That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay
In an age of online dating, the thought of corresponding with someone you do not know and might never meet is not that unusual. Movies like You’ve Got Mail and books such as The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society just add to the familiarity of the scenario. So I approached That Part Was True with the question as to whether the story would offer an original plot. The answer is a definite yes.
The story is about the personal lives and problems of Eve Petworth and author Jackson Cooper, who start a correspondence when Eve writes Jackson a fan letter. Everything could have stopped there, but a mutual interest in food and cooking leads them into a long series of exchanges that eventually go into sharing their life situations.
And there is plenty in their lives to share. Eve, who is British, is dealing with her daughter with whom she has a difficult relationship and whose upcoming wedding will mean seeing her ex-husband. Jackson, who is American, is a highly successful author who has writer’s block and more than a few problems with his love life. Being able to share what is happening in their lives provides a safety valve for both of them.
I found the main characters of Jackson and Eve very well drawn and their stories interesting, believable, and intriguing. Switching between their stories and having the connection of their letters makes for a well-paced and very readable book. I found myself pulling for both of them to finally resolve the problems in their separate lives. Do they eventually develop more than a letter relationship? Do they ever want to meet? Should they? It is worth reading this book to find out.
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