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My review

What if you never knew about a letter someone had written for you and you after receive it after 20 years

This line encaptures the imagination of anyone who reads it. It a classic case of what if โ€”what if it happened as the author describes, what if it can save a life of a person, what if it is from a loved one, what if it is from your mentor…. 

Can  words written on a piece of paper change the life of people to whom they are addressed to? This is the idea that the author, J. Alchem explores in his book. 

The story is simple; a couple Aron and Sara are in the process of shifting home when Sara finds Aron’s bag with 9 undelivered letters which Aron had forgotten to deliver during his career as a postman. Now twenty years later, it is upon him to deliver those letters, and he does it with absolute honesty, extreme earnestness, and a bit of fear too. 

In this short novella of 70 odd pages, the author has written 3 stories with great sensitivity, taking time to explore the different parts of human life. Each narrative takes a separate emotion and weaves a poignant tale which resonates through the soul. The stories speak of warmth, of feelings, of love, of forgiveness, of respect. 

Whether it is a wife and child waiting for the long lost husband/father, whether it is a falsely convicted man getting a way to procure justice, or a right path shown to a young boy who goes on to achieve great success, each is a different take on a human life which can feel so many varied emotions. Each story has a common theme of waiting but dealt in a heartrending way. 

As usual there are a few niggles, I felt the writing could be slightly better, a slight maturity is needed in the writing. Also the stories were not complete, they portrayed emotions but left questions behind. They were not well developed as individual stories, too many unanswered threads, which left me with an odd feeling of abruptness

But one cannot deny that the book as it is, is extremely powerful too. Such is the power of words and such is the penmanship of the author J. Alchem who has gone over and beyond the words to give us a story filled with  emotions, to show us words matter whether it is on a page as a letter or on a pages as a novel

My rating : 3.5 stars 

About the Author 

J. Alchem is a voracious reader and a critically acclaimed author. He is the winner of StoryMirror- 2015 (a nationwide writing competition), NaNoWriMo-2015 & 2016, and superhero storyteller (2014). 

He has written in several magazines and newspapers and received the appreciation for the same. His stories have been published in numerous Anthologies such as Blank Space, Love Bytes and Mighty Thoughts.

Book blurb 

Aron, a postman with Marioson Postal Service, found an abandoned bag. It had a few letters that were supposed to be delivered – 20 years ago. He had a choice, either to deliver them now, or abandon them forever. He chooses the former.

What were these letters all about?

Who wrote them?

Who are the recipients?

Do these letters still carry a value, after 20 years?

Product Details 

Publication date : 23rd October 2017

Language : English 

Available on Amazon; free with Kindle Unlimited 

A story of undelivered emotions

44 Responses

  1. I so much want to read this book even if you gave it a 3.5. A 4 is usually a must for me, but i am willing to make an exception for this one as the theme of waiting and the character of a postman do speak to me. Thanks for your honest review. BTW you made the 3C Crush this week. Here’s the link: https://3cstyle.com/2017/11/13/3c-crush-this-week-its-about-karma-lovely-writing-and-original-ways-to-use-plants/
    Nice reading you as always.

      1. Can’t seem to find it. But I do see your photo and your LIKE. Anyway, everything is alright as I just wanted you to know. Have a beautiful week.

          1. I found itโ€ฆ Exactly where you said it could be. Among with 15 others messages! Thank you so much for your kind words.

      2. I just find it funny that I got your message about three days after you had send it to me and at the same time of this particular book review which topic is Undelivered letters. Do these letters still carry a value, after 20 years? I’m pretty sure they do!

          1. Yes, I am a student. I guess it’s by default in me!!
            I work and I study too, and sometimes do freelance work also.
            Why what did you think about me ? ๐Ÿ˜€
            I know it is going to be fun what you thought of me ๐Ÿ™‚

          2. Well as I always say, age has nothing to do with life and crying is about, you lamenting over Raj. You are just starting life… Many more Raj to see…

          3. Oh, if it is about Raj, i am in no hurry.
            But ghar walo ko kaise samjaya jaye. I belong to the kind of family where even education for girls is difficult, somehow I have managed to do that! But in this case I donโ€™t know how much I will be able to delay them!
            In short the usual Indian drama!!

          4. Omg, things so difficult for women even in this time and space..
            Both love and arranged marriages are a gamble.
            But you are too young to marry, I feel that. Marriage is when the mind says ok

          5. Yes, I believw the same. And I am happy to fight for myself as long as I can. And more importantly as long as my parents keep agreeing to what I say.
            From no education after 12th, for girls I have come this far. I guess I can postpone it a lil longer.

          6. True that… Marry when you want to only… Otherwise it is just a compromise, nobody will be happy.
            If you are not happy, you can’t keep anyone happy. That’s my belief

          7. that is the only reason why I am trying to make my parents understand. So far all is good. Once in a while they do get their own panick attacks, but In the end evwn they donโ€™t want me to marry forcefully. So I guess I can be safe for a while. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

          8. I am friends with people from 18 to 68 years so it’s all good. I saw the dancing pic black and white one, and I realised then, that you are your age hahaha what a way to say…

          9. It took me such a long time to present myself as the serious one, but somehow or the other, I am still always the kid!!
            Just a few months back, I was asked for an i.d to enter the club!!! (I know the rules, but no one else was asked for, just me ๐Ÿ™ )

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