Review: DEAR AARON by Mariana Zapata



Mariana Zapata


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.



Dear Ruby,

My name is Foxy, and I’m writing to you because I just finished reading your love story in Dear Aaron and wanted to let you know I, too, know what it’s like to have a relationship built on personalities. Twenty-three years ago I flew across the country to meet a guy I had known only via the internet. Today we are happily married with kids and fur babies to round out our family.

Aaron won me over when he first met you and said, “You could’ve told me your mom and sister are the ugly ones in the family.” You were so insecure about your looks compared to the rest of your family and yet to Aaron he saw you as the most beautiful one in your family. That melted my heart.

Many blessings to you and Aaron. And I hope someday we get Aaron’s side of the story.


Now a little bit about the actual book. Unfortunately, Ruby isn’t my favorite type of female to read about because her insecurities began to annoy me as time progressed. I wanted to love her because in some ways her story was parallel to mine (age wise, flying across the country to meet someone you’ve only exchanged messages with, etc) but her constant unsureness of herself made me start to lose the warm fuzzy feelings towards her.

The premise of this book is amazing; the first part of the book is told in emails, skype … basically the written word. I love books that incorporate emails, text, etc into the story. A lot of times peoples personality really shines through the written word.

As with Ms. Zapata’s book the slow burn romance is key to building a lasting relationship. The buildup to them both admitting to their feelings leaves a satisfying ending. Well sort of… I have no idea about the epilogue. I got a little lost in it. It left me questioning what was their current situation.

Dear Aaron is a standalone slow burn romance told largely through emails. A soldier overseas receives a pen pal from the States that becomes more than just someone to share a joke or two with while he’s deployed.

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