When you find the "one who holds your heart" Are you willing to fight for them?
"At least I can take with me the knowledge that he read them. He read my words. The words that are meant for him and only him. Time to grow a set and write my letters to Luca."
Leighton Parks was a sweet, innocent, shy girl in high school. After a brief encounter one day with Luca Ferro, Leighton begins to notice him more and more. Too shy to tell him how she feels, Leighton begins writing him anonymous letters to express her growing feelings for him. " My dearest Luca, I know you want to find me; I can see it in your eyes every day I see it.But alas, I cannot reveal my identity for fear that I would not be what you wanted. I know in the letter you wrote back to me, you said you lost sleep over finding me. I cannot have that, my love your well being means more to me than anything. Let's just have this. I like it this way. I get to tell you all the things I love about you, and you accept me for who I am without even knowing me. I know that you are a good person. You are strong, smart, handsome, and you love your family. Maybe someday our paths will cross, you will look into my eyes and you will know it's me. I wouldn't have to say anything, we would just know. That time is not now for us my Luca but remember this, "In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged." We will find our path some day, Luca have faith. Forever yours, The one whose heart you hold"
Luca Ferro is not your typical Jock. Drafted in high school to play baseball, he decides instead to go to college and play for the University of Miami. After blowing out his elbow, not once but twice Luca turned to the letters from his "letter girl" to get him through the rough times.
The book starts out with Leighton in bed with her steady man Michael and Luca running his Father's restaurant and coaching his old high school baseball team. Leighton, the secret author of 3 contemporary romance novels get’s her invitation to her high school reunion and it's being held at none other than Luca Ferro's place! I can't get into too much detail without spoiling it for you but I can tell you that fate steps in and takes hold of the reigns.
After pining for his "letter girl" for years Luca is about to get the surprise of a lifetime. Will the betrayal of his "letter girl" be too much for him?
I love each and every one of the characters in this book... from the sleazy and slimy Michael and Val, to Luca's sweet lil Old Italian father. The depth of emotion in this book is something I've personally never experienced while reading a book before. I went from hopeful to angry, heartbroken, and sad, and finally to happy. I really did laugh out loud, cry and at points even yell at the book while reading it.
Luca is the type of man we want our sons to be like and our daughters to marry. And Leighton, well, we find out that even as a woman Leighton may still have a bit of growing up to do emotionally.
Letters to Luca has it all, secrets, lies, laughs, but most of all it has Love. Not story book romance kind of love, but real, raw love. The love of everyday real life that can consume you at times. The kind of love that you feel so strongly about that you do not know where it ends and you begin.
This book showed me the importance of communication in a relationship; it reminded me that relationships take hard work, compromise and most of all understanding and forgiveness.
M.R. Joseph weaves a story of soul mates fighting and sometimes failing to love one another in the way the other one needs.
She makes you question, is love, even true love, always enough?