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Book Review: The Letter By Kathryn Hughes

Plot outline: Tina Craig works all the hours she can and volunteers in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home. 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 that 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 imagine.

My Review: I came across this book through Goodreads due to the large amount of 4/5* reviews and decided to give it a go, and I was not disappointed!

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…

Tina works all the hours she can to cover the cost of living for her and her husband, but is saving to one day leave her abusive husband. Rick, Tina’s husband, finds the money that Tina had been saving and ordered her to bet on a horse, which she doesn’t do and the horse ends up winning. Knowing Rick would kill her if she didn’t return home with the winnings, Tina went to her friends betting shop, who had done the bet for her and kept her winnings aside.

Returning home, Tina finds Rick happy and waiting to spend the money. The next day, Tina leaves Rick taking the winnings with her to start a new life. On her first night in the bed sit, Tina pulls out the letter and the book changes into 1939, when Billy meet the love of his life, Chrissie, and you get to discover how they meet and fell in love.

For the rest of the book, different chapters related to either what was going on in 1939 with Billy and Chrissie, or 1973 with Tina and her husband. Not long after leaving her husband, Tina finds out she is pregnant and goes back to Rick for the sake of the child, as long as he agreed not to abuse her anymore. After a horrific event, Tina decides she wants to return the letter to whom it is intended for and begins a journey across countries to find the recipient.

By the end of the book, I felt all the emotions of the characters and was really impressed (and pleased!) with the outcome!

Recommendation: This is truly a heartwarming book, full of love, sadness, and hopelessness. I would recommend this book.

My Rating: 5*

  • Genre: Romance, Fiction
  • Publisher: Headline Review
  • Approximate Page Number: 416
  • ISBN Number: 978-1472229953
  • Amazon link: The Letter – Amazon
  • Add to Goodreads:The Letter

Happy Reading! 🙂


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