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Letters To My Mother [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Heath
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

We were reaching the Student Union when Dr. Rosenau broke the silence. “You know, I never eat young ladies on Fridays. Only on Tuesdays.”
I couldn’t help laughing. “Do I look that apprehensive?”
“Yes, rather.” He opened the door for me. “But I have just the cure for you. It’s David Rosenau’s patented shyness remedy, strawberry shortcake garnished with whipped cream, to be taken at least once weekly in charming company. Doctor’s orders.”

Kate is a college junior, a gifted student who skipped two grades in school, a naval officer's daughter who's lived in more places than she can remember. Shy and bookish, she's never had a boyfriend, let alone been kissed or gone on a date. Kate thinks falling in love is something that only happens to other girls.

David is a college professor, a sailor, a brilliant scientist trapped in a failed marriage; aloof and reclusive, he buries himself in teaching and research. David's convinced he'll go through life with an empty heart.

When Kate gets a campus job as David's typist, they discover they're both mistaken.

Letters To My Mother is a May-December romance set in 1950s Seattle.

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"I have to say that I thought this book was wonderful ... It is a book for people who have been in love themselves, who will recognise the emotions that shine through in the writing." - Rachel Abbott, best-selling author of Only the Innocent.

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  • File Size: 3613 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463676301
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041844MW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Lifelong Love May 22, 2011
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A synopsis without any spoilers -Upon the death of her mother our main character finds that her less than sentimental mother has actually saved thousands of letters from friends and family and organized them by writer into boxes. Upon finding her letters to her mother she reminisces about the great love of her life.

When I first bought the book "Letters to My Mother" I really didn't know what to expect. The one review available at the time said she laughed and cried and as the book was free at the time, I was sold on that review alone and quickly purchased the book. If you are looking for an endearing mother daughter story, this is not the book for you. However I must recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a tale of lifelong love. This book is a love story told from the perspective of an innocent young woman as she goes away to college in the late 1950's and continues through-out her lifetime.

I enjoyed the writers light and easy style even when managing difficult subjects and emotions. I laughed as each letter home was told in the vivid detail of the character's actual memory of the event described in the letter home. With that said I believe this book is well worth purchase and would recommend it be added to your reading list no matter its current cost.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing compares to what this book did to me... May 25, 2012
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Let me state first, since this book is about an affair, that I personally have never had one, so if you are thinking only an adulterer could relate to this story you are dead wrong. My goodness, where to begin? Letters to My Mother was a book I knew I had to finish the moment I finished the prologue. I read it in a day and by this last half I could barely breathe. There were so many ways it could have ended and I had no idea of how it would. I sobbed through the last 30% and I am not someone who normally cries over books, but like I said...sobbed (That doesn't mean there isn't a happy ending...or maybe it does...I'm not telling and different people will see it different ways). The writing...absolutely breathtaking at parts. Ms. Heath is an inspirational wordsmith. The topic, yes taboo. The love, absolutely, heart wrenching and unforgettable. I only read romance, typically with some erotic elements. This was emotionally erotic, but not hot, so if you are looking for graphic sex scenes, sorry. It was real. So real in its telling I wondered if it was true. I was so touched by this book on levels I liked and levels I found upsetting that I wanted to write Ms. Heath and tell her so and compliment her work, but could not find an address. I did find her bio though, where she states she didn't submit this the traditional way because she wanted to tell the story the way it was meant to be told. Now, normally I find "explanations" for books published the nontraditional way, but absolutely not in this case. The crime here is that this book will likely not get the recognition it deserves (I hope I'm wrong). If you ask has best seller written all over it. Not because it was forced into a happily ever after, or because it didn't stray into taboo... Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A touching story, beautifully told March 16, 2012
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I have to say that I thought this book was wonderful. It is the gentle tale of two people who shouldn't be together by the normal rules of morality and the times. Kate is a young, extremely bright college student who has never had much time for boys. David is a professor at the college she attends. Brilliant but somewhat aloof, he is trapped in a loveless marriage where nobody - not even his children - can see any worth in him. But this is Seattle in the 1950s, and nineteen year olds don't have affairs with married men in their late forties. Nobody would find that acceptable. And yet, these two find a rare love for each other.

As a reader, you cannot help but begin to wonder what is going to happen. How can this end well? It is difficult to say without adding spoilers. But somehow Rebecca Heath has managed to tell this story in such a way that the sadness and the happiness mingle to just give the reader a sense of satisfaction.

Each chapter begins with the brief extract of a letter from Kate to her mother - but of course, the letters don't even touch the surface of what is really happening in Kate's life. There is no way that Kate could tell her mother the truth, but somehow she manages to talk about her life without telling lies, whilst at the same time failing to mention the turbulent emotions she is experiencing.

I would say this is not a romantic novel. It's a well-written true love story. For me there is a distinction. This book has none of the hallmarks of traditional romantic fiction, and doesn't attempt to put a rosy glow on life and the lovers. It's about real people, experiencing emotions that may not be right, but can't be avoided. It is a book for people who have been in love themselves, who will recognise the emotions that shine through in the writing.

Rachel Abbott for the Kindle Book Review
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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It is a story, which will probably make some readers sit on the fence.The morality issue of a student and married professor is a common topic and one that riles people. The main character is a typical teenager at 19, the world is her oyster and she will have her cake and eat it. Then again the same goes for the self obsessed professor. There are a few scenes that are of a sexual nature,however they have not been written in an overly gratuitous way, which you often find happens nowadays to maximize and strenghen the commercial position of a book. Instead the scenes take us back to a pre 60s era, before the sexual revolution and during a time in which the people were still stuck in the conservative minefield of the 50s. The descriptions are that of an inexperienced girl and man who knows that. Other than some of the scenes perhaps being superfluous, the only thing I noticed which didn't gel with me was how the letters and the narrative sounded/read as if they were by two different people. The girl in the letters writes like a 15 year old at summer camp and the storyteller is more mature and aware of her actions.
Despite the fact I think it is a 3.5 star book, because it could be better if edited down a little, I think it warrants four for making me mutter at the main character. I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Written Novel about a Jinxed Relationship
I am not too crazy about teacher-student romances, but this book is so well-written and so true to life that it made me forget my bias. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Joy Cagil
5.0 out of 5 stars Eliza Doolittle and Mr. Higgins
Oh my gosh. This is one of the best teacher/student romance I have ever read. it was simply beautiful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caramocha
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
enjoyable and reminiscent of another era. would recommend for a rainy day read. format lends well with the story line.
Published 3 months ago by Sue A. Mowris
5.0 out of 5 stars You will finish this book in record time
I finished this book less than three hours ago... I am still haunted by it. Oh how authentic the characters became. Read more
Published 3 months ago by james Talis jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent
I truly enjoyed this well written book. There was enough really interesting sailng information and other information that captured me more than just a romance novel ever has . Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. E. Utter
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read
As the others have said, this is a very special book that you will be glad you read. I finished it a year ago and still think of it often.
Published 17 months ago by Sarah Easterling
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW just WOW
What a moving story, I've read hundreds of books and can only list three that have moved me so much. Not erotic at all but so intimate it made me cry!
Published 18 months ago by Jac
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book.
I loved this book and I could not out it down. I selected it because the title and the cover caught my eye. Read more
Published on June 5, 2012 by Teragram
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This book was well written and I loved it. The chacthers love last over a lifetime even though they could never really truly can be together. Read more
Published on May 15, 2012 by Pamela
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Rebecca was born in Bremerton, Washington, but spent her childhood traipsing around the globe in the wake of her naval officer father. Looking for a job after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in anthropology, Rebecca found that prospective employers didn't share her enthusiasm for Aztec mythology, so she decided instead to pursue a career in data processing. After retirement Rebecca, her husband and two cats sailed out the Golden Gate aboard their cutter-rigged sloop, Alegria, and turned left, eventually reaching Puerto Vallarta after numerous adventures. Two hurricanes and one tsunami later, they left the boat in Mexico and made a trip to Italy to study Italian; la dolce vita seduced them and they ended up purchasing a home in a small town 100 miles north of Rome. Rebecca and her husband of fifty years now divide their time between Italy, where they enjoy wine, olive oil, bicycling and eating, and southern California aboard Alegria where they sand, varnish and fix things. She loves hearing from readers and can be contacted at

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