Monday, November 15, 2010

Book Review: The Letter by Richard Paul Evans

Library: Clinton Hill Branch [BPL]
Genre: Inspirational Fiction

A wealthy businessman, David Parkin, living in the the middle of the Great Depression (1933) travels to find his mother who abandoned him when he was a child. Along the way he discovers many things about himself, his mother and the way he loves.

I don't remember taking this book out at all. I think I was searching through some books I'd like to have put on hold for me while on BPL's website. I'm one of those people who take out way too many books at the library and end up with fines and a lot of of unread books. I digress however. When I started reading this book, it was while I was reading the fast paced Patterson thrillers and some YA Fiction books. So the eloquent and descriptive language was a shock to my brain for a second. But only a second. I loved that he could paint beautiful pictures:
"...a rare winter rain had commenced, and the encroaching clouds has blackened out the moon's reflection and wet landscape"
As well as not so beautiful pictures:
"Holes were broken through the lath and plaster walls, and the tobacco-stained floor was littered with whiskey bottles and food cans, infested with cockroaches"

Evans' storytelling is as heartbreaking as it is beautiful. I love the way he shapes story lines and provides exposition without getting all exposition-y [totally a word]. This book was no exception from the previous ones in the Christmas Box series. Highly recommended, although I'll need to read a few lighthearted comedies after this one!


  1. This book sounds soo good. I loved your review, and now need to go get it!! :)


  2. deff sounds interesting great post for real have to check it out is not something id normally read but its something that seems to appeal to me


  3. I think I heard about this one. It does sound like a book I might enjoy, I do like those that pull at your heartstrings.

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