The Letter

The Letter

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.

With a swift pace, memorable characters and a wonderful conceptual depth, Hughes’ novel is one that simply can’t be put down.

Title:The Letter
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781783069170
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About Kathryn Hughes

Kathryn Hughes was born in Altrincham, near Manchester. After completing a secretarial course, Kathryn met her husband and they married in Canada. For twenty-nine years they ran a business together, raised two children and travelled when they could to places such as India, Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand. Kathryn and her family now make their home in a village near Manchester. The Letter,


    The Letter Reviews

  • Sue

    I don't understand the number of 4 and 5 star reviews on this novel. I was swayed to buy it by the reviews. But it really is the most lazy kind of writing style and boring to read. It's not the story ...

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    4 stars. This was an easy, enjoyable read. While the writing style was very simple, there are some heavy topics covered within this story - domestic violence, rape, a young mother forced to give up he...

  • ??Jlie ?

    The Letter is a historical romance that spans across three generations, and like most love stories it tells about love found and love lost.Even though this subject is often predictable with its indisc...

  • Geo Marcovici

    Translation widget on The blog!!! Povestea a două destine separate și totuși împletite. A două femei lovite crunt de soartă și de cei cărora ar fi trebuit să le pese de ele. Povestea unei vie...

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    I was looking for a book with a lighter vibe after a period of reading intense crime novels. I came across The Letter on Amazon and thought I'd give it a whirl. I'm so glad I did.This is both a heart ...

  • Judy Collins

    THE LETTER by Kathryn Hughes, performed by Rachel Atkins is truly spellbinding! The most captivating, moving and emotional audiobook I have ever read (listened to)—from secrets, loss, pain, sacrific...

  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)

    A very difficult 3.5 star rating (originally going to be 4)T/W- Domestic violence, Rape, Assault, StillbirthI loved Kathryn's novel The Secret when I received an ARC of that for review a while back, h...

  • Laura

    This story contains many of the aspects I love about the art of fiction writing: love, loss, time-travel and brilliantly developed characters. I thought the modus operandi was inspired; I love it when...

  • Erin

    2.5 stars round up to 3. This dual narrative set in the 1970's and 1939 was a fairly predictable storyline that had a Hallmark Hall of Fame type vibe. The readers are taken from Manchester to Ireland ...

  • Ghazaleh

    هربار به خودم میگم سمت کتاب های نشر آموت نرم چون احتمالا با کتاب جالبی رو به رو نخواهم شد، ولی هربار به خاطر کیف...