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!Read Kindle ë Love Letters À Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank you notes and summer camp postcards Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of good schools While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the US Senate Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks than she should, and becomes estranged from her children Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them However Andy s last letter, written to her mother after Melissa s untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be Pretty good, especially in the development of Andy s and Melissa s characters over the years Reminded me a little of SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR in the way the characters politics diverge over the years, but they end up growing closer rather than farther apart I should have seen the twist at the end coming, but then Andy should have seen it coming too. Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence over 50 years begins with birthday party thank you notes and summer camp postcards They continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of good schools While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she c Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence over 50 years begins with birthday party thank you notes and summer camp postcards They continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of good schools While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S Senate Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinksthan she should, and becomes estranged from her children However it is Andy s last letter, written to her mother after Melissa s untimely death, that makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.I was fortunate to see this play last week in New York I loved it so much, I purchased and read the script The two leads were Carol Burnett Melissa and Brian Dennehy Andrew Makepeace Ladd III.The play s title is, on one level, tinged with irony for much of their lives, the relationship between Andy and Melissa remains one of flirting and friendship that somehow never bloomed into romance The sense of regret that we read between the lines of their correspondence gives the play a melancholy underpinning, as we and they consider what might have been, and whether their lives might have turned out differently had they found a way to come together for good.What ultimately makes the play so haunting is the recognition that the heart of Andy and Melissa s relationship cannot be captured in the many thousands of words they exchange Even today, when people broadcast their every waking thought on any number of social media platforms, we only really manage to record a small sliver of what it means, and how it feels, to grow and change, to experience love and endure loss In its oblique and unaffected way, Love Letters illustrates this universal truth, that so much of life, probably most of it, is a solitary journey, a letter we write only to ourselves I devoured this urgently on the train ride back from work and felt like I d lived a whole life in a 60 minute window I had What a treat Deep, emotional and classy I have seen the play before reading the book and it was the reason I could envision live characters, hear intonations and feel so wide range of emotions it was combination of both, the book and the play.Though, it was absolute satisfaction to dive into this beautiful love story It illustrates how important is to recognize the true feelings and be brave enough to stand for them no matter what.