I knew this was a short and sweet one before I chose it to read. There is something lovely about these little morsels of literature – being able to devour them in one fell swoop, kind of like a macaron.
Dear Stranger was exactly what I needed to read when I picked it up – it was sweet in nature, positive in attitude and – despite its petite stature – an inherently romantic tale.
What is Dear Stranger about?
Soft-hearted Reese Ahearn is single for Valentine’s Day. Again. But that’s not going to stop her from spreading the holiday’s sentiment on the streets of Melbourne with short, sweet, anonymous love letters, left for strangers to find.
The last thing she expects, however, is a reply…
Here’s my thoughts on Dear Stranger:
The concept behind the story is wonderful. If only more people were willing to spread a positive, hopeful vibe like Reese, I can’t help but think we’d all be a little better for it.*
I really enjoyed how the story of Reese and Ian develops. It never felt rushed or contrived, and it was so easy to imagine these two as real beings, moving together towards a future flush with possibilities.
The setting played its part beautifully. Then again, I’m a Melbournite, so I’m unapologetically biased.
I’ve had a fabulous run of luck so far this year with what I’ve been able to read, and judging on Dear Stranger (and Elise Ackers’ previous books – which I adored), there is much to look forward to.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Release Date: 1 January 2014
Note: I was provided with an advance reader copy by Escape Publishing, an imprint of Harlequin Australia via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Side note: You’ll notice I put an asterisk (*) earlier in my post. That’s because I know of some people that are doing something like this. They are a family of sisters from Sydney, one of whom I was friends with in high school. Their sister, Tem was from all accounts a very passionate reader, a librarian with a deep love of the written word. Sadly, she passed away last year. However in her memory, the other sisters started Tem’s Travelling Tales. They, and many other lovely people, leave books in different places around town and even around the world so that others may share in the joy of reading as their sister. You can learn more about this wonderful tribute at Tem’s Travelling Tales. They also have a Facebook page, which you can access here. Thank you for indulging me for a moment.