REVIEW: Dear Stranger by Elise K. Ackles

Published: January 1st, 2014

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Pages: 21 pages (Novella)

Format: Ebook courtesy of Escape Publishing and Netgalley.

RRP: $1.19


A beautiful love letter to the most troublesome of holidays…

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…


Dear Stranger is the first book of Elise K. Ackers that I’ve read, and I’m pleased to say it won’t be the last. For the past six months everywhere I go, I’ve seen this authors name or spotted one of her books somewhere, so when the opportunity to read and review this novella came around Valentines Day I jumped at the chance. I’m glad I did, for Dear Stranger is a light, quick romantic read that hits all the right spots.

Reese might be single, but that’s not going to stop her from enjoying the day, especially not this day, for today is Valentines Day. Despite not having a significant ‘other’ to celebrate the day of love with, she dresses up in a romance worthy dress and goes about her day in much the same manner as she does every other day. The only difference being that she’s living small gestures of love and hope for others in similar situations to herself, by leaving love letters for strangers in random spots. Like Reese, Ian is simply going about his day as well, that is until he notices Reese at the coffee shop. What pique’s his curiosity into action however is the note she leaves unassuming on a table. Insistent he gives it back to her, but also curious for himself, he grabs the note before anyone else can take it. Warmed and touched by the note’s sentiment, he spends the day trying to track down the mysterious letter write.

This novella warmed my insides and made me smile like a fool. As a self proclaimed hopeless romantic, I can’t recommend this narrative enough. It’s short enough to read in one sitting, but long enough to pique your interest – just as the notes do for Ian. And that cover, man I love that cover. It’s simple and beautiful, full of hope and with the promise of love. Just like the writing. Dear Stranger is the perfect read for fellow romantics or someone just looking for a good read by an author whose definitely leaving her mark on the Australian Industry.

For more information on Elise K. Ackers and her other books, head on over to goodreads or visit her website. To purchase your very own copy of Dear Stranger visit Escape Publishing or Amazon.



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