to the zoo and starts leaving letters/poems in a tree. Someone finds it and writes back!! This goes on for years and the two are going to meet but when the other person realizes it is Laura, he cannot reveal himself.

Laura’s father wants her to marry a business associate but Laura tries and realizes that he is not who everyone thinks he is. She must find her pen pal and see if they have a future!!

This is a love story that I loved and listened to it quickly as it was so good!!!!

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Thank you to the publisher & Netgalley for the audiobook ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Absolutely loved this story. The characters, the setting, the relationships, the family history, and history of an area in Upstate NY. Mystery & a sweet romance combined into one.

Especially loved hearing about the zoo & Delaware Park (a place I frequented in graduate school). The narrators of the audiobook were great & kept me engaged throughout. Also loved the Author’s Note at the end to hear how the one elephant wasn’t fictional afterall.

Highly recommend!

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I loved every minute I spent listening to The Letter Tree. The story drew me in and the main characters captivated my attention. I loved the way the historical setting added to the story without taking over the story.

The Letter Tree tells the story of a friendship that develops out of chance, heartbreak, and the inevitable growing pains of learning to find a place in the world. When Laura's mother dies in a tragic accident, she finds herself hiding poetry in a tree in the park. When she goes to retrieve her hidden writings, she finds a letter waiting for her, from a young man who sought refuge in the tree. So begins years worth of anonymous, back and forth letters.

Circumstances change, as they are wont to do, and Laura finds herself considering marriage as an escape from her unhappy home. Will her pen pal best friend be able to overcome the reality of their situation and find a way for them to be together in person instead of just in letters? And what happens when Laura discovers her best friend is the son of her father's greatest enemy?

This book kept me engaged and delighted me the whole way through, with just enough twists and turns I didn't see coming.

A huge thank you to NetGalley, Rachel Fordham, and the publisher for an advanced copy to review. All opinions are my own!

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This was a beautifully moving and romantic mash up of Romeo & Juliet and You've got mail set in 1920s Buffalo, New York that sees two childhood friends torn apart by their feuding families only to reconnect years later when they start exchanging letters in a special Maple tree at the Brooklyn Zoo.

Rachel Fordham was a new to me author and I honestly had zero expectations going into this story but imagine my delight when I just couldn't put it down!! Full of family drama, sweet first love and friendship, animals, books and so much more.

This was also great on audio read by a new to me narrator, Kira Fixx. HIGHLY recommended especially for fans of stories like The zookeeper's wife or authors like Pepper Basham. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early audio copy in exchange for my honest review!!

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If you're a fan of Romeo-and-Juliet-style romances, you'll want to check this one out.

Laura Bradshaw was raised in Buffalo, NY, by her single father. Her mother was killed years before when she was struck down in the road by a passing vehicle.

Isaac Campbell is a sought-after bachelor who just wants to feel useful and needed. But his father continually pushes him toward a life of leisure and entertainment.

Both Laura and Isaac are the offspring of former business partners and now rival shoe manufacturers that have been feuding since around the same time that Laura's mother died.

Laura and Isaac both have a secret pen pal that makes their lives bearable, until they finally realize after all these years that they've each been writing to their sworn enemy. The problem is, through their letters, they've fallen in love. So the question becomes, how can they ever be together when both their fathers would move heaven and earth to prevent their union?

Everything ultimately ties back to the mystery behind Laura's mother's death and the splitting of the Bradshaw and Campbell shoe factories. So, Laura and Isaac set out to find the truth so they can set the future on a different course.

I truly enjoyed this story and how special books and writing were to each of the main characters. As someone who shares that passion, it touched my heart and made me feel especially close to them.

Well done, Rachel Fordham! And thank you HarperCollins and NetGalley for an advance review copy.

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This book is set in spring but I actually thought it felt like fall with the zoo in Buffalo, NY (during Prohibition) being the setting. There's a bit of mystery and a lot of romance. There's a lit of references to fairytales and Shakespeare since Laura is a big reader, thanks to her mother. Laura and Isaac definitely share a lot of parallels with the most famous star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.

Now that I have a daughter of my own, stories about mother-daughter relationships definitely hit different, especially since I've never had a great relationship with my own mother. I thought Laura's love of her mother and grief over her death was sweet and genuine feeling.

I definitely recommend this one, especially if you love historical romance!

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In a Nutshell: After a long wait, I read a novel that delivers exactly what it promises and exactly as per its genre. Loved this beautiful story with loveable lead characters and an old-world charm to its writing. Think ‘Romeo & Juliet’ crossed with ‘You’ve Got Mail’ in a Jazz Age setting.

Story Synopsis:
Buffalo, New York. 1924. It has been many years since the Campbell and Bradshaw families feuded, split their joint shoe business, and stopped speaking with each other. No one knows the reasons behind their fight, not even the heirs of the families.
Laura Bradshaw, 21, loves books and animals. However, after the death of her mother, her father has been focussed only on his shoe company, and wants Laura to marry a new business partner to expand the company. The only source of joy in Laura’s life, other than her pet parrot and her loving housekeeper, is her mysterious pen pal, with whom she has been exchanging letters since seven years by using a hollow in the maple tree at the local zoo as a ‘letter box’.
Isaac Campbell, 23, wants to be more involves in Campbell Shoes, but his father is reluctant to give him a greater role. His overprotective is only concerned about him getting married to the right girl. Isaac finds respite only in words of his secret friend who, through her letters, has provided the comfort and friendship he needs.
Do Laura and Isaac know that they are corresponding with the “enemy”? What will happen when their families learn about the letters?
The story comes to us in the limited third person perspectives of Laura and Isaac.

Bookish Yays:
😍 The prologue set in 1917 gives the book the perfect start.
😍 Laura and Isaac are wonderful leads for this story. As they are still young adults, their actions sometimes seem impulsive. But on the whole, they are carved in a way that made me root for them. Both have vulnerabilities that they overcome with the support of their loved ones and with their own determination.
😍 I loved the role of the maple tree! It has a properly sketched presence in the story that justifies its being the title of the book. It was nice to see many key scenes occur under or around the tree.
😍 Many elements from the Jazz Age are a vital part of the storyline. From flagpole sitting competitions to daredevilry in a bid to set new records to the dance halls, the story incorporates enough of historical events without anything seeming forced. The beautiful writing further enlivens the spirit of the era.
😍 The story is neither fast nor slow, moving ahead at a relaxed tempo that worked well for me. This gives the characters and the plot enough of breathing space.
😍 I loved how good old letter writing had a role to play in the union of the star-crossed lovers. The letters are used well in the plot, and through them, we get an added glimpse of the developing feelings of the lead pair.
😍 As this was a book by a Christian publisher, I expected it to have a strong thread of faith. But there’s hardly any religious content herein. I didn’t mind this, as I anyway don’t like overly preachy stuff. Plus, the Christian tag ensured that the romance stayed clean, with only a few kisses.
😍 On that note, I loved the romance!! It was my kind of a love story – a slow, steady growth of friendship to love, but also with shades of enemies to lovers. No steam, no silly antics, no whiny females or buff males. Just two regular people falling for each other based on a connection of souls and not bodies. Perfect!
😍 There are also two mysteries in the book – one connected to the rift between the Campbells and the Bradshaws, and the other connected to a secondary character. Both were interesting, and both were resolved satisfactorily.
😍 The author’s note at the end clarifies the facts and the fiction. I love how she began her note by saying that she loved reading such notes and historical clarifications as a reader, and hence writes the same for her readers. Thank you!

Bookish Mixed Bags:
😐 Other than Laura’s housekeeper Miss Guskin and Isaac’s best friend (Forgot his name!), the remaining secondary characters are mostly clichéd. Be it the parents or other potential love interests, none broke the mould. This was the biggest shortcoming of the story, as all the goodwill gained by the good characters was nullified by the stock ones.
😐 The Buffalo zoo also has a vital role to play in the plot. Courtesy Laura’s love for animals and the zoo being a frequent location in the story for a rendezvous, we get a great glimpse of the animals therein. It is a bit too cutesy to be realistic, but this wasn’t meant to be literary fiction, so the focus stays on the positive side of the zoo.

🎧 The Audiobook Experience:
The audiobook, clocking at 10 hrs 39 min, was narrated by Kira Fixx. She does handle the narration well, though I admit I had a tough time getting used to the high pitch of her voice. The accent didn’t cause me any trouble though. She had a lovely smooth way of speaking out sentences that suited Laura’s personality perfectly. I’d have loved to see a male narrator voicing Isaac’s chapters, though Fixx does handle male voices fairly well.

All in all, this is exactly what you would expect from a historical romantic drama, plus a little more. It might not be path-breaking fiction and is mostly predictable, as is common with this genre. However, it delivers on everything it promises.
Definitely recommended when you are looking for a soothing historical read with a lovely mix of sweet romance and family mystery. Not for those who want insta love or steamy action.

4.5 stars, happy to round up.

My thanks to HarperCollins Christian Publishing and NetGalley for the ALC of “The Letter Tree”. This review is voluntary and contains my honest opinion about the audiobook.

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When I say I couldn’t put this book down, I mean that I read the entire book in less than 48 hours! The details of the story as well as the language and the style of the writing made me feel like I was taking a step back in time. The transformation of the two main characters was awe inspiring. After the first chapter, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to wait to hear how the story ended. There is so much to be learned from a love story like this, and even though this is set in the past, I think it can really resonate with young people today. I can see this book turning into a movie. Great story, great writing. 5 stars for a historical fiction romance.

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This is one of those books that captivates you, takes you to a different time/place, and holds your interest so much you can't stop thinking about it even when done. What a great story and great escape from daily life. I loved the way this story, in many ways, mirrored the classic story of Romeo and Juliet - even referencing it many times though out the novel. I loved how there was a love story that really pulled on your heart strings and made you feel as the characters did - pining after one another for many years and drawing out their reunion in the end. There is also an element of mystery and adventure in this novel with many smaller themes under the main love story.

All around great read and I have already recommended it to many others.

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Wow is how I am going to start this review.
I was given complimentary audiobook from author and netgalley. I also want to apologize for a late review. I absolutely love this audiobook. The narrator does amazing job. Yes this book took me longer to finish. But not because I didn’t love or I was getting bored. I didn’t t want to miss a moment with these characters. A modem day Romeo and Juliet story without death. I related to these characters so much. I love to jounral and read lots of books. The idea of two people writing letters for seven years. Is so sweet and romantic.
I will be adding more books from this author to my tbr.
I really enjoyed the writing style and the world the author created. Definitely be buying my own copy of this book. So many notes of my own I would love to add.
Laura and Isaac getting mixed up a family feud. With the lack of communication of both their families sadden me. I have to say that there was nothing that I would change or didn’t like about this audiobook.
Definitely a book that is a favorite for me 2023. I highly recommend this audiobook.
About Book:
This book is set in the 1920’s in Buffalo New York.
Laura a 21 year old who has been kept from the world. Writing letters at young age to stranger. And loving the zoo and reading books. Since the tragic death of her mother. Laura father is has become a stranger in the home. Only caring about money. Hatred towards his former business partner the Campbell’s. Laura’s father will do anything to over power them. Even have Laura only date a whom he sees profitable.
Issac Campbell a young rebel searching for his mark in the world beside his father’s business also a shoe company. Issac father has warned Issac he would cut from the family. He he has anything to with the Bradshaw’s.. Issac who find a poem he a maple tree decides to write the author of the poem.
Will these two ever know who each is? Read this book.
Thank you to netgalley and author and publisher. For allowing .me read such a beautifully written love story. Felt like I was there with these two characters. Definitely hold a place in my heart.

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The Letter Tree
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I Loved this story! It was a great sweet Historical Romance that kept me wanting & turning the pages. I loved that it had handwritten letters in the story hidden in a tree. No one writes letters any more hardly. "If the eyes are windows to the soul, then letters are the gate way to the heart." I love the sweet romance mixed with mystery. I also love that the Author told you at the end what was Fiction and what was Historic. A great book!!
Thank you Netgallery!!

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This book was so good! The plot was very different from other books I’ve read- really interesting and intriguing. Just like the description it was a mix of Romeo and Juliet and You’ve Got Mail- so much fun to read. I loved the mystery aspect of this romance it really held my interest. I also loved that this book was clean and sweet without being cheesy. This may be my new favorite by this author. I got to read this one on audio and loved the narrator. I listen to audiobooks at a 2x speed and her voice still sounded great.

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This was really sweet! If you like You’ve Got Mail or Romeo and Juliet, please check this out! It also has a zoo, Niagara Falls, swing dancing, and a talking parrot!

Huge thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to listen and review this audiobook!

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What an incredible book! I truly enjoyed this wonderful story told by Ms Rachel Fordham! I will be seeking more of her work!

This was a story about two families who, thru a misunderstanding, went from being best friends to sworn enemies. They were so close at one time that they even joined their two shoe companies together. They then split their two companies and focused on trying to put each other out of business. The son of one company, and the daughter of the other were best friends as children before their fathers forbid them to even see or speak to one another.

This was a wonderful story with so much depth of character, and so much feeling. This author did a beautiful job of showing how fragile the human heart can be, and how deeply relationships can be damaged thru misunderstandings. I just loved how this story unfolded. Ms. Fordham even wove in a great evil character that tried to swindle everyone around them in the midst of all of these rocky relationships, as well as a female character that demonstrated that even back in the timeframe of this story (the early 1900's), bully's were just as prevalent as today. People can be cruel! I just loved the character development of so many characters! Even the maid had a beautiful backstory! I will absolutely be seeking for stories by this amazing author. I totally recommend this book!

Thank you to HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me this wonderful opportunity to enjoy this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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What a gorgeous book! A delightful mix of 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'You've Got Mail' and after I was thinking those thoughts, the author herself confirmed those two titles in her authors note at the end!
In 1924, our star crossed lovers find themselves faced with circumstances that they did not create, that block them at every turn. Add in a con artist, a family feud, mysterious death circumstances, a rendezvous pile of dung and a vulgar parrot, and you definitely have a 5 star read.
One on my 'buy immediately' list when it is published, for sure.
I heard the audiobook and the narrator did a fine job of bringing the characters to life and a sweetness and innocence to Laura.
Thanks to Netgalley and the author and publisher for a temporary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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What a beautiful story of a young boy and girl growing up friends, then ripped apart by their families’ feud.

Laura and Issac have known each other forever. Their families are the Bradshaw and Campbells- their heirs and competitors of two magnificent shoe companies. The families were once one large company and have since had a HUGE feud (that no one knows the real reason) and they hate each other now.

Laura is forced to follow her father’s wishes and Isaac wishes for more as his father hands him menial tasks.

Each writes letters to a special friend, by way of the Letter Tree, a beautiful maple in the Buffalo zoo.

Fordham shares the story is born from the Adidas/Puma feud a couple decades after this novel is set, along with the zoo being such a beautiful, historical element. I am now off to read more about this Puma/Adidas feud I know little about.

I loved Lara’s persistence, Isaac’s calming quality and the mystery of Alex. Ruth was NOT my favorite by a long shot, which is a true testament to Fordham’s ability to write great characters!

The audio is great (save the investigator’s voice) so I recommend it too!

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A long standing feud between former business partners stands in the way of both families healing and a journey to love.

Laura Bradshaw, daughter of the Bradshaw shoe company, and Isaac Campbell, heir to the Campbell Shoe Company, live completely separate lives from one another, shadowed by family secrets and a deep seeded hatred for the other family. Neither one realize that they have been unconventional penpals for years, sharing their deepest pains and desires to one another. Is the draw on an unnamed penpal enough to deny a need to move forward with their lives. What will come of them
If they knew to whom they were writing?

The Letter Tree is a wonderfully written book that allows readers to immerse themselves into the 1920s scene. The setting of Buffalo during the rise of daredevil entertainment, and new business ventures is so immersive. We also venture into the newly finished zoo filled with exotic sights, sounds, and smells, and is also the home to a maple tree that holds the hopes and dreams of Laura and Isaac. The characters drive this story o filled with secrets, mystery, and family drama. Each character was so intentional and necessary to the storyline and created a cast of lovable and (sometimes) perfectly despicable personas.

Thank you NetGalley and Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Audio, for the audiobook in exchange for and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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What a lovely book.

The story of Isaac and Laura's love story was just very mellow and sweet.
There's a family fued, other woman, other man, But there's an endearing friendship that works its way through the book.

The audiobook was well done. Emotions came through for the both the main characters, I read it at 2.5x speed and that worked well for me.

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You Will Not Want To Put This Book Down!

I was so mesmerized by this story. I did not want to put it down. It was so fascinating and trying to puzzle through certain pieces of this puzzle was entertaining.

I look forward to searching out more books by Rachel Fordham.

Audiobook: Narrated by Kira Fixx
I enjoyed listening when I couldn’t sit down and read. Kira Fixx did not distract me from the book with her reading.

I received a complimentary copy of the audiobook through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. I typically hop around between music, podcasts, and audiobooks to break up the monotony while doing chores throughout the day, but with this one I didn’t need or want to.

The premise of Laura and Isaac exchanging letters anonymously through an old tree was just adorable. It’s a breath of fresh air when I read a romance and I’m rooting for both of them. They were equally matched and equally enjoyable characters that grew throughout the story. At its core, this is a clean, sweet, beautiful romance, but there’s a little conflict and mystery to move the plot forward. Nothing groundbreaking, but definitely endearing and enchanting.

I listened to this as an audiobook and the narrator did a great job at making the story flow enjoyably as well. Overall this was an easy 5 stars for me! A big thank you to NetGalley in exchange for my honest review!

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Loooooooved this story. The narrator was just perfect and one of the best I’ve heard. The Bradshaw’s and the Campbell’s were in the shoe business together until a rift and no one knows what happened. Both men are consumed with anger. Their children, now grown, after 7 years don’t understand this. Of course, all of this unfolds during the book and a satisfactory resolution is reached. Laura Bradshaw isn’t the typical woman during this time period. She cares nothing for fashion, gossip or parties. Her Father tries to push a romance into her with one of his business colleagues. Things are never as they seem. One of her Allie’s and friends during all this is the housekeeper, her bird and someone she has secretly written letters to the last 7 years. The drop off for these letter is a tree in the zoo. Neither of the writers knows who the other is. Isaac Campbell is encouraged to live a life of idleness and leisure by both of his parents. Isaac doesn’t care for this, wants to be useful and productive. So many subplots keeps this book quite interesting and entertaining. For me, it was a gentle, comforting listen. Highly recommend.

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The Letter Tree
by Rachel Fordham
Narrated by Kira Fixx

I received an ARC (advanced reader copy) of this audiobook through Netgalley.

The Setting: Buffalo, NY, 1924

Isaac Campbell
Laura Bradshaw

This book is a mixture of You’ve Got Mail, Romeo and Juliet, The Lake House, and Pride and Prejudice.

Young Laura Bradshaw, heir to Bradshaw Shoes, writes a poem and stuffs it in a tree for later retrieval. Young Isaac Campbell, heir to the competition - Campbell shoes, finds the poem, and writes a letter in response, and leaves it in place of the poem.

The next 7 years go by with Laura and Isaac writing each other letter after letter. They pour their hearts out, share pivotal moments, and lean on each other for support, and they do so anonymously.

Laura tends to leave her letters in the morning, and Isaac at night. It isn’t until there is a change in Laura’s life that the two meet again. Childhood friends, then enemies and secret letter friends, and now meeting again as adults.

I LOVED this book - everything about it. I loved every character, setting, interaction, all of it.

I really hope others read this book and love it too. And, I hope to one day see it on the big screen. This is a story that the world needed. Enjoy!

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This book was such good historical fiction, that I didn't want it to end. Laura Bradshaw wants a happily ever after romance. The letter tree began when Laura wrote a letter with poetry and put it into the tree. She returned and sometime had written her back! Years went by.
Many thanks to Net Galley and Harper Collins Christian Publishing.

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In a world where people seem more prone to disagree and argue than ever, it was enjoyable to read a novel about two young people who find a way to bring their feuding families together. Laura Bradshaw and Isaac Campbell are the children of the Bradshaw Shoe Company and the Campbell Shoe Company. They remember playing together when they were little and their fathers were partners, but after Laura's mother tragically died, everything became fractured, along with the shoe business. From that point on, Laura was forbidden from associating with Isaac.

The author's notes confess she was inspired by Romeo and Juliet and You've Got Mail, and I loved how this combination came together in the setting of the 1920s. As much as Laura and Isaac know they're expected to
hate each other as their fathers do, they can't help but remember their childhood fondness. And unbeknownst to them both, they've been exchanging letters in a tree at the Buffalo Zoo for years, opening their hearts to each other in anonymity.
The author captures the 1920s well with the pop culture and fashion of the era. I was rooting for Laura and Isaac all the way to the very satisfying conclusion. This was such a sweet, heartwarming romance. Highly recommend!

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I loved this book so much. I expected it to be a pretty standard re-telling of Romeo and Juliet and was pleasantly surprised by its depth and feeling. This book takes place in Post WWI Buffalo, NY and most books I read set in that era focus so much on the tragedy and loss and the dark stories people came home with. While that is woven into this story a bit, the main characters were too young to be in the war, and are stuck in the consequences of how it affected the older generations of their families.
This book had hope, grief, romance, and family feuds, and perfectly blended all of it. I loved every chapter. The story of Laura and Isaac is so beautifully told, and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a coming-of-age story with a little mystery, a lot of slow-burn romance, and something that is truly hopeful.

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This was a beautiful story about forbidden love. It was written and narrated so well that I, as the reader, felt like I was transported back in time.

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The best historical romance I've read this year! Romeo & Juliet meshes with You've Got Mail. I loved the coziness and the brilliance of using a tree for the letters. Also, a great mystery threaded in this gem. My first novel by Rachel, but definitely not my last. The narrator was amazing!

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I loved this audiobook from beginning to end! This historical fiction love story is a breath of fresh air that has a young couple whose families have been feuding for years, decide to do away with hatred, against all odds. Laura is alone in her home after her mother dies, so she goes to the zoo where she decides to leave her poetry, hidden in a beautiful tree. Someone discovers her notes and they soon become pen pals. This goes on for years! Her dad forbids her to go outside until he finds a businessman that he is trying to make a deal with. He wants Laura to go out with Abe, be seen around town with him and maybe marry him.

The reader was amazing, which also added to the greatness of the story. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

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Family feud & drama, intelligent female main character, letters, growth, romance, New York 1920's.... I mean, do I even need to say anything else?! Alas, you know I will.

I was automatically interested in this when I heard there was a comparison to You've Got Mail vibes and it was set in the 1920s NY. The rest was just a bonus. If you've been around you might know that I am a NYer and love seeing NY through a lens of timeframes that are not in the present, that I'm obsessed with You've Got Mail so I mean, obviously- and I adore stories with letters & I think in our time it's underrated (even though it was clearly the means of communication then).

Every single character in this story was well written, which, while this is only my second from this author, seems to just be one of her gifts. As a character driven reader it's something I take extra note of and is a big draw to me. Even the side characters are ones that you will root for- Mrs. Guskin was a particular favorite and her motherly ways with Laura were so endearing.

The two main characters were so good both individually and together- and the tension with them together was palpable & cute. There was depth to it which made it my kinda novel & romance as well (even though it is more than a love story). Plus there's a little mystery going on which was done in just the right amount and was a nice addition.

I listened to this on audiobook when I had the house to myself for the weekend and it made the perfect companion- the narrator was outstanding and I absolutely recommend it. Every time I put it down I wanted to be back into the story because of the world & characters build by Rachel Fordham. I knew I'd like this story a lot but I walked away loving it. Five stars without a doubt- and I've already added it to my Christmas list so I can get a physical copy for my shelf because it was just that good.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced listening copy of this story. All thoughts expressed are honest & my own.

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The Letter Tree by Rachel Fordham was the first book that I had the pleasure of reading by this author. It pulled me in from the onset and held my attention until the very end. I found that The Letter Tree was well written, paced just right and had several strong and well developed characters. It took place in Buffalo, N.Y. during the 1920’s. I enjoy reading books that were written during that time period and The Letter Tree was no exception. The author, Rachel Fordham, relied on her positive experiences she had when she first read Romeo and Juliet and watched You’ve Got Mail to create The Letter Tree. Those influences truly worked in every way and made The Letter Tree a delight to read. I listened to the audiobook that was very well narrated by Kira Fixx.

The Bradshaw family and the Campbell family both resided in Buffalo, N.Y. Both families shared a special friendship and relationship with each other’s family. The fathers jointly owned a thriving shoe business together. Laura Bradshaw, the only daughter, enjoyed Isaac Campbell’s company and friendship as well, even though he was a little older than Laura. All of this was well and good until something happened between the two families that led them to immediately terminate their friendship and business. As close as they had once been they now considered each other enemies. The families avoided each other entirely. No one ever revealed why the rift occurred but they avoided each other entirely now. Thus, Laura’s and Isaac’s friendship ended as well.

All this drama occurred right around the time Laura lost her mother. Laura’s mother had died when she was hit by a car while she was crossing the street. Laura had accompanied her mother on an outing to the Post Office. Laura was waiting for her mother across the street from the Post Office. From her vantage point, Laura witnessed the tragic death of her mother. From that point on, her father became quite distant, strict, demanding and very overprotective of Laura. She felt the effects of her mother’s death on many different levels.

Laura grew up to become a very lonely and sheltered child. Her only companion and confidant was the housekeeper that her father employed. Laura possessed one very special thing, though, that was hers alone. It was something she came to look forward to. It was her guarded secret. There was an old yet familiar maple tree on the grounds of the Buffalo Zoo. The tree was quite close to the home she lived in with her father. Right after her mother’s death, Laura began leaving letters in the hallow of the tree. She soon discovered that someone had discovered her letter and replied to her. Over the course of seven years, Laura and her secret pen pal friend wrote to each other and shared their dreams, fears and secrets with each other. Laura never learned the identify of the recipient of her letters but over time the person became her confidant and best friend.


Laura was more determined than ever to escape her father’s house but she wasn’t sure how she was going to accomplish that. Then a handsome stranger appeared and seemed to take a romantic interest in Laura. His name was Abel and he was not only handsome but rich. Abel was interested in developing a business relationship with her father so Laura’s father encouraged her to pursue a courtship with Abel. Laura knew that a marriage proposal was her best way to escape the confines of her father’s home. Could Laura find happiness with Abel. Was she willing to leave her special tree and the person who she had written her most precious thoughts to behind?

Like Laura, Isaac Campbell was an only child. As he grew older, his father had him join him in his shoe business but Isaac’s father would not give Isaac the respect and responsibilities he so desperately wanted. Isaac’s father was also overprotective of him. Isaac soon became quite frustrated with his father’s treatment of him. His mother encouraged Isaac to choose a bride but Isaac was uninterested in anyone his mother chose for him. Like Laura, Isaac had also lost someone very close to him. His uncle was killed in the war and Isaac missed him very much. Even though Isaac and Laura were forbidden to communicate or see each other, their circumstances were very similar over the years. Could the families forgive one another? Would Isaac and Laura renew their friendship?

I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook of The Letter Tree by Rachel Fordham. It was such a feel good story. There was romance, two separate mysteries, strong characters and a well plotted feel good storyline. I really enjoyed the part the tree played in this book. It was very heartwarming to know that Laura had a special friend that she could share her thoughts with. I also enjoyed the relationship Laura had with the animals and nature. Laura and Isaac were by far my favorite characters but I also appreciated the housekeeper and the special bond she formed with Laura over the years after her mother died. Overall, I really enjoyed The Letter Tree by Rachel Fordham and highly recommend it.


Thank you to Harper Collins Christian Publishing/ Thomas Nelson Fiction for allowing me to listen to the audiobook of The Letter Tree by Rachel Fordham through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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• historical fiction ⁣
1920’s, NY, Buffalo Zoo, Niagara Falls⁣

• clean romance⁣
forbidden romance, enemies-to-lovers, sweet⁣

• mystery ⁣
secret pen pals, family secrets, false identity⁣

The Letter Tree is a bit of Romeo and Juliet mixed with You’ve Got Mail. Also great for fans of historical fiction, animal lovers, and readers of clean romance. ⁣

Even though it is labeled as a “Christian romance,” there was no element of faith in the story. I was a bit disappointed, only because of being encouraged from her previous books.

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I loved everything about this story - the setting, the time period, the characters, the plot, and most importantly, the romance!

This was my second Rachel Fordham book, and she is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. I love her clean historical romances. They warm my heart and always put a smile on my face. I adored this book!!

This is a Romeo & Juliet retelling with a dash of You’ve Got Mail, and it was so sweet and charming. I listened to the audiobook and couldn’t stop listening to it. It’s a dual POV from both the main female protagonist, Laura, and the main male protagonist, Issac. I appreciated getting both of their perspectives in this story, which helped me to connect and relate to both characters. You could see how they were both innocent young adults swept up in this family feud between their fathers, who worked together at a shoe factory until they had a falling out. Now, they both rival each other with their own shoe factories, constantly trying to exceed the other in business.

I really enjoyed this story being set in the 1920s. It was fun going back in time to this era, and through the descriptive writing, I was fully immersed in this time period and could picture what was being described, from clothing to housing to lifestyle to behavior of people back then. I also enjoyed the settings of the Buffalo Zoo and Niagra Falls toward the end of the book. The author weaves in real historical facts mixed with fiction, and at the end, she offers an author’s note about the story, what was made up, and what was real.

I really enjoyed getting to know the characters. They were fully developed and were easy to connect with and relate to. I felt fully invested in them and watching this relationship progress was really entertaining. We get depth from the characters and the overall story, which adds to the book. We feel the tension and exhaustion of this family feud that has been going on for many years. If you enjoy the enemies to lovers and forbidden love romance tropes, then you’ll love this story.

I also was really engaged with the plot. I thought it was creative and entertaining. It kept my interest the entire time, and I kept wanting to know what would happen next. The pacing was great. There was a wonderful balance of romance and drama to keep my attention. There’s even a bit of a mystery to figure out, which was unexpected and made the book even more interesting.

This is such a heartwarming, feel-good story that I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance stories and historical dramas. Absolutely loved it, and now I want to buy a physical copy for my personal library and reread it! This is an author I want to read to zero now.

Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. These are my own thoughts and opinions.

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I could not stop listening to this audio book!

A romantic tale of correspondence, love, loyalty and forgiveness. Laura shares all her most intimate secrets and feelings with the unnamed pen pal. For years Laura would steal away to her letter tree to see if her friend had written.

When she decides it is time to leave her unknow friend behind fate decides to play it's hand.

A true love story, a definite must listen/read for any romantic at heart.

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Absolute perfection. This book feels like an epic love story with Romeo and Juliet vibes and You've Got Mail thrown in just to keep it completely engaging. I was hooked from the very first page and it unfolded so beautifully. A first time read for me by this author and I am now a huge fan. There is real character growth in the characters and I felt all the pains of despair and heartache. A word about the narrator. She has a very light almost whispery voice that quietly invited me to join her reading letters and I loved it. The voice of Isaac was impossible not to love and felt true to his character. I can't say enough good things about this story and the pacing. I wanted it to hurry and get to the end, but then enjoyed every stop along the way. It's a story about never giving up on love and finding our person. A person who truly sees us exactly as we are. Highly recommend!!

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I loved every minute of this book. The narrrator did a fantastic job. I was pulled in from the very beginning. It is a wonderful mix of You’ve Got Mail and Romeo and Juliet. Two families torn apart from scandal and war. The fall out affects the two children who were friends before. After unexpected correspondence and years between, Laura and Isaac are thrown together again.

This story has so many twists and turns that will keep you hooked until the end. I loved the era, that romance, the intrigue. I loved all of it!!

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Romeo and Juliet love story . It is syory in 1920's between two families that are in fued. The main segying is Buffalo Zoo and tree next to it. I loved characters that we more advence then time they were in, but still behive as per time.

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