Molly Alcott didn’t expect to open her mailbox one summer morning and find an old letter stuffed between bills and a supermarket flyer. Penned in familiar handwriting, dated over fifteen years ago, the letter was written to Molly after her first date with the man she’ll never forget.
Week after week, new letters appear. Each marks an event in the history of their epic love affair. Each heals a wound. Each holds the confession of the man who still owns Molly’s heart.
The letters are full of promise, hope and love, but truth be told, Molly wishes she could unread them all.
Because the man who wrote these letters is not the one sending them.
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‘But there’s a danger in loving somebody too much,
and it’s bad when you know it’s your heart you can’t trust.
There’s a reason why people don’t stay where they are.
Baby, sometimes love just ain’t enough.’
Patty Smyth’s “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough”
The idea that two people who truly love each other, who seem made for one another, who are soulmates in every sense of the word struggle to stay together due to a litany of circumstances and external influencers is not necessarily a foreign concept to me, but it’s one that I find difficult to truly understand.
And I’m sure it makes me naive and in some ways impractical to believe that love should sustain even the most difficult of relationships, but I wholeheartedly feel that love should be enough, even when I’m confronted with contrary evidence to my claim.
Letters to Molly is an emotionally dense story line – one that examines all sides of Molly and Finn’s story as it explores the details of their growing love that solidified into a blissful marriage and a family they both desperately wanted to the missteps and heartbreak that seemed to take over their lives after the death of a loved one and the destructive path chosen to not only deal with said loss but also to attempt to move on from bad decisions and extenuating circumstances that altered the dynamics of their lives.
There are so many integral parts to Molly and Finn’s story to explore in order for readers to truly understand the why’s and how’s of their broken marriage despite the love that still exists between them, and Devney Perry provides those necessary details in excruciatingly vivid scenes and all of the heartbreaking and heartwarming moments the main characters experience as they try to move on with their lives, separately, while still loving one another with every part of who they are and will be.
The written word is a powerful testament to how people truly feel; there’s meaning in every word put on paper and an honesty that may not be found anywhere else, and this is exactly what the letters to Molly hold, and while Finn is not the one sending them to her, it doesn’t negate the fact that the words, the sentences, and the paragraphs in those letters are spoken from his heart and shed light on the array of feelings that consumed him both at the beginning of their courtship as well as when things felt hopeless and out of control.
Even towards the end of Letters to Molly, I didn’t know if these two would be able to find their way back to each other, not after all the pain they’ve caused one another and the regrets and guilt that still seem to weigh them down, threatening to break them even farther. And I also can’t imagine the emotional toil that Devney Perry went through as she crafted this story, but I can say with 100% certainty that she gave voice to a story that needed to be told because despite the heavy burden of emotions that more than likely plagued many a reader, there are lessons in painfully emotional stories just as much as, if not more, than those where the characters don’t struggle and don’t need more than one chance to make things right.
4.5 Poison Apples
About the Author
Devney is the USA Todaybestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.