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the perfect letter book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

On the cover of The Perfect Letter by Chris Harrison – the host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette – New York Magazine is quoted as saying that this novel is on the same level as the works of Nicholas Sparks. That gave me high expectations for this book…and it delivered!

Leigh has been living her dream in New York. She is a successful editor at a highly esteemed publishing company, has a boyfriend who adores her, and was just invited to participate in a writer’s conference. The only problem? It’s located in Austin, Texas—minutes from her hometown. Knowing that not attending the conference would be a mistake, she decides to make the best of it and spend a few days catching up with her friends, meeting hopeful authors, and getting back to her roots.

However, when she finds two stacks of letters in her hotel room, her past comes rushing back. The secrets she has been running away from for the last 10 years catch up to her, and she must find the bravery to face her past.

When I first heard the Chris Harrison was publishing a book, I had doubts as to its quality. I figured his fame is what got him his chance at publishing, so the book couldn’t be very good…right? Fortunately, I was hooked on his writing style from the very beginning. He is a surprisingly good writer, and the story line itself is interesting, as well.

As the host of The Bachelor and Bachelorette, Chris Harrison is a romantic. His life’s journey seems to be helping people find their soulmates, and he does this for Leigh in The Perfect Letter. Although I have never read a Nicholas Sparks book [insert gasps here], I have to say that this book is one of the best romances that I have ever read. It is full of suspense, sadness, guilt, and love. Plus, the characters are really intriguing. Although this story has all of the qualities of a fairy tale, the characters felt real to life, and that is very important to me.

All in all, I would recommend this novel if you are looking for a light and fun read.


Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.

Review and giveaway copies were provided free of any obligation by Dey Street Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.