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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
In One Last Letter by Pema Donyo, Evelyn Lancaster and Jesse Greenwood love each other very much. Jesse works as a farm hand at Evelyn’s father’s farm and, at 16 years of age, both Evelyn and Jesse believe that running away will be the most romantic thing. However, one evening when Evelyn comes from school, she discovers that there are things of more importance in life than a fanciful relationship. She rejects Jesse because her father’s farm is failing and she needs to find a rich husband who will keep the farm afloat.
Wounded by her rejection, Jesse goes to California and makes a fortune. Now, years later, he comes back to see his sister marry. He finds out that Evelyn is still not married and is working hard to keep the farm going. Jesse invests in the farm and becomes what Evelyn wanted in a husband. But now he is indifferent to her and their relationship is nothing but that of partners in business. However, there is someone who is leaving letters for Evelyn. The letters remind her of Jesse when he was a farm hand. She writes back and soon the two have a steady correspondence. Is this admirer someone else? Or is it her Jesse, finally reaching out to her?
Pema Donyo wrote a beautiful love story to rival that of Nicholas Sparks. Jesse and Evelyn had a lot of growing up to do before they could become a couple forever, and this is exactly what happened. This is a nice example for teenagers, that although you might love with all your heart and soul, there are things that matter more than just love. And even true love needs time to flourish and become beautiful. I really enjoyed this novel. There are not many romances that make you sigh with satisfaction. This one did it for me!