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The Letter

By Kathryn Hughes




Hello and Happy New Year to everyone!!! I hope that your year has started off on the right foot!! Hmm the holidays are over and it is back to the eat right diet. Tonight’s special is brown rice and soy ginger chicken in a rice cooker!! Yes I have broken down and bought a rice cooker, because I absolutely stink at rice cooking!! Poor hubby doesn’t really like rice, but whole grains are soo good for you and the fiber gives you that full feeling. He doesn’t participate in the “diet”. He is down stairs eating Doritos right now. He eats the healthy stuff to humor me and then crams down a couple of candy bars. LOL.

I obtained this book as an e-galley from Netgalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. It was originally published in July of 2013. It is short at only 200 page. This book is two stories in one. One tale is in the present and one in the past. There also is a free preview on Goodreads. The book is selling on for $1.60.

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 Tina’s hands is also uncovered through Billy’s 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.

This book has many heavy topics such as domestic abuse, verbal and psychological abuse, being single and pregnant. Through one letter written years ago a mystery is solved and the truth comes to light. Well written and woven together this book shift back and forth from the past to the present. Tina at the end of the story finds happiness. Hughes has written several books. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.


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