Every So Often A Love Story Comes Along To Remind Us That Sometimes, In Our Darkest Hour, Hope Shines A Candle To Light Our Way Discover The Number One Bestseller That Has Captured Thousands Of Hearts Worldwide Tina Craig Longs To Escape Her Violent Husband She Works All The Hours God Sends To Save Up Enough Money To Leave Him, Also Volunteering In A Charity Shop To Avoid Her Unhappy Home Whilst Going Through The Pockets Of A Second Hand Suit, She Comes Across An Old Letter, The Envelope Firmly Sealed And Unfranked Tina Opens The Letter And Reads It A Decision That Will Alter The Course Of Her Life For Ever Billy Stirling Knows He Has Been A Fool, But Hopes He Can Put Things Right On Th September He Sits Down To Write The Letter He Hopes Will Change His Future It Does In Ways Than He Can Ever Imagine The Letter Tells The Story Of Two Women, Born Decades Apart, Whose Paths Are Destined To Cross And How One Woman S Devastation Leads To The Other S Salvation 2.5 stars round up to 3 This dual narrative set in the 1970 s and 1939 was a fairly predictable storyline that had a Hallmark Hall of Fame type vibe The readers are taken from Manchester to Ireland and the USA I did find the story was a nice light read and I would love to read by the author. I don t understand the number of 4 and 5 star reviews on this novel I was swayed to buy it by the reviews But it really is the most lazy kind of writing style and boring to read It s not the story that s boring, that could be told well, although in this version the characters are one dimensional and annoyingly stupid But the writing style is really simplified and repetitive I m 55% through and if I read another description of a steaming mug cup of anything I shall boil the book Hard, as it s a kindle version The plot is see through too.It feels like the author read a bunch of books and then wrote her own by copying the others Sadly she didn t read anything well written to do this with I get annoyed by poor books There is no excuse The world is full of great books A lifetime isn t long enough to read them all Why waste time writing something mediocre Reading is a wonderful skill and experience, not to be thrown away I like a bit of chick lit now and then for light relief But only the well written chick lit I don t know what category I d put this book into.It s in the gave up pile I m afraid I m off to find something better written to spend my time in. 4 stars This was an easy, enjoyable read While the writing style was very simple, there are some heavy topics covered within this story domestic violence, rape, a young mother forced to give up her baby Though I found the author s writing to be quite basic, there was something about the book and the characters that were very likeable for me My heart broke a few times throughout the novel, but I also had a heartwarming sense of closure at the end. The Letter is a historical romance that spans across three generations, and like most love stories it tells about love found and love lost.Even though this subject is often predictable with its indiscriminate apportioning of pain and heartachestill each story has its own unique experiencesthis is one such story.It s not a fluffy read, it s a story about two women, a generation apart, who s struggles have a lot in common, and how time and circumstance will conspire to bridge the gap between them to uncover their stories and bring some much overdue healing.This story was compelling, I thought, in that it goes into the details of the lives of those involved and gave good depictions of the types of bias and misguided judgements of the time, along with a clear sense of the struggles brought about by the first world war How these individuals were directly and indirectly affected and how, as individuals, they coped.The choices they made were not always the preferred choices, mostly they were borne out of necessity due to the circumstances of that era.Although it follows a remarkably incredible pattern of events, I found this story mesmerizing as each piece of a puzzle fell into place to build on a much bigger story.If you can somewhat suspend belief and read this at face value, it is quite a clever and satisfying read.We learn that even the smallest of oversights now, can sometimes count in the larger scheme of things, enabling the possibility of a later action which can have equally profound effects.I really enjoyed this read 4 sMany thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my copy to read and review.
Kathryn Hughes was born in Altrincham, near Manchester After completing a secretarial course, Kathryn met her husband and they married in Canada For twenty nine years they ran a business together, raised two children and travelled when they could to places such as India, Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand Kathryn and her family now make their home in a village near Manchester The Letter,
- Kindle Edition
- 200 pages
- The Letter
- Kathryn Hughes
- 09 August 2018 Kathryn Hughes