Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas.
The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional.
Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect.
What she didn’t count on was falling in love with the guy.
The first 50% of the book is written as emails and in the format of a messenger app.
It was unusual but brilliant.
It made the book feel a little awkward at first, which perfectly captures the feeling of getting to know someone who you’ve never spoken to, have no idea what they look like, and know absolutely nothing about.
The format meant you got to experience the relationship unfolding without anyone telling you what anyone was thinking or feeling.
The pages flew by so quickly, and magic happened.
You begin to feel like you know these people.
Like they are friends.
You learn to read between the lines of their conversation.
You begin to feel things.
It is addictive.
Then, bam! ‘Normal’ first person takes over and you really get inside Ruby’s head and what do you know her thoughts and feelings are perfectly in line with yours.
You meet Aaron and he’s everything.
You are so freaking happy for them, because you were taken along with them on their journey rather than just reading it and it’s freakin’ beautiful!
I’m not kidding when I say that I fell in love with a fictional character here. I really feel like I did.
The book hangover from this beauty was horrendous.
Soldier: “Thank you very much, sir.”