A quirky small-town romance... Dear Henry, Love Edith by Becca Kinzer (Review) #romancebooks #booktwitter #chicklit #christianromance #cleanreads #newbooks @crazy4fiction @tyndalehouse

This was a fun read! Find a Q&A with the author here and my full review below...

Dear Henry, Love Edith
By Becca Kinzer
Contemporary Romance, Christian
Paperback, Audiobook & eBook, 348 Pages
January 31, 2023 by Tyndale House Publishers


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.

Reminiscent of the beloved classic You’ve Got Mail comes a delightful new romantic comedy about mistaken identities, second chances, and finding love in unexpected places.

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My Review

DEAR HENRY, LOVE EDITH is a story where a relationship begins to bloom between two characters as they exchange letters to each other. It's full of quirky, small-town characters, charm, and two likable main characters who both have obstacles to overcome to find their happily-ever-after. Throw in a fake relationship, a slightly crazy brother-in-law and plenty of unfounded rumors for more excitement.

I pretty much loved the first half of this book. The characters are seriously likable and I loved the whole premise of them writing letters thinking they are completely different people than who they actually are. I also loved the fake relationship. It added a fun dynamic and also created some awkward and humorous moments. There are so many quirky characters in the town that also added quite a bit of color to the story.

I also had a few things I didn't love about the story. The second half of the story dragged for me, especially towards the end. A lot of the things that occurred were completely unrealistic and over-the-top dramatic. This made a story that I had been loving turn into something that was a bit tedious to finish.

In the end, was it what I wished for? Overall this was an enjoyable story. The first half was fabulous and the second half not as great. Other readers might not have the same issues I did and it is still definitely worth the read. I'm looking forward to seeing what this author writes next.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Becca Kinzer 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, a 2021 Cascade Award winner, and an all-around champion coffee drinker. Dear Henry, Love Edith is her debut novel.

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