I received this book for free from christianbooks.com. The story is about a young girl who losses her mother to cancer, losses her job and then gets kicked out of her home. Then she finds a love letter written to her mother so many years ago. With nothing left she begins the journey to find out who wrote her mother the love letter. While on her journey she runs into some very special people and each one of them helps her out. She not only discovers the writer of the letter, she also discovers who she is, and the new relationships that stumbles into. The story has many twist and turns and you will never believe what happens to her next. I really hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. God Bless
Sherry Kyle delivers a delightful read in her latest novel Delivered with Love. The pace of the plot is steady and consistent with an intriguing amount of mystery. Claire James is a likable character who is fighting to get her life on track after the death of her mother. On her journey from Los Angeles to Capitola, Claire is continuously awed by the kindness and love she receives from strangers. Piece by piece, Claire's life begins to mend, and secrets from the past are revealed. The past, present, and future weave together in unexpected and inspiring ways as Claire learns about love, faith, and forgiveness.
Delivered with Love also introduces the reader to several other core characters, each of whom are coping with issues of their own. Michael Thompson is stressed about his job, his daughter's upcoming marriage, and secrets from his past that may threaten his marriage. Claire's sister, Haley, struggles with a difficult marriage to an alcoholic. Meanwhile, one of Claire's new friends attempts to mend a 20 year rift with her own sister and overcome the pain of previous tragedies. Sherry Kyle combines each story into plot that is realistic and ultimately triumphant. A novel with various layers of emotional struggles has the potential to be heavy and sad, but Kyle creates an engaging novel that offers a satisfying amount of depth. Of course, there is also some romance, courtesy of Blake, Claire's neighbor, and some humor, courtesy of Geraldine, Claire's 80-something room-mate. Geraldine can always be counted on to lighten-up a tense moment, for both the characters and the reader.
The novel is told from the perspectives of both Claire and Michael. I felt a connection with both characters and empathized with their worries and burdens. The secondary characters are equally as developed and quite realistic. Kyle describes the town of Capitola in picturesque detail, helping readers to envision the setting of the novel. After reading Delivered with Love, I found Sherry Kyle's video tour of Capitola on her website. I almost felt like I had already visited some of the restaurants, beaches, and stores featured in the video; and seeing that they exist in real-life just delivers an extra helping of realism.
I highly recommend this novel, and I definitely plan to read more novels by Sherry Kyle.
I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from NetGalley, courtesy of Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Review: Delivered with Love - Sherry Kyle - April 2011
When Claire's mother Emily dies after a battle of Cancer, Claire is left at a still as at twenty , she doesn't know what to do with herself. So when thinking in her inherited VW Bug from her mother, she finds an old love letter written thirty-five years ago when her mother was seventeen. After losing her job, Claire decides to go on a road trip to find out the owner of the letter but what she doesn't expect is that God will be looking out for her and that a truckload of miracles will occur. From crashing her VW then ending up staying the night at the tow-truck owner's house to finding a small rental which get ready for it - the address is the same one on the letter to her mother. Soon Claire will discover, that the world is actually smaller as people from her past start appearing and will Claire finally recieve what she has been seeking for the past twenty years - her father ?
Find out in Delivered with Love , the journey to discovering not only the owner of the letter but also a journey of self-discovery.
This is one of those books that if you truly believe in love and soulmates and destiny and all that follows as well as along the lines of Message in a Bottle , Youv'e got Mail and Jojo Moyes Book "The Last Letter from your Lover".
It's a gorgeous day here in the Pacific Northwest--the kind that makes me long for one of two things: a road trip or an afternoon sitting in the sun with a good novel. Today's book pick fulfills both of those dreams. Author Sherry Kyle has served up a delightful story with her debut novel, Delivered With Love. When you pick up this fun book, you will follow 23-year-old Claire James on a California road trip that will change her life forever. Already longing for a fresh start, when Claire finds an old love letter in the glove compartment of her late mother's 1972 Volkswagen, the idea of finding the mystery writer is simply too tantalizing to resist.
While Delivered With Love is Sherry Kyle's first novel, her tween-age non-fiction title, The Christian Girl's Guide to Style is one of my daughter's favorite books and the librarian at our Christian school recently mentioned that it has been such a highly requested book that she's ordering additional copies. With such amazing writing talent and versatility, I look forward to seeing more of Sherry Kyle's books on our shelves in years to come.