Yours Truly, Thomas

Yours Truly, Thomas

For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people's mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more--a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic....

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Yours Truly, Thomas Reviews

  • Danielle Urban

    Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham is an emotionally engaging Christian novel. I found myself deeply immersed into the characters' lives. What they felt and saw, I too felt and saw. A young woman works at a dead letter office. Letters that get lost or cannot find their destination are sent to the office. Penny reads the letters. Sometimes, she can feel a connection with the writer of the letters. One of these letter writers has deeply touched Penny. It comes to a time, when Penny decides to g

    Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham is an emotionally engaging Christian novel. I found myself deeply immersed into the characters' lives. What they felt and saw, I too felt and saw. A young woman works at a dead letter office. Letters that get lost or cannot find their destination are sent to the office. Penny reads the letters. Sometimes, she can feel a connection with the writer of the letters. One of these letter writers has deeply touched Penny. It comes to a time, when Penny decides to go looking for the mystery writer and help him. Or help his lover find his letters. But what Penny finds is more than she bargained for. Romance, mystery, and danger are bound in this book. Every page was just as exciting the one before it. I could not stop reading this novel. I was hooked. Yours Truly, Thomas is one of those reads that sinks its teeth into your skin and never lets go. 

    I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.

  • Maureen Timerman

    We are back in Azure Springs, Iowa and have visits with former characters from The Hope of Azure Springs, and it is beginning to feel like home!

    We first meet Penny when she is working in the Dead Letter Office, a different sounding job, and they are on the lookout for valuables to the delight of the Government, but she is drawn to a letter from a man she has yet to meet, Thomas.

    Thomas is running from his past, but fate has placed him in Azure Springs, and he seems to like it here, but danger doe

    We are back in Azure Springs, Iowa and have visits with former characters from The Hope of Azure Springs, and it is beginning to feel like home!

    We first meet Penny when she is working in the Dead Letter Office, a different sounding job, and they are on the lookout for valuables to the delight of the Government, but she is drawn to a letter from a man she has yet to meet, Thomas.

    Thomas is running from his past, but fate has placed him in Azure Springs, and he seems to like it here, but danger does lurk!

    Now fate enters with bold moves by Penny, and these two are places together, and you will have to see if a relationship can take place between these two.

    There are surprises here, and they keep unfolding right up to the end of this story, and you will be quickly immersed here. I for one would love to continue, and I thank the author for the epilogue!

    I received this book through LibraryThing, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Sarah Sundin

    With an intriguing concept, Yours Truly, Thomas delivers a sweet and appealing romance with a healthy dose of humor. Rachel Fordham‘s characters grapple with grief and guilt and becoming a new person, which adds depth and heart to this warm story. Pour yourself your favorite beverage and prepare to lose yourself in this delightful story.

  • Staci

    Letter writing is pretty rare these days. I have fond memories of writing and receiving letters throughout my school days extending into college. There is something special about receiving a written letter. I can relate to Penny in that way. Penny works in the dead letter department in Washington DC. Who knew there was such a thing? She and others in her department read undelivered letters and try to find their intended destination.

    Rachel Fordham's sophomore novel is just as sweet as her debut.

    Letter writing is pretty rare these days. I have fond memories of writing and receiving letters throughout my school days extending into college. There is something special about receiving a written letter. I can relate to Penny in that way. Penny works in the dead letter department in Washington DC. Who knew there was such a thing? She and others in her department read undelivered letters and try to find their intended destination.

    Rachel Fordham's sophomore novel is just as sweet as her debut. It's a bit like eating a warm cinnamon roll. It just makes you feel satisfied.

    I enjoyed spending time in Azure Springs with Thomas and Penny and reading about the hijinks of her dog Honey. Yours Truly, Thomas is about having the courage to take risks and overcoming past mistakes. I loved both the prologue and epilogue.

    My gratitude to publisher Revell for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  • Beth

    I adore when a story brings to light a concept that I’ve never read about, or in this case, an entirely new thing to me. In this case, it's the Dead Letter Office. Penny works as a clerk in this office and opens other people’s mail when there is nowhere left for them to be delivered. One frequent letter writer, Thomas, has captured her attention, which eventually leads her on a quest for closure for him.

    Fordham’s second novel is a touch lighter than her debut; it is such a simple, enjoyable stor

    I adore when a story brings to light a concept that I’ve never read about, or in this case, an entirely new thing to me. In this case, it's the Dead Letter Office. Penny works as a clerk in this office and opens other people’s mail when there is nowhere left for them to be delivered. One frequent letter writer, Thomas, has captured her attention, which eventually leads her on a quest for closure for him.

    Fordham’s second novel is a touch lighter than her debut; it is such a simple, enjoyable story in which characters have to deal with more internal matters than external threats (though there is a bit of that as well). This isn’t to say that everything was easy or not fraught with strife in some parts, but the plot progresses with such a graceful ease that big, shocking moments are not needed. Does it make sense when I say that some stories suffer because the author throws in one too many wrenches in to the plot? Fordham doesn’t do that one bit. The story is completely and effortlessly satisfying

    Penny is perhaps a bit naïve of a character at first, but as the story progresses, some of her fancifulness gives way to a genuine hopefulness even in the face of disappointment. Thomas has already had his share of disappointment prior to the book’s start, so his journey is one of finding joy again and forgiving himself. Their meeting in the middle of these hard places is sweet and endearing. My favorite secondary characters are Honey the dog, who is always up to something, and Margaret, who owns the boardinghouse.

    I love the setting of Azure Springs – it’s neat to see characters from the first book again, and it’s just such a charming place (with a few notable exceptions, of course). I wouldn’t mind if Fordham set another book or two there. That said, there is nothing that happens in the first book that has much to do with the events in this story, those characters just make a couple of cameos. I did enjoy having read the first book already because I feel like I knew the town and was back for another visit.

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher; I was not required to post a positive review, and the opinions expressed here are my own.

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

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    Spiritual Content- A couple Scriptures are read; Talks about God; ‘H’s are not capitalized when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of blessings; A few of churches & clergymen; A few mentions of sins;

    *Note: A few mentions of evil men.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘blasted’s; A mention of a curse (said, not written); Some eye rolling; A fire, smoke, & passing out (barely-above-not-detailed); Punching a man after he shared rude comments; Mentions of fires & death; Mentions of a hostage situation, guns being aimed/shot to threaten others, & a death; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, drunks, & saloons; Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of hitting a person; A few mentions of lies & lying; A couple mentions of gambling; A couple mentions of tobacco.

    Sexual Content- two fingers kisses, three hand kisses, a nose kiss, three cheek kisses, four forehead/head kisses, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, and two semi-detailed kisses; Touches, Embraces, Dancing, & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); Wanting to touch & dance; Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of saloon girls & men making comments about them; Mentions of romantic & mushy letters from lovers; Mentions of kisses & seeing a couple kiss; A few mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of having someone warm in bed with you on cold nights; A couple mentions of blushes; A mention of a wedding night; A mention of flirting; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;

    *Note: A couple mentions of being womanly & wearing a dress that fits each curve; A mention of animal husbandry.

    -Penny Ercanbeck, age 22

    -Thomas Conner

    P.O.V. switches between them

    Set in 1883

    309 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- Two Stars

    Early High School Teens- Three Stars

    Older High School Teens- Four Stars

    My personal Rating- Four Stars

    One word to describe this book: sweet.

    Three words to describe this book: sweet, sensitive, and caring.

    Rachel Fordham became an author to watch in my book after reading and truly enjoying her debut novel,

    . While I’d say I still enjoyed that novel a bit more than

    , this new novel was still a good read.

    Penny completely won me over within the beginning pages. Her caring and sensitive soul is something I relate to in more ways than one. I loved seeing those traits in a Christian Fiction book. Thomas was a good hero as well, but I don’t believe I connected with him as much as I did with Penny. I only have two things that I wasn’t the happiest with, though: How short this book is and that there were a few too many convenient parts that happened too quickly. It was still a sweet book and I enjoyed seeing some of the characters from Azure Springs again.

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    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this honest review.

  • Sarah Grace Grzy

    Rachel Fordham's sophomore novel, Yours Truly, Thomas, is as delightful as her debut, The Hope of Azure Springs! From cover to interior formatting to the story itself, this historical fiction novel is a beautiful journey.

    Penny and Thomas are wonderfully realistic and charming characters. I must admit, I struggled to get into the story in the beginning, but a few chapters in and I was hooked. Penny is a bit naive, but I think that only adds to the attractiveness of her character. Thomas is runni

    Rachel Fordham's sophomore novel, Yours Truly, Thomas, is as delightful as her debut, The Hope of Azure Springs! From cover to interior formatting to the story itself, this historical fiction novel is a beautiful journey.

    Penny and Thomas are wonderfully realistic and charming characters. I must admit, I struggled to get into the story in the beginning, but a few chapters in and I was hooked. Penny is a bit naive, but I think that only adds to the attractiveness of her character. Thomas is running from his painful past, and is finally ready to put it behind him when he reaches the small town of Azure Springs. These characters are quite the opposites, which brings about an engaging story.

    Fordham's writing style is very simplistic and perhaps a bit unsophisticated, which is not usually my favorite style to read, but I think it lends a great deal of charm to the historical setting of her novels. And her descriptions are nonetheless beautiful and enjoyable. The small town of Azure Springs and its people that she has created (which is also featured prominently in her debut novel) is so darling and enchanting, I wish it were a real town I could visit. The supporting cast of characters from Margaret, Abraham, the twin girls, Dinah, and even Jeb and Eliza is unique and colorful, lending diversity to the story.

    There is a bit of a mystery thread to the story that had me very intrigued, and the action towards the end wrapped up the story well. I won't lie, I'm a sucker for a sweet romantic storyline, and while it was not the main feature, the romance was incredibly sweet, pure, and realistic. I think that romantic storylines may be Fordham's greatest strength. I also enjoyed the inside look into the United States Postal Service's Dead Letter Office. That is a subject that has always fascinated me, and in this historical setting, even more so.

    All in all, I highly enjoyed Yours Truly, Thomas and recommend it to all lovers of historical fiction and sweet romance.

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for promotional purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  • Dawn

    Reading for endorsement. ❤

    July 2019 release date.

    “Reminiscent of Grace Livingston Hill’s enchanting novels filled with adorable heroines and sweet love stories, Yours Truly, Thomas is a pure and simple romance sure to delight readers.”

    —Dawn Crandall, award-winning author of The Everstone Chronicles series

    Reading for endorsement. ❤️

    July 2019 release date.

    “Reminiscent of Grace Livingston Hill’s enchanting novels filled with adorable heroines and sweet love stories, Yours Truly, Thomas is a pure and simple romance sure to delight readers.”

    —Dawn Crandall, award-winning author of The Everstone Chronicles series

  • Amanda Tero

    The premise of this story was amazing: a dead letter office worker who feels pity for a man who’s running out west yet yearning for his love back home. As the story unfolds, there are many more juicy story bits that are creative, but it’d spoil it to tell you.

    The romance in this story was sweet and there really wasn’t any moment I felt it was inappropriate. Penny is definitely a romantic dreamer at heart, but she does get a taste of reality through the story.

    There were references to God and thin

    The premise of this story was amazing: a dead letter office worker who feels pity for a man who’s running out west yet yearning for his love back home. As the story unfolds, there are many more juicy story bits that are creative, but it’d spoil it to tell you.

    The romance in this story was sweet and there really wasn’t any moment I felt it was inappropriate. Penny is definitely a romantic dreamer at heart, but she does get a taste of reality through the story.

    There were references to God and things being ordered by Providence, but it seemed that the characters who “are changed now” were changed by circumstances and people, not God. Thomas mentioned reading the Bible and there was one verse shared (that I remember), but it wasn’t a super strong spiritual thread.

    The writer in me did not wholly enjoy this book. There were fantastic ideas, but I felt like the story was dialogue-driven and I wasn’t really allowed to *feel* the characters because they were always talking. But I do try not to let the writer in me shade my review rating too much. If someone just wants a sweet read with a twist of a mystery, they may enjoy this one.

    *I received this book from Revell reads and happily provided my honest review*

  • Deanne Patterson

    It was so much fun revisiting Azure Springs again. I feel like the characters are friends that I could stop in and have a cup of tea and a piece of pie with.

    Can you remember the last time you wrote a letter ? I can't either though I do remember having a foreign pen pal as a teen. What fun that was.

    This book is about those unfortunate letters that can't be delivered for various reasons.

    They then end up at the dead letter office.

    Postmistress, Penny work at the dead letter office and she is a compa

    It was so much fun revisiting Azure Springs again. I feel like the characters are friends that I could stop in and have a cup of tea and a piece of pie with.

    Can you remember the last time you wrote a letter ? I can't either though I do remember having a foreign pen pal as a teen. What fun that was.

    This book is about those unfortunate letters that can't be delivered for various reasons.

    They then end up at the dead letter office.

    Postmistress, Penny work at the dead letter office and she is a compassionate soul and letters by a man, Thomas touch her heart. She makes it her mission to find the recipient of these letters, with unexpected results mind you.

    She also even meets, Thomas in quite the undignified way, let me tell you. Not in a bad way but it's quite funny. I loved Penny's dog, Honeysuckle aka Honey. Ah, that dog is always up to mischief. You'll love reading about his antics!

    As we find out Thomas's backstory we see he is a broken man unable to forgive himself, looking for a new start in Azure Springs.

    Compassion,forgiveness,understanding and a little mischief make this a very enjoyable story you'll want to revisit more than once. I know I will!

    Published July 2nd 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you.

    All opinions expressed are my own.

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