The Letters From Lincoln Bee

Fiction - Drama
238 Pages
Reviewed on 08/24/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Letters From Lincoln Bee is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama, slice of life, and inspirational fiction sub-genres, and was penned by author Thaine Chase. In an enticing novella-length drama with plenty of intrigue, our titular character takes center stage as he re-evaluates the path that he’s on in life. Through reconnecting with those estranged who were once close to him, Lincoln’s direction begins to shift and he starts to put his life back together. But there is still a lingering darkness that threatens to ruin everything, making for an exciting and emotional battle as life takes its ever-unpredictable course around him. What results is a heartfelt interpersonal drama and deep character study.

Author Thaine Chase has crafted a really fascinating slice of life that reads smoothly and quickly, perfect for travel; a short read to immerse yourself in for a while. As one might expect from the genre, the characters are superbly drawn to give plenty of emotional expressions through excellent use of dialogue and descriptive action and interactions. Lincoln is our central focus, and it’s easy to see the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations of the character through the clever use of varied narrative techniques. This results in a beautifully portrayed central figure taking stock of his life choices, and an intriguing tapestry of family drama that will surely hook readers from cover to cover. Overall, I would definitely recommend The Letters From Lincoln Bee to fans of accomplished character-led fiction.

Lit Amri

In The Letters From Lincoln Bee by Thaine Chase, a depressed man in his sixties is barely a shadow of the person he used to be; an enigmatic and triumphant go-getter with a list of successes that could make anyone jealous. Lincoln’s alone, bitter, and has almost zero belief in himself. When old memories emerge, he reaches out to his ex-wife Tina, asking for help. She agrees but with one condition; Lincoln will write a letter to her once a month, discussing “any issues or problems which inspired the letter itself, truthfully and without any filters.” He has doubts about the idea but is willing to try. Little does he know that the letters will open chances in life that he thought he would never have.

Thaine Chase's The Letters From Lincoln Bee is a thought-provoking, poignant story that switches between Lincoln, Tina, and Vicki's-Tina's daughter-perspectives. Although I admired his resolve to change and start anew, Lincoln is a tough character to root for, and I have no fondness for his pride. Even during his contemplative moments, his arrogance and rage are always there, ready to take over his thoughts. That said, the letter-writing request from Tina leads to unexpected discoveries and outcomes. The letters are not just helping Lincoln but also Tina as she reevaluates her life, particularly her estranged relationship with her daughter. It takes time, love, and patience for the characters to work their way towards healing and mend the bonds. Overall, this is a story of insightful life lessons of self-understanding and finding happiness amidst grandiose expectations and reality.

Risah Salazar

After having a perfect streak of achievements, Lincoln Bee's luck and success seem to have run out. He's in a very dark place right now but he wants to fight; he wants to move on from this. He thinks of people who can help him out but no one comes to mind. Then, as if the universe is somehow listening to his call, something reminds him of his ex-wife, Tina Monroe. Lincoln humbles himself and asks for Tina's help. She asks for him to write one thoughtful letter each month addressed to her. This solution she thinks of is quite simple but tricky. But Tina knows this is the only way to help Lincoln and herself.

Thaine Chase's The Letters from Lincoln Bee is not only heartfelt and but also realistic drama. It reminds one of their struggles and inspires them to push through as Lincoln picks himself up. Vivid imagery and raw emotions capture readers in every chapter. Both the characters and the story are carefully developed. The book has a slow pace and a nice flow that makes the narration even more compelling. The central concept of writing letters is a wonderful idea and the overall organization proves that Thaine Chase knows his craft well. These letters are so personal and deliberate and it's amusing to discover how one can be so good with words -- Lincoln's story could never be more articulate than this. The Letters from Lincoln Bee may be a short read but it is fully equipped with life lessons.