A beautiful love letter to the most troublesome of holidays...

Soft-hearted Reese Ahearn is single for Valentine's Day. Again. But that's not going to stop her from spreading the holiday's sentiment on the streets of Melbourne with short, sweet, anonymous love letters, left for strangers to find.

The last thing she expects, however, is a reply...

"Romantic, refreshing and perfect... The story is written well, and the author manages to captivate and intrigue, despite there being not much dialogue. Ms. Ackers is a master wordsmith ... And the cover is just...perfect! I love it! Though the story was short, I thought it was the right length for this story, ending on a note of possibilities and hope. One of the best short stories I've read! Highly recommended." Ashia, The Romance Reviews
"This novella warmed my insides and made me smile like a fool. As a self proclaimed hopeless romantic, I can't recommend this narrative enough. It's short enough to read in one sitting, but long enough to pique your interest - just as the notes do for Ian. And that cover, man I love that cover. It's simple and beautiful, full of hope and with the promise of love. Just like the writing. Dear Stranger is the perfect read for fellow romantics or someone just looking for a good read by an author whose definitely leaving her mark on the Australian Industry." Jess, The Never Ending Bookshelf.
"This was a quick little Valentine's Day romance story. It had all the perfect elements of such. It was a light, happy, romantic read." Monica, Goodreads
"This book is simply gorgeous. I didn't want it to end! I'd love to read more about Reese and Ian - perhaps they could have a sequel? I was really impressed that as the reader, I learnt a lot about them in such few pages. I really warmed to them both. Plus, I felt like I was in Melbourne itself with the rain, the good coffee and the people going about their business. I was a little disappointed to find myself in my house on the other side of the country when I finished Dear Stranger." Sam Still Reading
"Such a sweet, tender little story. Perfect for any romantic out there. It's difficult to manipulate a short story into being something truly worth reading, but this is a prime example of what happens when it all goes right." M.A.Grant, Goodreads
"What a beautiful novella! Sometimes you just need a story to lift you up, and that's exactly what "Dear Stranger" does. This is the first works of Elise K. Ackers I've read and I can't wait to discover more. This is a sweet, romantic and clever novella with a beautiful message - how much more lovely might this world be if we all were able to just reach out and spread a little more happiness." Ali Elle Morris, Goodreads

"Delightful. A [b]eautifully written romantic short story. This book was ideal for a quick escape from reality. Elise is a very talented writer with the ability to wisp you away into her fantasy." Storm, Amazon

"Dear Ms Ackers: You've written a grabby novella with a cracker of an opening line that paves the way for a magical little story about hearts and flowers that has both an old fashioned grace and a modern sensibility. Made me want to go out and leave love letters all over my neighbourhood." 4FatPaws, Amazon

"I enjoyed the style of writing, it really makes you feel warm and mushy! As a divorced person you could say my heart is kind of cold and somewhat hardened but this novella certainly melted it a little and made me smile." Sandra Richardson


Top Pick, The Romance Reviews

TopPick, The Romance Reviews



Dear Stranger was in part inspired by Hannah Brencher—founder of The World Needs More Love Letters. For more information on MLL, visit here. To see the TED talk that got me started on the love letter journey, visit here.  Reese and Ian's tale is a Valentine's Day short story set in Melbourne Australia, and features one of my favourite bars.