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Summary

Some days, all you need is a message from a stranger. 

Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas. The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional. 

Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect. 

What she didn't count on was falling in love with the guy.

©2017 Mariana Zapata (P)2017 Mariana Zapata

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a great audio

I wondered how this book would work in audio as the start is done through emails. the 2 narrators worked great with this storyline.
the story itself was so well done. the sloew and cautious connection of 2 strangers through emails. we see the barriers break down and the friendship build and then the slow burn of a classic Mariana Zapata romance. we also have a great supporting cast of characters. I can certainly relate to Ruby's relationships with her siblings and mum.
I highly recommend this book for a fun read, I was going to say light read but there is too much going to say that. The book is long but you don't feel like you are ever waiting for something to happen, each chapter is fully relevant to the story.

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Nice little story

A very enjoyable little story, absolutely worth to hear if you like romance...
Performance of the narrator not bad at all..

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Addictive

I loved the story and Ruby and Aaron. I gave listen to this book a few times, my only complaint is that each time I am left wanting more, a sequel would be fab please

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Really good narration

I really enjoyed the narration. I had read this book before so I knew i liked the story.

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Wow

Totally loved this book ,although I wish the epilogue was longer and would love a follow up

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Surprised me

I chose this book in error - definitely not my normal read but I decided to go with it.

The format of email correspondence was surprisingly easy to listen to - made me feel like a teenager. I liked the characters and the story. No twists just a satisfying ending. Would be a good holiday book.

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  • kimmyjo
  • Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • 13-12-17

really good

it got me hooked from the sample so I had to buy..... at first the way it's told by emails I didn't think it was going to work but it dose and I liked that it goes into a proper book I also really enjoyed the story line ...really good narration too

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Nice love story

I enjoyed this book, the story was believable and built up into...not going to spoil it for others!

Loved Aaron’s character and felt Teddy Hamilton did it justice. Teddy is a good narrator and his voice was smooth and gave the right amount of humour and as a listener it was easy to listen to.

Callie Dalton also made the character Ruby come alive.

I did get a little irritated with the Ruby character at times as she repeats her insecurities over and over but it was a small irritation and the book was well worth the listen.

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  • Anne-Marie Mogensen
  • 21-11-17

Two thumbs up 👍👍

I already loved this book, however, the way it was brought to live by the narrators made that love enter a new dimension.

Their voices became Ruby and Aaron and they fit the personalities of the characters to a T.

Two thumbs up to Mariana Zapata, Callie Dalton and Ted Hamilton for a job well done.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Janice B
  • 21-11-17

Wonderful premise

Narrators were perfect for this very believable story
Mariana did it again!

JB Naples FL

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  • Janeen Butcher
  • 01-06-18

Mixed feelings

I loved the narrators but this is where good or even great narrators can't help a book that I struggled to get through. Everyone raved about this book but apparently, I'm in the minority because I couldn't stomach it. This book is mainly told through email/letters and then later told through texts. For me, it was kind of awkward. It lagged in places where it should have sped up and in places where it should have lagged it sped right through to almost an ADHD pace. I couldn't wrap my mind around the fact that the author who wrote The Wall of Winnipeg and Me - wrote this book. It almost seemed unbelievable! I loved that book and I guess my bar was set really high, so for this to be so different just made me sad. I love Teddy Hamilton and he really was the saving grace on this. I don't think I want to keep this because it was that bad for me. I will still keep my copy of The Wall of Winnipeg and Me though because that will always be my fave.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-17

Love love love

I couldn't wait for this audible to come out and I wasn't disappointed! I love Callie Dalton, didn't know as much abt Teddy. I was excited to see how this was going to sound and flow because of the format. Gotta say it sounds great! Only part is I wish there was a little more Teddy in this. Such as, if he could have read some of Aaron's dialogue that would have been perfection to me also even if he would have read some of the back and forth abt Ruby's virginity as well, but Callie always handles everything well.Over all I love it I am a Mariana Zapata fan, she's the only author I follow. Also Callie Dalton always one of my favs now Teddy! Great job guys! Well worth the wait! I will be re-reading and listening! If you want a great story funny slow burn this is perfect for you! Mariana is alway A one click buy so glad Callie is her go to!! BUY THIS BOOK AND AUDIBLE

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 07-12-17

Really Good

The only thing I didn’t like was that the first few hours of the book you listen to two different voices. One male, one female. Then the story transitions (without giving anything away) and the girl does both the male and female voice. I really enjoyed having the male character with a male voice, not the female trying to be male. Especially once you get used to the male characters voice.

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  • TONI J
  • 13-11-17

5 ++++ stars

OK, I really love everything by Mariana Zapata! it's always a bonus then to listen to Callie Dalton read it to me. I loved the slow burn love story (I am totally a sucker for military men) and the narrators, both Callie and Teddy Hamilton performed beautifully. I highly recommend these narrators and of course anything by Mariana Zapata. I am a full on book junkie and read hundreds of books a year. This author is one of my faves! Great story, great performance!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelly L. Green
  • 15-11-17

Dear Aaron

Loved the book until the end it threw me off. Mariana usually gives a brief statement of what happened to the characters to get them to this end. So only the end I am not happy with. I would have loved to see her family's reaction to Aaron and if Aaron really did hit Hunter for what he did to Ruby.

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  • mary connolly
  • 08-11-17

Laugh, Cry Enjoy!!

Loved this book when I read it and loved it even more listening to it. Both Callie and Teddy were awesome as narrators. Brought the story even more to life. Thanks Mariana for this beautiful gift. Couldn’t stop listening, laughed, cried and cheered.

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  • Wil Loves Books
  • 07-06-18

Amazing!

Mariana Zapata books are freaking addictive, once I start one, I just want to binge read until I’m done, seriously! I still haven’t found a book by her that I don’t absolutely love. She’s the queen of the slow burn, and she’s a master at it. Everything about it always feels so right, the purpose, the anticipation, the non gratuitous sex. It’s just perfect!

So, I kinda made the mistake of reading/listening to From Lukov With Love before reading Dear Aaron. I didn’t know there was a connection between both. Now, I need to say that they’re complete standalones so you don’t have to read one to enjoy the other, but the heroines on both books are sisters and Lukov happens a few years after DA. So if you’re super OCD like I am, I totally recommend you read Dear Aaron first.

Needless to say, I loved every second of this book. The idea of these characters falling for each other by corresponding for months was so cool and refreshing! Everything about their relationship from strangers to friends to lovers was absolutely fantastic. And then everything about how they meet. Gahhh I’m smiling and swooning hard! I want more Ruron!

Also, as with From Lukov, I simultaneously read the book and listened to the audiobook and let me tell you that is another fantastic performance by Callie Dalton and Teddy Hamilton! They are magic on the booth, although I wish Teddy would’ve done all the male parts like he did on Lukov. Either way, it was amazing. Not sure why I took me so long to read this one, but I absolutely recommend it!!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-12-17

pretty cute!

I love Mariana's books. this one was pretty good. though the ending left me wanting. Aaron and Ruby's charactors were awesome and watching them grow into their relationship over email and letters was great. but I felt the ending was rushed. so that was why I only have it 4*. the narrators were awesome.

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