by Suzanne Brockmann

April 2003
ISBN: 0-373-27283-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #1213
Mass Market Paperback

Kelly O’Brien and T. Jackson Winchester II first meet when they are twelve and eighteen, respectively. Jax, as he refers to himself is Kelly’s older brother Kevin’s college roommate. Jax and Kelly spend much time together over the next four years and on the evening of her junior prom, when Jax becomes Kelly’s last minute date, he confesses his love for her. Kelly confesses her love for him as well. Jax promises to come for her on her eighteenth birthday.

As the old saying goes, promises are made to be broken. Unknown to Kelly, Jax has been imprisoned on a false drug charge in Central America and can’t come for her on her birthday. Kelly, however, is what keeps Jax alive while in prison. He writes imaginary letters to her and she comes to him in his dreams giving him strength to carry on.

Seven years have passed and Jax is now out of prison and has come back to profess his love for Kelly and ask her to be his wife. The only problem is Kelly doesn’t want him in her life anymore.

With Letters To Kelly, Ms Brockmann has created a truly unique tale. Much of the story is told in flashback scenes of what happened in Kelly and Jax’s early years together and what happened while Jax was in prison. This technique works very well for this story.

Another technique Ms Brockmann uses in this story that this reader particularly liked is dialogue between Jax and a character he is creating in a book he is writing named Jared. Their dialogue is highly entertaining and a nice twist to the story.

I also liked the fact that the reader has no doubt of Jax's love for Kelly in this story. He is the one doing the pursuing throughout the book while Kelly tries to convince him she has moved on with her life. Most romances have the woman pining away for the man who has moved on. It was a refreshing change to see the roles reversed in this one.

The ten-year wait for Letters To Kelly was well worth it. Thank you, Ms Brockmann, for your persistence in bringing your readers this truly entertaining story - without a SEAL in sight I might add. I would welcome more books of this type from you as I found the story telling format used a pleasant change from the everyday formula.

Reviewed in March 2003 by Barbara.

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