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Love Letters 1909

This book of authentic love letters from 1909 makes a great gift for any incurable romantic.

Here are some excepts from some of the five star reviews on Amazon:

  • This collection of a series of letters written as Edwin and Estella fell in love is just mesmerizing. I literally read it straight through without even taking a break. I could not put this down.-Biblio Phil
  • I loved reading Love Letters 1909.The legacy of a family began with the delivery of a letter.-Brooke
  • Their exchanges kept me on the edge of my seat wondering who would fall in love first and when they would actually get to see each other! Not only was there enough romance, there was history unfolding in practically every letter.-Sheila D.
  • Edwin and Estella would surely blush to know that we are reading over their shoulders and eagerly waiting to see what the other will say next! I loved getting to know this couple through their unassuming, charming correspondence.-Tessa Rose
  • This book will transport you to a time when there was something magical about checking the mail. A letter was a gift, written with care and thought…Each letter I read left me anxious to read more!-Julie
  • I loved reading these, even though I almost felt a little guilty for reading someone else’s personal correspondence. Then I imagined Estella and Edwin in the afterlife, sharing a laugh over the fact that the world was reading their letters long after they left us, and the guilt dissipated! I highly recommend this great read. It’s perfect for a weekend afternoon.-Sun and Surf

Hidden in a Trunk for Over a Century
What you are about to read is not fiction, but a real life conversation. This slice of Americana will whisk you away to a simpler time in 1909 where mail takes days and people have time to care about their neighbors. It’s a world where getting the wrong piece of mail might just change your life.

When Estella mails a postcard to an old friend, she hopes for a quick reply. She never dreams it will reach a stranger with the same name. She is a modern girl who prefers to work in town instead of live on the family farm. She enjoys her job as a candy maker for the Kellogg’s company and has a lively social life, but she still spends the occasional evening alone with her black cat. Most of her friends are already married, but Estella is holding out for the right man.

Edwin is a machinist who has little time to look for a wife. He’s been taking care of his mother and sisters since the death of his father, he spends his evenings writing marches and practicing maneuvers with the Michigan National Guard. He is one of best marksmen in the state—a fact his mother finds ironic since he can’t kill a chicken for dinner. When a postcard arrives addressed to a Mr. Edwin Ellis, he realizes it was intended for someone else, but he can’t resist the opportunity to answer it.

Edwin and Estella live in the Progressive Era where the horse and buggy of their childhood will soon be replaced by driving machines. Their letters discuss many topics from healthcare and employment to religion and politics. Ragtime Bands are the pop music of the day. Edwin writes his own marches and plays with his militia marching band. Kodak is providing a new way to preserve memories. Edwin now carries his own camera with him everywhere he goes—taking pictures of whatever or whomever he chooses. Even the breakfast table looks different. The Kellogg brothers have discovered a way to make a flaked cereal that saves housewives time making breakfast.Love Letters Cover jpg


Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1909
Edwin’s letters describe maneuvers of the Michigan Militia training in the field and a detailed account of the opening of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where drivers excel at speeds over a shocking seventy miles per hour.

But for now, their letters are yet unwritten, and their future hangs in the balance.Edwin has received a postcard from a girl he has never met. Estella has no idea her card has been received by the wrong man. Is it a twist of fate, or Providence that sent this letter to the wrong address? Will Edwin reveal the truth, or keep the conversation going? Will Estella find his practical joke to be funny? Edwin’s band is playing a love song while the train carries his response from Grand Rapids to Battle Creek. Estella’s heart is beating to its own rhythm as she reaches for the letter because she thinks she recognizes the handwriting.

Go ahead, peek inside their letters. Edwin and Estella will charm each other and win your heart as well.

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