Monday, January 14, 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 Emma Smallwood, the heroine of The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen:

Dear Miss Smallwood,

As I write this letter, I am about a quarter of the way through your lovely story. Cornwall sounds like such an interesting place to visit, although I do believe it is the house in which you are residing at this part of the story, rather than the countryside, that holds so much to engage the imagination. 

Regrettably, a trip to Cornwall entails a much farther distance to travel for me than it was for you, and I am not acquainted with the Westons, so I would not presume to ask for an invitation to visit them at Ebbington Manor. Would you perhaps be willing to let me borrow some of the mystery in which you find yourself embroiled? 

I do not wish to imply that my life is dull. But I would not be adverse to a little bit of romance and excitement. You must think me sillier than Lizzie to want such things! I do love my books, as you do yours, but it might be nice to have something or someone interrupt my reading in order to remind me of the thrills and grandeur of life. 

In these long winter months, a little mystery would do nicely, indeed. Of course, I would only want to borrow a very little, as you will need it more than I for your story to be properly told. I am eager to find out more about Ebbington Manor, as well as those four eligible young men living there. I am not yet aware of whether or not the young men are scoundrels, but should one of them be respectable and not attached to you by the end of the story, I might wish to borrow one of them, as well...

Yours Most Sincerely,
Miss Amber Stokes   

You can purchase The Tutor's Daughter now at

And stay tuned for my review of the book - coming soon!


  1. Amber! I LOVE your letter! Such a cute idea :) I think I had a smile on my face the whole time reading it and that last line was perfect, lol! Now I am all the more excited to read this one! :)


  2. Amanda,

    Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it - and I'm happy I could make you smile! :)

    That last line would probably be too scandalous (and too Lizzie-like - such an interesting character!) to be entirely appropriate to send to Emma, were she a real character and were we living in that era... But I just had to write it! ;)

    I hope you enjoy this one! Would love to hear your thoughts when you finish. And if you ever want to submit a letter to a character or author regarding "borrowing" something, let me know! I'd be happy to post it here. :)

    Thanks for stopping by!



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