by: Ava Zavora
In Dear Adam, book blogger Eden enters a passionate online relationship with Adam, a mysterious Englishman. Although they eventually talk over the phone, their communication begins with tweets, then progresses to e-mails, chats, and texts, the modern reincarnations of the old-fashioned love letter. Because they communicate this way, Dear Adam can be characterized as an epistolary novel (one written in the form of a series of letters). In fact, a letter written by one of the characters falls in the wrong hands and initiates a heart-racing plot twist.
So, you can say that I’m a sucker for letters. I love writing them, I love receiving them.
When I was in middle school, I and my best friend at the time used to send each other elaborate letters. We would pretend to be Victorian ladies called Lady Daisy and Lady Avalon, and invite each other out to tea in archaic language and seal the envelopes with wax. If you guessed that I was a full on nerd and never got asked out … well, you would be right.
My notion of true love was shaped by historical romance novels. With this thoroughly realistic view, I told my first boyfriend that he had to write me letters so he obliged me despite being grammatically challenged. He gave me poetic declarations of undying love scrawled on college-ruled binder paper. Later, I learned his brother had written them for him.
I’m of a mind that one well-written letter can win a heart or mend a broken one.
What do you think? Have you ever received a letter (or its modern equivalent, an e-mail) so compelling that you fell in love with the sender?
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Genre - Contemporary Romance
Rating – PG-13