Book Review of Letter Perfect by Cathy Marie Hake

Wow, Letter Perfect, what a great Christian fiction story! Cathy Marie Hake is truly a Godly author, and I hope she writes many more books.  I learned that she Hake was injured in a number of falls. She suffered broken bones and a concussion that interfered with her writing and book release of Serendipity, another book I’d like to read soon.


The story is set mostly in the 1860s while it was still a “wild west”, and California had joined the United States about 8 years earlier, so it was still kind of primitive in a lot of the USA. The main story is about Ruth Caldwell, a young Christian woman who has failed charm school, as they say, but this time literally. She goes home after being expelled from Pettigrew Academy, and spends the last few months of her mother’s life caring for her, and her mother preparing Ruth to live with her dad who lives on a ranch in Folsom, California, after Leticia’s death.
Ruth arrives at the ranch in a stagecoach, and the story goes from there, introducing several very interesting characters and story lines, involving Josh McCain Jr., Mr. McCain Sr., Laney, Hilda, Galen O’Sullivan, and a few others. The book was intriguing, and I had a hard time putting it down.

You also peek into the history of the Pony Express, the Civil War, and the beginnings of the cross-country railroads.

There’s also an expertly woven mystery in the book, which kept me curious and interested in finishing the book, and even reading down to the very last page, which I don’t always do.

I loved reading the descriptions of some of the fashions ladies wore back then, and several humorous references are made to Ruth’s struggles with hoop skirts! 
The MAIN reason I kept reading Letter Perfect was the lovely way Cathy Marie Hake kept bringing the bible,
God, Jesus, and PRAYER into the lives of each character, well, almost each person. Every chapter, I think,
had a reference to Jesus, His power, His provision, and His purposes for every person on planet earth, if they will only follow Him. Isaiah 30:21- [21] And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it to any born again Christian who wants decent reading material in their home.   Here’s a list of her books:



2 thoughts on “Book Review of Letter Perfect by Cathy Marie Hake

  1. Dear Miss Nancy,I have wondered why Cathy Marie Hake has not had any new books released for a while.I will keep her and her family in my prayers.She truly is gifted by God in her writing.I enjoy her sense of humor in her books.But her witnessing for Jesus Christ throughout her books is the #1reason that kept me reading all of her books.When a Christian author blends Biblical Scriptures into their stories it also helps me to understand a scripture or scriptures that I do not understand.I do have a problem with understanding things that I read most always,BUT I do not give up just because it is hard.Have you read Miss Cathy’s book “That Certain Spark”? I was hoping that Miss Cathy would write a book about Karl’s brother Piet and Isabelle falling in love and getting married also. Isabelle is Millicent’s widowed sister from the book “Whirlwind”. I truly enjoy Christian Inspirational love stories that share Jesus,and that have a clean sense of humor throughout the books.It is hard for me to say which of Miss Cathy’s books that I like the most,just as I have said,she is that good a writer,but I would pick two of her books as #1,”Letter Perfect” and “Forevermore”.There is also “Fancy Pants” and “Texas Brides”.You see,it is very hard to decide 😀. Miss Nancy,which of Miss Cathy’s books do you like? Thank You for reading this. Sincerely, A. Benson


    1. I agree with you, the reason I read Mrs. Hake’s books is her bold witness for Jesus Christ. I’ve read Letter Perfect, and that was wonderful. Have not read That Certain Spark. Thank you for commenting and reading my blog. Keep reading your bible!


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