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Peek Inside Letters from Home

Lena Rodriguez has always been too busy with school or the Army for romance. But the letters she received during deployment have captured her heart. When Zack Benson watched his best friend's sister leave for Afghanistan, he knew he had to tell her he loved her. Now that she's home for the holidays, he realizes he's made a tactical error. Lena has fallen for the man in those letters but still thinks of him as a brother.

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An Army doctor, Lena Rodriguez has always been too busy with school or the Army for romance. But the letters she received during deployment have captured her heart. Back home for the holidays, she awaits Christmas morning to meet the man who has turned her life upside down.

When Zack Benson watched his best friend’s sister, Lena, leave for Afghanistan, he knew he had to tell her he loved her. So he sent her anonymous love letters. Now that she’s home, he realizes he’s made a tactical error. Lena has fallen for the man in those letters but still thinks of him as a brother. He has to convince her otherwise because if he succeeds, he’ll get the best Christmas present ever. But if he fails, he could lose her for good.


"WOW! This one was a very cute story." - Calatasde, Goodreads

"Letters From Home is a delightful, light romance – full of warmth and humor. With irresistible characters, realistic dialogue and genuine emotions, Strasser delivers an enjoyable holiday treat." - Romantic Reads and Such

"Letters from Home is a sweet story of a friendship that blossoms into something more. It’s a novella around 100 pages long, but despite the short length the characters were well-developed." - Book Soulmates

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622663835
Release Date: Nov 25, 2014
Page Count: 111
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, holiday romances, military/men in uniform
Tropes: best friend's little sister

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By Cheryl November 12, 2013

Someone was writing Lena anonymous letters from home, while she was deployed, and she was falling in love with him. He vowed to tell her who he was Christmas morning at the park. Zack has known Lena and her family for 25 years. He is her brother Mike's best friend. He's also the one writing the lett ...more

By Calatasde November 27, 2013

WOW! This one was a very cute story.

Elena aka Lena is an army Doctor. She left her hometown for the army. In the same time after she left home,she received a lot letters. And this captured his heart. Returning home for holiday the letter man and Lena is going to meet on Christmas Morning.

Zack is so ...more

By Teresa November 20, 2015

This was a sweet quick read. I liked the characters. I even shed a few tears. What can I say? I'm a sap. ...more

By Romantic Reads and Such December 04, 2013

I’m a sucker for these stories of friends-to-lovers and this one was super sweet. There are so many complications that stem from moving yourself from an honorary member of the family to potential love interest and Zack has decided that his feelings for Lena make it worth the effort. I loved how he s ...more

By Shelley January 27, 2014

This was a really fun quick read. I liked the taste we got of Lena's large Catholic, Hispanic family. Her over protective older brother Mike was great. The only thing that wasn't made clear was WHY it took Zach so freakin' long to tell Lena he wanted a relationship with her. They grew up together ya ...more

By Mayas November 20, 2015

Oh, I truly enjoy Elena and Zack story. It was light, romantic, and awe-inspiring. This is a must read holiday theme with a military theme as well. ...more

By Joel January 14, 2019

Lots of passion and twists

Ms. Rhodes recommended this book for me to read as my first romance and I am glad she did. She’s a terrific storyteller. The story has a huge and unexpected twist that boosted this to 5 stars for me. A great read! ...more

By Sapphyria December 08, 2013

Zachary Benson has a secret...He's in love with his best friend, Mike's sister, Elena (Lena) Rodriguez. Unfortunately, there's the "code" to adhere to plus she's a busy gal. Enlisting in the Army and becoming a doctor has consumed all of Lena's time. And then she gets deployed to Afghanistan, leavin ...more

By Brittany December 05, 2013

Reviewed for Book Soulmates

Elena (Lena) Rodriguez, an Army doctor, has been deployed for a year and is about to come home for the holidays. She has received an anonymous love letter every month, plus one for her birthday. Through these letters, the secret admirer has stolen her heart, and she’s anxi ...more

By Kathy December 07, 2015

This was a great fast read. Lena is at home on leave for Christmas. She has been getting letters from an anonymous admirer for the past year. In the last letter he asked her to meet him at the gazebo in the park on Christmas morning. Zack tried his hardest to get to her the day she left for deployme ...more

By Angie December 14, 2014

Finally, a military romance that I actually found enjoyable! Letters From Home is the story of Elena, an army doctor who is home for the holidays. During the year she was in Afghanistan, she received a bunch of heartfelt, love letters from a secret admirer. If it’s possible to fall in love with some ...more

By Rachel November 25, 2013

This is a beautiful story. It grabbed me from the prologue and didn't let go till the epilogue. It was a heartfelt story that will have you feeling even more grateful to your service men and women.

I loved the premise of this story, it was fantastic to see the hero making a big gesture in the form o ...more

By Becky July 26, 2016

I loved the premise of this one--falling in love through a year's worth of love letters, one per month plus an extra one on Lena's birthday. Add to that the fact that the letters are written anonymously and that they're from her brother's best friend, and the delicious factor ratchets up a notch. Gr ...more

By Rifkee January 12, 2016

Zack is a coward man who never tells his girl that he likes. By the time he wants to tell her, it is too late because she goes far away from him for a year. The title is Letters from home that was written by Beth Rhodes. The dialogue of this story is so effective because there are many ideas that ca ...more

By Renee January 13, 2016

4 star

The story has laughs, secrets, and heartbreak.

This is Lena and Zach’s story. When Lena left for her last tour Zach tried to make it to see her before she left but he missed her. He wants to tell her he loved her. So he put all those feelings into anonymous love letters to her while she was on ...more

By Kristin December 05, 2013

Originally reviewed on These Pretty Words.

This little story is romantic novella perfection. From strong, independent yet emotionally reserved Lena – home on leave from the Army – to handsome, witty Zach with his never-ending crush on his best friend’s sister. Zach and his beautiful letters have won ...more

By Reading In Pajamas December 22, 2013

Review: Letters from Home (Entangled Flirts) by Bethanne Strasser
Publication Date: November 25, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/Donna
Rated: 4 Stars
Blog post:

A lovely little story about love, longing and family. The story was well written and I couldn’t turn the pag ...more

By Brittany January 28, 2016

The characters invite you into their story.

Lena Rodriguez has heen receiving letters from an unknown writer from her hometown. Is it possible to fall in love with someone through their letters? One such letter invited Lena to meet him on Christmas morning.

Zack Benson is in love with his best friend' ...more

By Mandy December 31, 2013

3.75 stars
Y'all know I'm a sucker for a military romance. This little novella has veteran and an active duty characters. This one is a bit different in that Lena is the main character and an active duty Army doctor. Zack, her longtime family friend, has been out of the Army for a year or two and has ...more

By Sandy November 17, 2015

Great tale of love and hope. Lena is a girl home on leave for Christmas and the New Year. Zach has secretly loved his best friend's sister for years. He tried to catch her to tell her before she deployed but missed the plane. He has been writing her letters secretly on her deployment, and Lena has f ...more

By R.J. December 09, 2013

This was a wonderful story and so heart warming! I loved it from the beginning to the end. This is the perfect story to read right around the holidays and can put you in the Christmas spirit and make you realize how fortune you are. This is a gender reversal as the heroine is the one that heads off ...more

By Shari January 05, 2014

Falling in love with a stranger with a year worth of letters while she is the army. Lena will meet this stranger Christmas morning while she is home on leave. Being home she meets up with Zach, her long time friend. Now she has mixed emotions, needless to say she does not know Zach is one of the sa ...more

By Angie November 23, 2015

This was a cute story about Lena and Zack. Zack had been writing Lena letters for about a year but sent them anonymously. Lena was trying to figure out who here mystery man was, but when she started spending time with Zack she was hoping it was him. These two almost lost their chance to get together ...more

By Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews November 21, 2013

another cute story in the Flirt line. Zack has loved Lena for a long time but was never willing to admit it. Lena has been receiving letters over the past year from a mysterious hometown fella that has declared his love. Will Zack let slip he was the letter writer this past year or will Lena figure ...more

By Pamela November 19, 2015


Lena is always the capable one. What she wants above all else is someone to love her. Zack has been a friend of the family forever knows her best. I loved the concept of the story. ...more

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Beth Rhodes

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Beth Rhodes

It's no wonder Beth writes romance. Married to her best friend, they have six kids and still manage to find things to do together, to laugh at and make fun of... life is good. Love is the center of their life, and she's inspired by it every day.

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