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Letter Perfect ( Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Marie Hake
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Book Description

Laugh-Out-Loud Historical Fiction!

Ruth Caldwell has always tried to live up to her mother's expectations of what a lady should be...often with less-than-impressive results. But when she's forced to journey west to meet the father she's never seen, Ruth hopes that this might be the place she'll finally fit in.

But her arrival brings about more mayhem than even Ruth is used to. She soon meets Josh McCain, the son of her father's business partner, but discovers some startling news: Her father passed away years ago. And though Josh urges Ruth to claim her inheritance, he grows suspicious of something more sinister at hand when her "accidents" seem to go beyond Ruth's normal bumbling ways and leave her very life in danger.

Editorial Reviews


"...inspirational love story that will make you laugh, pull at your heart and ponder your... walk with the Lord." -- Trudy Smith,

About the Author

CATHY MARIE HAKE is an award-winning author and has written or co-written more than twenty novels. She also works as a nurse and specializes in teaching Lamaze, breastfeeding, and baby care. She makes her home in Anaheim, California, with her husband, daughter, and son.

Product Details

  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 1, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090OH438
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,350 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story - Lively and Endearing Characters July 30, 2006
LETTER PERFECT was for this reviewer an introduction to a new author who impressed me with her lovely story of faith, love and filled with characters that will warm your heart.

Ruth Caldwell is a young woman of uncommon beauty and kindness who unfortunately has a penchant for creating chaos --- but only with the best intentions. As a result, she has been sent home from her latest `finishing school'. Home once again, Ruth is dismayed to discover that her beloved mother is ailing and has been for some time. It doesn't take Ruth long to realize that her ailing mother is in fact dying, and she extracts from Ruth a promise that upon her death, Ruth will travel to meet the father she's never seen.

After an arduous three week stage coach ride Ruth, who attracts smudges and dirt like a magnet, gets off the stagecoach and is met by Josh McCain who is at first dismayed that she has shown up bedraggled and all. Knowing that her very existence threatens his family's claim to the ranch he has brought back from near ruin, he urges her to claim her inheritance. When Ruth, the accident-prone misfit starts to have more serious accidents than can be explained, Josh begins to uncover a sinister plot that will have serious repercussions for all concerned and realizes at the same time that he's fallen in love with Ruth.

This was a lively and endearing tale that had me both laughing and crying throughout. It was well-written with witty dialog, a sustainable intrigue and positively brilliant characterizations of the leading players and secondary ones as well. Ruth was a gal after my own heart. I fully empathized with her bumbling through life with only the best of intentions and somewhat disastrous results.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Historical Fiction February 23, 2007
Seeing as this book has gotten mixed reviews I wasn't sure what I would think. I'm not a huge fan of Christian fiction, but I picked up this book initially because the back cover sounded interesting.

I did enjoy the story, Ruth a bumbling imperfect lady who is sent to California and could claim part of the ranch the McCain family has come to own, and I thought the characters and setting were wonderfully rich. I liked that the author included a lot of historical facts to make here setting rich and colorful-such as the building of the railroad, an upcoming election, the Pony Express. I also thought the twist in the plot was a great one-although it did become a little forced and too crazy in the end and I felt it took awhile to get there. I didn't mind the extra subplot about the O'Sullivan's as they are main characters for the authors next book.

As far as what I didn't like, I found the book to be overly preachy at times. The characters acted and spoke in ways that the perfect Christian characters would which at times I found a little annoying. I also thought the story dragged a bit and that the characters talked in circles a lot-will Ruth claim the ranch, yes, no, yes no-I didn't understand why it was taking so long for that part to develop!

All in all, the story is a good one and worth reading. The characters are beautiful-even if they are sometimes too perfect-and the twist in the story makes it worthwhile. I fail to call it a romance as the romance is very subtle and seems to come on suddenly, but it is rich historical fiction. I am looking forward to reading the author's next novel, Bittersweet, as it revolves around Laney and Galen. If you are looking for a wholesome, fun read, than Letter Perfect is something you will enjoy.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So good! July 20, 2006
How do I begin to tell you about this charming, engaging book? Ruth Caldwell does not have a letter-perfect life. Ruth has been sent home from yet another finishing school; at least it is home with Mama who loves her just as she is. Home is full of love, laughter, and acceptance--no worries about social graces, poetry readings, or hairpins.

Mama never seems to see Ruth's flaws. In her presence, Ruth doesn't mind being tall, clumsy, and free-thinking. Unfortunately, Mama is very ill. The only other person to care for 17-year-old Ruth is her father, Alan Caldwell. Alan sent Mama back to Jefferson City shortly after their marriage and he is unaware of Ruth's existence. On her deathbed, Mama makes Ruth promise to find her father in California.

Ruth fulfills her promise, and sets out to the Broken P Ranch near Sacramento. The year is 1859. In California, that means small, dusty towns, stagecoaches, and the Pony Express. But what does it mean for a woman, especially a woman like Ruth? It means, "'Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.' Ruth, there's a whole symphony out there--but the players only care about themselves and making impressions on others. Your open-hearted honesty is precious to God...Never apologize for staying true to who God created you to be."

Ruth's missteps, miscues, and mistakes make this book a hoot to read. If that's not enough, there's also adventure, romance, and mystery. Christian readers will more than appreciate the strong faith that characterizes Ruth and her friends. It is clear that Christ makes all the difference, whatever the circumstances--to Him be the glory!

Armchair Interviews says: Highly recommend Letter Perfect, a very fun to read book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Light Read
Better than I had expected.
Published 2 hours ago by Roxanne Spring
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good reading
Published 4 hours ago by Gloria Elder
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Recommend
I've read Letter Perfect multiple times. Love this whole series. Cathy gives a great read every time. :) Definitely recommend.
Published 15 days ago by CLBarnes
2.0 out of 5 stars Strong Start, Weak Finish
Letter Perfect started out fairly strong with a strong heroine facing down many obstacles. The middle through the end was predictable and contrived. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Kiki's Bookshelf
4.0 out of 5 stars Writing style was better than average
Writing style was better than average. The story is totally unrealistic for this time period, so throw out this book if you are looking for an accurate look at the Regency period. Read more
Published 19 days ago by chemie
4.0 out of 5 stars A great legend!
I love a good legend! I enjoyed reading Cathy's spin on vintage California. How she chose to intertwine her characters lives brought about the spirit of old California! Read more
Published 20 days ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars From Misfit to Miss Fits In
Hake's "Letter Perfect" reminds all of us that fitting into a mold that is not meant for us is a sure way to lose self-confidence. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Renata Maslowski
4.0 out of 5 stars A good lesson to see perfection!
A slow beginning until I reached the level to put myself in "Ruth's" skin! We are so typically more critical of ourselves then those who see who we are beneath the skin. Read more
Published 22 days ago by GrandmaMarie
5.0 out of 5 stars How corrupt will someone be in order to get hold of the money?
It is 1859 and Ruth Caldwell is being sent home to St. Louis from yet another finishing school. Ruth, described as a misfit, is unique for ladies of her day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Liz Pomeroy
3.0 out of 5 stars The love interest in this historical romance is Josh McCain
Accident prone Ruth Caldwell has been to many different finishing schools but never seems to make it through because she just can’t conform to the expectations of refinement for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Teena Marie Stewart
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