If You Find This Letter is a memoir by "a girl who's just trying to find her way."
That's how Hannah describes herself. And this is excellent reading. Captivating. Unpretentious. Quietly wise.
Hannah Brencher is a noticer, the kind of person who allows things matter to her, to change her, even if it hurts.
As writers and lovers must, she seems to drink in people and places and pieces of life.
(In a world as beautiful and terrible as ours, this noticing is a dangerous way to live. It gives you everything, yes, and it demands everything in response.)
This book is a praise hymn to growing up and stretching out our wings and to coming home and treasuring our people.
It's about making space in our hearts and saying goodbye and holding what we love gently and bravely.
It's about the endurance of stories and the power of kind and honest words coming together in the gift of letters.
If you've ever had the privilege of writing and getting letters, then you'll find this book to be a nourishing feast.
You'll recognize the magic of letters winging their way across the miles and into mailboxes up and down country roads and city streets.
You'll already know the weight of care and intention that a letter bears.
You'll remember the particular delight of knowing that the writer's hand was all over that paper, and that this specific beloved always curves their e's that certain way and that one use circles instead of dots in their exclamation points.
You'll say, with Emily Dickinson- "A letter is a joy of earth."
If you've never been able to savor letters written and received, then this book will make a convert out of you.
And you'll want to go visit MoreLoveLetters dot com, so that you can be a part of this whole thing.
Ultimately, it's a book about love.
"No matter how much I pretend the world might be about something else- something bigger and brighter and shinier and more perfect that that- I think love still wins the race to steal our hearts." ~ Hannah Brencher
And as C. S. Lewis says: “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken..."
Thank you to Howard Books for my review copy. I think I know a fellow word-lover who will want to borrow If You Find This Letter next.