Monday, January 28, 2013

About this Feature: Writing letters to characters and/or authors is nothing new, but here's the twist: these letters will be all about borrowing, in keeping with our blog title. They can be funny or serious, sweet or sassy, short or more in-depth. My hope is that the letters will be entertaining or inspiring to read and will show appreciation to authors - and to the Lord for giving us creativity! (You can click the button and then scroll down to read previously posted letters.)

I'll plan on sharing a letter every other week. If you'd like to submit a letter of your own to be posted here, feel free to e-mail me at

Today's letter is for Sophie, the heroine of The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson:

Dear Sophie,

I really admire your strong spirit! You endured so much throughout your childhood, from spiteful words to physical cruelty. Yet when your story starts - at the age of seventeen - you are clinging to Scripture, showing humility in times of hardship, embracing the "family" of fellow servants, and refusing to give in to despair or thoughtless actions. 

I would love to borrow some of your bravery and fortitude. Such traits would be wonderful to have at all times, but there is one particular impending event in my life that I would love to have more courage to face: my behind-the-wheel driving test. Don't be alarmed by the foreign words! Driving is how many people travel in the 21st century. It's a much faster and more dangerous mode of travel than horseback. Fortunately for you, you never need worry about it! Although I imagine that if you ever did visit the future, you would have the wherewithal and the pluck to engage in the activity.

The beginning of the next month possibly heralds a new chapter in my life, one where I can be a little more independent and perhaps helpful to my family. The thought is exciting, but frightening in its way. I would appreciate any courage you could impart to me for a time. 

And should I fail, might Lord Gabehart be willing to let me borrow his horse, Gingerbread? 

With Admiration,

You can purchase The Fairest Beauty now at (It just released January 22, 2013!)


  1. Aw, Amber!!! I'm sure you're going to do great on your driver's test!!! Don't sweat it. God's got your back! He'll be with you, and even if you don't pass the first time, you can always take it again. But I'm sure you will pass it, no problem!!!
    And I'm so glad you liked Sophie! She was pretty tough, or tried to be! She had fears too, though. ;-)

  2. Melanie,

    That's so sweet - thank you for the important reminders and encouraging words!! :)

    And yes, I thought Sophie was a great heroine! You did a great job fashioning her character (and Gabe's, I might add... ;)).

    Thanks for stopping by and reading my letter to one of your characters!



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