Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Rachel Fordham & Yours Truly, Thomas

Posted July 8, 2019 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, Rachel Fordham, romance / 32 Comments

I am delighted today to welcome Rachel Fordham to the blog today to share some behind-the-scenes trivia for her new book Yours Truly, Thomas!

GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 2, 2019
PAGES: 320

For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people’s mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more–a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.

Thomas left his former life with no intention of ending up in Azure Springs, Iowa. He certainly didn’t expect a happy ending after what he had done. All he wanted to do was run and never look back. In a moment of desperation, he began to write, never really expecting a reply.

When Penny’s undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter and yet she finds herself caring–perhaps too much–for the one who wrote it.

Ten Pieces of Trivia You’re Just Dying to Know


1. Yours Truly, Thomas takes place between the ending of The Hope of Azure Springs and the epilogue. I chose this time frame because I decided to have Eliza’s story play a secondary role in the book and I didn’t want her to be too old for the storyline to work.

2. The idea for the dead letter office portion of the book came to me while touring an old post office in the Midwest. The tour guide talked about bags of mail being sent there and I knew I wanted to learn more. I had so many fun pieces of dead letter office trivia that I wanted to include but couldn’t fit it all.

3. Penelope’s name was inspired from a nickname we used to call my sister Stephanie. She didn’t like it as a kid but hopefully she’ll think it’s fun to read now as an adult.

4. In order to write Thomas’s character, I read up on the stages of grief and tried to capture some of the emotions in the different scenes. I enjoyed showing his journey as he came to accept the past.

5. CS Lewis wrote a book about pain that I LOVE. He talks a lot about us as mere mortals being afraid of pain and seeing it as the enemy when often pain is a tool used to help us grow. I tried to capture that idea in small ways throughout this book.

dead letter office, 1922 (Wikipedia)

6. Yours Truly, Thomas was the fifth book I’ve written but will be my second published book. They aren’t coming out in order but it’s my hope they will all be in print someday.

7. This story went through major edits. Honey was added in later in the writing process and even then, the description of her changed throughout the process. I was nervous to write a dog. I’ve never owned a dog and wasn’t sure I could capture the essence of the human/canine bond. In the end I can’t imagine the story without her.

8. Margaret continues to be a favorite character of mine. When I write her, I get to pretend like I’m wise and eccentric and it’s just so much fun.

9. Letters are a major theme of this book. I loved the freedom it gave me to express emotion in a different way. It made me want to go and write letters to everyone I love! My husband and I do write letters to one another. We write them back and forth in a journal. We call it our “love journal.” Cheesy, I know!

10. It’s my hope that readers will close Yours Truly, Thomas with a sigh and a greater resolve to cherish all that’s good in life despite the inevitable storms of life.

thank you so much, Rachel! I’m always fascinated by ‘dead letters’ and I’m looking forward to reading this book!

Rachel Fordham is the author of The Hope of Azure Springs and Yours Truly, Thomas. She started writing when her children began begging her for stories at night. She’d pull a book from the shelf, but they’d insist she make one up. Finally, she paired her love of good stories with her love of writing and hasn’t stopped since. She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.

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What about you? Which behind-the-scenes fact about Yours Truly, Thomas interested you the most?


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32 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Rachel Fordham & Yours Truly, Thomas

  1. Debbie Clatterbuck

    I find reading up on the stages of grief most interesting. Having recently lost a friend, I have been through the stages of grief. It is never easy. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and good luck everyone.

  2. Janet Estridge

    I have heard of the phrase, “the dead letter office” but up until now, I had no idea what it meant.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

  3. Kay Garrett

    Enjoyed reading about “Yours Truly, Thomas!” by Rachel Fordham and the trivia. Definitely sounds like a book I would love to dive into.

    I found the idea of researching the dead letter office fun and the stages of grief interesting.

  4. Sonnetta Jones

    Having gone through several stages of grief within the last several years my ears are always open to hearing how others deal with multiple losses. I will have to finish this CS Lewis book.

  5. Anne

    What interested me were the stages of grief since it applies to everyone in life and the C.S. Lewis one was well since he was wise and special.

  6. MS Barb

    lost letters! What DID happened to lost letters back before computers? What happens to “lost letters” today? Do postal workers TRY to find out who/where the addressee and/or the sender live?

  7. Laura W.

    The dead letter office sounds so interesting! I am excited to read about it for sure, as I don’t know if I know anything about it.

    Also, my sons each had the same 3rd grade teacher. Besides being an amazing teacher, she does “Love Letter Journals.” Each Friday kids write about their week and whatever else they want to their parents, then it gets sent home. Parents write back, and put it in their backpack Sunday night. The kids read it Friday before writing back, etc. I have loved this tradition. My husband did fun drawings and it got to the point where every Friday the kids in the classroom would all be excited to see what he drew. I love that Rachel does this with her husband. 🙂

  8. Stephanie H.

    I find it interesting to know that C.S. Lewis wrote a book about pain. I will have to look into finding a copy and read up on what he has written about it.

  9. Caryl Kane

    I’ve not read C.S. Lewis’s book dealing with pain. I need that revelation that pain is necessary in growth.

  10. Winnie Thomas

    The idea of using the dead letter office as inspiration for a story is fantastic. I’ve never really thought about “undeliverable as addressed” letters, but trying to find the sender or addressee would be like trying to solve a mystery. I imagine a lot of the work would be quite boring, but then there’s the excitement of discovery when a connection is made.

    This book is wonderful! I loved having the letters involved tell part of the story.

    Thanks, Carrie and Rachel, for a fun post! Hugs to both of you!

  11. Patty

    I have never heard of the dead letter office, but I can imagine even now there is mail that is undeliverable.

  12. Anne L. Rightler

    I love the ‘love journal’ idea. I think I may just start one w/ my hubby of 51 years.

  13. Pam K.

    I like the idea of the letters. I used to write and receive lots of letters but they are rare now. It was always so nice to receive a letter in the mail.

  14. Debra Oehlberg

    I love the fact that is a part of a series. Great books lend themselves well to series!

    • Merry

      I love the facts about the dead letter office that Rachel learned so much she couldn’t include everything in the book.

  15. annabelle Gardner

    I loved The Hope of Azure Springs and Yours, Truly Thomas is on my wish list. Thank you, both for the chance to read it sooner rather than later.

  16. Becky D.

    I LOVE the idea of this story. I like how Rachel is using her sister’s childhood nickname, and how she is challenging herself by including a pet as a side character. Look forward to reading it!!

  17. Karen

    I love that Yours Truly, Thomas takes place during the timeframe of The Hope of Azure Springs! I absolutely love that book and am so excited to read about Eliza again while getting to know Thomas and Penny too!

  18. Betsy

    This looks like such a great book and I can’t wait to read it! I had never heard of a “dead letter office” before. Sounds intriguing!

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