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-  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: https://www.fictiondb.com/author/cathy-marie-hake~9135.htm