I love reading a book by a debut novelist. There seems to be an excitement in the air wondering about the author, his or her style of writing, how the plot will play out and what if any emotions will the story bring out as I read along.
Becca Kinzer's debut novel is Dear Henry, Love Edith. There seems to be a hint of "You've Got Mail" in that neither party knows who the other is. They both have misconceptions...and living under the same roof! How is that possible?
Well, Becca weaves it together as you find out this is an author you will definitely want to read more of. Becca lives in Springfield, Illinois where she works as a critical care nurse. When she’s not taking care of sick patients or reminding her husband and two kids that frozen chicken nuggets is a gourmet meal, she enjoys making up lighthearted stories with serious laughs. She is a 2018 ACFW First Impressions Contest winner, a 2019 Genesis Contest winner, 2021 Cascade Award winner, and all-around champion coffee drinker.
Now here is an brief description of her book.
He thinks she's an elderly widow. She's convinced he's a grumpy old man. Neither could be further from the truth.
After a short and difficult marriage, recently widowed Edith Sherman has learned her lesson. Forget love. Forget marriage. She plans to fill her thirties with adventure. As she awaits the final paperwork for a humanitarian trip to South Africa, she accepts a short-term nursing position in a small Midwestern town. The last thing she needs is a handsome local catching her eye. How inconvenient is that?
Henry Hobbes isn't exactly thrilled to have Edith, who he assumes is an elderly widow, dumped on him as a houseguest for the summer. But he'd do almost anything for his niece, who is practically like a sister to him given how close they are in age. Especially since Edith will be working nights and Henry works most days. When he and Edith keep missing each other in person, they begin exchanging notes―short messages at first, then longer letters, sharing increasingly personal parts of their lives.
By the time Henry realizes his mistake―that Edith is actually the brown-eyed beauty he keeps bumping into around town―their hearts are so intertwined he hopes they never unravel. But with her departure date rapidly approaching, and Henry's roots firmly planted at home, Edith must ultimately decide if the adventure of her dreams is the one right in front of her.
A delightful new romantic comedy. Mistaken identities, second chances, and finding love in unexpected places. Doesn't it sound delicious?