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Delivered With Love [Kindle Edition]

Sherry Kyle
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An old love letter found in the glove compartment of a young woman's inherited '72 Volkswagen propels her to leave her life in Los Angeles and go to the small town of Capitola, California. There her dream of finding the writer of the letter leads her on an unexpected journey that changes her life forever.

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Kyle (The Christian Girl's Guide to Style) moves from tween girl writing in her debut adult novel with the unlikely scenario of a 35- year-old love letter found by 23-year-old Claire James in her recently deceased mother's '72 Volkswagen glove compartment. After Claire loses her waitress job and is kicked out of her sister's apartment, she heads to Capitola, Calif., in search of the author of the love letter, having become obsessed with ferreting him out. After a series of clunky mishaps, Claire lands a job and a place to stay, where she conveniently meets up with her mother's long-lost love. Part mystery, part comedy, the story places Claire in the middle of numerous unlikely emotionally charged situations with the residents of Capitola. Determined to unravel the secret behind the love letter, Claire doesn't give up until the truth is told. Kyle's interweaving of so many characters is implausible and contrived, and she fails to connect readers emotionally with Claire and her search. (Apr.)
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About the Author

Sherry Kyle is a graduate of Biola University with a degree in Communications. She is a freelance writer and a small group leader for her church. Her book for tween girls titled The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style released from Legacy Press in 2009. Her debut fiction novel, Delivered with Love was released by Abingdon Press in 2011. Sherry maintains an active membership in the Christian Writers Fellowship International, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Adoption Writers. She is also a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature.Sherry has four children, three homegrown and one by adoption, between the ages of 9 and 15. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys jazz concerts with her husband, Douglas, watching movies, and spending time with her family in central California. Visit her at

Product Details

  • File Size: 694 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R1QCAU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unanswered Questions Will Keep You Reading April 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
New author Sherry Kyle will keep you turning pages in Delivered with Love. Young Claire James has faced tough times, particularly with the recent illness and death of her mother. When she loses her job and is sent packing by her alcoholic brother-in-law, Claire sets out on her own. Led to the seaside town of Capitola, California, by an old love letter she finds in the glove compartment of the 1972 VW Bug that had been her mother's car, Claire suddenly finds her life being propeled along by a series of amazing events -- events she will eventually come to understand are being orchestrated by a God who loves her and is drawing her to Himself. As the story unfolded, I couldn't wait to find out how the author would resolve all the questions her story presented: Who wrote the letter? Why had Claire's mother kept the letter for 30 years? What were the secrets in Michael's past that were so troubling? Would Claire ever be able to accept her past and trust in the power of love? I look forward to more works by this author and hope she will give us a more detailed picture of the setting she obviously loves. Capitola sounds like a wonderful place.
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59 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new novel from a debut novelist March 25, 2011
Delivered With Love--delivers--romance, suspense, conflict, humor and terrific true-to-life characters. Every one of them has something special that drew me in. And the setting, Capitola, California, is a lovely backdrop to this heart-warming story that will keep you turning the pages. A great start for debut novelist Sherry Kyle.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay. December 4, 2011
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This book is okay. I didn't realize though, how very religious it was going to be. It seemed every other page was "God provides", "God loves you", "Have faith" - ETC This didn't start until about the middle way through the book. I had to fight to read the rest of it, because it was just so unrealistic. There is no way that Claire would meet ALL of these people who had so much faith in God - and the characters they didn't seem realistic at all. Don't get me wrong, I am religious, as well. Just I think this book went way too over the top. And it very much rushed the end of the book. I think this author could have done so much better. Would I read it again? No. Did I feel like I wasted all that time reading it after I finished it? Yes.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of cheesy May 31, 2011
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Even though I am a Christian, I usually avoid "Christian fiction" because most of the time it is cheesy, overly sweet, and many times just generally poorly written. This was no exception on the first two points, although it was better written than I would have expected. But I'm glad I got it for free.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute April 9, 2011
By Ryan
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed most of this Christian chicklit. The story is about a girl named Chloe and her hunt (obsession) to find the person who wrote her mom a love letter. After being kicked out of her sisters apt by her no-good brother-in-law she jumps in her mom's (who died a year before) VW bug to head to the address found on the note. After wrecking her car, God sends many(almost to the point of non-believeable) people her way to help her with finding shelter, a job, a little romance, and the actual man who wrote the letter. The reason I only gave it 3 stars is because Chloe sometimes annoyed me. Some of the things she did to find out who wrote the letter were quite immature (IMO), especially the beach scene with Michael and Mitchell and their wives. She was also quite wishy-washy toward her neighbor, Blake, and their budding romance.
Overall though, this is a good read with a nice ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it. April 13, 2011
By gwyn
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Not worth the read unless you are stranded with no other option. It seems like half the book is the main character asking questions in her own head. I know it is a religious book, trying to make a point about God directing everything and providence, but the amount of coincidences in this book was unbelievable. I'd give it a pass.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shows Promise...But Could Use A Tune-Up June 2, 2011
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The cover of Sherry Kyle's Delivered with Love is terrific. I only wish what was in-between the covers was as appealing. The premise is good, but my primary issue with this debut novel is that the secondary characters overshadow the heroine. Claire is sweet and unassuming, but naive to the point of being careless and putting herself in potential danger. It seems that any time she needs something, someone is there and - voila! - provides just what she needs. I certainly understand and appreciate how the Lord can provide time and again, but this is overkill. The hero is too perfect, the dialogue stilted at times. Above all, it's the unrealistic coincidences that killed the joy of reading this novel. It's surprising to the point of shocking how a major publisher could release this debut novel - which shows appeal and promise on the part of the author - without an overhaul. Delivered with a little more time and care, it could shine. I hope Ms. Kyle has another opportunity to win me over with her next fiction offering.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivered with Love by Sherry Kyle July 26, 2012
If you haven't heard of Delivered With Love by Sherry Kyle, then you should. This book caught my eye on first glace. The second I saw the cover, I felt like it would be super amazing - and boy was it ever!

The story starts out with two sisters, Claire and Hailey, who have just lost their mother to cancer. Claire was very close to her and had taken care of her all throughout the sickness. As the pain grips her at the memorial, she sits down in the 1972 Volkswagen she just inherited from her mother in order to try to get away from the intensity of it all. But in the glove-box she finds a letter that would lead her on an unexpected journey and change her life forever. Leaving Los Angeles after getting fired from her job and kicked out of her sister's house, she ends up in Capitola, California. That small town ends up having a great effect on her, changing her life for good. The rest you'll just have to read in the book!

This is such a great book that I read through the whole thing in less than 24 hours! It's Sherry's debut fiction novel, but you sure couldn't tell. She is definitely gifted in writing, for sure. The way she intertwines the characters together is genius and keeps you guessing, but never guessing the right scenario! It was such a joy to read. There were some annoying moments with the characters being so idiotic at the time that you wish that you could smack them. But those parts were really well-written along with everything else. There really isn't anything bad one could say about this - in fact, it's one of the best novels this examiner has read in a little while! Definitely the best so far for 2012. I heartily recommend it!

Actually, to be honest, there is one bad thing about it: it was tragically sad when it ended because I just wanted the story to keep going on and on! Delivered With Love is published by Abingdon and is out now, so go check it out!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A reasonably good read.
Published 2 months ago by angeltoes
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story of finding love and faith
This was an amazing story of finding love, faith and family. Claire goes in search of her mom's old lover in Capitola, CA and found not only her mom's old lover but herself and who... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars very cute story!
I really enjoyed reading this story. I was not expecting it to have a Christian basis, but loved that it did. Claire was a character I could relate to. Great job!
Published 6 months ago by Janelle Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put the book down
This book is a great book if you are unsure of your path. I liked this book because I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Necole
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This is a good book for anyone to read. Shows how The Lord is always looking over us, and sends people to help when we least expect it.
Published 6 months ago by Heidi Thimmesch
3.0 out of 5 stars Just your average love story!
It was an okay book. Very predictable though. It was an easy read and it entertained me for the short time it took me to read it.
Published 7 months ago by Nadine F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivered with love
I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read more by this author. I would definitely recommend this book!
Published 7 months ago by Tswoodruff7
4.0 out of 5 stars Gave as a gift
I originally got this book for my e-reader and liked it, so bought a hard copy for my granddaughter. She just finished it and said she really liked it, too. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Carol
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely paced romance showing God's plan and his timing in Claire's...
Claire thought she was searching for her father. What she was really seeking was a relationship with her Heavenly Father. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Watching growth fro wrecked Bug to Happiness!
I really enjoyed seeing the Holy Spirit work in the story from the beginning to end. I also like the fast paced movement to the story line. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bev Little
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More About the Author

I'm a graduate of Biola University with a degree in Communications, and a minor in Bible. My book for tween girls titled The Christian Girl's Guide to Style is all about beauty, fashion, and character and is a winner of a Mom's Choice Award. My second book in this series is titled The Girl's Guide to Your Dream Room My debut contemporary novel, Delivered with Love, released from Abingdon Press and is set in the quaint beach town of Capitola, CA. The Heart Stone, my second contemporary novel, is set in Santa Cruz, CA. My newest release is Watercolor Dreams, a historical romance, about a young woman who dreams of becoming a premier watercolor artist in the year 1910. My husband and I have four children, three biological and one by adoption. When I'm not writing, I enjoy reading, watching movies, going to jazz concerts with my husband, and spending time with my family and friends. I live on the coast in central California. You can find me on the web at:

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