The Letter

  • by Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by Rachel Atkins
  • 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Number One Kindle best seller guaranteed to break your heart.
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 best seller 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 4th September 1939 he sits down to write the letter he hopes will change his future. It does - in more 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.

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Very contrived but a sweet and captivating book.

The narrator is excellent and this is a good summer read. You can't help liking it.
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- Dorothy

Sad, happy, heartbreaking and

"The Letter" will, I'm sure, be poo-pooed by some as a sob story, a chick novel with no value or simply trite. However, I didn't find it so. I was saddened by the losses that the characters in this novel went thru-but life can be sad. I found it to be very real life actually. There are abusive husbands and fathers, women who can't or won't trust after they have been hurt and the search for a birth mother is something a close friend went thru a few years ago with similar results.

I'm happy that I live in a more enlightened country that Ireland during this time-the blame placed on the unwed young mother is terrible-and it was done t her by a church that alleges to be christian-but I see nothing christian in the behavior of the Mother Superior or the other nuns who haring and abuse the women.....of course being an unwed mother is the women's fault-no man is ever to blame, apparently, in this era. As an unwed mother of 20 during the same time I am so glad I had supportive parents and the inner strength to cope with the situation, that I wasn't forced to abandon my child but was able to raise him to a great adult..hard to believe he is now 52!

I suggest this is a good novel for women in the same situation, for men who have abandoned their wives or girlfriends when they became pregnant. Yes..men..need to know about the history of an area where birth control is still forbidden and where this archaic attitude is still in place.

This can be an enlightening book for young women - a bit of knowledge that might lead to an appreciation of where they live and what other women have done before them.

I recumbent this novel .
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- Elle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2015
  • Publisher: Headline Digital