Ruth Caldwell is a failure at being a refined and graceful lady. She has been dismissed from several Finishing Schools with less than stellar results. Let’s face it, she’s a klutz! Returning home after her latest debacle, it is to discover her mother is dying of consumption. For the next six months she becomes the model nursemaid and devoted daughter, until, on her mother’s deathbed, she is asked to travel to California after her mother’s death to meet the father she has never known. Her mother exacts a reluctant promise from Ruth to do as requested. Once she reaches California, it is to discover her father has passed away, and she may be part owner of the Broken P Ranch, along with the McCain family, her father’s business partners.
Josh McCain nursed Ruth’s father through withdrawal from the bottle and helped him to accept the Lord in turning his life around. Once Alan dies, he works tirelessly to turn the Broken P into the kind of ranch to make anyone proud. Once meeting Ruth, he encourages her to calim her inheritance, though he wonders at all of the mysterious “accidents” that befall her. Are they mere clumsiness or something more sinister at work? Josh plans to protect her to the best of his ability, while he gets to the bottom of her accidents.
This was one of the most enjoyable books I have read in quite some time. Brilliant characterization, smooth and flowing dialogue, and a fine mystery thrown in make Letter Perfect a heartwarming read from beginning to end.
Endearing characters, both primary and secondary alike, enhance the story rather than detract from it. I hope to see some of the secondary characters get their own stories in the future.
Cathie Marie Hake combines faith, romance, and a fine mystery into a memorable book. I highly recommend this book to all!