In Review: Dear Kate (The Letters #1) by Elizabeth Lee

Posted July 2, 2017 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Dear Kate (The Letters #1) by Elizabeth LeeDear Kate by Elizabeth Lee
Series: The Letters #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 221 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Kate Beckett has always had a plan—get her professional life to the highest level, then focus on her personal life. She preferred things in a certain order and liked to check them off accordingly.

When her best friend loses her battle with cancer, Kate starts to wonder if maybe she's been living life all wrong. And, when letters from the dearly departed start to arrive, she is forced to take a look at her life and ask herself a very important question: “Are you happy?”

To honor her best friend's final wishes, Kate takes a chance in spontaneity that sends her straight into the arms of a man that was definitely not part of her plan. A man that is everything that makes her want to throw caution to the wind and live in the moment.

Now she must decide if living a life with regrets is something she can do or if she's willing to shake things up for a chance at true love.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It feels like it’s been forever since I read an Elizabeth Lee book, so I was thrilled to learn she was releasing a new one. When I heard about Dear Kate, I knew I would have to read it and not just because I love Elizabeth’s writing. The book sounded fantastic and like it would be right up my alley when I’m in the mood for a more emotional read. It should be no surprise at all that I really enjoyed it.

I expected this book to be an emotional journey and it was in some ways, but thankfully grief wasn’t the main focus. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there were emotions — both from me and the characters — but overall it was a really positive, hopeful book. That might’ve also been because the heroine, Kate, keeps her feelings locked up pretty tightly. She definitely doesn’t wear her heart on her sleeve, but she’s also not what I would consider a cold person. I really liked Kate. She was a great heroine and I enjoyed her journey. Plus, Deacon? Totally freaking swoony. I loved them together — the passion, the feelings, all of it… gold.

The premise for this book is unique — or at least it is to me. I liked the idea of the friend, Hope, interfering from beyond the grave. Not in a supernatural way, of course, but through the series of letters she left behind. There is so much story here to tell with these friends and I, for one, can’t wait to get more. The second book, Dear Willa, can’t get here soon enough! This was a great start to a new series I’m looking very much forward to following.


The hardest part of dying is knowing that you’re leaving behind people that you love without being able to tell them everything that you wanted. This is my attempt, so please stop trying to predict what I’m going to say, put your inner cynic to bed, and just hear me out. 

“I’m not crying because I’m sad. I’m so fucking mad that it’s either cry or punch things.”

About Elizabeth Lee

Born and raised in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield (not literally, that would be weird), I’ve spent my entire life imagining stories. Stories where the right guy always gets the right girl, first kisses are as magical as they are on the big screen and anything is completely possible if you believe.

Although this journey began years ago, it recently took on a whole new life. After years of devouring hundreds of Romance, YA and New Adult novels, I had an epiphany... I should write a book. And I did it!

If I’m not reading, writing, enjoying drinks with my amazing group of girlfriends or chasing around a sarcastically funny kid, I’m probably watching television shows that were created for teenagers, while my husband teases that I’m too old to watch them.

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