Book review: The Letter

Dec 1, 201724 comments

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My name is not uncommon in my part of the world and quite often I meet new people who share my name. What would you do if you stumble across a letter written to another person with your name? Would not that pique your curiosity? Would you consider that a coincidence or a divine interference? Follow Tina’s story in The Letter to find what she does when she faces such a situation.

Book Name: The Letter
Author: Kathryn Hughes
Genre: Fiction – Romance;
Characters: Tina and Rick Craig. William Lane, Billy Stirling and Chrissie Skinner
Setting: Manchester, The United Kingdom

The story begins with a young girl asking her grandmom about how she met her husband.

In the 1970s Tina Craig suffers through her abusive marriage with Rick, her violent and negligent husband. She has already once tried to get away from him but ended up being pregnant when he raped her. Against all the good judgments of her friends, she continues to stay with him.

Tina works at a charity shop where she comes across a letter in one of the coats that were given away. She realizes the letter was never unposted and the curiosity gets the better of her. She opens the letter the written by Billy to his girlfriend Chrissie in the 1940s.

Billy and Chrissie are young, star-crossed lovers from the pre-WW-II era. He writes a letter to Chrissie apologizing for his behaviour when she tells him that she was pregnant earlier that day and asks her to marry him. Tina’s heart flutters when she reads Billy’s letter and wonders what had happened to them and why the letter was never posted.

The LetterIntrigued by the coincidence that she got a letter written to another Christina, her full name, from an earlier period, Tina sets on a mission to find out the story behind the letter. She meets William who has set out from the USA, to find out his biological parents. How and where does their story unite? Did Tina get away from Rick? Read The Letter to know more.

The story alternates between the voices of Tina, Billy, and Chrissie quite smoothly. The writing is set in a heartwarming tone with a tinge of poignancy – the kind that would leave you feeling mushy even after you finish reading it. I found The Letter on the Amazon top charts a while ago.

I loved the first part of The Letter involving Tina and her abusive husband Rick, as I always do. But the parts that followed let me down badly, maybe it is due to the plot’s credibility itself, you know too many coincidences and the predictability of the so-called twists.

The Letter is a story of two women and men they chose to love, separated by three decades, connected by the power of written words. If you were a Nicholas Spark lover, you might love The Letter.

Have you read The Letter? If so, what do you think of the book? would you want to read it? Share your thoughts. As always I love talking about books with you in the comments.

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Christine
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2 years ago

This sounded great, but I don’t think I will check it out since you didn’t like how it came out in the end. Thanks for another wonderful review!

Eline
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2 years ago

It’s no secret that I’m a romance reader but I really don’t like the Nicholas Sparks kind. Too melodramatic I think. Would you say this one is melodramatic?

Jennifer
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2 years ago

I get books that are fantastic and end horribly. That’s a disappointment. Sorry this one was not fun to read.

Whispering Stories
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2 years ago

Pity it wasn’t amazing and didn’t end well. Great review,

Tasha
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2 years ago

Great review. This sounds like an interesting read.

Jo Linsdell
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2 years ago

I don’t mind predictable if the story is well told. Sounds like this is a good read.

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3 years ago

[…] Bodine has no time to think about her love life and her whole life revolves around her family and running her resort. All that changes when Callen Skinner, her childhood crush, and her brother’s best friend comes back to the town and starts working at the ranch. The couple has always liked each other, but they decide they want to keep it casual. How far would they go before they realize they are destined for each other? […]

Megan @ Ginger Mom
Megan @ Ginger Mom
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3 years ago

Wow! This is on my list now. What a book!! Sounds so romantic 🙂

Megan @ Ginger Mom
Megan @ Ginger Mom
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3 years ago

Oh that’s so good! I can’t wait to read it 🙂

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3 years ago

Interesting read. I haven’t heard of it before. I will have to check it out.

empressdj
empressdj
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3 years ago

This sounds emotionally intense – I wants it

terriluvsbooks
terriluvsbooks
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3 years ago

It’s too bad it didn’t end as well as it started. I like reading books with multiple POV so I might have to check out this one.

Jenn @ Bound to Writing
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3 years ago

What a cute love story. I think I would really enjoy this one. Great review!

lilkadykitty
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3 years ago

Great review!

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