Friday, September 12, 2014

HF Virtual Book Tours Review and Giveaway: This Is How I'd Love You by Hazel Woods

Title: This Is How I'd Love You
Author: Hazel Woods
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Plume
Publish Date: August 26, 2014
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours

What's the Story?:

From "As the Great War rages, an independent young woman struggles to sustain love—and life—through the power of words.

It’s 1917 and America is on the brink of World War I. After Hensley Dench’s father is forced to resign from the New York Times for his anti-war writings, she finds herself expelled from the life she loves and the future she thought she would have. Instead, Hensley is transplanted to New Mexico, where her father has taken a job overseeing a gold mine. Driven by loneliness, Hensley hijacks her father’s correspondence with Charles Reid, a young American medic with whom her father plays chess via post. Hensley secretly begins her own exchange with Charles, but looming tragedy threatens them both, and—when everything turns against them—will their words be enough to beat the odds?"

My Two Cents:

"This Is How I'd Love You" is a historical fiction book that takes place during World War I. America is dealing with the war effort while many of the country's young people fight abroad. Hensley is fighting her own war at home; it's a war of loneliness as she and her father are living in a remote part of New Mexico. One of the ways that Hensley gets over her boredom is to start corresponding with Charles, a young medic. At first their interaction is playful and light but soon they realize that those words are bringing them closer then they ever would've expected.

I think being lovers of books, we all love the written word. To this day, there is nothing more special to me then getting a handwritten card or maybe even a letter from a dear one. Yes, email is a lot faster; however, it just doesn't seem that special. I think my love of letters has manifested itself in reading and enjoying so many historical fiction books where letter writing is a heavy feature. This book is a great addition to that list! In this book, a letter writing definitely factors in quite a bit and I absolutely loved reading about Hensley and Charles' correspondence. I love how each others words are able to bring the other person a lot of comfort as they are both going through some pretty difficult things.

The writing in this book is very good. Woods gives both Charles and Hensley a really clear, unique voice in their letter writing. There's some really beautiful bits of writing and turns of phrase that I made my heart beat a little bit faster. There is a great romance in this book. Overall, this was a good read!


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Follow the Rest of the Tour:

Monday, August 25
Review & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, August 27
Interview at Dab of Darkness
Friday, August 29
Interview at Book Babe
Tuesday, September 2
Review & Interview at Closed the Cover
Review & Interview at A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, September 3
Review at The Bookworm
Friday, September 5
Spotlight & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Monday, September 8
Spotlight & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry
Tuesday, September 9
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Wednesday, September 10
Interview at Caroline Wilson Writes
Thursday, September 11
Review at Booktalk & More
Friday, September 12
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Monday, September 15
Review & Guest Post at Bookish
Tuesday, September 16
Review at Book of Secrets
Wednesday, September 17
Review at Book Nerd
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  1. I love that cover! I haven't really read that much WWI fiction, but this looks good!

  2. This historical is captivating, memorable and meaningful. I enjoy this era, and many novels written during this period are unforgettable.Many thanks for this great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. I love handwritten notes and letters, too, but then I'm paralyzed with guilt because I never seem to be able to write back to them!

  4. Already loving books set during either World War, I love that this book takes place in such a unique location. And who doesn't love romance budding through letters!!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  5. Romance war historical fiction my type of book.

  6. I love the time period and the fact that she starts a love affair by mail. It sound like a wonderful book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  7. I truly enjoy books written in letter form and this time period is one of my favorites to read about.

  8. Beautiful cover!! Love to read historical fiction and still love letter writing!!

  9. This book sounds really good and I can't wait to read it. Thank you for the giveaway.


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