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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Lynne M. Kolze uses Please Write to remind us that there is something truly magical about finding a personal letter in the mailbox. I’ve always felt it. I remember rushing home from school anxious to see if the postman had left something for me. Sensing my passion for receiving mail, my mother would save the advertising pamphlets for me, dubbing it the Emily mail, just in case there wasn’t a letter from a pen pal, or my grandmother or my godmother. I loved to write, send, and receive mail. I still do. Simply said, “Letters are windows into our souls.” These are rewarding in many ways, much more so than the cold, distant bluntness of techno blitzing, texting, emails, private messaging, and so on. These are stories of lives lived, simple notes of thanks and gratitude, remarkable expressions of caring and love, and so much more. It’s an age-old art, this letter writing. Some of the greatest minds of all time regularly corresponded in the form of handwritten letters. Even Thomas Jefferson was an avid letter writer who over his lifetime wrote approximately nineteen thousand letters.
Please Write by Lynne M. Kolze is a thorough look at a fine art form that for many has faded into the past and been overwhelmed by technology. There is hope, though, and the author prepares the reader for a journey to recovering this almost lost craft. Written with a solid knowledge of the topic, a compassionate compilation of anecdotes, and many personal memories, this book will not only fascinate letter writers and letter enthusiasts. It will encourage many to pick up the pen and write a letter, perhaps for the first time in years. Some of the stories she shares will bring tears to the reader’s eyes, including the tale of her beloved brother who lost his battle with cancer at the age of forty-four. Other stories will make the reader chuckle or just warm the heart. Letter writing is all about sharing our lives, our souls, and all that matters most. From one avid letter writer to another, thank you, Lynne, for writing this book.