A Letter to Kristin Hannah
Dear Kristin Hannah,
I am NOT OK. This book … ah, this book … is a masterpiece. It made me smile, it warmed my heart, it had me rooting on its characters, and it had me crying oh so many ugly, moving, heart-palpitating tears.
I had struggled for a while with the disbelief that truly good, raw, and moving modern books where out there, but you redeemed that belief for me. I saw the good in Isabelle and her heart for change. I saw the courage in Vianne and her resolve to protect her kids. I saw the sacrifice in their father and his incredible gift of atonement for the sins of his past.
I saw a story that was more than a fast-paced tale, it was laced with the integrity and grit of the human spirit, and the fierceness of authentic femininity.
So, THANK YOU Kristin Hannah. Thank you for saying yes to penning this story and sharing it with the world. If you could go ahead and write like 5 more stories this compelling and beautiful, that would be grand. ;)
But, even if you don’t, that is OK. I will hold this story and its cast of characters close to me — re-learning all the lessons of love and conflict, courage and sacrifice — for a very long time. And, for that, I am so so very grateful.
All my Love, Rachel