A Contemporary Look: Seaside Letters by Denise Hunter


       Their letters could lead to lasting love . . . or expose Sabrina's mortifying secret.
       Sabrina Kincaid didn't intend to fall for Nantucket native Tucker McCabe, the man she serves coffee to every morning-a man tied to a past she deeply regrets. But she has. And she's fallen hard.
But she's kept this a secret from her handsome customer.
       And now Tucker wants to hire Sabrina to help locate his friend "Sweetpea"-the mysterious woman he's falling in love with online. Sabrina is not inclined to help, but if Tucker hires someone else, it could spell disaster. Because if someone else sifted through the emails and figured out the truth-then Tucker would discover that the person he's trying to find is . . . her.

          I loved this book even before I read it! The plot line is so wonderful, "you've- got- mail" style, and it becomes more so as the book progresses.
         The way the hero romanced the heroine made me think of the way God pursues us, and knows everything about us, but still we are so silly and afraid and untrusting. And yet He persists.
         I loved the heroine, who was full of doubt and fear and guilt and I loved the hero who was full of love. He gave me a warm feeling of strength and safety. I loved how protective he was of her and how careful. When I finished this book I cried and thanked the Lord for treating me exactly like that, for not caring about my failings and for waiting for me patiently, when I was too scared to trust in Him.
         This is also a story about forgiveness from the Lord and from those we have hurt. You see, the reason she doesn't want him to find out she is "sweetpea" is some dark secret from the past. But God doesn't hold our past mistakes against us when we repent and change. This is beautifully depicted in the book.
         I loved it all, the secrets, the misunderstandings and the letters - for they were all part of the most beautiful love story.

Rating: 4/5
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