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Letter Tree - Rachel Fordham



Mere words can’t end their families’ feud, but the Campbell heir and the Bradshaw heiress plan to write a future together.

Buffalo, NY, 1924

Laura Bradshaw adores stories with happily ever afters. But since her mother died seven years ago, the Bradshaw Shoe Company heiress has been as good as locked away in a tower. Her overbearing father cares little for her dreams, throwing himself instead into his tireless takedown of his competitor, the Campbell Shoe Company. However, Laura has been gifted with a reprieve: a mysterious friend with whom she’s been exchanging letters.

As heir to the Campbell Shoe Company, Isaac Campbell is a sought-after bachelor who has never felt an inkling of desire for the women who constantly bat their eyes at him. His thoughts are consumed by an oak tree in the Buffalo Zoo—or rather, the mystery woman he exchanges letters with courtesy of the tree. She’s been one of Isaac’s only joys in a life consumed by his father’s tireless hatred of Bradshaw. A hatred that, Isaac is coming to realize, may affect him more personally than he ever imagined.

When Laura’s father orchestrates a match between her and an important business owner, she resolves to pursue her only chance at freedom. But Isaac believes their story isn’t bound for a tragic ending. He’s certain there’s more to the Bradshaw-Campbell feud than meets the eye. And he won’t stop digging until he uncovers the truth that might bridge the divide between him and the woman whose words have captured his heart.


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"This is the sort of timeless love story that charms you immediately and remains with you for a long time."

—Joanna Davidson Politano, award-winning author of The Lost Melody

". . . a sweet, heartfelt romance that contains all the things I love best in historical romance, including a beautiful epistolary element. Rachel Fordham writes with warmth and grace, crafting a winning love story that’s sure to please. I thoroughly enjoyed it!"

—Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Belle of Belgrave Square 

"Love transcends all in The Letter Tree. A sweet love story rife with tension that will keep readers guessing from start to finish."

—Megan Walker, award-winning author of Lakeshire Park

"Incorporating elements of Romeo and Juliet and You’ve Got Mail, Fordham’s latest will become a favorite for fans of romances with star-crossed lovers who still find their way to a happily-ever-after."

—Library Journal 

"Such a heartfelt, fascinating story as the letter writing continues for many years. This is a fascinating story of commitment, the revelation of unscrupulous business dealings and the forgiveness of long-held grievances and secrets."

—Goodreads review

"Using delightful and beloved tropes to spin her own unique historical tapestry , Fordham’s latest character-driven historical is destined to enthralled readers of Robin Lee Hatcher and Gabrielle Meyer."

—Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code


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Rachel Fordham is the author of Where the Road Bends, A Lady in Attendance, A Life Once DreamedThe Hope of Azure Springs, and Yours Truly, Thomas. Fans expect stories with heart and she delivers, diving deep into the human experience and tugging at reader emotions. She loves connecting with people, traveling to new places, and daydreaming about future projects that will have sigh-worthy endings and memorable characters. She is a busy mom, raising both biological and foster children (a cause she feels passionate about). She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.

Connect with Rachel:

Instagram: @rachel_fordham
Facebook: @rachelfordhamfans


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