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The Letter
Donna McGillivray
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When Carrie Holland receives a letter from her husband of thirteen years, six months after his death, telling her he has two children and begging her to contact them through their Uncle Ron, her life was thrown into turmoil.
Discovering the children are five-year-old twins and were conceived through artificial insemination with the deceased sister of the famed mystery writer, Ronald Burke, only complicates things.
Can Carrie get past the hurt and betrayal to raise these children as her husband requests?
Life gets complicated when the little girl has an emergency appendectomy, forcing Carrie to spend time with the children and fall in love with them.
After having the twins for a year, Ron is not willing to let them go. His solution is a marriage of convenience.
Can Carrie marry Ron for the sake of the children?
Can Ron give up his bachelor freedom to be a husband and father?

Sitting on the love seat parallel to the huge natural stone fireplace, Carrie Richards gazed out the window at the tall red rocks of Sedona, the unopened letter in her hand. Light snow fell, dusting the earth.

The postman had delivered the letter more than an hour before. It was addressed to Ms. Carrie Richards at her home. It was the return address that prevented her from opening it.

“It can’t be,” she said aloud to herself for the twentieth time. “Phillip is dead. He has been for six months. This cannot possibly be from him.” Fear and curiosity both crept up her spine as she anticipated what on earth this letter could be. A sick joke, a sales promotion, or heaven forbid, a message from the grave. Carrie shuddered!

Finally resisting no longer and compelling herself to face her fears, she tore open the envelope. With shaking hands, she pulled out an ordinary sheet of writing paper.

Dearest Carrie,
I have arranged to have this letter sent to you six months after my funeral. I want you to have time to adjust to my death before telling you this news. Before I continue, I want you to know that you have been the love of my life, my soul mate, and the reason for my very existence. I have loved you from the moment we met and I have never been unfaithful to you. Please understand, darling, I cannot write the whole story down on paper, for it is long and complicated.
I must now tell you that I have two children, twins, Phillip and Jessica. Their Uncle Ron lives in Phoenix. If you choose to pursue this, and I pray that you do, he will tell you anything you want to know. Below are his phone number and address.
My Eternal Love,

Still wearing the jacket she put on to collect the mail, Carrie went out the door and began walking the grounds, the letter clutched tightly in her hand. Tears rolled down her cheeks as she walked the snow-covered yard and across the barren, rocky plane beyond, high above the towns of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. Through moist eyes, she viewed the splendor that had brought her and Phillip to this wonderland. Mountains provided all the splendor of a western movie by day and a breathtaking view of city lights by night surrounded by the tall red rocks reaching majestically for the sky.

Walking her property usually had a calming effect on Carrie, but today, it was just the opposite. Weeping uncontrollably, she returned to the house and collapsed in gut-wrenching sobs on the living room carpet in front of the huge picture window. She cried for Phillip’s illness, for his pain and suffering and for his death. She cried for all the long, lonely days and nights she’d endured since then. She cried for her anger at him for leaving her after only thirteen years and for her future without him, but mostly, she cried for the betrayal. The secret family he chose to keep hidden from her and her lack of understanding why.

Carrie remembered the first time she had met Phillip. She was working at a large bookstore in Phoenix, near where she lived. Fresh out of college and with an adequate inheritance from her grandmother, she wanted to own a bookstore. Not a large chain in a big city like this one, but a store all her own she could fill with books on every subject, from classics to best sellers, great literature to children’s books. She had a goal for her future, but her plan included at least one year of on-the-job training, and this job was perfect. Not only did she ring up sales and help customers, but she was allowed to be involved in the purchasing and inventory as well. Her business degree would see her through the rest.

When Phillip walked into the bookstore, Carrie noticed he was tall, attractive and handsomely built. He wore dress slacks and an open collar on his shirt with an air of sophistication about him and a pleasing smile on his face.

Having any secret broken so carelessly as Carrie learned it, would make anyone feel like the life they had made with their partner seem like a sham. While being a fantastic contemporary it also made me realize that not everything in life traverses the straight and narrow. I admired Carrie, not only for her honest and frank behavior but also for her compassion and love that shone through. Even though Carrie could not have children it did not stop her from loving someone else’s. I also really admired Ron and his acceptance of Carrie’s doubt in herself and then finally realizing that Carrie was the epitome of a woman that could survive time and again. Ms. McGillivray has written a great book that incorporates reservation and uncertainty with hope and courage to face the trials that occur in life and to find something that is more precious than anything else, love. Go buy this book not only for the quality of its’ emotionally sturdy storyline but also because it was certainly an extraordinary read for me.

Sheryl, eCataRomance reviews 5 Stars, www.eCataromance.com


The Letter is a tremendous story, enjoyable to anyone that loves a sentimental romance. The compassion that Ron and Carrie both have for the twins’ well-being is touching and rewarding to read. The stress and frustrations they share bond Carrie and Ron to each other as well connects the readers to both characters. I was very overwhelmed to witness the love, passion, and tenderness of both characters in the midst of numerous difficult times. Donna McGillivray has done an outstanding job creating a story that readers will long remember after they are finished reading it. The Letter has beautifully earned both 5 Angels and a Recommended Read!

Reviewed by: Jessica Fallen Angels Review 5 Angels and RECOMMENDED READ


"The Letter is a poignant story filled with love, betrayal, heartbreak and immense emotions that reach deep into the heart. Carrie displays many layered feelings when she learns of her husband’s deception. The pain, the love and the complete joy that spins around the characters are riveting. Both characters suffer trials and problematic situations that are believable and enhance the story. It was like watching a family blossoming the way Ron and Carrie cared for the children then found love with each other. Ms. McGillivray has penned a captivating read. She does an excellent job in generating life within the pages and displaying a wide range of sentiments that really grabs the reader. This is one mesmerizing tear-jerker that I will not soon forget and one recommended read hands down." Reviewed by: Linda L 5 Angels and Recommended Read

Fallen Angel Reviews

Fiction Books :: Romance Books :: Contemporary Books

ISBN: 1593743149
ISBN(13-digit): 9781593743147
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 235
Paper Weight (lb): 9.8

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