Kathryn Hughes new ebook The Letter offers readers a chance to absorb themselves in the lives of two women, born decades apart but whose lives share a number of parallels. The novel explores two historical strands, bringing together an abused housewife from the 1970s and a young girl from the early 1940s in a story of love, loss and unexpected consequences.The Letter follows the life of Tina in the 1970s who seeks respite from her abusive marriage by volunteering at a charity shop. One day, while sorting through the pockets of a second-hand suit, she comes across an old letter. It is still firmly sealed and un-franked. Unable to resist the pull of curiosity, Tina opens the letter. It was written on 4th September 1939. She is so moved by the contents and bemused as to why the letter was never delivered, she embarks on a quest to find out what became of the writer and his intended recipient.The mystery of how this love letter ended up in Tinas hands is also uncovered through Billys story from the early 1940s. He writes a letter that will change his life forever, unaware that it will not be read for another 34 years, and then by a complete stranger.With a swift pace, memorable characters and a wonderful conceptual depth, Hughes novel is one that simply cant be put down....
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The Letter Reviews
A very difficult 3.5 star rating (originally going to be 4)
T/W- Domestic violence, Rape, Assault, Stillbirth
I loved Kathryn's novel The Secret when I received an ARC of that for review a while back, having found a cheap secondhand copy of her debut novel The Letter, I was excited to see why lots of readers had read and loved this book. The premise of the letter was definitely what appealed to me the most before I dived into the adventure. The novel is split into three parts, the first opening in ...more
I should have read this when I first got it. What a great story. I have thoroughly enjoyed every page and was sad to see it end.
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 ...more
Predictable. Would make a great Lifetime movie.
This is such a "can't put it down" read that I advise you to clear your day once you pick it up because you won't be putting it down again anytime soon. What started as a "I will have a little read for half an hour" led to a very lazy day and night on the sofa and our Sunday roast being 2 hours later than normal!
The prologue is a sweet opening of a granddaughter asking her grandparents how they met then BANG (literally) as we meet Tina who is living with her abusive, possessive husband. Tina esc ...more
Ενα πραγματικα υπεροχο βιβλιο...Απο της πρωτες σελιδες του σε κραταει σε εγρηγορση!ιστορια στο χτες και το σημερα δυο διαφορετικων γυναικων που με μαεστρια η συγγραφεας καταφερερνει να δεσει και να μας αποκαληψει ολα τα μυστικα ...μια ιστορια με πολλα κοινωνικα μηνηματα και ενα υπεροχο φιναλε!
This story contains many of the aspects I love about the art of fiction writing: love, loss, time-travel and brilliantly developed characters. I thought the modus operandi was inspired; I love it when an author can confidently jump between time periods to deliver a beautifully interwoven story.
Taking the reader on a journey from the east coast of America, the rustic farmlands of Southern Ireland and the bustling streets of Manchester, I was gripped from start to finish. I even unashamedly wiped ...more
U ovoj se knjizi isprepliću poglavlja o životima dviju žena, jedne iz 70-ih godina prošlog stoljeća i jedne sa samog početka Drugog svjetskog rata.
Prvo upoznajemo Tinu Craig, odanu suprugu i veliku radnicu koja osim što radi od jutra do mraka, vikendom volontira u trgovini rabljenom robom. Tina se skriva iz tog silnog posla kako bi što manje bila kod kuće sa svojim suprugom zlostavljačem. Tina ih uzdržava jer je Rick nezaposlen pa vrijeme provodi kod kuće kladeći se i svakodnevno opijajući. Tina ...more