Welcome to book spotlight where instead of giving you another book review, I’m just going to talk about books I’ve read recently that I enjoyed. Prepare yourself for the fangirl gushing.

Epistolary novels are often hit or miss for me. Usually I feel as if something is lost between the letters or diary entries that regular novels capture. I often don’t connect with the characters as much as I like.

But Dearest Josephine by Caroline George manages to pull off a partially epistolary format because the characters are distinct and the plot is compelling.

I absolutely love the format of the story. Josie’s email letter diaries to Faith, the text conversations Josie has with numerous people, Elias’s letters and the inclusion of his novel. It was such a fun way to tell a story, and it worked so well.

I expected the story to be slower since it was mainly Josie trying to figure out how Elias could be writing about her… 200 years ago. But the only thing that bothered me was how quickly it seemed Josie deemed herself “in love” with Elias, based solely on his letters. I realize that is the crux of the plot and the plot twist at the end makes it better, but it came across a little far-fetched at times.

Still, this book was fun and I love how everything unfolds and comes together in the end. I love how distinct the characters are. I even love the DRAMA that occurs in the novel chapters.

The ending really sealed the deal for me with this one and I can forgive the idea of Josie falling in love with Elias because of the ending. I’m still reeling from that plot twist!

This is a different kind of story, and I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and historical aspects as well as Josie’s shenanigans at the mansion. If you like cute romances, Jane Austen era stories, and quirky characters, definitely pick this one up.

Waffle suggestion: There is so much scrumptious food in this book since it takes place in England. I don’t know whether to tell you to make a yummy waffle or nibble on stroopwafels or scones or something else from the book! So just do what you want and don’t forget the tea.