An engaging and positively riveting read from cover to cover, and enhanced with the numerous illustrations by Kirsten Elise Josephson, Dear Heart: The Courting Letters
by Judith Pinkerton Josephson will prove to be a unique and enduringly popular addition to community library collections. --Julie Summers, Midwest Book Review
I absolutely adored this book, a gripping page turner. Terrific! --Lu Duc, NetGalley
Lovely book, I was surprised to find it came from a real story, but it was just lovely.--Leeanne Wheeler, NetGalley
Judith Pinkerton Josephson made this down-to-earth historical memoir . . . interwoven with a modern fictional story--art--and that makes itmatter to me as a reader and a reviewer. . . . It is a clean, soft, sweet romance story that will warm your heart. It's heightened by the excellent pictures of the places and people she mentions in her book. And it made me realize how far we have come and created a visual representation of our evolution . . . The mode of transportation to cross oceans has changed from shipsto planes. Courtship has moved, since that era from public acts to private spaces. . . .
An absolutely charming story of Gertrude Livock and Fred Wigginton's long path from meeting, through romance . . . The photos and illustrations of places and people in their lives was an unexpected, added bonus. Mixed in with their romance is the modern one of awoman who discovers the letters and falls in love with these two, not knowingwho they might be. . . . Reading two years of letters, which showed the doubts, hesitations and toll from the distance between them, I was on pins and needles . . . To borrow lines from their favorite playwright, "The course of true love never did run smooth," but "All's well that ends well." This is a lovely, true story that charmed me the whole way. --Jayne, Dear Author Reviews
Wonderfully done. After I read this . . . I bought a copy for my mom for this upcoming Mother's Day. I loved every single page and recommended the addition of this book to my local library. I think we'll be seeing it on the cyber shelves in Bradford, VT.
--Holly Senecal, NetGalley
A sweet story based on the courtship of a real couple . . . I do appreciate the written word and comparing the past to the present. I enjoyed the book.
--Timdani, 366andmore.blogspot, NetGalley
I read this book in one sitting; it was that good. This was beautifully written and you forget it is a work of fiction. It is a mix of today and history woven together to make a beautiful story. 5 out of 5 stars.
--Annette Herbst, Librarian, NetGalley
The cover and interior appearance of this book are excellent. The photos and illustrations are appropriate for the time period.Typeface and spacing make it easy to read. Very attractive book. I rate this book #1.
--Benjamin Franklin Awards
I loved the photos and illustrations throughout thebook. I enjoyed the letters as it lets us see the world through their eyes. I enjoyed your similes, such as Fred's wool suit making him feel like a turkey in the oven. I liked your characters, both modern day and early 1900s. I did enjoyyour story. Thank you for sharing it.
--Benjamin Franklin Awards
Wow. Just wow! Dear Heart: The Courting Letters by Judith Pinkerton Josephson is an old-fashioned love story based on fact. The author shares the romance between Fred and Gertie who courted by mail over 100 years ago. Their letters filled with poetry and romance will take you back to a gentler time whencourtliness and love was a priority. How I wish some of the courtliness and old-fashioned romance existed today as the courtship of Fred and Gertie waslovely indeed. Lisa 's modern day romance is a counter-point to Fred and Gertie's old-fashioned romance. She has to make a similar decision that Gertie makes when it comes to love. I truly loved this book. 5 of 5 stars
--Mary Ash, Reviewer, NetGalley