Dear Reader, here are five epistolary books I adore.

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I always feel like fall is right around the corner when school supplies go on sale, don't you? All those kids trying on backpacks and getting excited about the school year.
For me, I grab some of my favorite pens that are on sale and drool over all those pretty notebooks.
Well, here are a few books you might want to stuff into your backpack. Books that in that epistolary category. This means they are told primarily through letters, diary entries, newspaper articles, etc.

1. Just Like You by Elisabeth Allen
This book is out of print sadly, but it is my all-time favorite epistolary novel. Told mainly through Charity's diary entries, it is an endearing story about the spiritual growth of a young English girl. I really hope Elisabeth Allen republishes it some time. If you can get your hands on a copy, do!

2. Devotedly by Valerie Elliot Shepard
This isn't fiction and I would not recommend it for younger readers. However, I loved getting to read the story of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot and their passion for Christ in this story. Their daughter allowed us to see them in a very personal and realistic way. She let us see their flaws and how Christ used them despite them. I loved reading their words. They inspired my own walk with Jesus.

3. Letters to Julia by Meredith Allady
I love all of the Merriweather books. But this middle book is my favorite. I love how you only get to read the letters to Julia, and not hers. As her parents and siblings write to her, you are drawn into the life of this family. Trust me, it's a wonderful read.

4. Sincerely, Jem by Kate Willis
I was an early reader for this story and I loved it from page one! It was originally was part of the A Very Bookish Christmas. It's a sweet Christmas story about a sweet young girl. It's also not a romance.

5. Home Fires of the Great War by Rebekah A. Morris
Two families struggle during World War I. Two cousins send letters back and forth and share news and life together. This story is not only heartwarming, but there are also a lot of good lessons in it too.

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20 comments

  1. "Sincerely, Jem" was really good. I started the Rebekah Morris book, but I never finished it.

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    1. Yeah, her book was a little hard to get into, but I ended up really loving it.

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  2. I've read & love the bottom two, but not the top three. But they sound really cool! Thanks, Sarah!

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  3. All of these books look amazing! I haven't read any of them, but I've had several recommended. FFF is so fun! I'm really enjoying it!

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  4. I've heard of several of those, but I haven't managed to read any of them yet!
    -Faith Gilliosa

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  5. Great list! :D I've only read the last two, but the others sound interesting and really good.

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  6. Hey Sarah, I found your blog through Five Fall Favorites and love it!! These books sound really good too! Thanks for sharing! <3

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  7. Sarah, I know it's not really published, but your "Quarantine Letters" has to be one of my favorite epistolary stories ever. ;)

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    1. Awww, thank you Angie. I sure have had fun writing it!

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  8. Thank you for the shout-out! So glad you enjoyed.

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