Letters to the Lost

Letters to the Lost

Book - 2015
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Late on a frozen February evening, a young woman is running through the streets of London. Having fled from her abusive boyfriend and with nowhere to go, Jess stumbles onto a forgotten lane where a small, clearly unlived in old house offers her best chance of shelter for the night. The next morning, a mysterious letter arrives and when she can't help but open it, she finds herself drawn inexorably into the story of two lovers from another time. Fate is unkind and they are separated by decades and continents. In the present, Jess becomes determined to find out what happened to them. Her hope--inspired by a love so powerful it spans a lifetime--will lead her to find a startling redemption in her own life.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250066770
Branch Call Number: FIC GREY, IONA
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 25 cm


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CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017

A young woman fleeing an abusive boyfriend takes refuge in an abandoned house. She finds a love letter from 1942, and is determined to find out if they had a “happily ever after”.

Jan 03, 2017

This is a long but very well written book and an extremely engaging story. It is very hard to put down so thank goodness there is the occasional part that is a bit slow. The story is not very realistic - too many good luck coincidences - life just isn't like that. It is not a profound, thought provoking book nor is very informative about the period in which it takes place. Nonetheless worth reading though: a good story, well written.

Dec 28, 2016

A very nice story about a wartime romance. I found it a bit slow at times but enjoyed the story very much.

Mar 04, 2016

A romance story with some of it being told through letters between a WWII American pilot and his married lover. Many topics are covered here from spousal abuse, rape, the homeless ...but thankfully also a story about love.

Nov 22, 2015

Wonderful book! I hope the author will write more.


Sep 07, 2015


Jul 19, 2015

A fantastic read from a new favorite author. I wanted to savor every chapter of this book and make it last. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Jun 20, 2015

Enveloped immediately in the characters and the plot; the romance; the suspense. Ms Grey writes with an authentic tone from describing WWII bombing missions over Germany to sweet hot sex!

Jun 19, 2015

I found this novel to be a lovely and moving WW2 story, with interesting characters that left me with lots to think about even after the last page. This book was written in the "dual narrative style" that has recently been made very popular by authors like Kate Morton. As the story opens, a young lady (in the near present) is fleeing from an abusive boyfriend when she happens upon a small neglected house in London.
The house is the bond between the new and old story after she finds an old box ful of letters. The story of Stella (past) and Jess (present) share many similarities both bad - overbearing, abusive partners - and good - possibilities of love. The book successfully depicts many fragile truths about life, for example, a U.S airman who has a 70% chance of NOT surviving his tour of duty. Perfect for fans of War love stories.



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