My Dearest Angel, which takes Lyle's account of the family to an earlier period chronologically, is based on excerpts from family letters, mostly from her grandfather, Greenlee Davidson Letcher, to his wife, Katie Paul Letcher. The title of the book is taken from the salutation that opened many of his letters.
Also included are excerpts from letters by other members of the Letcher and Paul families as well as from friends, public figures, and even family physicians. The letters as a whole offer an intimate view of a close-knit, small-town family in the final years of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth.
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All of the letters are from the author's personal collection. Although the title of the book suggests that the account stops at , it also very briefly scans Greenlee Letcher's final years to his death in Despite her extensive footnotes and brief bibliography, giving a straightforward chronological account of her family history is not Lyle's primary interest in My Dearest Angel.
Instead she focuses on her own interpretation of the relationship between her grandparents over the half century of their marriage. She was the daughter of a circuit judge and state senator.
He was the youngest son of Virginia's Civil War governor and was a state legislator himself at the age of nineteen. Their courtship and marriage stands as a portrait of a bygone way of life unique to the American South during the first half of the twentieth century.
My Dearest Angel is their story, told through their faithful correspondence over the course of their fifty years together. Piecing together the voluminous letters, their granddaughter, noted author Katie Letcher Lyle, has succeeded in giving us an intimate panorama of the full and oftentimes wrenching lives led by Greenlee and Katie Letcher.