The Letter Tree⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Author: Rachel Fordham


7/1/20232 min read

Book Blurb: Mere words can’t end their families’ feud, but the Campbell heir and the Bradshaw heiress plan to write a future together. Buffalo, NY, 1924 Laura Bradshaw adores stories with happily ever afters. But since her mother died seven years ago, the Bradshaw Shoe Company heiress has been as good as locked away in a tower. Her overbearing father cares little for her dreams, throwing himself instead into his tireless takedown of his competitor, the Campbell Shoe Company. However, Laura has been gifted with a mysterious friend with whom she’s been exchanging letters. As heir to the Campbell Shoe Company, Isaac Campbell is a sought-after bachelor who has never felt an inkling of desire for the women who constantly bat their eyes at him. His thoughts are consumed by an oak tree in the Buffalo Zoo—or rather, the mystery woman he exchanges letters with courtesy of the tree. She’s been one of Isaac’s only joys in a life consumed by his father’s tireless hatred of Bradshaw. A hatred that, Isaac is coming to realize, may affect him more personally than he ever imagined. When Laura’s father orchestrates a match between her and an important business owner, she resolves to pursue her only chance at freedom. But Isaac believes their story isn’t bound for a tragic ending. He’s certain there’s more to the Bradshaw-Campbell feud than meets the eye. And he won’t stop digging until he uncovers the truth that might bridge the divide between him and the woman whose words have captured his heart.

Review: I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is the first book I read by Rachel Fordham and OMG…. I loved it.

The story, set in the 1920s, is about two families, the Bradshaws and Campbells, once close friends now enemies, which gave me Romeo & Juliet vibes. The world was described beautifully and the little details were amazing. It actually felt like being there. The main characters are Isaac Campbell and Laura Bradshaw. I loved Laura and instantly connected with her, cause of her dreams, fantasy and love for animals. Her visits to the zoo and the memories of her mother and the emotions were well felt. The highlight for me was ‘her’ Maple tree, where for 7 years, she wrote and received letters from an ‘unknown’ person. The letters are so heartfelt that you just fall in love with handwritten letters again. Isaac is the sweetest protective guy and gosh, if I could fall in love with a fictional character, it will be him.

I can not wait to read more of Rachel Fordham's books as this one was incredible. One of the best books I have read so far and definitely a must-read if you like forbidden love, friends to lovers or enemies-to-lover tropes.